Evolution Design and Digital

Based in the countryside of Kent, here at EVOLUTION we offer effective pre-press services across the board, all to a very high standard and at very competitive prices.

EVOLUTION specialise in the Educational, Legal and Medical sectors. Please contact us for competitive rates.



From simple novels to high-end medical text books, we are very experienced in all aspects of typesetting.


If you are looking to publish your own book, it’s really easy using the experienced team at Evolution.

Just submit your manuscript and we will guide you along the way to printed books!

Where you aware that you can have from 1 to 10,000 copies printed?

Our services include:

Full editorial services
Page design
Cover design
Printer sourced
ebook provided

Project management

Evolution can offer you the option of project management services or a total packaging service for both print and digital media.

We have a core team of highly experienced freelancers available to deal with your projects, no matter how big or how small. However, for the larger projects we do have access to a partner editorial company.

From concept to final product, we take care of every stage of production!


Here at Evolution everyone has over 30 years’ extensive design knowledge. From designing pages to book covers, record sleeves, journals and novels, our work appears all around the world in some shape or form!

Even though we work with the latest technology and software, we still work in picas and points!

We know how pages should be laid out and presented – it’s not just a matter of putting words or illustrations on a page, a page should flow naturally allowing the reader to navigate easily.

Over the years we have worked on some very prestigious projects, many being nominated for Medical Book Design Awards.

From conceptual design to final page layout, we will keep you fully informed and involved in the process.


At Evolution we have our own in-house illustrators capable of producing high-end illustrations.

Evolution also work alongside some of the best illustrators in the UK, so we take care of all your commissioned artwork too, ie cartography, technical and medical.

Along with traditional and digital illustration, we can, as an added bonus, produce animated work.

XML workflow

Evolution has been working with XML workflow for a number of years. Our professionalism in the field, led us into the classroom to consult on the subject with large publishing houses.

We provide XML workflows integrated with InDesign to produce and supply ebooks in epub and mobi formats.

Some of our clients...


Penny Howes BSc PhD LCGI

Advanced Professional Member SfEP

I have worked with Jon, Nick and their team for nearly 20 years, through freelance editing work with a range of publishers. Their work is always of a very high quality, delivered on time and conducted in a highly professional way.

They are very approachable and always willing to discuss a project in advance, to ensure the layout of a document is optimised in every way.

As a freelance editor, I am well aware of the range of quality in design work, and have no hesitation recommending Evolution to anyone who asks me if I know of a good designer.

Ivor Eisenstad

Author: Final Score

‘Final Score’ was my first book and Jon Abnett made the process of self-publishing simple, efficient and painless.

His layout of the text was clean and open, his cover design impactful and typesetting accurate and quick.

Jon was flexible and accommodating when I felt the need to make late changes and his advice on everything from obtaining an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to file conversion for the epub edition, was invaluable.

I can highly recommend him whether you are a first time author like me or an experienced self-publisher who needs a reliable and comprehensive service.

Chris Newson

Freelance Print Consultant

I have known Jon Abnett and his team for the last two decades or so. The team have always been professional and delivered high quality work on time and on budget.

During my time at Apple Jon had soley worked on a specific high profile title that was to be featured globally. Using the Apple proprietorial iBook Author format he converted Thick as Thieves – Personal Situations with the Jam. The book featured in a global front facing promotion and was used internally by the iBooks team as an example of what could be achieved using the package.


Case Study 1 – The Consulting Engineers

We were very impressed with the work of Evolution Design in the production of The Consulting Engineers. The design had to be of the highest quality, accommodating an exceptional number of illustrations plus a complex array of panels and box-outs for text. It also had to be produced under considerable time pressure and under severe cost-based constraints on numbers of pages.

Evolution Design’s response to the challenge was highly professional, with attractive and functional designs displaying a quick grasp of the authors’ intentions. This resulted in what from our experience was a remarkably high ‘right first time’ ratio.

The book has been very well received, as the testimonials demonstrate.

We’d be very happy to work with Nick and Jon again.

Hugh Ferguson, Editor-in Chief, New Civil Engineer 1976–1990; Managing Director, Thomas Telford Ltd (the ICE’s commercial division)1991–2008; Deputy Director General, Institution of Civil Engineers 2005–2009.

Mike Chrimes, Head of ICE Library 1987–2014; ICE Director of Engineering Policy 2010–2014.

It’s unusual to begin a working relationship with a really complex project with a stringent set of requirements. As the point of contact for everyone involved, my role in the project could sometimes feel overwhelming. But Nick and Jon made things much easier by beating every deadline, reworking material multiple times where needed to meet the project requirements, and I would credit them with a huge role in ensuring that The Consulting Engineers was a book that we could all be proud of producing. I look forward to working with Evolution Design again in the future.

Dr Madhubanti Bhattacharyya

Production Editor, ICE Publishing

Case Study 2 – A–Z Series [Dinosaurs, Rocks and Oceans]

Evolution Design were extremely professional and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The team produced three well designed print-ready titles of 120pp. All delivered at the same time and on time. Am happy to work with them again.

Susi Martin, Art Director

QED Publishing and Words & Pictures Books

Contact Us

We pride ourselves on speed of communication.

From the initial contact, we can be in your office the next day
discussing your project with you.

Emails are answered within 1 hour of receipt.

CALL: 07590047673

EMAIL: jon@evolutiondesignanddigital.co.uk

Registered Office: 89 King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BG