Ian Lowey

I am a freelance journalist, editorial designer, copywriter and copy editor with over 20 years of experience working in the publishing industry. During that time I have been employed by major publishers such as Trinity Mirror, H. Bauer and Rough Guides, as well as many smaller independent companies – including my own.

In 2003, I co-founded the underground / alternative culture magazine, Nude, on which I worked as a writer, commissioning editor and designer, amongst numerous other roles. Nude was distributed internationally to shops and galleries across the globe until its closure in 2011.

Between 2012 and 2014, as well as undertaking an MA in Design and Art Direction at Manchester Metropolitan University, I co-authored the book, The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History, which was published by Bloomsbury. As well as contributing chapters to the book on the subjects of custom car culture (Kustom Kulture), the psychedelic underground and the aesthetics of punk rock, respectively, I also undertook the interior design and layout of the work.

Since then, I have continued to enjoy a varied working diet which has recently incorporated typography and book design, digital marketing, lectures at various universities and galleries, published articles for ICON magazine and commissioned writing for the car manufacturer, MINI. And somehow I even find time to indulge my passion for second-hand book dealing!

Examples of my work can be found on this site under the appropriate categories. Please take a little time to have a look around – and if you think I have a skill, or knowledge that might be useful to you, then please do get in touch.