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David Roberts: Independent Designer, Developer and Bookbinder

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

I finished high school in Canada and did not really have any idea of what I wanted to do. I saw a leaflet for a one-year course in the Book Arts at a community 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).

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

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

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.

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.


Let’s Talk

Get in touch to talk about your next project. Send me an email, and I will get back to you with any question’s you have. Learn more about how I can help you.


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