Oxgarth Design is run by Michael Johnson. I have designed a wide variety of work during more than twenty years as an in-house book designer at a publishing house, as a type designer, and as a freelancer.
For twenty years I managed the text design and specification of Oxford University Press’ flagship English and bilingual dictionaries and thesauruses, such as the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. I played a major role in many Reference titles, such as the sixty-volume Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and managed the text design of the Higher Education (Law), Journals, and Law areas. I also designed titles in the Academic, Medicine, and Music areas, and produced many Humanities and Journals covers and jackets.
I was part of the team that developed the Oxford University Press corporate identity, refining the various versions of the logo and building them into a corporate font. I rebranded the Oxford University Press Bookshop on Oxford’s High Street, creating the logo, shop fascia, wayfinding posters, bay headers, forms, plastic bags, and a van livery.
My design work has involved individual titles and series templates, text specifications, InDesign templates, and artwork PDFs. I have experience in working with four-colour textbooks with integrated images and features, as well as developing XML to InDesign workflows for visualization and typesesetting, HTML, CSS, and ebooks. I have also created many web graphics and the various versions of this Oxgarth website.
I have often been consulted about the selection and creation of typefaces for typesetting different scripts and symbols, as well as their licencing terms. I worked at Monotype’s Type Drawing Office in the UK and in Hong Kong. Amongst the typefaces and symbol fonts I have designed, my Zeitgeist typeface was released by Monotype in 1990 and I have used my Darjeeling and Gantok typefaces in The Pocket Guide to Oxford.
If you would like to see more of my work, or to discuss a project, please get in touch using the Contact us link.