Annie Atkins

Graphic Designer for Film

After gaining a degree in visual communications, Annie Atkins started out on a standard career arc, as an art director for ad agency McCann Erickson at their Iceland offices.

But that arc ended its predictable curve when she began to feel unfulfilled by the work after a few years and decided to try a new direction by enrolling for a master’s in film production at University College Dublin. There followed a revelation that there was a point where her design skills and a career in film met – in the graphic design of film props, like the posters, signs, letters, maps and other objects that populate a film set.

Starting with the BBC costume drama The Tudors, this career soon blossomed into something where new challenges turn up every day. She’s gone on to work on films like Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. And she wrote a book on the subject in 2020 ‘Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps – Designing Graphic Props for Film’.

In everything Annie does, usually from her base near Dublin, you’ll always find the same incredible attention to detail and genuine love of her craft.

Not that Annie entirely abandoned what she started out doing, and she still makes use of her type skills for commercial clients.

In recent years, those clients have included Hendrick’s Gin, where she created a gift box that is also a Victorian-style Zoetrope animation player, a cover for the 40th birthday edition of Creative Review and designing packaging that celebrated the 50th anniversary of Korean make-up brand Hera.

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— Website: annieatkins.com

— Twitter: @annieatkins

— Instagram: @annieatkins

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