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Ben Anslow

Ben Anslow - Designer

Stafford, United Kingdom

Award-winning, freelance book cover designer.

Overview

Ben Anslow is a graphic designer with illustrative tendencies; born, raised and based in the glamorous, industrious West Midlands. In 2011 he graduated with a First in Graphic Design from Staffordshire University. Whilst studying, Ben received a D&AD Best New Blood award, and was the first student on the course to be awarded an ISTD Membership for typography.

Recently graduated and disappointed by the amount of unpaid internships on offer, Ben decided to setup as a freelancer and focus on designing for print. He currently straddles time zones in order to serve a range of publishing and entertainment marketing clients, based in London, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Note: Book cover work starts at a minimum of £500.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Poetry Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Philosophy Politics & Current Affairs Psychology

Awards

  • D&AD Best New Blood
  • ISTD Membership
  • MPA Roses shortlist

Work experience

Freelance Designer / Art Director

Penned in the Margins

May, 2014 – May, 2016 (about 2 years)

Penned in the Margins is a London-based live literature producer and independent publisher specialising in poetry.

Design / Art Direction for all titles released between May 2014–May 2016.

Testimonial from Tom Chivers, Director:

‘Ben's designs have contributed hugely to the uplift in profile and reputation of the books that I publish. He is an exceptionally talented graphic artist, designer and typographer who is able to work flexibly to suit the very diverse range of work that we produce.

His cover for Mount London is the single most beautiful cover we have published, and that's a huge credit to him. Ben's work ethic is out of this world; he is completely commited to producing results for you as a client with very limited timeframes and budgets. It is always a pleasure and great fun to collaborate with Ben.’

Freelance Art Director

The Design Studio For Film

April, 2013 – November, 2015 (over 2 years)

The Design Studio For Film is an LA/NY based studio specialising in entertainment marketing.

Initially hired to work on credit blocks for film posters, the role quickly extended to include marketing materials, brochures, digital marketing, branding, type treatments and layouts.

Testimonial from James Miller, Managing Director:

‘Ben is a very talented designer who contributes many unique creative ideas to projects. He is a pleasure to work with and operates in a very collaborative fashion. It's an honour to have him as a member of our team. I highly recommend him.’

Owner

Ben Anslow, Design & Illustration

August, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

Print and digital design services for a diverse range of global clients, including companies from publishing, entertainment marketing, academic and copywriting.

Clients:
Atlantic Books / Artificial Eye / Bloomsbury / The Curved House / Head of Zeus / Kid-ethic / Little, Brown / Newsweek / Oxford University Press / Penguin / Penned in the Margins / The Design Studio for Film / Universal Pictures / Verso / Wordtree

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Mount London: Ascents in the Vertical City

Martin Kratz

An invisible mountain rises above the streets of London. At over 1,400 metres it's Britain's highest peak. This ingenious book is an account of the ascent of Mount London by writers, poets and urban cartographers, each scaling a smaller urban mountain - from Crystal Palace to Parliament Hill. Mount London is a visionary record of the vertical city. Contributors: Matt D. Brown, Sarah Butler, To... read more

An invisible mountain rises above the streets of London. At over 1,400 metres it's Britain's highest peak. This ingenious book is an account of the ascent of Mount London by writers, poets and urban cartographers, each scaling a smaller urban mountain - from Crystal Palace to Parliament Hill. Mount London is a visionary record of the vertical city. Contributors: Matt D. Brown, Sarah Butler, To... read more

Down the Rabbit Hole

Juan Pablo Villalobos

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

Paper Tiger: Inside the Real China

Xu Zhiyuan

In PAPER TIGER the Chinese journalist and intellectual Xu Zhiyuan paints a portrait of the world's second-largest economy via a thoughtful and wide-ranging series of mini essays on contemporary Chinese society. Xu Zhiyuan describes the many stages upon which China's great transformation is taking place, from Beijing's Silicon district to a cruise down the Three Gorges; he profiles China's diss... read more

In PAPER TIGER the Chinese journalist and intellectual Xu Zhiyuan paints a portrait of the world's second-largest economy via a thoughtful and wide-ranging series of mini essays on contemporary Chinese society. Xu Zhiyuan describes the many stages upon which China's great transformation is taking place, from Beijing's Silicon district to a cruise down the Three Gorges; he profiles China's diss... read more

