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Janis Utton

Janis Utton - Designer

London, UK

London based freelance designer and art director with over 25 years experience in the international co-edition publishing industry.

Overview

I am London based freelance designer and art director - mainly working for the print/publishing/media industries on a wide variety of projects including food and drink, craft, travel, fashion, health, beauty, lifestyle, interiors, gardening, art and photography.

I specialise in non-fiction, illustrated print books and can take projects through from original concept, development and styling, through to finished design and layout, commissioning and art directing photography and illustrators, picture researching and preparing files ready to print.

Clients include: Abbeville Press, Barron's Educational, BBC, Bridgewater, Chronicle, Clarkson Potter, Dorling Kindersley, Fil Rouge Press, Fox Chapel, Gaia, Godsfield, Hamlyn, IPC, Ivy Press, Kingfisher, KitchenAid, M&S, Marshall Cavendish, Mitchell Beazley, National Trust, Octopus, Pavilion, Penguin Group, Quarto, Quintet, Reader's Digest, Rizzoli, Simon & Schuster, Sterling.

Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Fashion & Textiles Health & wellbeing Home & Garden Photography Travel

Certifications

  • Regional Diploma of Art and Design with Distinction
  • Membership into the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers

Work experience

Freelance Design and Art Direction

Self-employed
May, 2001 – Present (over 16 years)

Working for a variety of illustrated publishing companies on a wide selection of projects including food and drink, travel, fashion, health, beauty, lifestyle, interiors, gardening, art and photography

Art Director

Dorling Kindersley, London
April, 2000 – May, 2001 (about 1 year)

Art Director responsible for Interior design, art, style, design, DIY, architecture, photography, craft and flower arranging titles

Executive Art Editor

Mitchell Beazley
September, 1995 – April, 2001 (over 5 years)

Responsible for interior design, craft, performing arts and photography lists. extensive concept to presentation work, publishing eight titles per year

Senior Art Editor

Dorling Kindersley
December, 1991 – September, 1995 (almost 4 years)

Eyewitness Travel Guide to Paris, France and Spain
Responsible for budgets and schedules, organisation of design team and picture research, commissioning of cartography, illustrations and location photography

Senior Designer

Marshall Cavendish
March, 1988 – November, 1991 (over 3 years)

Design and development of various new magazines, commissioning photographers, stylists, home economists, art directing studio and location photography

Designer

G.E Publishing
March, 1987 – February, 1988 (11 months)

Design and development of various new magazines including Essentials magazine (GE/IPC co-production), development to launch (Feb 88), layout designer on Essentials

Designer

Gower Medical Publishing
January, 1983 – January, 1987 (about 4 years)

Design, layout, typography and illustration of full colour books, monographs and publicity material

Portfolio (30 selected works)

Anatomy for the Artist

Sarah Simblet

In "Anatomy for the Artist" acclaimed artist and academic Sarah Simblet unveils the extraordinary construction of the human body and celebrates its continuing prominence in Western Art today. Using superb specially commissioned photographs of male and female models together with historical and contempory works of art and her own illustrations, Sarah shows us how to look inside the human frame ... read more

In "Anatomy for the Artist" acclaimed artist and academic Sarah Simblet unveils the extraordinary construction of the human body and celebrates its continuing prominence in Western Art today. Using superb specially commissioned photographs of male and female models together with historical and contempory works of art and her own illustrations, Sarah shows us how to look inside the human frame ... read more

Landscapes of the National Trust (National Trust History & Heritage)

Stephen Daniels, Ben Cowell, Lucy Veale

The third in the bestselling series of Houses of the National Trust and Gardens of the National Trust, this is a richly illustrated book providing new perspectives on the British landscape. From the dramatic hills of the Lake District to the mysterious fens of eastern England and the beaches and coves of Cornwall, landscapes provide the settings for our daily lives, as well as an important par... read more

The third in the bestselling series of Houses of the National Trust and Gardens of the National Trust, this is a richly illustrated book providing new perspectives on the British landscape. From the dramatic hills of the Lake District to the mysterious fens of eastern England and the beaches and coves of Cornwall, landscapes provide the settings for our daily lives, as well as an important par... read more

Twisted Stitches: 30 Corrupt Cross Stitch & Embroidery Designs

Phil Davison

This is a devilishly delightful collection of cross-stitch and embroidery designs with a twist. For crafters who like their stitching with a twist, this unique book takes cross stitch and embroidery to the dark side! Think charming cottages with roses around the door - but with abandoned vehicles in the front yard, or napkins embroidered with pretty but deadly poisonous plants...Projects of th... read more

This is a devilishly delightful collection of cross-stitch and embroidery designs with a twist. For crafters who like their stitching with a twist, this unique book takes cross stitch and embroidery to the dark side! Think charming cottages with roses around the door - but with abandoned vehicles in the front yard, or napkins embroidered with pretty but deadly poisonous plants...Projects of th... read more

Baby: A portrait of the amazing first two years of life

Desmond Morris

Covering a baby's first two years with glimpses of life in the womb, this title details the changes that occur as development progresses. It sets out the facts with visual reference.

