Andy Cowles

Cowles Media is led by Andy Cowles, the award-winning editorial development director of Time Inc. UK, creative director of Mademoiselle for Condé Nast and art director of Rolling Stone in NYC.

Andy’s exceptional practitioner relationships ensure that every project gets the ideal team. Cowles Media’s developers were recently named in the top 20 UK web design agencies; our strategists, editors, writers, designers, videographers, researchers and event producers are all outstanding in their fields.

Andy has won many awards, including the BSME Mark Boxer award. He curates the PPA Festival, is a Guardian Masterclass trainer and speaks regularly at international industry events.


‘Andy brings a laser focus and bold thinking to the task of better sales and happier readers. He delivers the triple benefit of graphic power, editorial intelligence and superb management of the strange creatures known as editorial staff.’

Scott Mowbray, Editor-In-Chief,

‘One of the best-known and most highly-regarded Creative Directors in our entire industry. I trust him like I do few others to get the job – any job – done to the highest standards.’

Barry McIlheney, PPA CEO

‘Andy has a truly magical touch on strategy, branding, content, and design. I have lost count of how many times I presented apparently new social media ideas when he would be the one who saw the value and meaning before anyone else. He gave our team full support to innovate and deliver amazing user experience and new business models.’

Cathy Ma, Audience Development Director at Bauer Media, NYC

‘Andy is the magic star dust we needed.’

Inca Waddell, Global Marketing Director, Phaidon

‘An extraordinary creative talent, Andy is also versatile – able to work in fashion, celebrity, food, shelter and news with skills spanning print, digital, mobile and video.’

Evelyn Webster, CEO US & Australia, Guardian News & Media

‘Andy lived the project; our team loved working with him and learned a lot. The feedback to our new look has been overwhelmingly positive.’

Neil Thackery, Co Founder at Agribriefing Ltd

‘Andy fixed all our logo development problems and many more. He gave us lots of options and listened to everything we said. He ‘got us’ as a business instantly, so the process was short, to the point and on budget.’

Lynda Newland, Marketing Director, Puzzler Media


Guardian Masterclass 2018

Still a few places left on ‘PowerPoint mastery – how to create a successful pitch deck’

Magfest Ireland 2018

Dublin keynote on ‘Good Design is Good Business’

PPA Festival 2018, 2017, 2016

Content curator of UK’s biggest magazine conference. Co-ordinating over 100 separate speakers across six stages, presenting to over 800 delegates from across the entire industry.

Marketforce 2017

Keynote presentation on content trends at the Marketforce 2017 annual conference. Short videos of this talk can be see here.

UPP, Belgium 2017

Keynote presentation on content trends at Belgium’s annual publisher conference.

PPA Retail forum 2017

Keynote presentation on audience behaviour and cover trends.

Monetizing Digital Media

Sold out workshops at The Media Briefing’s International conference in both Spring and Autumn 2015 and 2016.

William Reed Business Media

Keynote presentation at the 2015 editorial conference: ‘How to get more emotional engagement with your digital audience’.

PPA independent publishers conference

Host of the 2016, 2015 and 2014 multi-platform content stream.

Four trends and a truth

Keynote presentation at the 2015 PPA Independent Publisher conference.

DC Thomson

Keynote presentation at the 2015 editorial conference.

The Future of Publishing

Guest speaker at the 2014 Guardian Masterclass workshop about The Future Of Publishing.

Building trust in content

Presentation at the 2014 PPA Conferences in both London and Edinburgh.

Digital design trends

Keynote speaker at the Content Marketing Association’s 2014 breakfast briefing on digital design trends.


BSME Mark Boxer Award
BSME Launch of The Year for Know Your Destiny
BSME Launch of the Year for Pick Me Up
PPA Designer of The Year
PPA Title of The Year for Empire
SPD Silver medal for illustration for Rolling Stone
SPD 20 Merit awards for Rolling Stone


D&AD Chair of Judges for editorial design
PPA Final judge for the publishing awards
PPA Final judge for the PPA independent publishing awards
PPA Scotland final Judge for the PPA Scotland awards
Final Judge for Immediate Media’s internal awards
Final judge for the BSME New Talent Awards