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Rob Ramsden

Lecturer in Graphic Design / Illustration

Rob Ramsden has worked as a Lecturer in various universities since 2009 specialising in Illustration, Animation and Graphic Design.  He has worked as a freelance illustrator, designer and animator since 1999. His interest in these disciplines stems from producing and self-publishing comics throughout the 1990s, which were subsequently commissioned for an animated series by The Locomotion Channel (USA) in the first wave of web cartoons. Since then Rob has produced work in publishing, editorial and advertising design sectors for both print and screen. His clients include: Scallywag Press; BBC; Walker Books; Tate Publishing; Vodafone; Virgin Media; Sony Creative; Barclays; Greenpeace; and he has worked with agencies Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Tui Media and Synergy Art.

Rob is a graduate of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and since then he has worked on children’s picture books with Tate Publishing and Walker Books, and a series of books published by Scallywag Press from spring 2019 onwards. He continues to research the history and practice of picture books as specialist area of interest.  As of 2017, Rob set up Fictional Space, a screen-printing studio in Suffolk dedicated to collaboration, editions and limited-edition publications.

Rob’s work can be seen at
You can follow Rob on Instagram @robramsden_illustrator



Applied Ideas in Graphic Design / Graphic Illustration
Graphic Design for Screen Design / Illustration for Screen
Graphic Design / Graphic Illustration Portfolio Development
Personal and Professional Critical Review


Research interests

Children’s Picture Books, research though authorial practice, and research also covering history and practitioners as well as current trends and markets. The physical structure of books as a narrative device. The Book Form, with an emphasis of knowledge rooted in children’s picture books. Sequential art/comics, specifically history, themes, practitioners and practice. Development of Animation, the history and Innovation in technology.  Visual Music specific to animation, as well as relating to fine arts. Animated Narratives specific to, relating to materials, techniques and storytelling.



We Planted A Pumpkin (London, Scallywag Press) 2020.
We Found A Seed (London, Scallywag Press) 2019.
I Saw A Bee, (London, Scallywag Press) 2019.

Exhibitions (selected)

Visual Music Group Show, Asylum Studio, Rendlesham Suffolk, 2015.
Hidden In Plain Sight, Group Show,  The Gallery at NUA, Norwich, 2015.
Macmillan Prize Group Show, The Coningsby, London, 2014.
MA Show Group Show, The Candid Arts Trust Gallery, London, 2014.
Picture Book of Tomorrow Group , Seine-Saint-Denis, France, 2013.
The Asylum Studio Gallery Annual Show Group Show, Suffolk, 2012.
The Searle Award, Group show, Cambridge, 2012.
Ghosts of Gone Birds, Group show, London, 2011.
The Silent Kid Artwork/live performance for live music. The Lark Campsae Ashe, Suffolk, 2010.
Halloween Artwork / cut-out’s to accompany shadow play. Ambush Cinema, Suffolk, 2009.
Solo Show. The Lockside Gallery, London, 2008.