I have over 20 years’ experience within the design industry graduating from Kingston University in 1992 with a first class Honours degree in Graphic Design. Having worked as a designer and then creative director at a number of design consultancies, I went on to co-found Grade in 2000. I have worked for a diverse and extensive range of clients over the years from the Barbican to Walt Disney and now specialise in print and publishing design, branding and typography.
The main focus of my work is illustrated book design for trade publishers and private commissions. A selection of current clients include the Barbican, Bloomsbury, British Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, National Portrait Gallery, Prestel, Royal Collection, Tate and Thames and Hudson.
Having designed a large number of best-selling and award-winning illustrated book titles over the years, awards for my work have included British DAD annual inclusion, ‘Best Jacket’ and ‘Best Book Series’ in the British Book Design and Production Awards, several ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) 'Certificates of Excellence' and a prestigious 'Premiere' award in their most recent typographic awards.
I am a Fellow, and a former Chair and board member, of the ISTD and have been a visiting typography and design lecturer at a number of universities in the UK and overseas.
In 2012 I co-authored the book, Graphic Design Rules (Frances Lincoln) and wrote The Field Guide to Typography (Thames and Hudson), published in 2013.
Co-founder and Creative Director for award-wining design studio Grade Design Consultants Ltd.
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I´m a freelance illustrator and toy designer based near Modena, Italy. Skilled in Non-fiction children books, divulging magazine and books.
With a passion for books plus a love of typography and design, Lee Fukui and I create bestselling book covers and interior designs.