Profile

After graduating from art college in 1987 I spent 12-years living and working in London, first for a multidisciplinary design consultancy, then as the senior art editor for illustrated book publisher Conran Octopus.
In 1999 I decided to leave London and, after stints as design manager for The Ivy Press and Ilex Press in Lewes, and as art director for Brighton based visual arts publisher RotoVision, I now work as a freelance graphic designer and writer. 

I've authored and co-authored a number of books, including Graphic Design for Non-designers; Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: A Designer's Almanac of Dos and Don'ts; Draw Your Own Fonts, 30 Alphabets to Scribble, Sketch and Make Your Own; Greetings from Retro Design, Vintage Graphics Decade by Decade; Type Teams, Perfect Typeface Combinations and Why They Work; The Evolution of Type, A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces; and Let’s Talk Type: An Essential Lexicon of Type Terms.
I live in East Sussex where my faithful lurchers are always on-hand to provide feedback when I can’t decide which typefaces to choose.
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