Paul Oakley

Paul Oakley - Designer

Ipswich, UK

Senior Art Editor for Guinness World Records, Art director for Carlton, Art Editor for Quercus, Senior Designer for DK. 28 years experience.

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Overview

Beautifully crafted cover concepts and spread designs for presentations, print or digital through to the page layout of illustrated books and the delivery of files fit for print or digital. I can assist you in achieving your goals by listening carefully, building relationships and working when required in collaboration with my scalable network of talent who are experts in their fields.

My design work for publishers spans classic novels, illustrated reference, popular science, health and beauty, sport, natural history, art, pop culture, history, gaming, further education, cookery and children's books.

Some of my high-profile work includes the book of Guinness World Records, BBC David Attenborough Africa: eye to eye with the unknown and The Complete Ironman Official Illustrated Guide. But I also love designing small indie publications.

Loaded with experience from my existing publishing clients, I can steer a project through the complexities that designing a book can often present.

On the graphic illustration front, I produce instructional illustration, infographics, diagramatic illustration, maps and have a bit of a thing for geometric portraits.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art
Children's - Non-fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Gaming & LitRPG

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Art, BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • Diploma General Art and Design

Awards

  • D&AD Design and Art Directors Yellow Pencil Award

Work experience

Freelance Creative

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

Producing a broad range of publishing products that include illustrated fiction and non-fiction children’s titles, illustrated reference for popular culture, science, history, craft and lifestyle. Publishers that I have engaged freelance work with Anness Publishing, Arcturus Publishing, Atlantic books, Aurum Press, Crabtree Publishing, Eddison Sadd Editions​, Ivy Press, Rosen Publishing, Quintessence publishing.

Senior Art Editor

Guinness World Records
September, 2014 – September, 2015 (about 1 year)

At Guinness World Records, I was responsible for the management of all the external and internal communications for the creative in-house design department, holding regular one-to-one meetings on their progress. I carried out the commissioning of complex illustrations and photography that was required for the Guinness World Records book. I held regular consultation meetings with the global media department and production department, reviewing best practices for their publications.

Art Editor

Quercus Publishing
March, 2008 – August, 2014 (over 6 years)

Working with the Art Director, I was responsible for the design management of illustrated non-fiction titles and ‘book plus’ packages. My responsibilities included briefing and managing projects for designers and picture researchers. My role necessitated the commissioning of photography and illustration. I provided support for front-end design of the company website and book ‘micro sites’.

Freelance Creative

Oakley Design Associates
July, 2000 – March, 2008 (over 7 years)

I provided full design and project management services. This included delivering presentations, production of artwork and the management of print. Commissioning of copywriters, photographers, illustrators. I have assembled and managed external teams of creatives for large scope projects. Clients included: Cunningham Lindsey loss adjusters, Quarto Publishing and WestCo Construction.

Art Director

Carlton Books
July, 1992 – July, 2000 (about 8 years)

I was engaged in the design and production of book covers, spreads, interactive packs, paper engineering and related promotional material. I was responsible for managing design staff, both permanent and freelance. My other duties included construction and management of budgets, art direction of photography, model casting and prop sourcing.

Senior Designer

Dorling Kindersley
August, 1990 – July, 1992 (almost 2 years)

Working in conjunction with the Design Director and Sales and Marketing team, I was responsible for producing designs for books covers, catalogues, point of sale and posters.​

Designer

Swallow Books
July, 1989 – August, 1990 (about 1 year)

Producing illustrated books for the publishers, following designs through from concept to finished artwork, also designing promotional material and catalogues.

Portfolio (26 selected works)

The Complete IRONMAN®: The Official Illustrated Guide to the Ultimate Endurance Race

Bob Babbitt

This is the ultimate official celebration of the world’s toughest, most revered endurance event: IRONMAN. For more than 40 years IRONMAN has been, arguably, the toughest athletic competition on the planet, presenting participants with an almost impossible physical challenge: a 2.4- mile swim, 112-mile cycle ride, and 26.2-mile marathon run. Even so, it always attracts thousands of entrants. Th... read more

This is the ultimate official celebration of the world’s toughest, most revered endurance event: IRONMAN. For more than 40 years IRONMAN has been, arguably, the toughest athletic competition on the planet, presenting participants with an almost impossible physical challenge: a 2.4- mile swim, 112-mile cycle ride, and 26.2-mile marathon run. Even so, it always attracts thousands of entrants. Th... read more

Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown

Michael Bright

An extraordinary companion guide to the next landmark natural history documentary series from the BBC, aiming to reshape the way we think about each region of Africa by revealing never-before-seen impressions of the continentSir David Attenborough CBE and the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit embark on a watershed new series, painting a breathtaking portrait of Africa as never before caug... read more

