Working with us

We delight in serving up visually effervescent, always inventive and structurally enduring solutions. We endeavour to think that little bit deeper and to go that little bit further with each and every design morsel of our work—from websites to books to branding to who knows where?!

The wonderful people we work with often include:

  • Writers, artists and multidisciplinary practitioners
  • Small publishing presses, record labels and other creative enterprises
  • Charities, nonprofits and radical organisations empowering change around us

Our work with writers

Weve developed into somewhat of a writers website connoisseur over the years, thanks to the unique briefs that arrive at our digital desk from these often polymathic individuals. Weve worked with authors, poets, translators, lecturers, mentors, editors, theatre-makers, and frequently many of these all at once.

The whole process of working with Oliver and Patrick was seamlessly smooth. They were thorough, professional and proactive to a standard that surpassed all my expectations.

Ashley Hickson-Lovence

Firstly and foremost, their designs are clean and beautiful with great attention to the UI/UX. I wholeheartedly recommend working with them.

Jarred McGinnis

I really appreciated their approach to accessibility: the interest in this was genuine and never an afterthought.

Ellen Renton


An online shop can be many things, and weve been lucky to work on a plethora of ambitious incarnations of the humble webstore concept in our time. From innovative juxtapositions of the standard virtual boutique, to functionally diverse solutions in clean and serene surrounds, each of our efforts retains the key focus on creating a seamless and intuitive experience for our clients and their customers alike.

Oliver and Patrick are a pleasure to work with. Their proposed solutions not only fully realised our aspirations, but did so in an elegant and commercially effective manner.

Scott Campbell Foundation Vinyl

Small presses

Working with small and micro presses has been the very foundation of our book design practice, and it’s through these collaborations with so many talented, passionate and independent voices within the big old world of publishing that weve forged an ongoing body of dynamic, always-adventurous and visually-articulate work.

Working with Frontwards Design has been an absolute dream. Our journal is treated with great care, attention and unmatched craft. Patrick always surprises us, so we look forward to every new issue with much excitement.

Dean Fee editor of The Pig's Back

I’ve worked with Frontwards Design on fifteen publications, and each time, the results always take the work beyond the printed page. By creating a delightful visual world for Makina Books, they have made something integral to our ongoing work.

Robin Christian founder and editor of Makina Books

They were the ideal collaborator, steering us in the right direction and pushing us to make bold choices whenever we were being cowards. The finished book is astonishingly beautiful and a really meaningful “artefact”.

Elinor Lower editor of Haunting Ashton Court

Visual identity

From expressive yet cerebral logos, to refined typographic blueprints, to vivid and accessible digital exhibitions, in recent times weve undertaken more and more projects that have required the rewarding conception of an entire aesthetic arc, as part of the process of shaping a clients visual language.

Patrick dealt with the task of developing our visual language with immense skill and care. We couldn’t recommend Frontwards Design enough.

Jessica Andrews & Jack Young Tender Buttons

Working with Frontwards on All Bound Together? was a genuinely exciting and collaborative process. The show would not be the same without them!

Elinor Hayes, Shape Arts Creative Producer: Content and Comms


From chapbooks to pamphlets to collections, designing poetry offers a myriad of idiosyncratic and enthralling challenges that are invariably unique to the form. These result in an expressive and often collaborative response to the authors words, with every typesetting decision one which can help to aesthetically-reaffirm or ornament the depth of intention within the original text.

Patrick turned a simple short collection of poems into a beautiful object that is as pleasurable to hold in your hands as it was to make. A wonderfully positive experience.

Emily Cooper author of Glass

Patrick’s careful attention, extensive experience and artistic eye were invaluable. We have already commissioned Frontwards Design to work on our next book and would recommend them enthusiastically and without reservation!

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe editor of The Book of Trivialities

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