About

What’s the story?

They used to tell us not to “tell tales”, to stop “making up stories”.
Well, thankfully, our passionate team of rebelling, storytelling mavericks buck this trend every day.

Our talented designers, editors and illustrators are joyfully releasing around 30 new books a month into the wild. These books are being read by all ages, in all genres, as we relish the opportunity to tell great tales and make up wonderful stories.

Collaborate define brand identities through developing interesting narratives and personalities. The art of storytelling gives us the ability to create incredible storyboards for movies and animations. Our content generation is honest, imaginative and engaging. The content we generate for your books, for your brands and for your learning and development programmes will be rich in detail and thoughtfully crafted. Our creatives are skilled across all creative disciplines and we can develop your stories through to packaged files in both print and digital formats.

Our illustrators, editors, photographers, designers, web developers and animators are based in our Worthing, London, New York and Marbella studios.

Meet the team

David

David

Music loving, beard growing, design guru Dave. Some might say he belongs in a 1960s commune somewhere out in a desert where he can’t be seen or heard. But we’re lucky that he’s resisted this bohemian, beatnik fantasy and instead creatively directs all things Collaborate.

Favourite Book:

Ham on Rye by Charlse Bukowski

Brainz

Brainz

We have people we can call upon to develop strategies for brand position as well as people who can develop a series of interesting formats for publishers that sit alongside their existing titles. It’s all about knowing the right person for the right job.

Favourite Book:

My little black book


Kate

Kate

Party-planner Kate is the spearhead of all things social at Collaborate. She is studio-mum / cake-buyer / agony-aunt and most other hyphenated roles, but mostly Kate lands the big projects for us. Her role as mum continues when she gets home to Jack and Lego time begins!

Favourite Book:

Everything created by Collaborate

Jenny

Jenny

Some manner of strange gremlin-child in a (fairly) convincing human disguise. Jenny is a versatile illustrator, animator, designer and recovering World of Warcraft addict. She is fuelled solely by tea and cute dog videos.

Favourite Book:

The Red Tree by Shaun Tan


Artie

Artie

Pencils, charcoal, Wacoms – it doesn’t matter what the format, style or genre it is – our artists are more than capable of delivering. With 1000s of books to our name our artists are amongst the published artists in the world.

Favourite Book:

The Tony Hart Art Factory

Lauren

Lauren

Talented designer by day, amazing singer by night, Lauren loves attending and performing at festivals. Travelling, surfing and long walks also keep her busy. But Lauren’s big passion is evident in the amazing books she designs for our clients.

Favourite Book:

To Kill A Mockingbird


Lidia

Lidia

Lidia works out of our Marbella studio creating wonderful illustrations for our European publishers. A self-confessed video game addict, Lidia loves technology and gadgets. She wants to point out that the ‘monkey on her back’ is not a metaphor.

Favourite Book:

Anything tech based

Louis le Princess

Louis le Princess

Animation, live action, book apps, whatever it may be, if it moves, we move it. Our team of animators can work in most formats. We script write, create the animatics and deliver highly-rendered movies. We like to move it, move it!

Favourite Book:

The Making of Star Wars by Jonathan W. Rinzler


Ben

Ben

Between bouts of board-gaming Ben struts his stuff on the ballroom dance floor, he assures us there is not a sequin in sight. Ben is an amazing illustrator and animator. But he can’t be good a everything – which is why he is persisting with his piano lessons.

Favourite Book:

The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin

Elsa

Elsa

Designer and illustrator Elsa can play the drums and the guitar. But it’s not all rock and roll, occasionally Elsa swaps her drumsticks for her knitting needles. We’re all looking forward to getting a woolly scarf for our next secret Santa!

Favourite Book:

The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke


Pica

Pica

Our designers are passionate and dedicated to creating the right material for your brand. We often team up with brand consultants and specialists to ensure our designs work hard for your business.

Favourite Book:

Anything by Josef Müller-Brockmann

Caroline

Caroline

Caroline has been helping artists write their own children’s books for many years now & loves nothing more than seeing one of these books comes to life! She also enjoys and hates golf – depending on the day and the weather! Meditation and learning Spanish are her other hobbies – but not at the same time.

Favourite Book:

Any LaB book and Life Between Lives by Michael Newton


Lewis

Lewis

From La Planète sauvage to Hey Duggie, if it’s animated Lewis loves it. When he’s not staring at the screen though, he’s playing The Horsey, The Monster or just Daddy for his daughter Maggie. His imagination is his greatest weapon, but he’s also pretty handy in the kitchen.

Favourite Book:

The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius

Karen

Karen

Her love for drawing with crayons on the walls as a child turned into a true passion for design and illustration. Always looking for a new adventure around the world that ignites her imagination to create and color the world with magic.

Favourite Book:

Alice in Wonderland


Nicole

Nicole

Mint and chocolate chip ice cream lover and weirdo by heart. Nicole is a graphic designer and illustrator who loves to draw, learn new stuff, and watch movies and TV series’ in her free time while discussing about daily events with her cat.

Favourite Book:

Sophie's World

Adolfo

Adolfo

Adolfo has an incredible knowledge of art history. He loves travelling and has visited most of the top galleries in Europe. He enjoys meeting new friends despite insisting he has social incontinence.

Favourite Book:

Museum guides and travel books


Qwerty

Qwerty

Qwerty represents the editors and authors we use to write our stories and edit our children’s books. Qwerty is passionate about language and often works into the small hours to ensure ‘that’ manuscript hits ‘that’ deadline.

Favourite Book:

Any thesaurus

Laura

Laura

Resident illustrator, photographer and Korean pop DJ. Laura has a passion for art and geek culture and can often be seen hanging around comic and film conventions.

Favourite Book:

The Sherlock Holmes books