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With over 20 years experience of editorial, design and video work for both the educational charity sector and private enterprises, Ian Atherton is well-placed to edit, design and produce your print needs, especially books, magazines, brochures, company reports and leaflets, etc.

In addition, Ian films and edits professional-quality promotional and educational videos, and he will also consider corporate and event photography assignments.

Ian was formerly the Design Manager and Managing Editor of Microbiology Today at Society for General Microbiology (SGM) where he edited and designed the Society's membership magazine, as well as several books, booklets, promotional leaflets, etc., including educational books for primary and secondary schools.

He also filmed and edited videos for the Society's website and was responsible for photography at parliamentary and policy events and conferences organised by the Society, including events at the House of Lords and Chelsea Flower Show.

He has edited and designed a number of privately published books, especially natural history titles, but also covering topics such as local history and cookery. From 2007 to 2012, he was Editor of the British Bryological Society’s (BBS) membership magazine Field Bryology which he also designed and typeset, and he has been a member of BBS Council and Publications Committee.

Ian also works with a number of local artists on short films to promote their work.

He also plays accordion, and is a keen amateur bryologist. Together with his artist wife Alex (Meldon Art Studio), he helps to mentor new beekeepers after 8 years of keeping bees themselves. Ian also has an eclectic passion for music and film, and enjoys walking in and photographing the landscape near his home in Dartmoor National Park.



Various courses in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
Typography and Design (Extracurricular Course) - University of Reading

Video Editing (FCPX) - London School of Media and Journalism
Film Editing (Extracurricular Course) - University of Oxford

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry - University of Manchester


Dariel Burdass – Head of Communications, Society for General Microbiology
Ian is a very talented graphic designer who has worked on a broad range of projects that require both high levels of creativity and technical skills and he has frequently worked under very tight deadlines. Some examples of his work include Microbiology Today the Society's magazine, books, promotional leaflets, reports and posters. I have always been impressed by his professionalism and meticulous attention to detail. While at the SGM, Ian always sought to develop his skills and he is both an accomplished photographer and video producer; examples of his work can be viewed on the SGM website www.sgm.ac.uk. I can highly recommend Ian to anybody who is looking for a highly skilled and innovative designer who has an eye for detail.

Vicki Symington – Royal Society of Chemistry, South East Regional Coordinator
Ian produced fantastic high-quality print and video resources for school children, teachers and members of the public when I worked with him at Society for General Microbiology. He is creative, innovative and meticulous in his approach while being flexible to clients’ needs. It was a pleasure to work with him and I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Laura Udakis – Communications Manager at Society for Endocrinology
Ian is creative and innovative in his design work, matched with an ability to work quickly and flexibly to meet the client's need. He is a skilled camera man and his video editing is contemporary, stylish and highly polished thanks to his designer's eye for detail. In addition he is a real pleasure to work with.

Karen Rowlett – Managing Editor for F1000 Research
In working with Ian to produce publicity material aimed at an academic audience, I was impressed with his design ideas and his attention to detail. The finished product looked sleek and professional.

Sharon Pilkington – Independent botanical and bryological consultant
Ian is a highly skilled and meticulous designer and editor with a flair for producing high-quality printed material within budgets and deadlines. Highly recommended!