HOW TO MAKE IT (HTMI) - Art Director (Top 5 Tips - ANNA BILLSON, Penguin Books)





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Published on May 7, 2012

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Anna Billson is Art Director at Puffin Books.

Dillon Khan

Anna was born and brought up in London and attended Hornsey Girls School before going on to complete an Art and Design foundation course followed by a BA in Graphic Design at Middlesex Polytechnic. At Middlesex she spent a lot of time printmaking and producing books.

After graduating she spent a year and a half in Sydney, Australia, before returning to London to work for ITN for a few years, where she was a runner and general graphics assistant. She started her publishing career as a designer for ABC, working with many different illustrators including Sara Fanelli and Helen Craig. After three and a half years she left to freelance for Orchard Books, which was followed by a short stint at HarperCollins. In 1998 she got the opportunity to go back to Orchard, where as Deputy Art Director she was involved in the creation of the original Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola titles, working closely with Lauren Child. Other illustrators that she worked with at this time include Russell Ayto, Alex Ayliffe, Jane Ray and Guy Parker-Rees.

She joined Puffin in 2002. As Art Director she has played a key role in giving the Puffin list a new design identity. She is responsible for the art direction and design of Puffin's entire list from baby buggy books to teenage fiction and everything in between. Her team designs for a wealth of picture books from authors and illustrators such as Eric Carle, Ed Vere, Jan Pienkowski, Jeanne Willis and Allan Ahlberg. They have also recently acquired the licence to create a new range of Moomin titles. Over the last few years she has redesigned and rebranded the Puffin Classics and created stunning packages and brand looks for, amongst others, Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl,
Roald Dahl, Cathy Cassidy and the Young Bond series, which includes the iconic gold block for Hurricane Gold.


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