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.
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.
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.
Role: Designing a range of education products with original artworks for games, signs and murals that inspired learning through play.
Creating concepts, illustration, product development and design.
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An illustrator with over 14 years as a monthly contributor to Highlights Magazine for Children focusing on educational/book illustration.
Experienced Art Director having worked in 2 major Publishing houses, including Penguin, now freelance designing Adult and Children's books