We are a small but widely experienced, multi-disciplined design studio. We have been creating distinctive identities, carefully crafted print and beautiful, bespoke websites for more than 25 years.

James Kessell Kessell Design

James Kessell is the founder and creative lead of the practice

Our more than 100 international clients range from individuals to large organisations, spanning arts and culture, commercial and professional services, publishing, education and the non-profit sector. Many are themselves creative people – artists, designers, architects, photographers, musicians and composers. In fact, designing for other creatives has become something of a specialism.

Our approach

To every project we aim to bring insight, direction and great design – to understand and expand our clients' vision and aspirations, help them find answers, and produce creative and effective work that they can be proud of. Most importantly, we aim to help our clients achieve results – whatever that may mean for each of them. Much of our work comes by their recommendation, for which we are grateful.

We'd like to help you too

With more than 1400 individual projects for scores of happy clients over more than 25 years we've naturally needed to be selective in featuring projects that provide an indication of the wide variety of work we do and how we do it.

We will be adding more selected projects and an archive but, in the meantime, if you would like to see or find out more, or if you have a project you would like to discuss, please do get in touch with James who will be delighted to hear from you.

James' ideas and dedication have been key to the continuing success of our company. We would highly recommend Kessell Design.
Urbis Design, York.


James Kessell

James is the founder and creative lead of the practice. An award-winning graduate of Three Dimensional Design (with a special interest in new uses for old buildings), James honed his graphic design skills heading up the design department of an international record and publishing company before setting up his own commercial design studio in 1991.

Supported by a small number of independent creatives and professionals, James is unusual in being highly skilled and experienced across a broad range of creative and technical disciplines and processes, from concept sketches to web coding, and is 'hands-on' with every project at every stage from the first client meeting to delivery.

James is also a practising artist, working across disciplines and media. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in the UK in Norwich where, since March 2017, he is now based.


Clients include:

Architecture, Interiors and Landscape:
KHA Architects / Caroline Legrand Interior Design / Urbis Design / Anthony Paul Landscape Design / KM Grant / Natural Solutions (Switzerland) / Ian Slater Architectural Design / ProjektPlus (Huf Haus) / Kearsey Design (Interiors) / Rae Wilkinson Garden and Landscape Design / Trilbey Gordon Interiors / Garden Scene Jersey / Julie Toll Landscape and Garden Design / Norwich Festival of Architecture / Teresa Pedley Associates / Garden Angel / Bernard Hickie Landscape Design / Designspace Outdoors / Sage Exteriors / Ford Landscape / 4orty4 Developments / Riad Zirri (Morocco) / Hudson Architects.

Publishing and editorial:
Hodder and Stoughton / Readers Digest / Oxford University Press / Archant Life / Oxford Inspires / Heineman / Paternoster Press (UK and USA) / Scripture Union / Thomas Nelson (USA) / Alliance Media / Authentic Media / Lion Publishing / Kingsway Publishing / Kevin Mayhew Associates / Vineyard Publishing / SPCK / Word / ICC / Philo Trust / Michael Paul Photography.

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden / Richard Mackness (artist) / Liz Pyle (artist and illustrator) / Aidan Meller Galleries Oxford / Barbara Ungaro Photography (Spain) / Koru Theatre Company / Greenbelt Festivals / Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery London / Langham Arts London / Junction 1 Festival.

Corporate and professional services:
Georgia Louise Skin Care (New York) / The Park Clinic London / Blaygrove Ellis / Grant House Property Management / B and H Sound / High Spirits Events / Ken Rea Training / Tine Van Houts Media / Sarah Fraser Associates / Sanderum Centre Oxford / IPI Europe / ITC Conferencing / ECS Solutions / The Domain Group London / Karen George Associates / Oxford Engineering (UK and Estonia) / Oxfordshire Network Support / Stuart Larkin Associates / PA Consulting / Amtico.

Monty Norman / Alliance Media / Authentic Media / Cliff Richard Organisation / Amos Trust / Integrity Music / iConnectMK / Fortissimo! / Kingsway Music / Langham Arts / Make Way Music / Monitor Production in Sound / Vineyard Music / Word UK / plus many individual artists and bands.

Charity and non-profit:
The LTA Trust / IF Trust (Imagine Foundation) / Christian Aid / Church Missionary Society / Integral Alliance (Overseas Relief and Development) / Tearfund (Overseas Aid) / Compassion UK / STL / Oxfordshire County Council / Dental Hygienists for India / Salt and Light Ministries / SPCK / Diocese of Oxford / Oasis Trust / Post Cancer Support Group, Norwich / Oxfordshire Community Church / Country Holidays for Inner City Kids.

Oxford University / Oxfordshire Children's Food Festival / KBC Oxford / Message to Schools / ACE Centre Oxford.

The Lawn Tennis Association.