Ness Wood is an award-winning book designer and art director and she has worked for many major publishers designing teenage fiction through to picture books. She has taught publishing on the Illustration MA course at Goldsmiths, London and publishing at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is a Leader-in-Residence. Ness has also taught design history at the University of Brighton and has been a judge for the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award and in 2018, she was part of the winning team at the British Book Design and Production Awards in the Graphic Novel Category. She is known for her encouraging, straightforward and collaborative approach with illustrators and students.
Ness is co-founder of Orange Beak Studio with Maisie Paradise Shearring. It is a collective that mentors illustrators at all stages of their development, from those who are brand-new to illustrators and authors early in their career, to graduates and more established clients. Orange Beak also hold events, lectures and workshops.