Fox O'Clock

Its Launch day the Fox is out. I have the flu so I am celebrating in my mind. But I did manage to see a copy of The Fox and The Star in the Waterstones near Trafalgar Square before heading back to bed. I also got an amazing gift of Foxes from super talent David Mackintosh, who's book, What's Up MuMu? also shares the 27th launch date. Check it out here. David rocks! I am going to make a pencil case and a glasses case out of my new Fox material.

P.S. Fox remembered the orange thread.


The Fox and The Star

Fox forgot to ask for orange thread to sew the proof book together but he is back in Italy with one final chance to ask for the dream thread. The actual books are being printed as I type so Fox is there making sure his orange coat is consistent and that the ink behaves itself and goes down in the correct order. Meanwhile here is a sneak peak of a few spreads from the book. GO FOX!

The Fox and The Star is a fable about need and loss, here is a short summary: Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths every night. But then one night Star wasn't there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone.

It is a picture book for young and old, beautifully printed and bound in cloth, a celebration of the physical book. Published on 27th August by Particular Books, an imprint of Penguin Books. The story is inspired by my life experiences, and as you would expect the design inside and out harks back to the world of Victorian book design.

It is available to pre-order on and

Design Thinkers 2015

I am excited to be invited to speak at Design Thinkers. It is a big honour to be asked, I can't wait to meet lots of inspiring graphic designers. I have been asked to talk on my birthday so I get to celebrate in Canada which will make a great change from celebrating in London. Join me in Toronto this November at Canada's largest graphicdesign event - Conference!

The Fox and the Star

So for the last six months I have been living in a forest with a Fox. Here is preview of what I have been doing. And this time it's not just the cover but the words, the pictures and everything else. It is due to be published on the 27th August 2015 by Penguin Books. Fox is currently in Italy having a lovely time being wet proofed for the London Book Fair. I just hope he remembers to tell them that I want orange thread to sew the pages together.


I am back at Penguin doing the day job and it's rather nice. 

Advice to Sink in Slowly

This special limited edition, 2 colour screen print has been hand printed onto 270 gsm, acid free, bread & butter paper. 100% of sales from this edition will go towards printing and giving out advice posters to first year students across the UK this Autumn. Available from Advice to Sink in Slowly.

Clothbound Classic No 50

It is a big moment, I am pretty sure this proof is Clothbound number 50. It will be the last clothbound for 2014. I have been released from Penguin Press for the next six months doing things non cover design. Exciting to hit the big 50 before I go.


Pocket Classics

Work in progress lots to get right before being released. These little Pocket Classics are due to be published later this year, around November.


Madame Bovary

Big news for collectors. The Madame Bovary cloth classic that was part of the first series is reprinting and is due in the shops in August this year.

The joy of reading

‘That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It’s geometrically progressive.'

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

It's Nice That

 It's Nice That asked me to show my top 5 publications of the moment and I broke the rules by choosing 6 . . .

Just Trade

A while ago I drew some animals for my friends at Just trade to make into brooches, earrings and necklaces. Just Trade are incredible, they make a real difference to people in the developing world. Click here to have a look at what they 
get up to.

'We work collaboratively on the design of our products with the artisans who make them. By teaching the fundamentals of design, we give the artisans that we work with the tools to take an active part in the product development process, encouraging a sense of pride and ownership in their work.'

The animals I drew were then hand made in Quito, Ecudor by Olga and her family who are part of a nationwide group of World Fair Trade Organisation producers. They are hand carved from a single tagua nut, a seed from a type of Palm that grows in South American rainforests.