Founded in 2001 by Andrew Barron, thextension are a graphic design consultancy specialising in all aspects of book design and production.
Andrew began his professional career with the Conran Design Group in the 1970s, working in the, then new, world of corporate design. Periods in publishing and the arts followed, along with a committment to design education at Maidstone (The Kent Institute).
In the 1990s, with partner Collis Clements, he founded the successful Cloth Hall Studio, and after ten years – when the partnership dissolved, he formed his own design studio to concentrate on publishing.
Today, the list of clients and projects reflects his diverse background and interests.
Over the last year he has worked on an intriguing title documenting the adventures of a miniature Japanese hedgehog (The Adventures of Azuki the Miniature Hedgehog) for Robinson; completed Jack Monroe’s latest cookery title (Veganish) for Bluebird; and for Two Roads, produced a glamorous guide to Japanese Gardens by Monty Don and Derry Moore, to accompany the BBC television series of the same name.
Andrew now lives in a Regency dolls’ house in Hastings Old Town, within sight of the sparkling sea.