Alban Fischer

Alban Fischer – Designer

Designer and editor. I design literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books. I've created over 250 books for more than 50 publishers.


Hi, I'm Alban Fischer. I have designed literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry titles for a diverse range of clients, including Sarabande Books, Curbside Splendor, YesYes Books, Verso, Bellevue Literary Press, OR Books, and 826.

Notable projects include books by Stephen Dixon, Barry Gifford, Norman Lock, Samantha Irby, Danez Smith, Stephen Graham Jones, and Megan Stielstra.

I've been fortunate to create work in a wide variety of genres, subjects, and styles, and aspire with each project to integrate bold ideas with concise concepts and intuitive visual appeal. I approach everything I take on with the understanding that each book is unique, with its own objectives and complexities, and aim to arrive at a design that is wholly relevant, evocative, and satisfies the needs of both author and publisher.
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Work experience

Arcadia Press

Nov, 2013 — Present

Design literary journal and accompanying chapbooks, perform all related production work (page layout, art editing and management, mechanical prep), in addition to creating promotional materials and ads. Work closely with in-house editorial, help coordinate production needs. Commission and art direct outside illustrators and artists.

YesYes Books

May, 2012 — Present

Design book covers and interiors from concept to completion, perform all related production work (page layout, art editing and management, mechanical prep), in addition to creating promotional materials and ads. Work closely with in-house editorial and publicity, help coordinate production needs.

Curbside Splendor Publishing

Jan, 2012 — Present

Design book covers and interiors from concept to completion, perform all related production work (page layout, art editing and management, mechanical prep), in addition to creating promotional materials and ads. Work closely with in-house editorial and publicity, help coordinate production needs.


Nov, 2011 — Present

Design book covers and interiors for a diverse range of personal clients, and occasionally provide additional studio support for other design firms.

Trnsfr Magazine/Trnsfr Books

Sep, 2009 — Present

Self-initiated in 2009, Trnsfr began as a biannual literary journal and has since become an imprint of Curbside Splendor Publishing, releasing its first full-length title—Stephen Dixon's Late Stories—in 2016.

Edit and design all issues. Commission and art direct outside illustrators and artists.


The Secret Birds

Tony Fitzpatrick

The Secret Birds, named for his series of paintings by the same title, is Tony Fitzpatrick's collection of work inspired by the iconography of birds. Following a successful quadruple bypass surgery in January 2015, Fitzpatrick muses on mortality and a life spe... read more
Cheap drinks, bathroom grafitti, and formidable performances have ruled for nearly a quarter of a century at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. From this collection of photographs, interviews, and essays culled from a community of music fans, bartenders, booking agents, ... read more

Steve Himmer

After an aimless life, Martin Blaskett is ready to settle down, unaware of the tension rising in his new town from unknowable forces. When he draws the attention of a shape-shifter from local legend, his world is shaken, and he is led across the hazy border of... read more
Winner of the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award.Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award in FictionWinner of a Silver IPPY AwardWinner of a Royal Palm Literary AwardWinner of the Florida Authors and Publisher's Association President's Book AwardNomi... read more
Heartfelt, earnest, and humorous, the essays in Everything We Don't Know examine the journey of growing up in contemporary America. Aaron Gilbreath contemplates the ocean-bound debris from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, his nostalgia for the demolished bu... read more
The Attempt

Magdaléna Platzová

“The Attempt is historical fiction at its best. Through its narrator’s archival approach to his material, the book explores the intimate lives of a pair of fervent idealists, as well as a robber baron and his family. The result is a vivid, poignant narrative a... read more

Halle Butler

Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy and successful. She makes herself feel better by obsessively critiquing the behavior of her coworker, Jillian, a r... read more

Vanessa Blakeslee

Growing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith ... read more
Invisible Beasts

Sharona Muir

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award LonglistOrion Book Award FinalistO, The Oprah Magazine “Title to Pick Up Now”“An amazing feat of imagination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Invisible Beasts is a strange and beautiful meditation on love and seei... read more
In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay “Channel B” was recently featured in Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed, explores the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligen... read more
Essays tracing the intellectual life of a quintessential New York City writer and thinkerMarshall Berman was one of the great urbanists and Marxist cultural critics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his brilliant, nearly sui generis book All Tha... read more
Simon Davies suffers a crippling stutter inherited from his father. At the age of seven, he decides to stop speaking completely—eventually rendering his vocal cords useless from atrophy. Unable to speak, Simon finds solace in the voices piping through his beds... read more
Publishers Weekly “Book of the Year”Firecracker Award Finalist“Sheds brilliant light along the meteoric path of American westward expansion. . . . [A] pithy, compact beautifully conducted version of the American Dream, from its portrait of the young wounded so... read more
Does Not Love

James Tadd Adcox

Set in an archly comedic, alternate-reality Indianapolis that is completely overrun by Big Pharma, James Tadd Adcox's debut novel chronicles Robert and Viola's attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. Their marriage crumbling a... read more
As a writer and performer, Samantha Irby is a force of nature. As the genius behind the hilarious blog BITCHES GOTTA EAT, she's your sharp-tongued best friend who can't help but tell it like it is. In her debut essay collection MEATY, Samantha Irby explodes on... read more

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Meredith W.

Meredith W.

Jun, 2018

Alban does great work and is also responsive and helpful. He was willing to do both big revisions as we brought together the design and also the annoying little revisions as my publisher decided to change this or tweak that. I would happily work with him again.

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