Allan Sommerville

Allan Sommerville – Designer

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


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.
Architecture Art Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Design Parenting & Families Religion & Spirituality
  • MA Graphic Design
  • BA Visual Communication (Hons)

Work experience


Apr, 2010 — Present

From book covers to branding I work with my clients on a range of different media. I offer services which include graphic design, art direction, branding and project management.

Smith and Gilmour

Feb, 2007 — Mar, 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.

Duncan Baird Publishing

Jan, 2001 — Feb, 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.


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