The awards are being judged by experts in the areas of design, publishing and production:
David is the Managing Director of 4edge Limited which are specialist in quality short run book production. Following a five year apprenticeship, he moved into digital production in the mid 1990's. In 2003, he founded 4edge Limited with the sole aim to produce quality short run books and journals digitally. In addition to 4edge, he consults for various organizations (most recently the Qatar Foundation in the Middle East) on best practices and equipment for book production.
David welcomes the responsibility to judge this year British Book Design and Production Awards
Front of Store
Philip Downer has enjoyed a long career in retail, with senior roles for many well-known companies, including Borders UK and Waterstones. He has worked extensively in the UK and the US, and is now running Front of Store, which offers consultancy support to retailers and retail suppliers. Philip is a regular commentator on the book trade, with recent conference appearances in Frankfurt, New York and London. He is a member of the Publishing Advisory Board at Kingston University.
Although now, predominantly a digitally focused agency, Steve has always had a passion for good design and stunning typography. An ethos he still holds at RARE, irrespective of the final medium.