Ben Newman

Ben Newman


Ben Newman has developed a distinct aesthetic over the years; a contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters which has been described as 'bauhaus fuzzy felt.'

He has produced work for a large range of clients, including the Tate Modern, New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Google and The New Yorker. His practice extends outside of commercial work into worldwide exhibitions, paintings and three dimensional collaborations.

Nowadays, he spends the majority of his time collaborating on the Professor Astro Cat children's books with his longtime friend and scientist, Dr Dominic Walliman, which are published by Flying Eye Books and have been translated into 18 other languages. Alongside the books, Professor Astro Cat also exists as an award-winning app.

Concurrent to working as a freelance illustrator, Newman lectures on illustration at various universities and conferences in the UK and Europe.


How to make friends with your Dad and send a cat into space

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Don’t just monetise your ideas, use them to argue with your Dad less too.

In this presentation, I will be discussing the importance of collaboration and why picking the right collaborator is vital to the longevity of a project.

Collaboration can bring about unexpected results and change the dynamic of an established relationship drastically. Also, I’ll be talking about a cat a lot even though I own a dog.

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