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

The Anatomy Sketchbook

Ilex Press

The Watercolour Ideas Book

Joanna Goss
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Joanna Goss
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BBC Radio 6 Music's Alternative Jukebox

Ilex Press

The Photographer's Mind

Michael Freeman
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Michael Freeman

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.

Dani Jones

Dani Jones is an artist, writer, children's book illustrator, and comics creator. She is the author and illustrator of the picture book MONSTERS VS. KITTENS and creator of the webcomic MY SISTER THE FREAK. She is also the author of IPAD FOR ARTISTS, an instructional book about drawing and painting on the iPad.

Hayley Campbell

Hayley Campbell, who spent many months rummaging through Neil's attic to source the material for this book, was born in England and lived in Australia for 20 years before moving to London, where she writes for the New Statesman, The Comics Journal and McSweeney's. She is currently working on her first novel, and can often be found committing terrible acts of amateur taxidermy.

Holly Wales

Holly Wales is a UK-based illustrator. Her work explores a variety of subjects, pushing colour marker pens to their limits. Holly works with text and multiple layers of colour to deconstruct forms and produce dynamic compositions. Her client list includes Bloomberg, Deutsche Bank, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, National Geographic, Byron Hamburgers, The Huffington Post, the V&A, Urban Outfitters, Wired and GQ Deutschland. Between 2008 and 2013 she illustrated a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. Holly has also taught on several illustration courses around the UK including Central St Martins, Winchester School of Art, Camberwell College of Arts, Falmouth University and Brighton University.

Isa Maria Seminega

Isa Seminega is a design entrepreneur and strategist using business and design to make an impact in the world.For sixteen years she's worked with brands to communicate their cause, share their stories and define their position in the market. In 2009, she moved away from corporate brands, starting her own agency to work with creative entrepreneurs, and has worked with many small business owners as a marketing, PR and brand consultant. She's also the founder and design director of Happy Piece, a socially conscious homeware brand and ethical manufacturing studio, on a mission to eradicate poverty in Rwanda.

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

Jane Snedden Peever

Jane's natural talent for creating patterns has led her to teaching classes in mandala-making in her native Canada. She also creates her unique hand-drawn mandalas for colouring books and online publications. Her previously published work encompasses her other great skill in fiber arts, including books of her unique designs for Aran sweaters.

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.

Lana Hughes

Lana Hughes is an Essex born, London based artist specialising in hand-lettering, sign writing and typographic illustration. In 2010 she completed a B.A (Hons) in Graphic Design at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Upon graduating, she lived and worked in London for several years before spending a year painting her way around Australia and South East Asia. Lana has created works for clients including British Airways, O2, Tesco, Liberty of London, Lovebox Festival, Southbank London, Studio Canal, CAMRA and London Zoo.Now back living in London, she works both independently and as one third of design studio Animaux Circus, which she co-founded in 2010. In addition, she often hosts workshops and exhibits her works around London. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and spray painting large scale murals with other artists on her travels.

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.

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.