Graham Smith Design

Graham Smith Design logo


I am a creative, freelance graphic designer with over 35 years experience designing for print and digital, in London and Hertfordshire. 

I have always had an obsession with design, photography and music. In 1981 I graduated from Camberwell College of Art and Design with first class Honours and my degree show included the design of the debut album cover for Spandau Ballet, ‘Journeys To Glory’. This was followed by other record sleeves including Sade’s debut album cover, ‘Diamond Life’.

Spandau Ballet - Journeys to Glory - album cover design by Graham Smith
Sade - Diamond Life - album sleeve design by Graham Smith
BY THE '90s

I had become an award winning magazine art director. Art directing a broad selection of consumer magazines including Cosmopolitan. I diversified into contract titles and got short listed for ‘Designer of the Year’ in both the MDA and APA awards: In 2004 for art directing Toni&Guy magazine, and in 2007 for the design of the luxury hotel magazines Mal Life (Malmaison) and De Vere Deluxe. In 2009 I was short listed in the BSME Awards for ‘Art Director of the Year’ for Arise – Africa’s global style and culture magazine. The title also won ‘Launch of the Year’.


Arise Magazine cover with Tyra Banks
Toni&Guy magazine cover design by Graham SmIth
Malmaison - Mal Life magazine - cover design by Graham Smith

‘We Can Be Heroes – Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion – London Clubland 1976-84’, which was published by Unbound in 2012. It was a labour of love and based on a collection of over 500 photographs that I had taken, in and around the London clubbing scene in the early 80s. It is the definitive tale of this influential and fascinating period of youth subculture. Though currently out of print, copies sell for hundreds of pounds on Amazon and eBay


We can be heroes - book cover
We can be heroes (Back of book cover)

Working as a highly creative and experienced graphic designer at Graham Smith Design.


As an independent designer, I offer my clients a professional, cost-effective service with substantially fewer overheads than larger design companies, I can tailor my services to any given budget.


I also freelance and have worked for many leading design agencies. I can work as part of a team in your offices or work remotely from my fully equipped studio in Bushey. 


I am always looking for new projects and challenges.

N&C Produce logo design by Graham Smith
Linea Rossa logo design
Clarity - Continuing Healthcare - logo design

My goal is to create effective design that exceeds your expectations