The Story of No

Emma Hammond

Story of No

Story of No

Outsider in the White House

Bernie Sanders

Progressive socialist Bernie Sanders continues to make political history as he embarks on a campaign to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, and this revised edition with new material captures his optimistic hopes for democracy to deliver political and social justice. As Bernie Sanders continues to cement his reputation as hero to the progressive left with his run for the Democ... read more

Progressive socialist Bernie Sanders continues to make political history as he embarks on a campaign to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, and this revised edition with new material captures his optimistic hopes for democracy to deliver political and social justice. As Bernie Sanders continues to cement his reputation as hero to the progressive left with his run for the Democ... read more

Gentlemen and Sledgers: A History of the Ashes in 100 Quotations

Rob Smyth

This bookcovers the major moments and matches in Ashes history, charting the ebb and flow of Anglo-A....

This bookcovers the major moments and matches in Ashes history, charting the ebb and flow of Anglo-A....

Middle Class Problems

The Lost Art of Sinking

Naomi Booth

Lost Art of Sinking

Lost Art of Sinking

Melmoth the Wanderer (The Penguin English Library)

Charles Maturin

Paperback. Pub Date :2012-05-31 Pages: 720 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books The Penguin English Library Edition of Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles MaturinMy hour is come ... the clock of eternity is about to strike. but its knell must be unheard by mortal ears! This violent. profound. baroque and blackly humorous novel is the story of Melmoth. who has sold his soul in exchange for im... read more

Paperback. Pub Date :2012-05-31 Pages: 720 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books The Penguin English Library Edition of Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles MaturinMy hour is come ... the clock of eternity is about to strike. but its knell must be unheard by mortal ears! This violent. profound. baroque and blackly humorous novel is the story of Melmoth. who has sold his soul in exchange for im... read more

Fence

Tim Cresswell

Fence is an epic of fragments that is at once beautiful and beautifully strange. In his exploration of the vast, frozen Svalbard islands, poet and geographer Tim Cresswell has created a kind of travel poetry whose taut, minimalist lyric synthesises subjects as diverse as history, politics and Arctic ecology. Echoing the mournful atmospherics of the great Anglo-Saxon elegies, this book-length p... read more

Fence is an epic of fragments that is at once beautiful and beautifully strange. In his exploration of the vast, frozen Svalbard islands, poet and geographer Tim Cresswell has created a kind of travel poetry whose taut, minimalist lyric synthesises subjects as diverse as history, politics and Arctic ecology. Echoing the mournful atmospherics of the great Anglo-Saxon elegies, this book-length p... read more

Fracture: Life and Culture in the West, 1918-1938

Philipp Blom

"When the Great War ended in 1918, the West was broken. Religious faith, patriotism and the belief in human progress had all been called into question by the mass carnage experienced by both sides. Shell shocked and traumatized, the West faced a world it no longer recognized: the old order had collapsed, replaced by an age of machines. The world hurtled forward on gears and crankshafts, and te... read more

"When the Great War ended in 1918, the West was broken. Religious faith, patriotism and the belief in human progress had all been called into question by the mass carnage experienced by both sides. Shell shocked and traumatized, the West faced a world it no longer recognized: the old order had collapsed, replaced by an age of machines. The world hurtled forward on gears and crankshafts, and te... read more

Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis

Theodoros Chiotis

Futures features some of the most daring new voices in Greek poetry, together with international poets with Greek connections. These bold, empassioned and critically aware texts stake new poetic and political ground: they articulate what it means to live in a time when capitalism is buckling under its own weight and new ways of living and thinking seem to be emerging. In a time of crisis, Futu... read more

Futures features some of the most daring new voices in Greek poetry, together with international poets with Greek connections. These bold, empassioned and critically aware texts stake new poetic and political ground: they articulate what it means to live in a time when capitalism is buckling under its own weight and new ways of living and thinking seem to be emerging. In a time of crisis, Futu... read more

Man-Eater

Harold Schechter

In February 1874 Alfred Packer staggered out of the Colorado mountains and into the Los Pinos Indian agency. Snowbound and lost, he claimed to have been abandoned by his five companions. But behind the wilderness grime he looked rather well fed. And he had in his possession a skinning knife...When questioned, Packer confessed that four of the group had survived by eating two who had died of ex... read more

In February 1874 Alfred Packer staggered out of the Colorado mountains and into the Los Pinos Indian agency. Snowbound and lost, he claimed to have been abandoned by his five companions. But behind the wilderness grime he looked rather well fed. And he had in his possession a skinning knife...When questioned, Packer confessed that four of the group had survived by eating two who had died of ex... read more

