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12 Dec '19

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Beast in Creative Review

Originally published in Creative Review on 1st June 2016, you can read the full interview here.

In search of the Beast – designing the cover for Paul Kingsnorth’s new novel Following on from his work on the author’s remarkable … Read More

31 Jan '16

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The Fox and the Star Designer…

Posted by Mark Ecob 26th October 2015, on the Dads and Design blog

Penguin has been a home to gifted book designers for the best part of a century. Under their wing, another legend is in the making.

If you’re … Read More

31 Jan '16

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Roald Dahl rays of Sunshine

Posted by Mark Ecob 27th July 2015, on the Dads and Design blog

Every Dad rushes home to read to their kids, that is unless you’re lucky enough to work at home like me. I get to do it … Read More

08 Oct '15

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Completing the Circle: Alexander McCall Smith

In 2010, I won the pitch to repackage Alexander McCall Smith’s series, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Under the watchful eye of Duncan Spilling, Creative Director at Little, Brown UK, I’m still doing it five years later and … Read More

02 Jun '15

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Byte the Book: What Place do Book Design and Illustration have in the Digital Age?

Chaired by Tate Publishing’s Jacky Klein, May 2015’s Byte the Book event at The Groucho Club (sponsored by CirciularFLO) discussed the role of book design in the digital age, with Andrew Sanigar (Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson), Tom … Read More

13 May '15

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ZED Magbook & London College of Communication

In February 2015, I was introduced to Tanis Eve, Commissioning Editor of the ZED Magbook, a collaborative publication by MA students at London College of Communication, on the future of contemporary publishing. 

They asked me to pen a 1000 word … Read More

06 May '15

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Creative Bath: Future of Media: Print & Digital

On 29th April 2015, Creative Bath teamed up with Bath Spa University to bring an evening dedicated to enlightening students about the world of publishing, both in print and in digital.

Chaired by Greg Ingham from … Read More

06 Mar '15

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I was very proud (and very nervous I might add) to be asked to be a judge at the 2015 Academy of British Cover Design Awards.

It’s a new organisation run by Jon Gray (of gray318) and Jamie Keenan (Keenan … Read More

03 Mar '15

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Every year I run a project called Fantasy Publishing Venture at Bath Spa University, in which teams of students have to conceptualise, brand and pitch a new business idea for the publishing industry to a panel for potential investment, in … Read More

22 Jan '15

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If you don’t know about QI, you must have been stuck under something heavy for the last few years.

QI (or Quite Interesting) is a band of people who believe that everything should be interesting. They have a huge BBC … Read More