Graham graduated from Brighton Polytechnic with a BA(Hons) degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1985. Four years ago he relocated from Brighton to run his own design studio and focus on his printmaking practice.

He has art directed magazines and campaigns for some of the biggest and most respected brands in global publishing, including the FT, The Economist and The Observer. Previously, his agency experience focused on the music industry, designing record sleeves, posters, advertising and marketing campaigns for Virgin, EMI, Sony and the Mercury Music Prize, amongst others.

During the past 30 years of commissioning for editorial magazines and newspapers, he has built close relationships with many of the most celebrated illustrators and agencies in the UK and globally, and has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the design and publishing industry. In his role as Art Director, he has regularly reviewed portfolios for both younger graduates and established artists, providing constructive feedback and how to implement this into their practice.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
1985 BA(Hons) Graphic Design Brighton Polytechnic


Areas of teaching

  • Design
  • Editorial
  • Typography

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Illustration

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

Owner/Creative Director of BureauxBlack Design

Engagement with professional associations and societies

  • Member of the Cornwall Crafts Association