Heidi North

Heidi North – Designer

I design covers for Random House, Vintage, HarperTeen including: chic lit, mystery & thrillers, music, memoir, cookbooks, nonfiction.


Book cover and interior Art Director and Designer. I have over 20 years experience in publishing both as an In- House Art Director and Designer for Random House, Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, and as an in-house freelance designer with HarperCollins and Little Brown. I have designed for Adult Trade, Teen, Gift Market and Cookbooks. I have Art Directed photo shoots and prop styled. I illustrate as well as hand letter. I'd love to help you with your book!
Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Dystopian Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult
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Work experience


Jan, 2020 — Present

Quarto Publishing

Apr, 2013 — Apr, 2016 (about 3 years)

Managed Art Department for two startup imprints. Art Directed and designed Racepoint Books, and Rock Point Gift & Stationery products. Managed and Art Directed a team of 20+ freelance designers, illustrators, photographers, and retouchers. Developed covers and interiors from concept to final product including cookbooks, food and beverage, entertainment, gift & stationery product, and packages. Art Directed food and product photo shoots. Designed, illustrated, and hand lettered. Retouched photos. Reported to Publisher. Worked with a team and independently including CEO, authors, editorial director, managing editor, sales, marketing, and production. Prepared digital files for catalog and web. Stayed on top of trends. Reduced costs. Produced complex mechanicals.
• Art Direction and Designed Sally’s Baking Addiction which held the #1 spot on Amazon.com


Oct, 2008 — Present

I have designed book covers for St. Martin's Press, Vintage Books, Harper Teen, Little Brown, Quarto Publishing, Barnes and Noble, and Simon and Schuster

I started my career as a designer for Vintage books part of the Knopf Group at Random House, and I worked at Random House for 8 years. My last position there was the Art Director for Times Books. I design covers, interiors and novelty packages. I work on both fiction and non-fiction.
Weight Watchers International, Inc., 2013 • Oxmoor House: 2012- Conceived and designed look and feel of 4/c cookbooks.
Open Road Integrative Media: 2012—2015 Designed fiction, historical fiction. chic lit eBook covers
Julie Metz LTD: 2012 —2013. Designed adult trade, women's fiction, guy lit, and teen book covers for Random House, Booksparks/Sparkpoint Press
Little, Brown and Company: 2010—2011. In-house Children’s Freelance Graphic Designer for jackets, covers and highly illustrated interiors.
HarperCollins Publishers: October 2008—October 2010. In-house freelance designer of covers, interiors and mechanicals for Harper Teen.

Simon & Schuster

Oct, 2006 — Apr, 2008 (over 1 year)

Art Directed and children’s books, coloring books, and novelty packaging. Hired illustrators and designers. Interpreted style guides from licensors. Worked with creative director, editors, and production. Provided art direction and managerial over site to two in-house designers.
• Designed for the following brands: Nickelodeon, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Barnes & Noble/Sterling Publishing Co. Inc

Aug, 2004 — Sep, 2006 (about 2 years)

Art Directed, Managed, and designed book jackets, and 4/c interiors. Art directed food photo shoots for cookbook projects. Developed books from manuscript through to bound book. Worked with external brands including House Beautiful Magazine, and Smith & Wollensky.


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Another excellent edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series, The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft collects the author's novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trade... read more
Diana in Search of Herself is the first authoritative biography of one of the most fabled women of the century. Even those who knew Princess Diana will be surprised by author Sally Bedell Smith's insightful and haunting portrait of Diana's inner life.For all t... read more
Radio Free Albemuth

Philip K. Dick

In Radio Free Albemuth, his last novel, Philip K. Dick morphed and recombined themes that had informed his fiction from A Scanner Darkly to VALIS and produced a wild, impassioned work that reads like a visionary alternate history of the United States. Agonizin... read more
What does it mean to be free?The first black hero of literature, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Tom is a slave who suffers for refusing to obey his white oppressors. Few books have changed the world as much as Uncle Tom's Cabin, which was published in 1852, nine year... read more
Since its original publication in 1847, the tempestuous relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine has long echoed on the moors. After being spurned by his lover and degraded by his adoptive family, Heathcliff leaves his home in Yorkshire, only to return we... read more
Jane Eyre is the heart-wrenching story of a young girl saddled with both a cruel aunt and a bitter upbringing at Lowood School. Her soul not broken from these encounters, she becomes governess to the children of the handsome Mr. Rochester, with whom she falls ... read more
The protagonist of Siri Hustvedt's astonishing second novel is a heroine of the old style: tough, beautiful, and brave. Standing at the threshold of adulthood, she enters a new world of erotic adventure, profound but unexpected friendship, and inexplicable, fr... read more
Make delicious and healthy homemade ramen noodle recipes fast and easy!Whether you are cooking for one or twelve, Simply Ramen brings homemade ramen to your table with a delicious fusion of seventy recipes, including soup bases, noodles, toppings, and sides.Au... read more

Fleur Philips

Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She's in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah's not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and pro... read more
The Padmin Stone

Benson-Hadley, Laura

JJ Shultz is torn between two hot men. So what’s a girl to do? Prolong the decision and escape to Seattle, of course! Especially when sister Lori invites her to a fashion trade show. But their plans for a weekend of cocktails and sisterly bonding go south when... read more
Let your imagination soar with this edition of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tales! The Fairy Tales and Stories of Hans Christian Andersen is the next edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series, featuring works from the famous Danish poet. His class... read more

Heidi has 8 reviews





Peter M.

Peter M.

Mar, 2020

I enjoy working with Heidi - she brings great options and really collaborates to get the images in your head out (and makes them a whole lot better)
Liz K.

Liz K.

Feb, 2019

Heidi is a graphics pro! She made my new 8-Second PR book cover and website graphics look incredible! This job was for the 3-D book cover images for the website in 3 different formats: 1) paperback, 2) ebook and 3) combo package (paperback and ebook). Heidi provided great guidance, and updated the images until we got to the perfect size. You can see her graphics magic on our book website 8Seco...
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Liz K.

Liz K.

Jan, 2019

If you are looking for a book cover designer pro, I highly recommend Heidi North. From the beginning of our 8-Second PR book cover project, Heidi sent us several great ideas and suggestions. Once I chose the cover image that I liked best, Heidi customized it to tell a powerful story for our new book and brand with the right colors, layout and complementary images. Throughout the process, Heidi ...
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Laura B.

Laura B.

Nov, 2018

As an author with experience in the publishing industry, I can tell you that Heidi is an exemplary professional of exceptional talent who knows the industry inside and out. She goes above and beyond, and every time I saw a pass from her, my jaw dropped to the floor. Communication was clear and open, and she made the process so much fun. She is understanding, knowledgeable, and highly competent,...
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Deke B.

Deke B.

Oct, 2018

If you want someone to design your project who will listen to your ideas, contemplate what you've told her, and acted in the best possible interest of your vision, trust Heidi. I have several times, and cannot begin to describe how professionally-artistic and thoughtful she is. A true pro, this one. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

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