Allan Sommerville

Allan Sommerville - Designer

London, UK

I manage a small design studio in central London. Publishing services include book design, project management and art direction.

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Overview

I am a graphic designer and art director specialising in typography and illustrated reference with over 18 years experience. I collaborate with major publishing houses world-wide, often across varied genres and subjects. My services include cover design, interior typographic design, art direction, commissioned photography and illustration as well as project management and consultation.

Clients include: BBC Books, Laurence King, Quarto, Watkins, Pinter and Martin, Pearson and the Welcome Collection.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Design
Parenting & Families
Religion & Spirituality

Certifications

  • MA Graphic Design
  • BA Visual Communication (Hons)

Work experience

Managing Designer

Self-employed
April, 2010 – Present (about 11 years)

Blok Graphic is a London based design studio. From book covers to branding we work with our clients on a range of different media. We offer services which include graphic design, art direction, branding and project management.

Senior Designer

Smith and Gilmour
February, 2007 – March, 2010 (about 3 years)

During my employment with this award winning studio, I worked with many publishers including Penguin, Harper Collins, Orion and BBC books. Other projects involved DVD and audio CD packaging for Opus Arte and Gimell records. I also designed brochures and magazines within the culture and arts sector.

Senior Designer

Duncan Baird Publishing
January, 2001 – February, 2007 (about 6 years)

I designed and project managed print related jobs over a six year period. Day-to-day responsibilities included scheduling and budgeting, and commissioning illustrators, photographers and models. I also liaised
with authors and in-house editorial staff and worked with repro-houses and production personnel.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Vegetarian Food for Healthy Kids: Quick and Easy Nutrient-Packed Recipes

Nicola Graimes

To be a healthy vegetarian, it's not enough to just give up meat. Vegetarian children have different dietary requirements to vegetarian adults, so particular attention is needed to ensure they get sufficient amounts of the right nutrients. Unlike other similar titles on the market, Vegetarian Food for Healthy Kids concentrates on these nutritional demands to see what it takes to raise healthy,... read more

To be a healthy vegetarian, it's not enough to just give up meat. Vegetarian children have different dietary requirements to vegetarian adults, so particular attention is needed to ensure they get sufficient amounts of the right nutrients. Unlike other similar titles on the market, Vegetarian Food for Healthy Kids concentrates on these nutritional demands to see what it takes to raise healthy,... read more

The Real Food Cookbook

Valentina Harris

Celebrity cooks such as Raymond Blanc and Giorgio Locatelli reveal how you can bring out a whole new spectrum of flavours at home from food that is refreshingly free of all the bad effects of mass market production. As increasing numbers of people buy ingredients directly from farmers' markets, food festivals, local farm shops and specialist retailers, it's clear that there is a growing desire... read more

Celebrity cooks such as Raymond Blanc and Giorgio Locatelli reveal how you can bring out a whole new spectrum of flavours at home from food that is refreshingly free of all the bad effects of mass market production. As increasing numbers of people buy ingredients directly from farmers' markets, food festivals, local farm shops and specialist retailers, it's clear that there is a growing desire... read more

Mary Berry's Baking Bible

Mary Berry

Brand New Item, Fast Dispatch

Brand New Item, Fast Dispatch

Open My Eyes, That I May See Marvellous Things

Alice Allan

How can you hold a baby next to your skin without it touching your heart?Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: when adopted midwife Mariam embarks on a project to protect an abandoned premature baby, she is forced to face her own abandonment years before. Time is running out before the baby is sent to the orphanage. A mysterious character from the city surrounding the hospital will be crucial in determining ... read more

How can you hold a baby next to your skin without it touching your heart?Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: when adopted midwife Mariam embarks on a project to protect an abandoned premature baby, she is forced to face her own abandonment years before. Time is running out before the baby is sent to the orphanage. A mysterious character from the city surrounding the hospital will be crucial in determining ... read more

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