About Cotswold Poster Co

Matt of Cotswold Poster Co on the market stall

Cotswold Poster Co was founded by graphic designer Matt Isherwood, who grew up in Cirencester and now lives in Malmesbury. He studied graphic design at university in Falmouth and worked as a web designer in London for several years before returning to the area with his young family.

Celebrating all of the Cotswolds

Cotswold Poster Co aims to showcase all of the great towns and villages in the Cotswolds—not just the most famous ones. The designs are inspired by mid-20th Century railway and travel posters, which is a style that is synonymous with promoting and celebrating the towns and regions of the UK.

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Original and handmade

All of the posters are original designs that are drawn digitally by Matt—there are no filters or shortcuts used. You can read more about the design process here. In addition every order that comes in is hand-packed and posted out from Malmesbury.

Sustainable for nature

Cotswold Poster Co is built on sustainable and eco-friendly values. All of the paper used in the products comes from responsibly managed sources and wherever possible recycled paper is used. All of the cellophane packaging wraps are biodegradable and single-use plastics are avoided.

In order to positively give something back, 2% of the all of the company’s income goes to nature in the form of donations to the local wildlife trusts. Read more about the sustainability approach here.

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Beginnings

This venture actually started life in 2018 as Malmesbury Card Company, unsurprisingly because Matt’s first products were greetings cards of Malmesbury. Poster versions followed and demand for them grew along with interest from nearby areas in the Cotswolds, so in July 2019 the leap was made into the current brand. He has sold at several local craft markets but now focuses mostly online.