Beth Barnett

Graphic designer and illustrator






References on request.


Why me?

I haven't taken the most traditional route to get to where I am today, but I think that's part of what makes me a great hire. My combined experience within design and communications means I can bring a unique skillset to branding and marketing - an understanding of both the power of language and strong visuals. While I've built up my technical skills and knowledge of design through on-the-job experience, my academic background provides me with a solid foundation of excellent written and verbal communication, research skills, and attention to detail. I'm currently open to new freelance and full-time opportunities, so if you're interested in working with me, please get in touch. 

The journey so far...


My first illustration commission was a series of drawings for the college's anniversary celebrations.


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Very happy to finally graduate and get on with something a little more practical.

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Spending a lot of time with a letter press

and printing ink





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Finished school with A*A*BB at A-level and 11 GCSEs

September 2017

Got married and started taking on my first freelance illustration commissions



Graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a First Class BA in English Literature


Left Hurst Street Press and St Hugh's to start a new job as a Communications Officer in the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department at Oxford. Proudest achievements:

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project-managing the undergraduate prospectus: liaising with external designers and printers, and around 300 internal stakeholders;

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updating and redesigning other print materials (I took over this work from the in-house design team) - including a new Families’ Guide and Open Day Guide;

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contributing to the university’s undergraduate website (over 350 web pages and 16.5 million annual visitors);

assisting on production of podcasts on various topics including "Oxford Interviews" and "Fees & Finance";

being appointed department lead on the storage and maintenance of a GDPR-compliant image library, including running an annual student photoshoot;

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writing and designing newsletters via MailChimp and Adestra for various demographics including teachers and prospective applicants, with a collective reach of c.30,000.


Stayed in Oxford and started work at St Hugh's College as a Graduate Admissions Officer. Proudest moments:

covering a communications position on top of my normal role - running all social media platforms and website content for six months;

designing and writing an informal staff introduction booklet, now employed by HR as part of official inductions;

project managing a student photo shoot for college publicity materials in conjunction with the Development Office;

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being chosen as an example of best practice in the university for my admissions process, and asked to share it with over 50 colleagues.

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being nominated as Chair of Staff Committee, the representative for non-managerial staff.


Co-founded Hurst Street Press, an independent publisher, producing

books using traditional techniques of

printing and binding. Proudest

achievements include:

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producing 7 original publications and 5 commissions: designing pre-press scripts via InDesign, including imposition, typesetting, final proofing and overseeing the editorial process;

building a WordPress website and eCommerce platform from scratch;

developing a social media strategy and various marketing campaigns on Facebook and Instagram;

managing a diverse portfolio of events from panel discussions to book launches for 100+ guest events in London, Oxford and Bristol. 

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seeing our books stocked in Blackwell's, Foyle's, Daunt Books and the LRB Bookshop;

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Moved to Godalming in Surrey, continuing to work remotely for Oxford until October, when I left to start freelance work. Proudest

achievements so far:

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working as a freelance graphic designer for major clients including MHP Engine, AstraZeneca, Takeda, Benga Riverside School and the University of Oxford;

designing a wide range of art prints and paper goods featuring my original illustrations, and selling them around the world (from Finland to Canada).

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building a Wix website and eCommerce platform and social media presence from scratch;

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Graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSt in English Literature 

Would I be a good fit?

Technical skills

+5 years

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Mac OS X

  • Microsoft

  • MailChimp

+3 years

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Bridge

  • WordPress, Wix, Drupal

  • Adestra

Professional experience

  • +3 years graphic design experience (editorial, web design & brand assets)

  • Project management

  • Illustration (digital & vector-based)

  • Professional copy-writing & proofreading experience 

  • Social media campaigning