Using words and images to communicate a message
in a clear, aesthetically pleasing way fascinates me.

About me

Julie Oakley of Julie Oakley DesignI’m Julie Oakley, a St Albans-based communications consultant currently specialising in magazine and book design. Using words and images to communicate a message in a clear, aesthetically pleasing way fascinates me. I’ve been lucky to be able to earn a living doing what I love. At present, I am particularly enjoying the challenge of producing books, magazines and corporate literature, from initial concept through to design, production, printing, delivery and web-ready downloadable pdfs.

Why work with me?

I believe in developing long, friendly relationships with my clients. I would much rather work with one satisfied client for five years, than five less satisfied clients for a year at a time. As someone who has a broad range of design and illustration skills, together with print-management, writing and proof-reading ability, I am particularly good at designing magazines and publications from start to finish.
  • I have many years of experience
  • I have worked with companies large and small, both public and private sector
  • I am flexible and adaptable – work is often turned round at the last minute
  • I can handle your job from start to finish
  • I come up with cost-effective solutions appropriate for the budget
  • I provide clear, detailed estimates and there are no surprises when I invoice
  • I am meticulous about getting the details right
  • I read and double check the text

Organisations I’ve worked with

Some of the organisations I have worked with include Arnatt Abrey Associates, Ashridge Business School, BP, Cherry Tree Housing Association, Courtaulds Textiles, The e-Learning Foundation, Galatea, Grove Technology, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, KPMG, Makinson Cowell, Mapac, The National Computing Centre, Open Door, Paradigm Training, Potters Crouch Candles, Redhouse Lane Communications, Thamesmead Town Ltd and The Vacations Group.


I have a well-equipped home-based design studio. The software applications that I use every day are Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. I also use Microsoft Office, Quark XPress and Dreamweaver.


  • Design and art-direction
  • Illustration
  • Copy-polishing
  • Print management


I have worked with Julie, of Julie Oakley Design over many years on many joint projects and partnerships – she is always very focussed on delivering the highest quality and provides a terrific blend of innovation and creativity. She has a unique insight which ensures all projects are handled professionally.

Ian Jones, Head of Publishing and Content, National Computing Centre

As always, we were very happy with the latest publication that Julie Oakley designed for us. She transformed a highly technical document into a beautiful, clear and readable book.

Steve Newton, Partner, Galatea

Julie designed us a wonderful logo together with range of stationery and a company brochure. She has also designed brochures, product manuals and reports for us. She is dedicated to providing a good service and a good product within budget and will always go the extra mile to achieve this.

Cathy Williams-Gunn, Managing Director,
Business Minds UK


Complete publication production, from start to finish

Design and print

Julie Oakley Design Colour Swatch Image
  • Magazines, newsletters, books
  • Web-ready pdfs
  • Logos and branding
  • Managing printing and delivery

Illustration and images

Julie Oakley Design Paintbrush Image
  • Art directing photography
  • Traditional and digital illustration
  • Photo re-touching
  • Picture research


Julie Oakley Design Pen Image
  • Copywriting for web and print
  • Adherence to style
  • Sub-editing copy
  • Proofing


Publications, branding and illustration


 portfolio image of covers and spreads of myitadviser a printed magazine
Design of bi-monthly magazine for the National Computing Centre

 portfolio image of covers and spreads of chartech a printed magazine
Design of membership magazine for the IT faculty of the ICAEW

 portfolio image of covers and spreads of three connected ranges of guidelines
Design of three linked ranges of business guidelines for the NCC

portfolio image of cover and spread of book
Design of 128 page book for Galatea

 portfolio image of covers of books and publications
Further book and publication design


 portfolio image of logo and brochure

Design of corporate identity for psychologists, Business Minds

portfolio image of mapac branding
Re-branding Mapac for a more cohesive web and retail presence
Vacations group logos
Sub-brands, together with an 'umbrella' identity for The Vacations Group
 portfolio image of logo and packaging design
Design of corporate identity and packaging for Potters Crouch Candles


portfolio image of poster illustrations

Illustrations used on posters

 portfolio image of people illustrations
Illustrations of people
Julie Oakley Design images of blog mastheads - links to blog
Experiments with different illustrative styles for my personal sketchblog
 portfolio image of building illustrations
Illustrations of buildings

Contact Me

Please get in touch to discuss how I can help you

E-mail: Send me an e-mail by clicking here

Telephone: +44 (0)1727 865228

Mail: Julie Oakley Design, 86 High Street, Sandridge, St Albans, Herts AL4 9BZ UK

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