· a selection of book design projects ·


the patua pinocchio

typography, book design, icon design

This was a book I designed while at Tara Books. I began the process for this re-interpretation of a classic story by referencing early editions of the book, and examples of childrens' publishing in the 19th/early 20th century. Patua refers to a tradition of scroll-painting, story telling and performance from West Bengal, India. Patua art is characterised by the use of bold outlines and iconic forms and characters. The artwork for The Patua Pinocchio was created by Swarna Chitrakar, an artist from the community who has been painting scrolls for over two decades. 

Each chapter is preceded by a different, individual icon that I created from the original art. I have attempted to retain the immediacy, line quality and intricacy of the original, in the icons.

Typical Patua scrolls are encompassed by bold borders—sometimes floral and decorative, but often also incorporating elements from the narrative. Ornamental borders were drawn for The Patua Pinocchio taking inspiration from the recurring Patua motif of the flower and leaf, and used to complement the text; the design of the patterned endpapers was also based on these motifs. This references the use of typographic and printers ornaments in a formalized manner. For the cover, a more detailed, bespoke border was constructed using the Patua tradition of taking motifs from the narrative. Typography is manipulated in subtle ways to bring out details such the tone of a characters speech.


A sample spread from the book, showing expressive typographic play

A sample spread from the book, showing expressive typographic play

brer rabbit retold

typography, book design, graphic design, layout

One of the most enjoyable book design projects I've worked on so far—the forthcoming Brer Rabbit Retold, published by Tara Books. This is a fascinating retelling of the classic Brer Rabbit stories by poet and storyteller Arthur Flowers. The book is richly illustrated by the artist Jagadish Chitara, and my role as a designer was to use typography to bring out the lyrical, lilting quality of the text and balance it with the folk-art illustrations. 


Early explorations, showing the custom typography created to match the artwork.

Early explorations, showing the custom typography created to match the artwork.

a village is a busy place

typography, interactive book design & conceptualization

I had a great time developing the concept for this interactive, accordion-style book while at Tara Books. A custom hand-written type was developed to match the vibrant illustration, which was produced by the artist Rohima Chitrakar in the Patua tradition.

A Village is a Busy Place, Tara Books, 2017

A Village is a Busy Place, Tara Books, 2017


Artisan Camera, Tara Books, 2013

Artisan Camera, Tara Books, 2013

artisan camera

typography, book design & conceptualization

My first published book that I worked on the design of—this is a fascinating collection of 1970s era photographs from a portrait studio. We used a separate paper stock for the introduction, an essay by anthropologist Chris Pinney.