Transmission is a graphic design studio and editorial consultancy.

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

But what does that mean?

We're a team of art director's, designers, editors and project managers who develop print and digital projects. We're experienced at creating beautiful publications, developing brands, direct marketing campaigns, create content and build websites.

We're also a team of editorial experts, having worked extensively on prestigious lifestyle, design and travel publications. Our work gets noticed too and regularly features in the graphic design press. 

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

Clients include: Thames & Hudson, Bloomsbury, The Vinyl Factory, Glyndebourne, Wella Professionals, Malaria Consortium, Fallen Vodka, Care International, Brighton & Hove Museums, Terence Disdale Design, Sci-Fi-London, Jazeera Airways, Care International, Quarto and Telegraph Travel.

Please email if you'd like to talk about a new project.



Meet the Team

Stuart Tolley
Creative Director & Founder

For the past fifteen years, Stuart has worked as an art director and graphic designer with prestigious publishers and lifestyle brands. His career started at the iconic style magazine Sleazenation, where he was part of the award winning design team, and he later joined the Independent on Saturday Magazine and Esquire. 

He has since collaborated with numerous design studios, brands and global publishers to create customer titles for TagHeuer, Schweppes, Moët & Chandon, French Connection and Jazeera Airways.

Stuart has authored two visual culture books that combine his passion for music, design and publishing. His first title, Collector's Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, published by Thames & Hudson, is a celebration for the new wave of special, limited and deluxe edition graphic design created for the music, book and magazine industry. In 2014 he curated the Collector's Edition '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. The project was celebrated in the design press, including in-depth interviews with Stuart by Wired Japan and Monocle radio. 

In 2010, after a year travelling the world, Stuart founded Transmission. When not in the studio he lectures in graphic design, at the University of Brighton, or he can be found in his orange campervan in a field on the South Downs.   


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.



Art Direction
Annual Report Design
Book Design
Book Cover Design 
Campaign & Marketing 
Editorial Design 
Graphic Design 
Magazine Art Direction
Print Management 
Project Management
Website Design



Computer Arts
Cool Hunting
Creative Boom
Creative Review
Dazed Digital
Design & Design
Design Week
Digital Arts
Eye Magazine
Harper Collins
Icon Eye
It's Nice That
Laurence King
Monocle Radio
The Dieline
The Guardian
The Independent
The Quarterley
Wired UK
Wired USA