About Dalrymple

Dalrymple is a graphic design studio based in Edinburgh. It was set up by Robert Dalrymple in 1990, with Nye Hughes joining him in 2000. We specialise in clean typographic-led design, mainly working with organisations in the fine art and museum sector, but also with writers, architects, scientists and botanic gardens. Our work has been recognised many times in the British Book Design & Production Awards.


Robert Dalrymple

Trained in graphic design at Edinburgh College of Art; order Clerk at Rowley Atterbury's Westerham Press, 1981–1984; production assistant to Iain Bain at Tate Gallery Publications, 1984–1987; Keeper of Information, National Galleries of Scotland, 1987–1990. As a freelance designer for thirty years, he has worked with some of the foremost artists of our time and many of the leading museums, galleries and art dealers in Britain.


Nye Hughes

Nye trained as a designer after a degree in ecology and early career in environmental education.

Nye is still influenced by his background and sees thoughtful design as a important aid to communicating science and education. He has provided expertise for a number of scientific and natural history projects as well as in the fine art sector. These include the design, project management and installation of the visitor interpretation for a new Biodiversity Education Garden in Nepal, and interpretive panels for the Chilean Hillside in Benmore garden.

Nye has designed a number of natural history books, including a Brazilian botanical field guide for Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, books for the Langford Press Wildlife Art Series, and a lavish volume of Chilean botanical art, published by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which was runner-up in the British Book Design & Production Awards 2016.

Nye also enjoys the technical challenge of web design and development. Projects have included sites for the author William Dalrymple, the photographer Norman McBeath, and the database of Threatened Conifers of the World for the International Conifer Conservation Project.

In his spare time, Nye is a birdwatcher and wildlife artist.