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 nearly a decade before returning to the area with his young family.

Celebrating all of the Cotswolds

Cotswold Poster Co aims to celebrate all of the great towns and villages in the Cotswolds—not just the most well-known ones. In that spirit the designs are inspired by mid-20th Century railway travel posters, which is a style famous for promoting the places of the UK.

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 is hand-packed and posted from Malmesbury.

Environment first

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 print 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, because (as the name suggests) Matt’s first started by producing a few greeting cards of Malmesbury. Poster versions followed and demand for them grew along with interest from nearby areas in the Cotswolds, so in July 2019 it morphed into the current brand. He has sold at several local craft markets but now focuses on growing the online store.

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You can learn more about Matt's background here.