I project-managed the second edition of the COBUILD Learner’s Illustrated Dictionary of American English. My aim was to address two key pieces of feedback made about the first edition:
- The language used in some of the definitions was considered too difficult for American school students with English as a second language (key target users)
- The text itself looked somewhat dense and intimidating
The second edition was a major overhaul of the title and involved extensive rewriting of definitions, as well as a careful selection process of the headwords to be included.
By removing redundant words that target users would be unlikely to need to know, while still ensuring coverage of all vocabulary required by school subjects, we were able to increase the font size and create a full-colour dictionary that is truly a pleasure to look up.