Covering a baby's first two years with glimpses of life in the womb, this title details the changes that occur as development progresses. It sets out the facts with visual reference.

Lighting

Nonie Nieswand

Influential Interiors

Suzanne Trocme

192 pages with over 180 photographs

192 pages with over 180 photographs

Box Into Shape: Get fighting fit in just twelve weeks

Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy

Offers safe exercises based on boxing and martial arts. This title is suitable for various ages and levels of fitness with structured routines for beginners as well as more challenging variations.

Offers safe exercises based on boxing and martial arts. This title is suitable for various ages and levels of fitness with structured routines for beginners as well as more challenging variations.

Pretty Little Things to Make: 20 Heirloom Projects for Babies and Toddlers

Judith More

Whether you want to make a gift for a baby shower or christening, or are a mum-to-be who wants to create something special for your new arrival, this title features various patterns for traditional heirloom designs. It includes a pattern section. It includes modern photographs of the projects that are accompanied by classic illustration.

Whether you want to make a gift for a baby shower or christening, or are a mum-to-be who wants to create something special for your new arrival, this title features various patterns for traditional heirloom designs. It includes a pattern section. It includes modern photographs of the projects that are accompanied by classic illustration.

Figuring Out Fashion: Balance Your Wardrobe and Your Budget

Jay Hunt

Reworking existing clothing adds up, reducing the cost for both the wearer and the planet. Many wardrobes are full of unworn impulse purchases and expensive mistakes: clothes that don't fit well or with details that don't flatter. For those concerned aboutthe cost of fashion shopping-not just personal debt, but the ethical issues of cheap labour and the ecological impact of over-consumption of... read more

Reworking existing clothing adds up, reducing the cost for both the wearer and the planet. Many wardrobes are full of unworn impulse purchases and expensive mistakes: clothes that don't fit well or with details that don't flatter. For those concerned aboutthe cost of fashion shopping-not just personal debt, but the ethical issues of cheap labour and the ecological impact of over-consumption of... read more

The Ultimate Mixer Cookbook: 150 International Recipes Made Effortlessly

Kay Halsey

With The Ultimate Mixer Cookbook and a stand mixer you can plan on spending less time in the kitchen, but still get fabulous results. With over 150 delicious international recipes you will have a wonderful array of dishes to prepare. - Over 150 recipes for soups, salads, pasta dishes, lunches and suppers, vegetable dishes, breads, desserts, cakes and cookies - Covers the use of mixer accessori... read more

With The Ultimate Mixer Cookbook and a stand mixer you can plan on spending less time in the kitchen, but still get fabulous results. With over 150 delicious international recipes you will have a wonderful array of dishes to prepare. - Over 150 recipes for soups, salads, pasta dishes, lunches and suppers, vegetable dishes, breads, desserts, cakes and cookies - Covers the use of mixer accessori... read more

Supersize Stitches

Jacqui Pearce

This title helps to discover the wonderful world of supersize cross stitch with these stunning XXL projects from top designer Jacqui Pearce. Love cross stitch but lack patience? Or are you a beginner who wants fast and fabulous contemporary designs to stitch? Do you have a larger-than-life love of colourful, hip stitching? Then this is the book for you. Featuring modern twists on traditional t... read more

This title helps to discover the wonderful world of supersize cross stitch with these stunning XXL projects from top designer Jacqui Pearce. Love cross stitch but lack patience? Or are you a beginner who wants fast and fabulous contemporary designs to stitch? Do you have a larger-than-life love of colourful, hip stitching? Then this is the book for you. Featuring modern twists on traditional t... read more

The Kitchen Gym: Get Lean While You Clean

Anne-Marie Millard

Too busy for the gym? Too stressed to clean? Don't worry, you can get fit and burn calories doing everyday tasks instead! THE KITCHEN GYM is the no-pain, max-gain approach to housework and fitness. Find out how to sweep, iron and lift your bum, tum and thighs into glorious shape. Say goodbye to cellulite and cobwebs with these fat-burning, body-toning housekeeping routines. *Over 25 daily clea... read more

Too busy for the gym? Too stressed to clean? Don't worry, you can get fit and burn calories doing everyday tasks instead! THE KITCHEN GYM is the no-pain, max-gain approach to housework and fitness. Find out how to sweep, iron and lift your bum, tum and thighs into glorious shape. Say goodbye to cellulite and cobwebs with these fat-burning, body-toning housekeeping routines. *Over 25 daily clea... read more

Stylish Papercraft: 25 contemporary projects for your home

Clare Youngs

Lets you customize your home and create eco-friendly craftwork with papercraft projects, made from things from recycled newspapers and junk mail to colourful tissue paper. This book offers instructions and photography that guide you through the process of using paper to make 25 useful designs, from decorative bowls and mobiles to decorations.