An extraordinary companion guide to the next landmark natural history documentary series from the BBC, aiming to reshape the way we think about each region of Africa by revealing never-before-seen impressions of the continentSir David Attenborough CBE and the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit embark on a watershed new series, painting a breathtaking portrait of Africa as never before caug... read more

Guinness World Records 2016

Guinness World Records

The world's best-selling annual is back and bursting with thousands of amazing new records, never-before-seen images and mind-boggling trivia. And as always, we have a few more surprises in store for you...As well as all your favorite records for talented pets, superhuman achievements, big stuff and extreme vehicles, you'll find show-stopping superlatives from brand-new categories. Topics maki... read more

The world's best-selling annual is back and bursting with thousands of amazing new records, never-before-seen images and mind-boggling trivia. And as always, we have a few more surprises in store for you...As well as all your favorite records for talented pets, superhuman achievements, big stuff and extreme vehicles, you'll find show-stopping superlatives from brand-new categories. Topics maki... read more

Velopedia: The infographic book of cycling

Robert Dineen

From detailed portraits of the icons of the sport, to statistical breakdowns of the greatest road races and potted histories of its most enduring records, this collection of superbly entertaining infographics includes everything you need to know about professional cycling.Whether it is the tallest and shortest champions, oldest and youngest Tour riders, or the richest in the peloton, Velopedia... read more

From detailed portraits of the icons of the sport, to statistical breakdowns of the greatest road races and potted histories of its most enduring records, this collection of superbly entertaining infographics includes everything you need to know about professional cycling.Whether it is the tallest and shortest champions, oldest and youngest Tour riders, or the richest in the peloton, Velopedia... read more

Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners

Travis Elborough

Inspiring urban explorers and armchair travellers alike to consider a new way of understanding the world we live in, this unique atlas shows you the modern world from surprising new vantage points. Hidden lairs beneath layers of rock, forgotten cities rising out of deserted lands and even mankind's own feats of engineering eccentricity lie in the most unusual of destinations. Go in search of t... read more

Inspiring urban explorers and armchair travellers alike to consider a new way of understanding the world we live in, this unique atlas shows you the modern world from surprising new vantage points. Hidden lairs beneath layers of rock, forgotten cities rising out of deserted lands and even mankind's own feats of engineering eccentricity lie in the most unusual of destinations. Go in search of t... read more

Speeches that Changed the World

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Speeches that Changed the World presents over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from throughout history. Complete with a brief biography of each speaker, and telling the story of why each oration was significant and what happened as a result, this is a gripping history of the world told through its greatest and most impassioned speeches. Comprehensively updated with many new speeches... read more

Speeches that Changed the World presents over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from throughout history. Complete with a brief biography of each speaker, and telling the story of why each oration was significant and what happened as a result, this is a gripping history of the world told through its greatest and most impassioned speeches. Comprehensively updated with many new speeches... read more

Science in Seconds: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant (Knowledge in a Flash)

Hazel Muir

Simple and accessible, Science in Seconds is a comprehensive, entertaining introduction to 200 key scientific ideas. Each concept is clearly realized with a helpful visual and a concise explanation. The concepts included span all of the key scientific disciplines, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Biotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medicine, Earth Science, Energy Generation, ... read more

Simple and accessible, Science in Seconds is a comprehensive, entertaining introduction to 200 key scientific ideas. Each concept is clearly realized with a helpful visual and a concise explanation. The concepts included span all of the key scientific disciplines, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Biotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medicine, Earth Science, Energy Generation, ... read more

50 Events You Really Need to Know: History of War

Robin Cross

Human history--from the empires of the ancient world to the superpowers of the 21st century--has been inextricably shaped by conflict and the weapons that have been used to wage it. The technologies that have produced advanced civilizations have also been harnessed to the grim business of warfare. The trains that carried working people to their first seaside holidays in the 19th century also t... read more

Human history--from the empires of the ancient world to the superpowers of the 21st century--has been inextricably shaped by conflict and the weapons that have been used to wage it. The technologies that have produced advanced civilizations have also been harnessed to the grim business of warfare. The trains that carried working people to their first seaside holidays in the 19th century also t... read more

Safari Origami (Amazing Origami)

Joe Fullman

Theres no need to head to Africa for a safari. Readers can grab a few sheets of paper and this book to create many of the animals one would see through the ancient art of origami! A brief introduction allows those new to paper folding to learn the terms and folds needed to complete the crafts. Then, a lion, elephant, monkey, leopard, rhino, and giraffe take shape as readers follow the clear, s... read more

