Adam Hay

Adam Hay - Designer

York, UK

I am a book designer with over 35 years experience collaborating with authors to produce intelligent, creative solutions.

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Overview

I’ve designed and illustrated books and book covers for large clients in the arts, architecture, photography, business, government, economics, music and music education sectors, but have tackled projects in many sectors over a long career in design for publishing. I believe a book’s style and functionality comes only through careful assessment of content with authors and production staff. Simple. Hands on. Content lead. When the organisation of a strong grid structure and application of highly detailed typography follows the result can only be a more creative, coherent product for readers.

An early career in magazine publishing built strong skills in art direction of photography and commissioning of illustration. I also work as an illustrator, painter and photographer. I utilise a small in-house photography studio. Major clients include: Thames and Hudson, Phaidon Press, Faber & Faber Music, ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), Schott Music GmbH, The Music Sales Group, The Edition Peters Group (Leipzig and London), BBC World Service, The Independent, The Times Educational Supplement, Wordsearch (architecture and design), Euromoney, The Architectural Press, Greenpeace, ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and many, many more.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Music
Fiction
Dystopian
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Independent Graphic Design Professional

Self-employed
August, 1993 – Present (about 28 years)

I specialise in design for publishing, concentrating on book covers and illustrated books, whilst continuing to work in most areas of print design. I work for many major London publishing houses and for several in Germany and, thanks to Reedsy, I now have a number of regular clients in the US. I approach each project afresh wishing content to lead the design process. I prefer to keep a close working relationship with writers, authors and editors as this tends to produce the most intelligent, appropriate design solutions. Please visit the studio’s website and Linkedin profile for greater detail of recent output. A small selection of work is also on display below.

For Richard Hollis

Graphic Design: A Concise History
July, 1993 – January, 1994 (6 months)

I was invited by Richard Hollis– one of the most influential figures in British graphic design who has worked as a printer, magazine editor, print-production manager, writer, teacher and a graphic designer – to work on his best-selling book Graphic Design: A Concise History, part of Thames and Hudson’s World of Art series. The book was put together sitting with Richard at his home studio. Images were embedded in the text following what Richard had done in John Berger’s book Ways of Seeing.

Creative Artworker

Pearce Marchbank, Studio Twenty
August, 1991 – August, 1993 (about 2 years)

This was actually the start of my freelance career. Pearce Marchbank, RDI, offered desk space at his Islington studio – which relocated to The Archer Street Studios in Soho and changed its name to Studio Twenty – in order that I provide desktop publishing, (new at the time) leaving me the chance to continue building my own client base. Pearce’s output is prodigious. I art-worked Music Sales books, catalogues, broadsheet newspaper redesigns and material for the wine merchant John Armit. Being around such an influential designer as Pearce afforded me an ultimate opportunity. I began to work in book publishing and soon started my own studio.

Associate Art Director

Burnett Associates
July, 1990 – August, 1991 (about 1 year)

I designed annual reports, logos, marketing campaigns and a magazine for the RSPCA, among many other projects. Accounts: Greenpeace, ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), RPSCA, National Asthma Campaign and the National Schizophrenia Fellowship.

Art Director

Redwood Publishing
June, 1989 – July, 1990 (about 1 year)

Intercity Magazine. Hired by Paul Harpin. I re-designed the title and art directed it. I brought in the first Apple Mac to Redwood’s design dept., then situated at Old Street. I also worked on several special advertising supplements for TimeInc., London

Art Director

Wordsearch
May, 1988 – June, 1989 (about 1 year)

Now a worldwide company I art directed for Wordseach, the original publishers of Blueprint and Eye Magazines, at the Cramer Street building in Marylebone.

Assistant Art Editor

The Architectural Press
January, 1987 – May, 1988 (over 1 year)

I was hired as assistant art editor for The Architect’s Journal, known affectionately as the AJ, by Simon Esterson, who had just re-designed the magazine and was still overseeing it at the time

Art Editor

CW Communications
January, 1986 – June, 1987 (over 1 year)

I was responsible for art editing Computer News, a weekly broadsheet, and ICL’s flagship monthly ICL Today.

Assistant Art Editor

Haymarket Publishing
January, 1985 – May, 1986 (over 1 year)

I was hired by Art Director Roland Schenk. Management Today Magazine. Campaign Magazine.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Arts & Crafts of the Islamic Lands: Principles Materials Practice

Khaled Azzam, The Prince's School of Traditional Arts

This book celebrates the thriving world of Islamic arts and crafts, as well as presenting the rich c....

This book celebrates the thriving world of Islamic arts and crafts, as well as presenting the rich c....

Exploring Jazz Trumpet: An Introduction to Jazz Harmony, Technique and Improvisation (Schott Pop Styles Series) (The Schott Pop Styles Series)

Ollie Weston, Mark Armstrong

(Brass). This book provides a comprehensive guide to jazz trumpet. Each chapter contains tunes and exercises that will improve your playing in all areas your technique, reading, creativity, improvisation and theory will all benefit as you gain an understanding of the history of jazz and of its innovators. Author Ollie Weston introduces you to the language of jazz and then goes on to focus on m... read more

(Brass). This book provides a comprehensive guide to jazz trumpet. Each chapter contains tunes and exercises that will improve your playing in all areas your technique, reading, creativity, improvisation and theory will all benefit as you gain an understanding of the history of jazz and of its innovators. Author Ollie Weston introduces you to the language of jazz and then goes on to focus on m... read more

