Rob Castles, Creative Director  / cv download icon

Rob is a graphic designer with more than 25 years experience in editorial and integrated design. Among other things, Rob has art directed the British interiors magazine House Beautiful and a leading national Sunday supplement delivered to nearly four million readers a week. He’s built up his own set of national and international clients, as creative director and owner of Red Onion Design, producing magazines, brochures, branding, infographics and more for clients such as Cisco, Marks & Spencer, University of Essex, Diabetes UK and American Express. Rob also creates unique illustrated products available via Lazystuff, and at various nationwide stockists. He's based in London, UK.

Rob began his career as designer for top brands at Emap (now Bauer), predominantly at bi-monthly teen title Big! – directing photo shoots for the likes of Ant and Dec, Denise Van Outen, Donna Air, Martine McCutcheon and Peter Andre.

He then moved across to become a regular valued freelance at Select, Sky, Mixmag and Q – mixing with the top Indie bands from the 90s. It was then that he landed his first full time role as Assistant Art Editor on fast paced music weekly, Melody Maker. Following this, a stint as launch Art Director on Ministry magazine. After consulting on the leading weekly magazine at the time – Take A Break, Rob was employed as senior designer at Sunday magazine, working his way over 7 years to become Art Director of the title – overseeing a team of up to 9 designers. The News of the world was awarded newspaper of the year shortly after the launch of the new look mag – designed to appeal to an audience of over 4 million readers a week. He helped launch a stand alone tv mag in the process. Whilst here Rob worked with special teams and among others developed spin off titles aimed at men. Briefly Rob art edited several newsstand diet specials for woman magazine.

Next up art director on a fashion and beauty events project at Hearst, working on branding, and designing a glossy brochure distributed inside all their upmarket titles (such as Harper’s Bazaar, Country Living and Good Housekeeping). Rob was then chosen to head up the art team at House beautiful, where the title achieved it’s biggest sales increase in 5 years.

In 2011, Rob set up Red Onion Design where he has since built up a solid list of regular, satisfied clients, including Marks and Spencer, Cisco, Fresh Young Media, University of Essex and Diabetes UK. He makes it his mission to embrace new technology, such as Adobe After Effects, Keynote for OSX and Sketch, and is now proficient at building wordpress websites. In 2015 one of Red Onion's magazines received a CIPR Highly Commended in the Best Print Magazine category. In 2017 a Red Onion title won a Circle of Excellence International Silver Award, in the Magazine Publishing Improvement category and again in 2018 for a data brochure.

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