Theres no need to head to Africa for a safari. Readers can grab a few sheets of paper and this book to create many of the animals one would see through the ancient art of origami! A brief introduction allows those new to paper folding to learn the terms and folds needed to complete the crafts. Then, a lion, elephant, monkey, leopard, rhino, and giraffe take shape as readers follow the clear, s... read more

Handguns, the Definitive Guide to Pistols & Revolvers

John Walter

An outstanding visual directory of 350 of the world's most significant small arms, from the earliest hand- held guns, through the iconic makes and models that changed the course of history

An outstanding visual directory of 350 of the world's most significant small arms, from the earliest hand- held guns, through the iconic makes and models that changed the course of history

The Story of Medicine: From Bloodletting to Biotechnology

Mary Dobson

In The Story of Medicine, esteemed medical historian and author Mary Dobson charts the ways in which we have fought with disease and injury over several millennia – from the ‘humors’ of Hippocrates to Edward Jenner and the eradication of smallpox; from Florence Nightingale’s nursing reforms to Crick and Watson’s DNA chain. Beautifully realized with paintings, illustrations and photographs, thi... read more

In The Story of Medicine, esteemed medical historian and author Mary Dobson charts the ways in which we have fought with disease and injury over several millennia – from the ‘humors’ of Hippocrates to Edward Jenner and the eradication of smallpox; from Florence Nightingale’s nursing reforms to Crick and Watson’s DNA chain. Beautifully realized with paintings, illustrations and photographs, thi... read more

Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium Of Monsters, Myths And Legends

Terry Breverton

A superbly illustrated guide to the mysteries of myth, legend, and—gulp!—real life.

A superbly illustrated guide to the mysteries of myth, legend, and—gulp!—real life.

Drawing Classic Heroes (Ultimate Comic Art)

William Potter

Tragic pasts, secret identities, compelling personalities the best character designs are built on these essential factors! This ultimate guide shows readers how to create costumes that reflect their characters powers, how to design a team of characters with interesting group dynamics, and how backstory can contribute to a characters flaws and strengths. Using classic designs, poses, and powers... read more

Tragic pasts, secret identities, compelling personalities the best character designs are built on these essential factors! This ultimate guide shows readers how to create costumes that reflect their characters powers, how to design a team of characters with interesting group dynamics, and how backstory can contribute to a characters flaws and strengths. Using classic designs, poses, and powers... read more

Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer's Edition

Guinness World Records

The bestselling video games annual is back! Bursting with mind-blowing records and tantalizing trivia, the Guinness World Records 2016: Gamer's Edition is a must-have for any gaming fan. Whether you're all about the latest first-person shooter, an app aficionado, an MMO master, or a die-hard retro gamer, you'll find show-stopping records, top 10 roundups, quick-fire facts and stats, and hundre... read more

The bestselling video games annual is back! Bursting with mind-blowing records and tantalizing trivia, the Guinness World Records 2016: Gamer's Edition is a must-have for any gaming fan. Whether you're all about the latest first-person shooter, an app aficionado, an MMO master, or a die-hard retro gamer, you'll find show-stopping records, top 10 roundups, quick-fire facts and stats, and hundre... read more

Castles of Britain and Ireland (Hardcover)

Rodney Castleden

To many, medieval castles are the essence of Britain and Ireland's fascinating past. Immersed in history and centuries old, each one tells a story of Kings, Queens and feuding lords; war and bloody conflict; treason, revenge and murder. In Castles of Britain and Ireland, Rodney Castleden weaves a fascinating and detailed narrative of 115 of the grandest and most historically significant castle... read more

To many, medieval castles are the essence of Britain and Ireland's fascinating past. Immersed in history and centuries old, each one tells a story of Kings, Queens and feuding lords; war and bloody conflict; treason, revenge and murder. In Castles of Britain and Ireland, Rodney Castleden weaves a fascinating and detailed narrative of 115 of the grandest and most historically significant castle... read more

Vermeer and His World: 1632-1675

Serena Cant

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is recognized as one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age. This period witnessed an explosion of artistic activity in which an unprecedented number of painters depicted an increasingly diverse range of subjects. Vermeer's subjects are absolutely typical of the Golden Age, yet his vision is supremely distinctive. Vermeer and his World begins with a compr... read more

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is recognized as one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age. This period witnessed an explosion of artistic activity in which an unprecedented number of painters depicted an increasingly diverse range of subjects. Vermeer's subjects are absolutely typical of the Golden Age, yet his vision is supremely distinctive. Vermeer and his World begins with a compr... read more