George Daniels: A Master Watchmaker & His Art

Michael Clerizo

“The watch must be original in design and conception and, when completed, beautiful in appearance.” ―George Daniels, Watchmaking Master watchmaker and inventor George Daniels (1926–2011) was regarded as the finest exponent of his craft in the world. Over the course of his career he laboriously constructed twenty-five mechanical watches using antiquated tools and creating almost every component... read more

“The watch must be original in design and conception and, when completed, beautiful in appearance.” ―George Daniels, Watchmaking Master watchmaker and inventor George Daniels (1926–2011) was regarded as the finest exponent of his craft in the world. Over the course of his career he laboriously constructed twenty-five mechanical watches using antiquated tools and creating almost every component... read more

The Elements of Modern Architecture: Understanding Contemporary Buildings

Antony Radford, Amit Srivastava, Selen B. Morkoç

Fifty of the world's greatest modern buildings, from 1950 to the present, dissected and analyzed through specially commissioned freehand drawings After a period in which computation-derived architecture―driven by digital design tools, data analysis, and new formal expression―has thrived, students and their teachers have returned to age-old techniques before employing the digital tools that are... read more

Fifty of the world's greatest modern buildings, from 1950 to the present, dissected and analyzed through specially commissioned freehand drawings After a period in which computation-derived architecture―driven by digital design tools, data analysis, and new formal expression―has thrived, students and their teachers have returned to age-old techniques before employing the digital tools that are... read more

Zaha Hadid: The Complete Buildings and Projects

Zaha Hadid, Aaron Betsky

With her most recent commission, Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first woman ever to design an American museum. This long awaited frist monograph on one of the world's most important architects collects Hadid's entire oeuvre-more than 80 built and unbuilt projects over 20 years- in one significant volume.Throughout her training at London's Architectural ... read more

With her most recent commission, Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first woman ever to design an American museum. This long awaited frist monograph on one of the world's most important architects collects Hadid's entire oeuvre-more than 80 built and unbuilt projects over 20 years- in one significant volume.Throughout her training at London's Architectural ... read more

Chardin

Marianne Roland Michel

Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin, the still-life artist of 18th-century France, was born in Paris in 1699. Having received no formal training, he rose to become one of the most highly-regarded painters of his lifetime, his work widely exhibited and sought by the rich and famous. His still-lifes, composed of simple elements, are exceptional in their depth of tone and striking in their directness. T... read more

Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin, the still-life artist of 18th-century France, was born in Paris in 1699. Having received no formal training, he rose to become one of the most highly-regarded painters of his lifetime, his work widely exhibited and sought by the rich and famous. His still-lifes, composed of simple elements, are exceptional in their depth of tone and striking in their directness. T... read more

The Finest Menswear in the World: The Craftsmanship of Luxury

Simon Crompton

The first menswear book to go in search of the finest clothes, accessories, and brands in the world, and to explain the craft which makes them the best of the best With impeccable taste and an unerring eye for quality, connoisseur Simon Crompton seeks out the world’s most beautifully crafted contemporary menswear, item by item, from the Panama hat to the Milanese buttonhole. In profiles of fou... read more

The first menswear book to go in search of the finest clothes, accessories, and brands in the world, and to explain the craft which makes them the best of the best With impeccable taste and an unerring eye for quality, connoisseur Simon Crompton seeks out the world’s most beautifully crafted contemporary menswear, item by item, from the Panama hat to the Milanese buttonhole. In profiles of fou... read more

The Art of Advocacy: Eight Steps to Successfully Advocating for Your Loved One in a Group Home

Craig R. Marcott

This is a great resource for parents and siblings who need to advocate for a disabled loved one living in a group home. Legal guardians, trustees and other professionals will also find valuable advice for advocating for a special needs individual residing in a group home setting.

This is a great resource for parents and siblings who need to advocate for a disabled loved one living in a group home. Legal guardians, trustees and other professionals will also find valuable advice for advocating for a special needs individual residing in a group home setting.

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Roger Maxson
Working with Adam Hay has been a great experience and highlight of my overall experience with Reedsy. He was my first choice and responded to my request promptly, and not only that but from my brief description and sample chapter had a keen sense of what I was trying to convey. We went through several choices and the original idea was mutually agreed to toss out. Adam came up with a great alter...
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Roger Maxson, September 2021


Dan S
This book is now a #1 Amazon Best Seller, thanks in no small part to Adam Hay. Adam knows the landscape of design and was able to collaborate and suggest ideas to create a winning design for the book and the series as a whole. Thank you, Adam, I could not have done it without you!

Dan S, September 2021


Ian Fry
Adam has been amazing throughout the process. He has always been incredibly creative in his ideas and suggestions; always responded professionally and promptly to all my questions and concerns; was extremely patience when I wanted changes made; and worked very hard on producing a final cover design that accurately reflected my book. What he produced was perfect for my particular manuscript and ...
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Ian Fry, August 2021


Andrew Fewtrell
What a great experience it was working with Adam Hay. Even though we worked in different hemispheres - Australia and England - the level of understanding was always there from Adam, right from the start. His communication was always on time and the trade experience he has in abundance helped me, as a first time author, to understand the processes involved in designing the layout of the book and...
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Andrew Fewtrell, August 2021


Roger Maxson
I gladly recommend Adam Hay for any book design project you may have. He is an artist. In his offer, Adam offered 35 years of experience and resources so that it would raise the content value of my book and function with readers and in the marketplace. From the start, his interest in my work was obvious; my success was his. I saw samples of his cover artwork and knew that this guy would be grea...
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Roger Maxson, July 2021

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