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A modern design for the inspirational Portraits of Women project

The client

The University of Sheffield is one of the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the
Russell Group of leading UK research universities.


Photographer, Anton Want, was commissioned by the University to produce portraits of influential women at the University. The images were to go on display around the various campuses as well as within a book to commemorate the retirement of a senior members of staff.

We intentionally made the front cover clean, white and understated but introduced a little visual pun with the letter ‘Os’ which were silver blocked. To contrast this, the inside covers and fold-outs were bright yellow and magenta from the University colour palette.

Inner spread

We designed the spreads with crisp, clean typography which was sympathetic to the stunning portraits, which were the heroes of the page layouts.

The 72-page perfect bound book contains 30 portraits coupled with a brief resume of their work at the University.

By collaborating with Ledgard Jepson on the design and production of the book we were able to bring their vast creative experience to The University of Sheffield Portrait of a Women project. Through the use of classical cover elements, alongside the internal use of bold colour we were able to produce something beautiful, elegant and functional whilst allowing the content space to breath. Everyone involved with the project was delighted with the finished book and it was seen as a fitting tribute to the inspirational women portrayed

Anton Want, Photographer