Lets you customize your home and create eco-friendly craftwork with papercraft projects, made from things from recycled newspapers and junk mail to colourful tissue paper. This book offers instructions and photography that guide you through the process of using paper to make 25 useful designs, from decorative bowls and mobiles to decorations.

John Hedgecoe's New Introductory Photography Course

John Hedgecoe

John Hedgecoe's New Introductory Photography Course

John Hedgecoe's New Introductory Photography Course

Hip Houseplants

Orlando Hamilton

If you think your home could use some living greenery, if only for its ionising properties, turn to Hip Houseplants. In the first chapter you'll find ideas for plants that contribute to a minimalist décor: orchids of course, a tuft of isolepis grass in a simple tin container, partridge-breasted aloe. Or maybe your apartment is decorated in retro-1970s style-bright plastic dining chairs, starbu... read more

If you think your home could use some living greenery, if only for its ionising properties, turn to Hip Houseplants. In the first chapter you'll find ideas for plants that contribute to a minimalist décor: orchids of course, a tuft of isolepis grass in a simple tin container, partridge-breasted aloe. Or maybe your apartment is decorated in retro-1970s style-bright plastic dining chairs, starbu... read more

Glamour Cakes: Exquisite Designs for Every Occasion

Eric Lanlard

Glamour Cakes: Exquisite Designs for Every Occasion

Glamour Cakes: Exquisite Designs for Every Occasion

Compact Living

Jane Graining

The Mythology Bible: Everything you wanted to know about mythology (Godsfield Bibles)

Sarah Bartlett

The Mythology Bible provides detailed information on a wide range of myths and legends throughout history and across the globe. Ancient myths of Egypt, Rome, Greece, Scandinavia and the Celtic world are explored alongside the legends of Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Aztecs and Incas, Africa and Asia. From Aphrodite to King Arthur and the Epic of Gilgamesh to Mayan death gods, here y... read more

The Mythology Bible provides detailed information on a wide range of myths and legends throughout history and across the globe. Ancient myths of Egypt, Rome, Greece, Scandinavia and the Celtic world are explored alongside the legends of Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Aztecs and Incas, Africa and Asia. From Aphrodite to King Arthur and the Epic of Gilgamesh to Mayan death gods, here y... read more

Classic Cocktails From Around the World

Allan Gage

Cocktails are back! That's the word in every fashionable watering place on the planet, from the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (home of the Absolut Wonder), to the Indigo Bar in Mumbai, India (where they serve a Bailey's Infused Strawberry and Hazelnut Lassi). Here, for today's new cocktail fans, as well as the sophisticates who never stopped drinking them, is the ultimate guide to cocktails... read more

Cocktails are back! That's the word in every fashionable watering place on the planet, from the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (home of the Absolut Wonder), to the Indigo Bar in Mumbai, India (where they serve a Bailey's Infused Strawberry and Hazelnut Lassi). Here, for today's new cocktail fans, as well as the sophisticates who never stopped drinking them, is the ultimate guide to cocktails... read more

Fresh Mexican: Over 80 Healthy Mexican Recipes

Monica Medina-Mora, Angeles Ayala

Taking its influences from the Aztecs, Mexican food is one of the world's most colourful and delicious cuisines. Enjoy all its exotic flavour with over 80 classic and contemporary recipes that are low in sugar, fat and salt, ranging from classic favourites to modern ideas and variations. All of the recipes are easy to follow and quick to prepare, which makes them perfect for both after-work su... read more

Taking its influences from the Aztecs, Mexican food is one of the world's most colourful and delicious cuisines. Enjoy all its exotic flavour with over 80 classic and contemporary recipes that are low in sugar, fat and salt, ranging from classic favourites to modern ideas and variations. All of the recipes are easy to follow and quick to prepare, which makes them perfect for both after-work su... read more

Classic Style

Judith Miller

Photographs and descriptive text celebrate classic decorating styles in the homes of Europe and North America, including neo-classical, American empire, English Regency, Greek revival, twentieth-century modern, and postmodern design styles

Photographs and descriptive text celebrate classic decorating styles in the homes of Europe and North America, including neo-classical, American empire, English Regency, Greek revival, twentieth-century modern, and postmodern design styles

Retro Home

Suzanne Trocme

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