I am a professional graphic designer and illustrator, who specialises in design for children. I studied a BA (hons) in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts from 2003-2006, which is part of the University of Arts London . During my time at Camberwell I really learnt how to love colour, how it works and how it can be manipulated. Alongside a love of print-making I started exploring how I could illustrate picture books and write stories with colour, shape and texture at their core.
Since then I have been lucky enough to build a wonderful career in children’s publishing, starting off in 2007 as an editorial assistant with a small children’s magazine publisher in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, before becoming a junior designer on the Kids Team of a media content publisher in London, where I worked my way up to become a senior designer over a period of just over 5 years. After that I moved to a large educational publishers in Oxford and worked on primary educational content for 3 years, before the decision to go freelance and a big move from the South East of England, back to the leafy green of North Shropshire.
I have worked on many different types of content, from children’s magazines with brands including Dora The Explorer, Peppa Pig and Dreamworks Madagascar, to children’s annuals for brands like Barbie and The Hunger Games. I have also worked on more serious content such as a set of magazine style pamphlets for Bupa, aimed at children who know someone close to them with cancer.
More recently I have worked on a fun Dinosaur Activity Book (left) and a fantastic 300-page fact book about Space, both of which have been excellent.
I have also become a lot more involved with self-publishing authors – somewhere I can really see myself making a difference. The scope for self-publishing is huge now, and really accessible, but that means creating a book that can hold its own in an incredibly saturated market, is more important than ever.
With my knowledge and experience I see where I can add real value to self publishing authors, by designing professional, trade-standard beautiful books, something I genuinely love to do. If you are interested in working with me, drop me an email via the Contacts page, I’d love to hear about your project.