bookshelf.

Jim has written, contributed to and edited several well-received books – these include works on design and advertising, as well as chapters of fiction published through writers’ group 26. You can get the lowdown by clicking on the titles below.

10.

A beautiful coffee-table book to to celebrate 10 successful years of Markit, the leading financial information services company. Designed by old friends and long-time Read on...

You Can Find Inspiration...

A richly diverse glimpse into the life and work of one of the UK’s most iconic fashion designers. ‘You can find…’ includes chapters on Sir Paul’s Read on...

Bard & Company.

The Bard & Company is a multi-authored book project from 26. Conveniently enough, there were 26 players in Shakespeare’s company, so that magic number of writers were Read on...

26 Letters.

The companion book to the ‘26 Letters’ poster exhibition held at the British Library in late 2004. Twenty-six commercial writers and 26 of the UK’s leading Read on...

Royal Mail Year Books 2009-2010.

After a six year hiatus, Royal Mail approached Jim to write the 2009 Year Book, his fifth. Designed by hat-trick, ‘Feed Your Mind — A Great British Miscellany’ Read on...

Paul Smith: True Brit.

Following the success of Paul Smith’s London Design Museum show in 1995, the Design Council arranged for the ‘True Brit’ exhibition to tour Japan. Jim wrote the Read on...

Common Ground.

Another 26 book project, in which 30 writers were asked to explore the way a certain neck of the woods has coloured the work of a literary great. Which prompted chapters on Read on...

Rian Hughes: Art Commercial.

A visual overview of the work of typographic designer and comic artist Rian Hughes. Part retro, part techno, his hip, 1950s-influenced style is instantly recognisable. Jim Read on...

Book of Guinness Advertising.

Jim provided a detailed critique of Guinness’ rich advertising heritage, placed in the broader context of an evolving industry. Beginning with the first-ever Guinness ad in Read on...

Delicious.

Published to celebrate 20 years of design for the music industry, ‘Delicious’ is a rich visual compendium of work from one of the UK’s most prolific studios. Read on...

From Here to Here.

A literary anthology in which each of the 30 stations along the Circle Line (the yellow one) were tackled by a different writer. The result was an intriguing mix of fiction, Read on...

Thomas Manss.

A dinky, flock-bound book featuring the work of Thomas Manss studio, which fuses German and English cultural references to create compelling design. Jim contributed an essay on Read on...

Royal Mail Year Books 1999-2002.

These four books, written in successive years, tell the stories behind a year’s worth of special stamps – the ones with the pictures on them. For Jim, this meant Read on...