Transmission is a graphic design studio and editorial consultancy.

We create timeless and engaging projects for clients in the cultural, commercial and charitable industries.  

We're a team of art director's, designers, editors, copywriters and project managers who develop print and digital projects for our clients. We're experienced at creating beautiful books and magazines, developing brands, design marketing campaigns, create brand specific content and build websites.

So, whether you're a small, independent start-up or global brand, our clients have found us approachable, creative and efficient.

We've worked with Thames & Hudson / Bloomsbury / The Vinyl Factory / Glyndebourne / Wella Professionals / Malaria Consortium / Fallen Vodka / Care International / Pluto Press / Brighton & Hove Museums / Alzheimer's Society / Terence Disdale Design / Sci-Fi-London / Jazeera Airways / Polity / Care International / Quarto and Telegraph Travel.

We'd love to work with you too. Please contact us if you'd like to talk about working with Transmission on a new project.

Email: info@transmission.design 

Phone: +44 (0) 1273 324473

Art direction / Annual report design / Book design / Book jacket design / Branding / Campaign and marketing design / Commission illustration and photography / Content creation / Editorial design / Graphic design / Journalism / Magazine art direction / Print management / Project management / Website design and development

Aesthetica / AirClub / AIGA / BBC / Computer Arts / Cool Hunting / Crack / Creative Boom / Creative Review / Dazed Digital / Design & Design / Design Week / Digital Arts / Esquire / Eye Magazine / Grafik / Harper Collins / Icon Eye / It's Nice That / Laurence King / Monocle Radio / Pitchfork / The Dieline / The Guardian / The Independent / The Quarterley / Uppercase / Varoom! / Visi / We and The Color / Wired Japan / Wired UK / Wired USA / WPDS

Meet the team

Stuart Tolley
Creative Director & Founder

Stuart has over fifteen years experience as an art director and graphic designer, working with prestigious publishers and lifestyle brands. Notable titles include designer at the iconic style magazine Sleazenation, where he was part of the award winning design team, before joinging the Independent on Saturday Magazine and Esquire. 

He has since collaborated with numerous design studios, brands and global publishers to launch consumer titles for TagHeuer, Schweppes, Moët & Chandon, French Connection (with Show Media) Disappear Here, MovieScope, Fallen Vodka and J Magazine for Jazeera Airways.

Stuart is also the author of MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design and  Collector's Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, which are published by Thames & Hudson. Both books combine his passion for for music, design, magazines, sub-cultures and book publishing. To celebrate the launch of his first title, Collector's Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, curated the 'Artist Cover Bomb' series, which saw him collaborate with Sir Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, Stanley Donwood, and more, to raise funds for The Alzheimers Society. 

Stuart's work often features in the design press and he has conducted talks at The Barbican, Nicer Turesday's and PechaKucha events.  


Matthew Lee
Editorial Director

Matthew is an experienced journalist and editor who satisfied his teenage craving for a nomadic lifestyle by working on travel guides and magazines for Time Out and Lonely Planet in the Middle East before returning to London. Back in his hometown he worked on magazines for airlines (Norwegian, Jet2.com, Jazeera) at Ink Global before becoming a founding member and associate editor of Delayed Gratification, the award-winning Slow Journalism magazine. 

He is an experienced freelance copywriter who understands the importance of delivering clear, clean copy that meets a client's brief, and he has written for organisations such as Zurich Insurance, Marriott Hotels and the UK Houses of Parliament. As a freelance writer he's contributed to publications such as Easyjet Inflight, CNN Traveller, the Daily Telegraph, CNBC Business, Ryanair, Ronda (Iberia), Metropolitan (Eurostar) and B There (Brussels Airlines). 

Matthew first worked with Transmission in 2014 on Collector's Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, in which he interviewed the likes of Stanley Donwood, Wayne Coyne and Dinos Chapman.

In addition to his work for the Slow Journalism Company and Transmission, Matthew runs food tours, is a Master's student in international relations, and is working on a new podcast series.


Julia Zaltzman
Editorial Director

Born with a passion for writing Julia cut her teeth in the world of publishing straight out of university. She has since gained invaluable and hands-on experience (not to mention friends) as an in-house editor at publishing houses, an editorial project manager at creative agencies, and as a freelance writer for magazines across the globe.

Specialising in luxury lifestyle print she has spent over sixteen years writing for and editing both b2b and consumer titles, with a particular emphasis on contract publishing. She has written on a variety of topics, including graphic art, travel, property and design, and is also a proficient copywriter and proofreader. As an experienced editorial project manager she understands the importance of nailing that first client brief, as well as delivering intelligent editorial ideas, keeping a project on course and troubleshooting those last minute production details.

Julia first worked with Transmission in 2015 on a soon-to-be-published luxury bespoke coffee table book for the highly acclaimed superyacht designer Terence Disdale. Spanning his forty-year career it is an epic photographic tale of design through the decades, and serves as a celebration of his award-winning work.

When she’s not networking with superyacht clients in Monaco you can find her chairing a roundtable discussion on organic beauty, or skimming pebbles on Hove beach with her husband and two children.