John Fordham Design



I’m a creative and resourceful designer based in the beautiful Cotswolds in Oxfordshire, UK. I specialise in providing effective, engaging and beautiful design work for clients at home and internationally. I’ve worked in a wide variety of disciplines with all types of clients and projects, but the aim is always to make something that – first and foremost – meets the brief but goes that bit further to achieve something unexpected.

I am extremely fortunate that most of my current clients have been with me for many years, and I enjoy building strong working relationships based on a deep understanding of the client’s needs and circumstances, backed up by trust and dependability, with an exacting eye for detail.

Experienced in all digital and print media, for corporate identity, publicity, advertising, web design, email marketing, point of display, and packaging. I’ve also worked extensively in publishing, from cover designs to entire full colour books.

I also enjoy getting involved with community projects in my local area.

Get in touch to talk about your next project – big or small, business or personal – I would love to hear from you! 


Career timeline

2015 – Present
John Fordham Design  // Clients include: Indiana Primary Health Care Association, Off The Wall Gallery, Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers, Metal Zinc LLC, Meirowitz & Wasserberg, Road Show Company, Bonnier Books, Bloomsbury UK, Bloomsbury Qatar, Puffin Books, American Light & Power.

2008 – 2015
PWL Studio, Houston Texas USA // Clients include: Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, Off the Wall Gallery, Shyne Energy, Deville Fine Jewelry

1997 – 2008
Freelance London UK //  Children’s publishing design for Penguin Books, Macmillan Books, Orion Children’s Books, Usborne Publishing, Egmont, Kingfisher; plus a few months each at Lewis Moberly and Turner Duckworth working on large packaging design projects for the likes of Homebase and GNC

1991 – 1997
Tynan D’Arcy, Windsor UK  // Packaging and advertising for major FMCG clients, such as Premier Foods, Tomy Toys, Greens, Sara Lee among many others

1989 – 1991
Blackburns Ltd, London UK // Packaging design for, among others, Trebor Basset, Swanson Wines, Sisterson Foods, Berry Bros and Rudd

1986 – 1989
Central Saint Martins School of Art, London // BA Hons Graphic Design

Practical skills

  • Adobe Photoshop, Indesign & Illustrator (excellent)
  • Useful on Excel/Numbers, Word/Pages, Powerpoint/Keynote
  • Email marketing using Campaign Monitor and Dynamics 365
  • Content management systems especially WordPress
  • Excellent language skills for copywriting, copy editing and proofreading

Experienced in:

  • Brand positioning, name generation
  • Advertising and marketing concept and development
  • Design implementation and art direction
  • Illustration skills – drawing and so on … if absolutely necessary!

Send me a message

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