Ambar Galan

Ambar Galan - Designer

Frankfurt, Germany

Typographer specialising in print and book design (text and covers). Combined 8+ years experience in book and magazine publishing.

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Overview

Hiya! I am an international freelance typographer specialising in print design such as books (covers & text) and magazines. I focus on the nitty gritty of complex typography and enjoy collaborating with my network of illustrators, photographers, programmers and font designers & developers. I hold a BA in Graphic Design and an MA in Book Design.
I worked 4 years in a large magazine company in Mexico City as Graphic Co-editor on various magazines, designing page layouts and directing some fashion photoshoots. I then joined the book publishing world in London working as a text designer on various imprints for Pan Macmillan Publishing for 2.5 years. I've freelanced in between but have recently gone full-time to be able to focus on different creative jobs and travel around, settling in Frankfurt for now but easily being able to move around Europe for work. I am currently helping an independent book publisher (Ikygai Editorial) and an independent theatre production company (unrelated to each other) start up in Mexico City as their head designer.
I also enjoy writing and have been co-author to two design books published by Flame Tree Publishing in London. I am bi-lingual in English and Spanish but have also a basic understanding of French and German. I look forward to working with authors and designers and helping their creative visions come to life.

Languages
English
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Poetry
Science Fiction
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Publishing

Work experience

Creative Director & Head Designer

Self-employed
February, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Book covers and interior text design.

Text Designer

Pan Macmillan Publishers
March, 2014 – November, 2016 (over 2 years)

Interior book text design.

Graphic Co-Editor

Grupo Expansion
March, 2004 – July, 2008 (over 4 years)

Magazine layout design.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Design Basics Made Easy: Graphic Design in a Digital Age (Made Easy (Art))

Aaron Miller, Andrea Pennoyer, David Woodward, Ambar Galan

Graphic design is as important today, as it was before the computer, the ipad and the internet. Understanding colour, spatial relationships, how to work with images and fonts are critical to any form of successful design: a poster, a newsletter, a book cover, an advert, a website. It’s so easy now to create something, using all the powerful software tools but this clear and accessible new book... read more

Graphic design is as important today, as it was before the computer, the ipad and the internet. Understanding colour, spatial relationships, how to work with images and fonts are critical to any form of successful design: a poster, a newsletter, a book cover, an advert, a website. It’s so easy now to create something, using all the powerful software tools but this clear and accessible new book... read more

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