Victoria Forrest

VIKA make extraordinary books. We combine traditional book arts, fine-art publishing, and creative technologies to design bespoke pieces that will elevate the status of any bookshelf or portfolio.

Every design is crafted to enhance each unique narrative, and manufactured to the highest production standards. We specialise in the curation of cultural narratives, and the creation of striking, contemporary publications that showcase the work of the artists and brands of the future.

Our first augmented reality (AR) book, ‘Where is the Bird?’ (WITB) is a playfully interactive, multi-dimensional learning experience that is affordable, portable, flexible and fun. WITB? inspires all families, deaf and hearing, to interact in British Sign Language (BSL). Turn the pages and ‘wake up’ magical AR animations that pop-up from the page through your smartphone, before being paired with a video of the BSL sign.

Victoria Forrest, director, has a First Class BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from the University of the Arts, London, and a MA in Communication Art and Design from the Royal College of Art, London. She worked at Vogue, i-D and Dazed & Confused, and was co-director of Smith Design, London from 2006–11.

In 2015, Victoria founded VIKA Books to be specialists in innovative book design merging traditional book arts with creative technologies. Designs have been featured by the BBC, BBC News, The Bookseller, and The British Journal of Photography. VIKA has won or been finalist in multiple innovation awards, including Innovate UK’s Audience of the Future, SWCTN Immersion, D&AD, SXSW Pitch, The Bookseller Futurebook ʼ15 and ʼ19, and received business awards for Best New Business, Best AR Product, Best Fine Art Publisher, Outstanding Entrepreneurship, including Lloyds National Business Award for New Entrepreneur. VIKA is part of UK’s DIT trade delegation, is one of Createch ʼs ‘Ones to Watch’, and finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Award ʼ20.

Victoria is a Visiting Lecturer on the MA Photography Courses at Falmouth and University of West England (UWE), and resident of the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol.