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 came back to the area after university in Falmouth and working in London for several years. Here he explains the three core Cotswold Poster Co values:

Celebrating all of the Cotswolds

“I’ve set myself a mission to create a poster for all of the great towns and villages in the Cotswolds, not just the most famous ones. I’m doing this with designs inspired by mid-20th Century railway and travel posters, a style that is synonymous with promoting and celebrating the towns and regions of the UK. All of the posters are created digitally but designed by hand—there’s more on the process here.”

You can suggest the next locations I design by getting in touch via email or Instagram.

Independent

“As an independent designer and small business, I aim to champion the region by collaborating with other locally-run ventures. I’ve decided to only stock my designs in independent shops, cafes, galleries, and attractions around the Cotswolds. I also work with local creatives, from photographers to marketers.”

If you are an independent business who is interested in stocking or partnering, please get in touch.

Sustainable

“Not harming the environment is extremely important to me and I use an FSC approved printer, meaning all the paper comes from responsibly managed sources, and where possible is made of recycled fibre. Most of the packaging is paper or card so it can be easily recycled and any clear wraps are biodegradable. I also go a step further by donating 2% of the income to local wildlife trusts.”

You can learn more about my environmentally-friendly approach here.

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Beginnings

The Cotswold Poster Company started life as Malmesbury Card Company, funnily enough because my first products were just greetings cards of Malmesbury. However demand for the posters grew as well as interest from nearby areas in the Cotswolds, so in July 2019 it evolved into the current brand.