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I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in the UK. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, now based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, I create illustrated maps, book cover designs, posters and editorial illustration.

Inspired by culture, places and heritage, I create illustrations that tell stories of past and present. My love of pottery and tile patterns, especially those from the Ottoman times also influence my work. A large part of my image-making is experimenting with textures which I then apply to my hand-drawn illustrations digitally. I’m also the illustrator and author behind Meat in the Middle, a short interactive documentary about the effect of a meat-based diet on the environment.

Recent clients include Kelmscott Manor, the summer residence of William Morris, the Oxford Playhouse, the Museum of Oxford, Arts at the Old Fire Station & Uncomfortable Oxford. Follow me on instagram or facebook or feel free to explore my portfolio and get in touch for commissions or collaborations for both print & digital projects. I would love to hear about you and help you the best I can!

Kati Lacey freelance illustrator and graphic designer Banbury Oxford
Image credit: Judit Spanyar
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What others have to say…

“The illustrations and site-map that Kati has created for Kelmscott Manor are really very successful and everyone associated with the National Lottery Heritage Fund project was equally impressed with their clarity and the way in which the drawings of the Morris family members, birds and other characters work so well with the typography. She has made a delightful contribution to the Interpretation of the Manor and its outbuildings.”

Peter Cormack MBE FSA
Hon. Curatorial Adviser, Kelmscott Manor

“Kati went above and beyond the brief and delivered the project in a timely manner. She worked with us to find an outcome that really fitted what we were trying to achieve. We are very happy with the result!”

Kate Toomey
Museum of Oxford

Kati has been an utter delight to work with and her illustrations have already become a treasured part of our College community. Now, with the map, we have a lovely (and very useful!) souvenir to give our visitors!

Maryanne Saunders
Lincoln College

“Working to a tight deadline, Kati developed a range of characters, a set of icons and an infographic poster for us. Her process and service was genuinely excellent, and we couldn’t be happier with the results!”

Jack Barton
Primary Care International

“Kati has been a pleasure to work with. Her dedication to the project has been consistent from the first minute to the last. She captured perfectly what the Old Fire Station stands for through her extensive research, unique way of seeing, beautiful colour palette and dreamy characters. We are overjoyed with the result!”

Justine Malone
Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

“We’re so lucky to be working with such a talented and curious illustrator! Kati’s talent is not just her delicate graphics, but also the wit and insight that she instills in them!”

The Team @
Uncomfortable Oxford

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