Jake Tilson

born 1958


Jake Tilson (born 1958 in London) is an English artist, graphic designer, writer and publisher.

Author and designer of A Tale of 12 Kitchens (2006), he published the arts magazines Cipher (1979–1981) and Atlas (1985–1993), taught in the Communication Design department at the Royal College of Art (1987–1999) and also works as a journalist. A retrospective exhibition of his art work was held at the Museo Internacional de Electrografia in Cuenca, Spain (1997), part funded by The British Council. He was an early adopter of the World Wide Web as a medium for art, using his website TheCooker (1994). As a graphic designer he has produced work for companies such as Paul Smith, Haworth Tompkins, Royal National Theatre and Warehouse plc. He is a trustee of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.

"Rooted in everyday culture and a pervading sense of place, Tilson’s practice spans publishing, cultural commentary, photography and audio work and often focuses on the unremarkable and the everyday whilst purposefully avoiding any sense of spectacle."

"Jake Tilson has always been one of the more original voices in graphic design, his playful, multilayered work defying both convention and easy description."

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