Oxford Designers & Illustrators was formed in 1998 from two sister companies, Oxprint Design and Oxford Illustrators. The origins of the company go back to 1968 with a small group of illustrators offering scientific, technical and medical illustrations for publishers of textbooks and journals. When Oxprint was formed, with designers and typesetters in-house, the two companies could then provide a complete service to publishers, all under one roof.
The studio quickly became one of the country’s leading suppliers of design and artwork to educational publishers. From that base, we expanded to offer a full graphic design service to businesses, colleges, charities, museums and government agencies.
We are mostly art college trained but we also have employees with a print and typesetting background. The staff are familiar with all aspects of the process from creation to completion. Internal systems ensure that customers have at least two contact persons – the relevant production manager and the designer or illustrator.
We consider ourselves to be a progressive company, and are currently transitioning towards an employee-owned business model, which will provide staff with a greater say in the running of the company and a share of future profits. Sustainability is also important to us, and we aim to factor this into our sourcing policies – for example, ensuring that the paper we print on is FSC certified or recycled, and that the tea and coffee we supply is Fairtrade.
HOW WE WORK
We employ full-time staff with a range of skills so that we can deliver any client’s brief, however specific. It may be that professional typesetting is required, or a website, or a complex piece of medical artwork – we have the latest software programs, and the creative people to deliver your needs. Our project management ensures delivery on schedule and within budget. We take pride in our work and in our clients’ satisfaction with the result.
Whether it’s the design of a company logo or a major series of educational books, the process from brief to final product is essentially the same. The specific number of stages needed will be finalized following the briefing and will form the basis of the schedule and estimate.
For self-publishers, or even for large institutions who may not be used to commissioning designers or illustrators, it’s important to stress that we will always offer advice on design, styles of artwork, printing and all other options, free of charge.