Anne Odling-Smee Director

Following a degree in Typography & Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, Anne worked at design consultancy Esterson Lackersteen then at August publishers before setting up O-SB design in 2002. Anne has over 15 years’ teaching experience through visiting lecturer positions at the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and Camberwell College of Arts in London, and at Konstfack University in Stockholm. She has lectured widely in Poland.

In 2011 Anne founded her second design agency: Design Science, which she now runs alongside O-SB.

Anne is author of The New Handmade Graphics (RotoVision 2003), a book about graphic designers mixing analogue with digital processes or materials as a way of removing or reducing their dependence on the computer. She has also written for Eye magazine, Phaidon, Cheltenham Science Festival, the Wellcome Trust, the British Science Association and the British Council.


Ruth Blacksell Design Consultant

Ruth studied as an undergraduate in the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at Reading University, for her Masters in Aesthetics and Art Theory at Middlesex University and for her PhD at the British Library & Sheffield University’s School of Architecture. She now combines her position as Programme Director of the MA in Book Design at Reading University with intermittent design consultancy for O-SB.


Michael Gibb Designer

Michael graduated with a degree in Visual Communication from Glasgow School of Art in 2013. He worked as a designer in the arts sector for four years, predominantly at leading London design agency Studio Fernando Gutierrez. Michael has designed exhibitions, catalogues, brand identities and websites and signage systems for arts and cultural institutions including Tate Modern, Bloomberg, the Design Museum and the Association of Illustrators.

Michael joined O-SB in 2016.