Thomas Keenes

Thomas Keenes – Designer

Book designer with over thirty-five years’ experience specialising in illustrated non-fiction.


Page layout, art editing stock photography, presentation work, typographic styling, and commissioning illustrators.

I specialise in illustrated non-fiction titles for both adults and children, with a particular interest in history, science, and general knowledge.

I can design both large, complex books like encyclopedias and smaller gift-style books, and both highly-illustrated titles and text-led books.

I take an active interest in the copy that I'm provided with to ensure that there is a strong link between it and the illustrations.
Architecture Art Design History Music Photography Travel
  • ‘Rolling With The Stones’ (Dorling Kindersley, 2002) shortlisted for the Illustrated Book of the Year, The British Book Awards, 2003.
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Illustration)

Work experience


Mar, 1996 — Present

Publishers and packagers I have worked for:

Amber Books, Anova Books, Blink, Brown Packaging, Cadogan Guides, Cassell Illustrated, Chrysalis, Dorling Kindersley, Duncan Baird Publishers, Eddison Sadd, Elwin Street, Franklin Watts, Make Believe Ideas, Marshall Editions, Medical Research Council, National Geographic, Penguin Random House, Potomac Global Media, Quintessence, Readers Digest, Thames & Hudson, Toucan, Wayland, What on Earth Books.

Dorling Kindersley

May, 1988 — Feb, 1996 (almost 8 years)

Included Acting Senior Art Editor on the ‘Eyewitness’ series.


Ultimate Weird But True 3

National Geographic Kids

Get ready for even more zany weird-but-true fun with 1,000 all-new wacky facts, photos, and too-strange-to-believe stories in the newest book in the wildly popular series. It's the ultimate in weird-but-true awesomeness! National Geographic has packed 1,000 mo... read more
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The Most Amazing Places to Visit in London London as a destination for visitors is more popular than ever, but in addition to the obvious sights and attractions, tourists and residents alike are seeking out more unusual places to see. This title gives you an i... read more
Evolution: The Whole Story contains everything you need to know about the development and survival of life on Earth. Each chapter of this accessible and lavishly illustrated book takes a major living group and presents thematic essays discussing the evolution ... read more
High Society Looks at the earliest archaeological evidence of drug use, the botanicals of the classical world, and, the mind-bending self-experiments of early scientists. This title explores the international spectrum of drug use in cultures throughout the mod... read more

Tim Newark

Camouflage is a cult in fashion and design world. This book tells a story of an interplay between modern military developments on the one hand, and the worlds of art, design and popular culture on the other. It speaks of a cult in fashion world of its time.

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