Impress is a small, specialist, publishing house founded by Prof. Phil Cleaver in 1979. Impress, originating from the word impression, publish an eclectic mix of books, portraying an intimate understanding of typography and a reputation for quality and professionalism, using various printing methods including digital, lithography and letterpress.


Prof. Phil Cleaver is an established and multi-award winning heavyweight in the graphic design world. Protégé of Anthony Froshaug, Phil honed his design and typographic skills under Alan Fletcher at Pentagram, Wim Crowel at TD in Holland, and Michael Wolff at Wolff Olins.


Prof. Phil is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, a founding trustee of the Monotype Museum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Professor in the creative industries in the school of Art and Design at Middlesex University.


In 1992 Phil set up a design consultancy named et al; a tight knit consortium of like-minded design professionals who have won a string of awards for beautifully designed books. Copies of books designed by et al reside in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and early typographical work by Phil Cleaver is archived in St Bride’s Printing Library.


Impress aim to make an impression with every book published. The attention to detail and exceptionally high standard of production is immediately evident with every book we produce.




2015 – Unseen Waterloo: Shortlisted at the British Book and Production Awards for Photographic Books, Art / Architecture Monographs


2013 – Old Rectory Gardens: Runner Up at the British Book and Production Awards for Exhibition Catalogues

The Photographer of Penllergare: Runner Up at the British Book and Production Awards for Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books