About me

June 2006–present
Self-employed, working on a range of design projects, generally information design, more specifically book design and wayfinding.
As of October 2012 I am also undertaking a part-time research project at the University of Reading, looking at the behaviours and strategies of people finding their way around the built environment, printed documents, and digital environments.

Scope I undertake work that ranges from developing strategy and masterplanning, right through to detailed implementation.

Technical skills I mainly use Adobe Indesign but I use other parts of the Adobe Creative Suite or Quark XPress when necessary. I am also very familiar with Microsoft Office suite. Additionally I’ve worked with SAP and XML. When particular projects require it I learn about other softwares, technologies, and materials.

Awards In 2007 Boag Associates won a Design Effectiveness Award for their work on the T-Mobile bill design, a project that I had worked on while at Boag Associates.
England’s Thousand Best Churches won a ‘nibbie’ award as best illustrated book for 2002.
In the time that I was working full-time in publishing, four books that I designed won Book Design and Production Awards and fourteen books were selected for exhibition at the annual Book Design and Production Awards.

Employment pre-2006

March 2003–June 2006
Senior Designer and Project Manager for Boag Associates, design consultancy specialising in information design.

1991–February 2003
Designer, then Senior Designer, then Design Manager for Penguin Books.
While at Penguin I designed books that covered the full range of their output, from straightforward fiction to highly complex illustrated books, taking in cookery books of all shapes and sizes, poetry, Penguin Classics, dictionaries, and non-fiction.

1990–1991
Project Designer for Gaia Books.
Working on highly illustrated books about environmental issues.

1988–1990
Book Designer for Faber and Faber.

1987–1988
Designer for Chatto and Windus.

1983–1987
BA (hons) in Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.
Graduating 2:1.

To find out more please email me or phone +44 (0)7974 176656.

photo of Andrew Barker