Annabel Brandon

Annabel Brandon – Designer

Specialising in typography and typesetting. Non-fiction sports and education.


I'm an editorial designer specialising in typography and typesetting—nothing pleases me more than a well-set page! I spent the last five years in London, successfully honing this skill whilst working on a number of sport and lifestyle magazines. Latterly I worked at the internationally acclaimed educational publisher, Macmillan Education, where I began working on book covers and mechanicals and found my true love.

I currently split my time between London and New York, studying Typeface Design at Cooper Union.
Education & Reference ELT History Sports & Outdoors
  • Certificate of Typographic Excellence — Type Directors Club
  • BA (hons) Design & Art Direction — Manchester School of Art

Work experience


Apr, 2016 — Present

A range of printed projects including book covers and hand-lettered typographic commissions.

Macmillan Education

Dec, 2014 — Apr, 2016 (over 1 year)

Worked on mock designs for educational courses teaching English as a second language which included mechanicals and cover design.

I was also the lead cover designer and typesetter for adult international test papers created in partnership with Trinity College. With a small print-run of 4,000, it is primarily for the Italian speaking markets and the first joint venture of Trinity College and Macmillan Education. Cover designs confirmed within the first draft, allowing the project to get ahead of schedule.

The Ski Club of Great Britain

Apr, 2014 — Nov, 2014 (7 months)

Re-design members' magazines; ski+board, and Elevation (including features, covers, adverts, advertorials, FOB, photography shoots, design templates). The new design was well received and in a survey of 200 randomly selected members, 90% stated that ski+board was a 'valuable part of their membership' at the end of the 2014/15 season. Prior to my working within the company, it was scheduled to be cancelled due to a lack of perceived interest from the members.

TriNorth Communications Ltd

Oct, 2011 — Nov, 2014 (about 3 years)

Lead designer and occasional photographer for Netball, a quarterly magazine delivered to over 80,000 members – one of the biggest titles in its respective sporting field at the time. It contributed to the success of National Governing Body, England Netball winning the BT Sport Industry Awards 2014.

I also contributed to the design of a number of sports and lifestyle magazines, All Out Cricket, Hockey, Grid Iron (the only American football magazine in the UK) and Sportsister.

Nonsense London

Aug, 2011 — Sep, 2011 (about 1 month)

H2 Creative Media

Oct, 2010 — Aug, 2011 (10 months)


Creative, intriguing short stories to make students think and wonder what if. . . Stories Without End engages students with literature through intriguing short stories that make them think and wonder. What if we could teleport anywhere in the world whenever we... read more
THE INSURANCE FIELD BOOK of Commercial InsuranceNAVIGATE THROUGH 30 DIFFERENT INSURANCE POLICIES Commercial insurance can be confusing and expensive. Few people understand the vocabulary, structure and detailed mechanics of insurance. This pocketbook is an exc... read more
From the African bush to the streets of London, from the souks of Tangier and the concrete jungle of Hong Kong to the bling of Dubai and back to mother Africa; this is a riveting true story of what happens when an entrepreneur tries, tries and tries and fails ... read more
This mime has a lot to say...Jeffrey A. Brick sets out on an adventure to transform not only his life, but also the lives of those around him. With a career in healthcare, and the Marketplace soon to open, Jeffrey decides it's now or never. A strange dream abo... read more
Wisden 2013 – the 150th edition – contains coverage of every first-class game in everycricket nation, and reports and scorecards for all Tests and ODIs.Including the eagerly awaited Notes by the Editor, the Cricketers of the Year awards, and some of the finest... read more

Annabel has 12 reviews





Walton B.

Walton B.

Jul, 2018

When I send an MS to a designer, I often indicate either in notes or laying out things as best I can in Word in a very rough amateurish way. A bad designer basically copies out my rough sketch, or completely ignores my notes and does it in a way that doesn't fit the project at all. Annabel does what a good professional designer does, creating something new and beautiful and professional-looking...
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Walton B.

Walton B.

Apr, 2018

Annabel was extremely thorough and professional. She understood the project and my needs very well, asked good questions and was responsive and flexible. I like that she provided a full timeline of our collaboration so we both knew what was expected when. The cover and interior sample ideas were lovely and extremely professional. I'm very happy with the result. She's a true professional.
Liz H.

Liz H.

Nov, 2017

This is the second time that I have worked with Annabel and I am even more impressed than before. This time the brief was a lot more complicated and the first draft, that Annabel provided, was nothing near to what I had in my head. I panicked as I'm very new at this but got in touch with her and explained in clearer terms what I was after and a completely different draft came winging back. It w...
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jeffrey B.

jeffrey B.

Aug, 2017

Annabel again had great communication, completed the project as requested and Ingram accepted the file without issues!
Liz H.

Liz H.

Jul, 2017

I am new to Reedsy and missed a few things, Annabel was patient and quick to help. I also really liked how she formatted the book.