Sarah Fountain

Sarah Fountain - Designer

England, United Kingdom

Freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator specialising in children's publishing, creating beautiful and engaging books and content.

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Overview

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, who specialises in children's publishing. I have 10 years of experience working in the children's publishing industry, working with well-known brands and licensed characters such as Shrek, Thunderbirds, The Hunger Games, Sarah and Duck, Hello Kitty, and Dora The Explorer, to name a few.
I also have a wealth of experience commissioning and art-directing new and original illustration as well as storyboarding and designing books and magazines from concept to final delivery.
I am dedicated, professional and a jolly good person to work with!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Design and Illustration

Self-employed
June, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Working across different projects, including primary educational books and digital content for Pearson Education's UK Literacy and Maths programmes, Bug Club and Abacus.
I am also in the final stages of self-publishing my own picture book, which has been 10 years in the making!
If you need branding, I also create logos and branding for businesses.

Senior Designer

Pearson Education
August, 2013 – May, 2016 (over 2 years)

Project managed and design-led two major Primary education products for Pearson UK: Bug Club and Abacus.
Both these projects included designing books, art-directing illustrators and designers, whilst also creating digital content and overseeing budgets and schedules.

Senior Designer

John Brown Media
October, 2007 – August, 2013 (almost 6 years)

Worked across many branded and licensed characters on various children's magazines and partworks, including Dora The Explorer and Hello Kitty, as well as high-profile brands such as Bupa and Pets at Home.

Editorial Assistant

Redan Publishing
January, 2007 – October, 2007 (9 months)

Designed and edited pages for children's magazines, Fun To Learn Friends, and Peppa Pig magazine.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Lottie Saves the Dolphins: Imagine a life of captivity! (Lottie Lovall International Investigator Book 2)

Heather B. Moon

It's Carnival time on the beautiful island of Canario Bonito. Come join the party! Let's have some fun!However…You may think it’s cool to swim with dolphins at a waterpark?Lottie Saves the Dolphins will change your mind!Imagine a life of captivity! Lottie Lovall International Investigator is on a mission. She discovers a sad, lonely dolphin at Canario Zooland. Something is horribly wrong! Lott... read more

It's Carnival time on the beautiful island of Canario Bonito. Come join the party! Let's have some fun!However…You may think it’s cool to swim with dolphins at a waterpark?Lottie Saves the Dolphins will change your mind!Imagine a life of captivity! Lottie Lovall International Investigator is on a mission. She discovers a sad, lonely dolphin at Canario Zooland. Something is horribly wrong! Lott... read more

Lottie Saves the Bees: Imagine a world without bees! (Lottie Lovall: International Investigator Book 1)

Heather B. Moon

‘It’s a scary fact that if the world’s bee population dies, eventually all living things may die.’ Lottie is suffering from explosive sneezes. It’s that time of year when the pollen count is so high she wishes her twitching nose and itchy-scratchy eyes could be sent to Planet Zog. Even a visit to her Grandparents’ house in Cornwall doesn’t help. Nana has a strange phone call from her old schoo... read more

‘It’s a scary fact that if the world’s bee population dies, eventually all living things may die.’ Lottie is suffering from explosive sneezes. It’s that time of year when the pollen count is so high she wishes her twitching nose and itchy-scratchy eyes could be sent to Planet Zog. Even a visit to her Grandparents’ house in Cornwall doesn’t help. Nana has a strange phone call from her old schoo... read more

Sarah has 7 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Rowan Ashby
Sarah has been great so far. She clearly has the requisite experience and is patient and professional.

Rowan Ashby, March 2022

Sarah Fountain
Thank you Rowan, thats lovely feedback :)

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Lexi Rees
Absolutely lovely to work with, and a great designer. Got my brief exactly and I'm thrilled with the product. Would happily recommend, and very much hope to work with her again!

Lexi Rees, November 2021

Sarah Fountain
Lexi, thank you for such a lovely review! I hope we can work together again too!

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Nike Aina
Sarah has been phenomenal. She was professional, and the quality of her work is top notch. Whenever there were issues or questions, she promptly helped us resolve th. She was also exceptionally patient as she guided us as we are complete novices to publishing. I would recommend Sarah over and over and can’t wait to work with her again.

Nike Aina, October 2021

Sarah Fountain
Thank you, Nike :)

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H. Anne Davis
Sarah Fountain’s work and professionalism are second to none. She has brought my first children's picture book to life, and her illustrations have far exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Sarah!

H. Anne Davis, March 2021

Sarah Fountain
Thank you so much H. Anne. You have been such a pleasure to work with, and I hope you have much success with your wonderful story :)

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Joyce Murphy
I hired Sarah to design my children's rhyme books and gave her the verses and illustrations. What she did with them and how she brought the pages to life into a readable story wowed me. She is talented and creative and seems to have a unique way of designing things. I loved her work and I loved working with her. She is a lovely, gentle, unassuming person who went over and above to help me. I wo...
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Joyce Murphy, October 2020

Sarah Fountain
Thank you Joyce 😊 Lovely words. You were a joy to work with and I look forward to working together again! Sarah

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