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Peter Scott and Ann Scott work as PatrickGeorge. They publish their own books and offer graphic design/web design and illustration services. Their objective is to provide illustrations and graphic design that are quirky, witty, original and accessible to all.
Peter has been working as an illustrator and graphic designer for 20 years, much of that time in corporate literature. He left his job in September 2009 to concentrate on running PatrickGeorge with Ann.
Ann worked at the same London agency as Peter for nearly 10 years as account manager and copy editor. They have three children and moved to Ramsgate in 2006 from East London.
Peter came up with some children’s book ideas whilst commuting to London from Ramsgate. They wanted to set up their own business offering Peter’s strong conceptual design and to push their children’s books. They self-published their first two books of collective nouns ‘A Drove of Bullocks’ and ‘A Filth of Starlings’ at the end of May last year and Ann took on the role of publisher, marketeer, publicity and sales to promote their books as widely as possible.
Things have gone well: they now have a name for themselves in East Kent with their design services and Peter is represented internationally by illustration agency ‘debut art’. To date, PatrickGeorge has published 5 books and are now recognised publishers. They are also members of the Independent Publisher’s Guild and The Publishers’ Association. PatrickGeorge were lucky enough to receive a nomination for the Kate Greenaway Award 2010 for “A Filth of Starlings”.
In East Kent, PatrickGeorge have worked on logos, websites, publicity, shop identities and festival flyers from Canterbury down to Ramsgate. They have also provided websites for clients in Hong Kong, Sydney and London.
In November 2009 PatrickGeorge were looking at ways to reach out to a wider audience. They came up with the unique idea of piling into their motorhome with their kids and touring the UK selling the books. They sold copies to about 80% of the outlets. They were away for 6 days and went via Cambridge to York, Newcastle, Huddersfield, Manchester, Liverpool, Stafford, Stratford on Avon, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Trowbridge, Salisbury, Bournemouth, Chichester, Brighton, Hastings and Ramsgate
After the success of the book tour their books can now be found in Waterstones, Foyles, V&A museum/Museum of Childhood and The Design Museum, to name just a few. Their new book of Opposites is just out and will shortly be available instore and online.
PatrickGeorge have illustrated for GQ magazine, the Times, Royal Mail, Dell Computers and other publications.
You can see more of what they do on their newly revamped and updated website: www.patrickgeorge.biz