Stephanie Drake

Stephanie Drake - Designer

Cambridge, UK

Hi, Im Steph! I am an experienced Children's Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry.

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Overview

Hello!I’m Stephanie, and I want to help you turn your children's book into a reality.

I have worked as a designer in mass-market publishing for 5+ years. In this role, I design across a wide spectrum of product formats from sticker and activity books to treasuries, picture flat titles, novelty books, soundboards and creative kits.

With a strong understanding of typography and graphic design, I utilise specific technical skills to produce high-quality finished products that sit on the shelves of high street stores both nationally and across the globe.

I have a thorough knowledge of the Adobe creative suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) working to professional industry standards, as well as a solid basis in traditional media. I am well versed in applying style guides and working to existing in-house specifications, additionally, I am confident in supplying you with creative design solutions to your project no matter the size!

If you are new to this field I can creatively guide you through your project, providing initial sketches and draft layouts. Upon approval, I can design your book to a print-ready format - so all you need to do is hit *send* to the printer of your choice, and Tah-Dah your book is a reality. We can work together on making your title a really beautiful product that you're proud of.

I am passionate about children's books - and I'd love to help you make yours come to life!

I'm happy to chat though your ideas, get in touch and lets see how we can work together.

Languages
English
Fiction
Children's
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction

Work experience

Head of Design

Self-employed
July, 2020 – Present (5 months)

Bébé Bicyclette is an independent design studio run by Stephanie Drake. Hi, that’s me!

I design and illustrate children's products.

Alongside the core product base of this company, I can provide freelance design support to anyone looking to bring their ideas or publications to life. Through tailored design solutions and illustrative support.

Senior Designer

Igloo books
January, 2015 – July, 2020 (over 5 years)

Role: I worked as a Senior Designer within the Children’s Book department.
I project-managed the creation of books within the team, making sure materials were produced to a high design quality and technical accuracy and meet schedule deadlines.
My work predominantly stemmed around editorial design and illustrative commissioning. Working closely with authors and illustrators to produce impactful cover design, page interiors, and project packaging.

I verified files are technically accurate during all stages of production, from initial concepts through to final files, plotters and advance copies.

Graphic Illustrator and Product Designer

Inspirational Playgrounds
January, 2013 – January, 2015 (about 2 years)

Role: Designing a range of education products with original artworks for games, signs and murals that inspired learning through play.

Key responsibilities:
Creating concepts, illustration, product development and design.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Tickle Me

IglooBooks

The Nativity

The Nativity, The Nativity, The Nativity, The Nativity, The Nativity

I Love You, Too

IglooBooks

Magical Worlds

IglooBooks

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