The creativity of author, designer and publisher Ben Arogundade
I’m Ben Arogundade. This website showcases my work as an award-winning writer, designer, broadcaster and voiceover artist. Get my bio here, or check out some of my work below.
Pelé, one of the greatest footballer’s that ever graced the game, died on December 29, 2022. In one of my previous incarnations as editorial and creative director at London’s Gloria Books (now closed), I am proud to have produced this Pelé collectable — a king-sized illustrated biography covering the key moments in the Brazilian football legend’s life.
The photo-book was a mammoth undertaking, consisting of 720 pages, 250,000 words and over 1,700 images. It was printed in a limited edition of 2,500 copies, each of which was signed by Pelé himself. The finished item was presented in an XXL-sized format, measuring 45cms x 35cms.
My Terrifying, Shocking, Humiliating, Amazing Adventures In Online Dating
I recount my turbulent journey as an online dater, during which time I was stood up, verbally abused, propositioned for sex and asked to be a father to an unborn child. Along the way I offer singles the secrets and best practices they need to boost the quality of their matches, and I present the latest strategies, research-based guidelines and innovations to take their online profiles to new levels of excellence. Get it now at Amazon, £9.99.
“Intriguing and powerful.”
BBC Radio 5 Live
Eccentric millionaire Dennison Carr invents a bizarre game in which he pays a group of handpicked men to seduce women he selects at random. One of the male seducers, a down-and-out graphic designer named Erskine, is recovering from a recent trauma that has made him averse to relationships. Things begin to unravel when he begins to develop feelings for a jazz singer called Natascha, one of the women he is paid to seduce. As they both battle against their aversion to intimacy, and their expanding feelings for one another, neither is prepared for the shocking conclusion Dennison has planned.
The novel, which includes 18 sex scenes, became a cult hit when first released, and was championed by Hollywood actor and ‘Matrix’ star Laurence Fishburne, who recorded an audio segment which has never been released. Get the book now at Amazon, £8.99/$11.99.
“A clever, dark drama.”
Fake Views? The Donald Trump Book Of Covers
The definitive illustrated history of Donald J. Trump’s rise from real estate mogul to the White House, told through a unique collection of 240 of his front covers, from 1979 to 2016. Witness Trump depicted as the anti-Christ, Adolf Hitler, The Joker, a Ku Klux Klansman, a terrorist, a psychopath, a narcissist and a sexual predator, to name but a few.
WINNER: GENERAL NON-FICTION: Indie Book Awards 2019.
FINALIST: BEST COVER DESIGN: Indie Book Awards 2019.
Get it now at Amazon.
£29.99/$34.99 or less.
Obama: 101 Best Covers
During his two terms in office, President Barack Obama amassed more newspaper and magazine front covers than any other in history. This book presents the best 101 examples from across the globe in a special commemorative edition celebrating the startling event that was the election of the first African American president.
Eight years in the making, the book’s selection of covers depict Obama in a kaleidoscope of guises, including feminist, communist, fashion model, Jew, Muslim terrorist, Messiah, Superman, George Washington, President Roosevelt, Julius Caesar and Hindu deity Lord Shiva. The accompanying text discusses the design, typography, photography and political context of each cover, bringing to life this unique portrait of one of the world’s most famous men. Get it now at Amazon. Available in FOUR different covers.
£29.99/$39.99 or less.
Black Beauty: A History & A Celebration
This book chronicles the turbulent journey of black beauty within Western culture, from antiquity to the present. It analyses the aesthetics of make-up, hair, skin-tone and facial features amongst people of colour, and the way in which these motifs have been both accepted and rejected within Eurocentric culture. The narrative draws upon a galaxy of black stars of film, fashion, music, television and sports. From Josephine Baker to Beyoncé, from traditional African hairstyles to coloured contact lenses and blonde weaves, ‘Black Beauty’ has become the key text for all studies of this branch of beauty history. Now a three-part BBC documentary.
Get it now at Amazon.
ONLINE CONTENT & JOURNALISM
I write across different subject areas, including history, politics, fashion and beauty, sex and relationships, health and wellbeing, sports and the arts. I have written for a range of publications, including ‘The Times’, ‘The Telegraph’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Evening Standard’, ‘GQ’, ‘Marie Claire’, ‘Elle’ and ‘Creative Review’.
My voice has featured on dozens of television and radio ads, as well as documentaries and audiobooks, including classics by Charles Darwin and George Orwell.
In ‘The World According To Search’ I travelled across the globe in pursuit of the most popular, weird and wonderful internet searches in different countries, and the fascinating stories behind them. Tune in, and join me on my amazing journey.
ART & DESIGN — Apps
365 POSITIVITY is a start-up digital publisher. We create innovative health, well-being and self-improvement apps that are designed to entertain, inform, inspire positive actions, or even change behaviours. We achieve this via creative writing, crafting original quotes and thought-provoking prose to convey big ideas within small sentences. Our apps cover a wide range of topics, from mental health to music. They combine the power of words with elegant designs that are simple and easy to use. Learn more about 365 Positivity here..
ART DIRECTION — ‘Extract’ Magazine
SURFING ahead of the zeitgeist for 'reality' media, I launched ‘Extract’ – a bi-monthly style magazine about non-celebrities. It rejected the lives of the rich and famous in favour of interviews and profiles with unknown personalities from around the world. As well as publishing the magazine, I also edited and designed its pages. It attracted international attention, not only for its then radical editorial agenda, but also for its creative page layouts. Images were supplied by an army of talented young British photographers who were as unknown as their subjects. The title drew a cult audience globally.
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