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John Odam

John Odam is an award-winning graphic designer who grew up in England and received his degree from Leicester College of Art. Unlike most of his fellow art students, John wasn't particularly attracted to advertising, so decided to focus his design career on publishing. He has been living in California since 1968. He was for many years art director of the early desktop-published Verbum magazine and a contributor to Step-By-Step Electronic Design and Before & After.

In addition to his collaboration with Janet Ashford on Start with Scan, he is also co-author of The Gray Book (Ventana Press, 1990), a book on techniques for black-and-white computer art. He has contributed many articles and illustrations to magazines and books worldwide.

John runs a full-service design studio producing cover and page designs for college and trade books, advertising, signage, packaging, catalogs and multimedia.

John's other business revolves around Beardsley and Company, makers of a special favored shampoo for beards. You can visit the Beardsley website at

In addition to playing mandocello, mandolin, mandola and guitar with Janet in Lime in the Harp, John also plays fiddle and mandolin in The Continental Drifters, a contradance string-band.