I'm a graphic designer with illustrative tendencies; born, raised and based in the glamorous, industrious West Midlands. In 2011 I graduated with a First in Graphic Design from Staffordshire University. Whilst studying, I 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, I decided to setup as a freelancer and focus on designing for print. I currently straddle time zones in order to serve a range of publishing and entertainment marketing clients, based in London, Berlin and Los Angeles.
I am happy to include Skype calls with clients as part of a flat-fee basis for a project, which includes infinite revisions until the job is done. If you want to discuss the project in person, I'm always happy to meet up and do that too. I like the client to know what they like and what they don't and to have visual references to hand - but I will quiz you on what I need prior to starting work. I'll always try and satisfy what the client has in mind, but I naturally gravitate towards big type, clean layouts, graphic elements and playing with type/image compositions.
Please note: Book cover work starts at £500 minimum.
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.’
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.’
Print and digital design services for a diverse range of global clients, including companies from publishing, entertainment marketing, academic and copywriting.
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
Down the Rabbit Hole
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
Story of No
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
This bookcovers the major moments and matches in Ashes history, charting the ebb and flow of Anglo-A....
Middle Class Problems
Lost Art of Sinking
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 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
"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 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
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
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
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 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
The Sun is our neighbourhood star, igniting the imagination and setting the template for divinity. B....
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
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
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
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
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With 30 years experience designing covers for the UK's top publishing houses, I also art direct, illustrate and do hand lettering for covers
Creative art director and book cover designer specializing in commercial woman's fiction, young adult, and romance.