60-seconds with Dawkins Colour

By Jo Francis, Monday 19 May 2014

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London-based Dawkins Colour was formed 23 years ago when Ian Dawkins of IC Dawkins Typesetters and John Bodkin of Precise Litho & Scanning amalgamated their respective businesses.


The firm handled the pre-press for Fedrigoni’s recently-launched customer magazine, Pulp, and its range of work proves there’s still a place for specialist repro skills.

Where are you based? 

Dawkins colour is based in Islington, north London

How many staff do you have? 

We are nine in total

What does your firm do? 

Colour repro, high-end digital photography, classified advertising design and creative retouching

What’s your typical customer? 

Designers who know the quality that can be achieved

Which geographic areas do you serve?

Worldwide, but primarily London

Who are your clients? 

Leading galleries, publishers and private collectors

What’s your USP? 

We can take a catalogue from the digital photography stage, through repro and even manage the printing if required

What equipment do you run?  

A range of hardware and software from Hasselblad, Leaf, Epson, Fuji, Apple, Adobe Creative Suite and One Vision

What’s been your proudest achievement over the past few years? 

Producing a 360pp book for a private client – from photography through to print. He was very happy

What’s your team’s favourite biscuit? 

The studio team is treated to a big nutty glazed Danish ring every Friday

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