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David Roberts: Designer, Developer and Bookbinder

Hi, I’m David, an independent designer and developer working in both digital and analogue areas of design. These include web and graphic design and the book arts. I have lived and worked in Toronto and London, and now I live on the West coast of Scotland.

Early Years

I finished my schooling in Canada and did not know what I wanted to do. I saw a leaflet for a one-year course in the Book Arts at a college in Toronto and went for it. There I discovered the values and skills of craftsmanship and how to make books by hand. I returned to the UK and studied further in Design, Bookbinding, Book Conservation and the History of Art in London, ending up with a BA (Hons) and MA (Merit).

Book Arts

I studied bookbinding and book conservation for over nine years. I learnt a range of skills from making a book from a folded sheet of paper to gold tooling and working with leather, cloth and a range of other exciting materials. I worked as a book conservator at the College of Arms in London, and at the moment, I have a small studio making handmade books and other products.


I worked as a layout artist and project coordinator for a small design company in London. They produced a range of printed material for clients, including; The Organisation for Economic Co-operation, Harper Collins, the Equal Opportunities Commission and many others.

I use all the skills that I have learnt from design and layout work to project management and my handcraft skills to the design and development of websites for clients. I am creative and knowledgeable in all these aspects of producing digital and analogue products for clients.

Design, creativity, the book arts, music and enjoying the natural world are essential parts of my everyday life. Using the skills that I have gained throughout my career, producing products and helping clients is an activity that I enjoy and always aim to fulfil. Take a look at my work and ‘Now’ pages to see what I am working on.

If you are interested in working with me on a digital or analogue project, get in touch to talk about your next project. Email me, and I will get back to you with any questions that you may have.


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