Related to: 'My Art Teacher and Mr Picasso'

By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Ilex Press

Spiroglyphics: Rock Heroes

Thomas Pavitte
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Thomas Pavitte

Alannah Moore

Author Alannah Moore leads a double life between Paris and London. When she's not prying into the lives of artists or kitchen-table business owners, she might be found cracking open a bottle of Menetou-Salon, rustling up an Indonesian curry or strolling leisurely along the Seine with her Cavalier King Charles. She discovered her skills for talent spotting when researching the world's best web designers for her first book Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend. Alannah's website is at www.alannahmoore.com

Alex Beeching

Alex Beeching is a sought-after artist in many fields; whether it's an illustration, a card design, a paper sculpture or indeed a daring installation, he will rise to the occasion. Born in Cheltenham to a Persian father and an English mother, he strives to brings the best of both cultures to his work.Recent clients include: The University of London, The School of Advanced Study, The Bloomsbury Festival, the restaurant chain Zizzi, and Cheltenham Festival.

Bev Speight

Bev Speight is an artist, illustrator, designer and educator who teaches at Middlesex University. She was previously creative director for a major book publisher and, amongst many other clients, has worked extensively on high profile campaigns for the BBC.

Charlotte Farmer

Charlotte Farmer graduated from Central St Martin's in London in 2006 with an MA in Communication Design. She has been working freelance ever since, writing, drawing and designing, but mostly illustrating for a variety of clients. Her work also features on hip homeware products for New House Textiles. Her first humourous book for Ilex, The Hipster Colouring Book, was swiftly followed by The Passive-Aggressive Colouring Book, the perfect antidote to modern life.

Christie Goodwin

Christie Goodwin is a British photographer with a career that spans over 35 years. She has worked for Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and other top recording artists. Christie's work appears on CDs, DVDs and tour merchandise, and in international publications, books and exhibitions. When not on the road in a tour bus, Christie is at home in London, where she regularly shoots as official photographer for the Royal Albert Hall. She can be found on both instagram and twitter @christiegoodwin.

Clara Drummond

Artist Clara Drummond was awarded first prize for the BP Portrait Award in 2016, In 2017 Drummond was commissioned by Her Majesty the Queen to do an Order of Merit portrait which is now part of the Royal Collection. In addition she was awarded the Bulldog Trust Award by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Young Artist of the Year award by the Society of Women Artists. She is a tutor at The Royal Drawing School.

Cynthia Emerlye

Cynthia Emerlye was born in Rhode Island, USA. Growing up in a creative family, she was introduced to homey and fine crafts at a young age. Her work is detailed and elegant, convoluted and richly feminine in nature, recalling the lush illuminated manuscripts of the Renaissance and the detail of William Morris. Her floral designs are highly distinctive and have been adapted to many decorative and commercial uses. Her paintings and illustrations, utilising a soft, rainbow palette, incorporate symbols and mythic iconography into their dreamscapes.

Emily Gosling

Emily Gosling is a freelance editor and writer based in London. She has contributed to Vice, Huffington Post, AnOther magazine and was previously deputy editor at It's Nice That.

Francesca Leung

Francesca Leung works in editorial, writes books and has written for Wallpaper*, Time Out London, ES magazine and ShortList. She also draws comics and her design work has been exhibited at the V&A museum. Her favourite things are pirates, Batman® and cake, and she spends her spare time playing Assassin's Creed® or losing at mahjong. She makes the best cup of tea in the world, according to herself. You would not want to live with her.

Hattie Newman

Hattie Newman has earned an international reputation for her inimitable creations in the field of set design and papercraft. Found in advertisements, animations, physical spaces and books, her colourful work is loved by children, publishers and photographers alike. Hattie has directed a number of playful short films and animations, in which her wonderful paper sculptures magically come to life - most recently in a Christmas TV Commercial for the fashion brand, Lacoste. Although based at her London studio, projects regularly call Hattie away to work in New York, Paris, Valencia, Milan and other places far from her original home of Devon, England. Her clients include Lacoste, TFL, NSPCC, The Guardian, Honda, Canon and John Lewis. As well as practicing commercially, Hattie is also active in design education, giving frequent talks and workshops to adults, students and children. Recent guest lectures include Brief Design Festival in Madrid, Papier Hier in Amsterdam and Beyonderground Festival in Belgium. In the UK, Hattie is a guest lecturer at the University of the West of England, where she gained her first class degree in Illustration in 2008.Exhibitions showcasing Hattie's work include Pick Me Up in Somerset House, London, The Paper Convention in Sydney and The Paper Cut Festival in Amsterdam.hattienewman.co.uk @hattienewman

Jake Spicer

Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.www.jakespicerart.co.uk@BrightonDrawing

Joanna Goss

Joanna Goss embraces playfulness and joy in her delightful and original watercolors. Her unmistakable style and contemporary pattern-based paintings have earned her recognition from across the web. The bright, vibrant designs she creates continually lend themselves to unique applications.From custom stationery to textiles, Goss' nostalgic and of-the-moment sensibilities have landed her retail lines with top national brands. In addition to her popular patterns, she is known for painting colorfully whimsical portraits of people and animals.Goss has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Northern Illinois University. She lives with her boyfriend and their two cats in Aurora, Illinois.

Liana Jegers

Liana Jegers is a writer and illustrator based in Chicago. She has written various pieces for small publications and contributes a column to The Smudge, a small monthly newspaper which she co-founded and edits. In addition to her personal practice, she regularly illustrates for various magazines, books and websites.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Mouni Feddag

Born and based in the UK, Mouni Feddag studied Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in Germany, and is now represented by The Bright Agency as an illustrator. Her clients have included Vogue Online, Nido Magazine, Hambly & Woolley and NPR. Shortlisted for the AOI Serco Prize for Illustration 2015 and the winner of the Hans-Meid-Förderpreis 2015, Mouni's publications and contriutions also include Doodlers Anonymous Epic Colouring Book and Quiet, Constant Friends.

Peter Furtado

Peter Furtado has been the editor of History Today magazine since 1998. He holds degrees in History and Art History from Oxford University and has edited many reference works on world history, including the Atlas of World History which was 'wholly admirable...a great achievement' (Daily Telegraph). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Robert Dimery

Robert Dimery is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson's 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up the Volume: A History of House, and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, plus countless other popular music publications. He has also contributed to books on classic albums and classic singles, and has worked for a variety of magazines, including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London.

Terence Conran

Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general population for the very first time.Over the subsequent 50 years Terence built another group of companies centred around design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving many international clients that includes architecture and interior design, product and graphic design and brand licensing.In January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK, designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and autumn.Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983 and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.

Thomas Pavitte

Thomas Pavitte's unique talent is creating activity puzzles that result in something truly extraordinary. His 1000 Dot-to-Dot books and Querkles colouring books have become international best-sellers, enjoyed by creative puzzle fans the world over, with millions of copies in print.Constantly exploring new graphic ideas, Thomas lives in Melbourne, Australia, and shares his work at thomasmakesstuff.com.