Julian worked on Pop music magazines in the 1990s. He worked on the Melody Maker in 1990 before joining the BBC's now defunct pop magazine, No.1. Whilst working in Australia in 1991 Julian was part of the Inside Soap magazine launch team before moving back to the United Kingdom to design the British version.
In 1992 he redesigned the Daily Star by introducing Impact (typeface) and between 1993 and 1995 was responsible for the controversial change of format of some of England's most popular evening newspapers including the Lancashire Evening Post and the Blackpool Gazette. By 1995 Julian was art directing the Edinburgh Evening News where he won Scottish Newspaper Design of The Year for the coverage of the Dunblane massacre. After winning two more design awards in 1998 and 2000, Julian joined the judging panel for the 2001 National Newspaper Awards.
In 1999 he worked with broadcaster Jeff Randall (journalist) as part of the launch team of Sunday Business newspaper and in 2003 he joined The Daily Telegraph as Executive Design Editor where he was responsible for some of the newspaper's most notorious front pages; including the award-winning Boxing Day edition of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the 2005 front page celebrating London's winning bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. His work on the 7 July 2005 London bombings won the Daily Telegraph the European Newspaper Design Award for news coverage.
In the summer of 2006 Bovis oversaw the re-design of The Daily Telegraph's website, introducing the newspaper's famous Gothic alphabet masthead, increasing the use of online photographs and using design principles to visually link the website to the printed newspaper. The re-design saw the monthly pages views rise from 41.6 m to 52.8 m. He left The Daily Telegraph in February 2008 and became a consultant for Sport Media Group where he oversaw the re-design of the Daily Sport newspaper and Sport Media Group's online titles.
1996 Scottish Newspaper Design of The Year Edinburgh Evening News
1998 Newspaper Design of The Year for Sunday Business Newspaper Sunday Business
2000 Newspaper Design of The Year for Sunday Business Newspaper Sunday Business
2004 Newspaper Design of The Year The Daily Telegraph
- Julian Bovis
- John Ruskin Prize Shortlist
- 20:20 Richmond
- Daily Sport Relaunch
- Brand Republic on the Daily Sport Relaunch
- Daily Sport Redesign
- Disaster Days
- Awards Judging Panel
- Seventh European Newspaper Award 17.3: Terror In London
- Newspaper Awards
- 1998 Newspaper Awards
- Telegraph Online Re-Design
- The Zeal I Feel
- The Daily Telegraph Online Re-design
- Sunday Business Newspaper
- Record Cover Design
- Last of the Broadsheets
- Blair Wipes Away The Tories