About David Fathers

David Fathers

Having gained my degree at Newcastle Poly (now University of Northumbria), I worked during the eighties as a graphic designer and an illustrator for numerous companies including the Radio Times, TSB, Royal Mail, New Scientist, The Observer, Car and Barclays Bank.

The following decade I worked as the director of several Dorling Kindersley interactive CD ROMs (remember them?) and later as a web producer working for the likes of GME Opel, Nissan, Emirate Airlines and Lloyds TSB.

By the end of the millenium, having tired of working in the large corporate world, I set up a small web production company creating content management systems for SMEs, whilst developing a new portfolio of illustrations.

Following a ‘cycle-path to Damascus’ bike ride along part of the Regent’s Canal in 2009, I was inspired to create an illustrated guidebook to the waterway. I approached Frances Lincoln with the idea of a book that I would write, illustrate and design. They agreed to publish it and the book was released in 2012. The publisher later commissioned me to create two further books on the waterways of London: ‘The London Thames Path’ (2015) and ‘London’s Hidden Rivers’ (2017).

I am now working on a new London illustrated guidebook to be published by Bloomsbury. And I occasionally contribute illustrated features for Londonist.com

I am based in north London.

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