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright

At university, two worlds collide. Johnny Bevan, the whip-smart, mercurial kid from a city council estate, saves Nick Burton from living his father's safe life, but it ends tragically. Years later, a world-weary Nick is reminded of their friendship. Can Johnny save Nick again? Luke Wright makes his theatre debut with a story of friendship, class and a really bad idea for a festival. All told i... read more

At university, two worlds collide. Johnny Bevan, the whip-smart, mercurial kid from a city council estate, saves Nick Burton from living his father's safe life, but it ends tragically. Years later, a world-weary Nick is reminded of their friendship. Can Johnny save Nick again? Luke Wright makes his theatre debut with a story of friendship, class and a really bad idea for a festival. All told i... read more

Selected Poems

Martin Richards

The Givenness Of Things

Marilynne Robinson

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels - Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila - and in her moving essay collection When I Was a Child I Read Books. Now, in The Givenness of Things, she brings a profound sense of awe and an incisive mind to the essential questions of contemporary life a... read more

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels - Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila - and in her moving essay collection When I Was a Child I Read Books. Now, in The Givenness of Things, she brings a profound sense of awe and an incisive mind to the essential questions of contemporary life a... read more

Spacecraft

John McCullough

Spacecraft navigates the white space of the page and the distance between people. Margins, edges and coastlines abound in John McCullough's tender, humorous explorations of contemporary life and love. Encompassing everything from lichen to lava lamps, and from the etymology of words to Brighton's gay scene, Spacecraft is a humane and spellbinding collection from the winner of the 2012 Polari f... read more

Spacecraft navigates the white space of the page and the distance between people. Margins, edges and coastlines abound in John McCullough's tender, humorous explorations of contemporary life and love. Encompassing everything from lichen to lava lamps, and from the etymology of words to Brighton's gay scene, Spacecraft is a humane and spellbinding collection from the winner of the 2012 Polari f... read more

Sunspots

Simon Barraclough

The Sun is our neighbourhood star, igniting the imagination and setting the template for divinity. B....

The Sun is our neighbourhood star, igniting the imagination and setting the template for divinity. B....

By Bea Uusma The Expedition: The Forgotten Story of a Polar Tragedy [Hardcover]

Bea Uusma

11 July, 1897. Three men set out in a hydrogen balloon bound for the North Pole. They never return. Two days into their journey they make a crash landing then disappear into a white nightmare. 33 years later. The men's bodies are found, perfectly preserved under the snow and ice. They had enough food, clothing and ammunition to survive. Why did they die? 66 years later. Bea Uusma is at a party... read more

11 July, 1897. Three men set out in a hydrogen balloon bound for the North Pole. They never return. Two days into their journey they make a crash landing then disappear into a white nightmare. 33 years later. The men's bodies are found, perfectly preserved under the snow and ice. They had enough food, clothing and ammunition to survive. Why did they die? 66 years later. Bea Uusma is at a party... read more

Forgive the Language: Essays on Poets

Katy Evans-Bush

Typewriters, plagiarism and the poetic line are just three of the subjects under the spotlight in this book of essays by much-loved literary blogger Katy Evans-Bush. Studies of Ted Hughes, Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas sit alongside a new look at Keats, a search for forgotten war poet Eloise Robinson, and practical guides on poetic technique.Katy Evans-Bush combines the intellectual rigour o... read more

Typewriters, plagiarism and the poetic line are just three of the subjects under the spotlight in this book of essays by much-loved literary blogger Katy Evans-Bush. Studies of Ted Hughes, Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas sit alongside a new look at Keats, a search for forgotten war poet Eloise Robinson, and practical guides on poetic technique.Katy Evans-Bush combines the intellectual rigour o... read more

Cain

Luke Kennard

The Good Dark

Ryan Van Winkle

The Good Dark is the place we go to remember. The Good Dark is the place we go to take account. In his atmospheric second collection, Ryan Van Winkle charts loves won and loves lost. A lyric voice that is both familiar and strangely different leads us through the shifting forests of memory and towards a grim acknowledgement of the need to get up, to be careful, to move. The Good Dark includes ... read more

The Good Dark is the place we go to remember. The Good Dark is the place we go to take account. In his atmospheric second collection, Ryan Van Winkle charts loves won and loves lost. A lyric voice that is both familiar and strangely different leads us through the shifting forests of memory and towards a grim acknowledgement of the need to get up, to be careful, to move. The Good Dark includes ... read more

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