About

Hi there, I’m Isabel Eeles, and I’m a Graphic Designer and Illustrator living, working and
freelancing in London.

Highlights

My design work was recently published in The Greatest Albums You’ll Never Hear: Unreleased Records by the World’s Greatest Artists by Bruno MacDonald (Sep 2014) and in The Greatest Movies You’ll Never See: Unseen Masterpieces by the World’s Greatest Directors by Simon Braund (Nov 2013), in the form of imagined albums cover and film poster designs, see them here and here.

A selection of my imagined book cover designs are due to be published in The Greatest Book You’ll Never Read: Unpublished masterpieces by the world’s greatest writers by Dr. Bernard Richards (Aug 2015)

Employment

I’m currently Senior Designer at Quintessence Editions, a co-edition publishing division of The Quarto Group. Quintessence are the originators of the highly successful and beautifully illustrated large coffee table books on popular culture subjects from film, fashion, photography and art, to animals, rockbands and bikes. I’ve been involved in producing more than 20 titles that have been licensed worldwide, including multi-million-selling 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die1001 Ideas That Changed The Way We Think; Architecture: The Whole Story; National Geographic Guide to Supernatural Places; Sci-fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction and Natural Hidden Histories of Herbs and Trees.

Previously I worked as a Graphic Artist within the Art Department for Carnival Film & Television on the ITV drama production Whitechapel Series 3 (starring Rupert Penry-Jones) I worked alongside Production Designer Tom Brown (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Saving Private Ryan) and Art Director Justin Warburton-Brown (Love Actually, Equilibrium). I produced graphics needed on set – everything from designing book covers to mocking up newspapers, creating brand labels and producing larger signage from way-finding to estate agent for sale signs and anything in between.

Education

I graduated in June 2011 from BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London with a First Class Honours, achieving the highest grade awarded within the Design & Interaction pathway that year.

I specialised in Design & Interaction where I completed a combination of set projects & self initiated briefs. This blog was initially set up to document my process & progress throughout the last year. It is now a place where I keep track of my accomplishments, achievements and experiences since graduating and entering the real world of work.

I previously completed a Foundation in Art & Design also at Central Saint Martins where I specialised in Illustration and achieved a Distinction.

I am a keen illustrator, with my roots in what I used to think of as ‘fine art’ – realistic representation of life. I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I was a child and still love to do so. My passion was creating beautifully crafted, painstakingly detailed drawings in an attempt to create perfection through harmony of arts. There wasn’t, at the time, as far as I’m aware, any other more profound intention with these pieces.

After I’d completed the one year foundation course, I chose to steer my journey towards design. I hoped to find reason and direction for my work, to ground myself somewhere within the art world and to uncover a purpose for what I was doing. The intention was to give meaning to my work which was otherwise previously purely visual and stood predominantly on aesthetics, which I thought this needed to change. It hasn’t been an easy path and I went almost from one extreme to another. I started to question everything to the limit, wanting to create a rational explanation and purpose for the tiniest detail to such an extent that sometimes it stopped me from creating at all. Is no design better than ‘bad’ design?

Experience

In Septemeber 2011, I was 1 of 7 hand selected Central Saint Martins graduates asked to participate in a high profile collaborative competition with the international leader in hair and beauty L’Oreal Professionnel. My concept won and the design graced their ‘London Addixion’ limited edition range of hair products which was launched summer 2012 in salons worldwide. See my development work here

Immediately after graduating, I was 1 of 9 participants chosen to partake in an LVMH & CSM Innovation collaborative Competition in June 2011. We were asked to design a piece of signage in the form of a large installation for the new LVMH sponsored lecture theatre at new CSM KX campus – my concept and proposal was one of the top two ideas shortlisted to be the finalist.

I’ve been involved in a variety of projects since and worked alongside a multitude of talented people in my spare time taking on freelance work. I’m still a long way from fulfilling my dreams and I’m always looking for new and exciting opportunities to learn as much as I can.

See what I’ve been up to lately in this blog or for a more substantial selection of my work please visit my online portfolio here at http://www.isabeleeles.com

Free to leave a comment or email me with any question or queries, CV is available on request. Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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