- Magazines and newsletters
- Promotional materials
- Data visualisation
- HTML emails
Our clients are drawn from across the political spectrum and include some of the UK's most-respected thinktanks. Our integrated approach to policy communications means that we can cater for all of their design, editorial and digital needs.
Senior Web Developer
Project Lead & Designer
John Schwartz set up Soapbox at the beginning of 2008 with the aim of improving the way policy is communicated in the UK and beyond. Since then, he has assembled a dedicated team of design, digital and editorial professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise.
Having built Soapbox up from a freelance design practice to a thriving communications agency, John divides
his time between running the business, checking the quality of its outputs and keeping his hand in as a designer.
John began his career in publishing, running Politico's bookshop and imprint before becoming publishing manager
and designer at the IPPR, where he began developing his approach to policy communications. He studied philosophy and
politics at the University of Warwick.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7552,
Angela is our lead designer and heads up the day-to-day operations in our design studio. After completing a degree in visual
communication in her native New Zealand, she spent four years working as an in-house graphic designer for the Wellington office of
an international charity and for a large Australian insurance firm. She became Soapbox's first employee shortly after arriving in
London in 2008, and remains the agency's creative driving force. While Angela handles a range of projects, her
focus is on magazines and marketing materials.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7556,
Tom joined Soapbox as Partner at the start of 2012. He started his career running media communications, first at the political
think tank Demos in 1997 and then for Sarah Brown at the PR company Hobsbawm Macaulay. In 2002 he set up his own small communications
and design consultancy, the Press Company, before joining the Fabian Society as Editorial Director in 2006 where he commissioned
and published the Society's pamphlets and books and edited the Fabian Review. Tom has a BA in English Literature from Trinity College,
T: +44 (0) 7802 331 841,
Cormac is responsible for Soapbox's editorial services, as well as pursuing new business for the agency. He is a punctilious
editor and is equally at home drafting pithy report summaries or generating ideas and copy for marketing materials. He spent 10
years working in policy roles at the CBI and two national public bodies before retraining as a journalist and subediting for a
variety of newspapers and magazines. He studied law and French at Queen's University Belfast and holds a diploma in translation
from Institute of Linguists.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7563,
Johanna Schwartz is an accomplished filmmaker and photographer who specialises in constructing thought-provoking documentary films on a wide range of
topics. She has produced and directed programmes for a variety of major UK and US broadcasters as well as content for corporate, government and NGO clients.
She is also a partner of Soho-based production company Bertie Films.
T: +44 (0) 20 7930 3151,
Polly makes Soapbox more efficient. She started with us in the summer of 2012 and co-ordinates the scheduling of all our work, allocating Soapbox's resources
across the agency. She has a background in studio and production management, a diploma in financial management and a BA in English and intellectual and
cultural history from the University of Sussex.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7560,
Rachel is Soapbox's specialist typographer and is particularly adept in using detailing to help guide readers through dense and complex
texts. She is also interested in exploring the application of type as design element in its own right and has begun to learn letterpress
printing. After graduating with a degree in design for communication at the University of Reading, Rachel stayed on to complete
a Masters degree in book design and joined Soapbox in 2009.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7559,
Sarah is an accomplished all-round designer of print materials. She is particularly interested in finding new and creative ways of displaying
complex information in a coherent and compelling way. She started her career as a designer and typesetter for a local newspaper before joining
the Corporate Design Unit at King's College London. She studied design for graphic communication and typography at the University of Reading.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7561,
Autumn is an expert on page layouts for reports, pamphlets and books. She previously worked as a manager for Ottakar's bookshops and then for
the online bookshop booksofcourse.com. Autumn studied classics at King's College London before completing her masters degree at University College London, specialising
in the reception of erotic classical art and literature.
T: +44 (0) 7899 263 185,
Robert is an expert developer with a keen eye for detail. He has over six years of experience in development and has previously worked on projects sponsored by Google and Microsoft. His job is
to provide senior level coding support and to lead our web team day to day. Robert is extremely passionate about coding standards and website optimisation – making the web faster and more compatible for everyone.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7566,
Amy is a multi-disciplinary designer and is Soapbox's expert on user-centred design. Before joining us, Amy initially studied as a graphic designer
before completing a Masters degree in service design innovation. She has since worked as a freelance graphic and service designer on a number of
projects for the NHS, third sector organisations such as Mind and higher education establishments including the London School of Economics. She
enjoys discovering behavioural insights in order to design robust and intuitive solutions to complex problems.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7567,
Lewis joined Soapbox in July 2012 and is our principal designer for web and branding. Having previously worked on Arcadia Group's in-house design team,
he has a highly developed understanding of the role of visual design in helping to establish an organisation's positioning, both online and offline.
He also takes a keen interest in current developments in infographics and data visualisation. Lewis has a BA in graphic design from the University of Lincoln.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7565,
Stuart graduated from Brunel University with a first-class degree in Multimedia Technology and Design. He mainly deals with front-end development, building websites by
applying the latest web principles and technologies. As well as development, Stuart also has a keen eye for web design and is always keen to heighten user
experience in new and existing projects for Soapbox.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7562,
Tuhin is a self-taught web developer – he has had a passion for computing since he was very young.
He did his Masters in applied linguistics at Middlesex University and has worked as an ESOL teacher and as a sub-editor
and reporter for the IT section of a number of newspapers in Bangladesh. Before joining Soapbox, he worked for the
charity Social Action for Health in East London developing and managing their websites and databases. He has a keen interest in photography and fine art.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7564,
Megan studied typography and graphic design and then completed an MA in book design, both at the University of Reading.
Since graduating she has worked for several years in a small agency, gaining experience across branding, print and digital design.
She enjoys devising solutions to complex design problems – manipulating text, images and graphics to create effective communications.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7552,
After having studied a BA in Visual Communication in the Netherlands, Paulien discovered that her passion lies in typography and in understanding how to communicate
effectively with type. This led her to take on an MA in Contemporary Typographic Media at the London College of Communication, through which she could also express
her interest for cities and their structures.
T: +44 (0) 20 7902 7558,
The token Northerner, Ellen's a graphic designer with a background in the arts. Recently graduating with a Masters degree in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication,
she used her time there to hone her skills as a keen visual researcher. Her main interests surround understanding the role of visual culture within society. She loves print design
in all its guises and when not in the Soapbox studio she's a collector of old maps and other printed ephemera.
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