Let's Draw Pets and Farm Animals (Let's Draw Step by Step)

Kasia Dudziuk

Pets and farm animals are fun, familiar subjects for beginner drawing projects. Young readers follow clear text instructions and corresponding pictures as they create their own cute and colorful artwork. These step-by-step instructions allow readers of all skill levels to feel like real artists. Readers can even compare their works of art to the charming illustrations used as examples. With ea... read more

Pets and farm animals are fun, familiar subjects for beginner drawing projects. Young readers follow clear text instructions and corresponding pictures as they create their own cute and colorful artwork. These step-by-step instructions allow readers of all skill levels to feel like real artists. Readers can even compare their works of art to the charming illustrations used as examples. With ea... read more

Dinosaur World (Spot and Discover)

William Potter

Long before people roamed this earth, it was home to dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. This exciting book challenges readers to search for and count a variety of ancient animals. Each puzzle provides insight about the different habitats dinosaurs lived in, and a fun fact about each of the creatures on the page. Readers will put their observation and counting skills to the test while s... read more

Long before people roamed this earth, it was home to dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. This exciting book challenges readers to search for and count a variety of ancient animals. Each puzzle provides insight about the different habitats dinosaurs lived in, and a fun fact about each of the creatures on the page. Readers will put their observation and counting skills to the test while s... read more

Perplexing Picture Puzzles (Brain Blasters)

Kate Overy

There's more than what meets the eye in these puzzling pictures. Readers will pour over the pages of this immersive book of image-based riddles. Even reluctant readers will love engaging with these mysterious visual conundrums. Each puzzle features charming illustrations. Handy intros to each puzzle help readers get started. As they progress through each problem, readers will develop critical ... read more

There's more than what meets the eye in these puzzling pictures. Readers will pour over the pages of this immersive book of image-based riddles. Even reluctant readers will love engaging with these mysterious visual conundrums. Each puzzle features charming illustrations. Handy intros to each puzzle help readers get started. As they progress through each problem, readers will develop critical ... read more

Awesome Experiments With Living Things (Mind-Blowing Science Experiments)

Thomas Canavan

Yeast can burp? Plants can solve mazes? Readers wont believe the amazing results of these fantastic experiments! This book introduces readers to the science behind plants and other living things through fun hands-on activities. Simple language explains complex concepts, and step-by-step instructions with accompanying photographs make experiments accessible. Nifty tips help readers safely reach... read more

Yeast can burp? Plants can solve mazes? Readers wont believe the amazing results of these fantastic experiments! This book introduces readers to the science behind plants and other living things through fun hands-on activities. Simple language explains complex concepts, and step-by-step instructions with accompanying photographs make experiments accessible. Nifty tips help readers safely reach... read more

Space Tech: High-Tech Space Science (Techno Planet)

Megan Kopp

Looks at recent advances in space technology, how they have led to greater achievements and understanding in the field, and how everyone has benefited from technology developed for space.

Looks at recent advances in space technology, how they have led to greater achievements and understanding in the field, and how everyone has benefited from technology developed for space.

No-Bake Baking: Easy, Oven-Free Cakes and Treats

Sharon Hearne-Smith

Who says baking has to be hard work? In No-Bake Baking, Sharon Hearne-Smith shows how to create over 100 impressive sweet treats with absolutely no need for conventional baking. These easy recipes can be magicked up in your fridge, freezer, microwave or blender - or even your slow cooker, bread machine or sandwich toaster! Sharon cleverly transforms simple ingredients like rice krispies, panca... read more

Who says baking has to be hard work? In No-Bake Baking, Sharon Hearne-Smith shows how to create over 100 impressive sweet treats with absolutely no need for conventional baking. These easy recipes can be magicked up in your fridge, freezer, microwave or blender - or even your slow cooker, bread machine or sandwich toaster! Sharon cleverly transforms simple ingredients like rice krispies, panca... read more

Take Three: 200 Fabulous Fuss-Free Recipes Using Three Ingredients Or Less

Jenny White

Want good food but no time to shop - delectably simple recipes with hardly any ingredients.

Want good food but no time to shop - delectably simple recipes with hardly any ingredients.

Fondue

Becky Johnson

With a fabulous range of fondue recipes, mouth-watering foods for dipping and a whole host of practical tips and techniques, this is the perfect guide to this fun way of entertaining and eating.

With a fabulous range of fondue recipes, mouth-watering foods for dipping and a whole host of practical tips and techniques, this is the perfect guide to this fun way of entertaining and eating.

Clandestine Cake Club

Lynn Hill

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