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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 Organization 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 hand made 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.


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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.