BLOK was founded by London-based art director/graphic designer Sam Wolfson in 2004. The independent studio specialises in typography and graphic communication for books and other printed matter; primarily for the arts and cultural sector. Clients include Fourth Estate/Harper Collins, Laurence King and Phaidon.

The studio believes in collaborating with like-minded individuals, publishers, galleries, institutions and companies with the intention of forming a deep understanding of each project, finding a design solution that has meaning and originality, and that speaks to the client and audience alike.


Education and early career

BA (Hons) History of Art at Sussex University
London College of Printing to study typography and graphic design
At Phaidon Press, Sam worked under Alan Fletcher in London and New York
Sam also worked for Simon Esterson (Esterson Associates) and Nick Bell (UNA)



Winner of the British Book Trade Awards for design and production for the Kitchen Diaries, published by 4th Estate, 2006

Winner of the International Society of Typographic Designers Fine Paper Prize, 1999



Futuremap at the London Institute Gallery and then Creative Britain in Berlin, 1999
Love Letter to Guttenberg exhibition, University of Applied Studies in Mainz, Germany. 2000


Client list

Phaidon Press
Thames and Hudson
Ebury Press
4th Estate
Kew Gardens Publishing
Laurence King
Tate Gallery
The British Museum
The Royal Academy of Arts
D&AD (Design and Art Direction)
The Hayward Gallery
Eye Magazine