Mark Bowley
I'm a freelance designer in the UK creating print, identities and websites at Bowley Design. I sometimes work at design and branding agencies in London too, which you can see at I also founded a resource website for freelancers called
  • Design & Illustration
    Preparing and Talking About Your Graphic Design PortfolioPreview day10
    As a graphic designer a portfolio is essential. While it's great to have an online one, it's also a good idea to have a physical one too to take along to meetings and interviews. Putting together and showing this kind of portfolio of your graphic design work is quite a skill, and the best way to do it gets debated constantly by designers around the world. There is no right way of doing it – there will always be differences in what employers or clients expect, or would like to see. Some simple logic and advice will help you though, and I’m going to share what I have learned both from experience and from reading other articles.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Spot UVs, Proofs, Roll Folds and Other Printing Terminology ExplainedPreview day14
    The world of printing and all the techniques and terminology associated with it can be complicated. Often it can take a while to understand and learn these through years of graphic design experience. This article consists of a list of some of the most common printing terms with a brief explanation of each. To make it easier to understand I have divided the list into three areas: General printing, Bindings, and Finishings.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    A 20 Minute Intro to Typography BasicsPreview day20
    Typography plays a big role in graphic design and can be one of the hardest things to get right. My aim here is to introduce some of the basics and the most common areas of typography that will be important in your design work.Read More…