Alex Thornton

Alex Thornton - Designer

London

London-based designer. I'm particularly interested in how books are evolving for an increasingly visual, screen-based reading audience.

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Overview

I have worked across all stages of book and e-book production, from realising and developing artwork, to cover and interior design, typography, image editing, use of space, charts, tables, and indices. I am proficient in Adobe CC, and have experience working with WordPress, Calibre and WYSIWYG web design. I am happy to work on either simple or complex design. I consider all elements of a book to be of equal importance, and my focus is on quality, with a strong interest on how books can remain visually engaging across both print and screen reading platforms.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
History
Life Sciences
New Age
Philosophy
Psychology

Certifications

  • MA Graphic Design (Distinction)

Work experience

Designer

Karnac Books
January, 2011 – Present (almost 8 years)

Concept and design of covers for non-fiction education, psychology, philosophy and new-age titles, creating custom overall design concept for pages, stylesheets, typography and indices, editing blurb, collaborating with the production department and managing changes, liaising with authors and printers, image sourcing, editing and creating press-ready files, creating and quality-checking point of sale image and graphic files.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Academy of the Sword

Gerard Thibault d'Anvers

Terror By Night: The official history of the SBS and the Greek Sacred Squadron 1943-1945

In the Aegean, between 1943 and 1945, the Raiding Forces – a combination of British Special Forces (primarily the SBS) and the Greek Sacred Squadron – established a reign of terror and suspense in the hearts of a German force a hundred times its number.In this very readable official report, the founding, training and composition of Raiding Forces are dealt with in sufficient detail to show wha... read more

In the Aegean, between 1943 and 1945, the Raiding Forces – a combination of British Special Forces (primarily the SBS) and the Greek Sacred Squadron – established a reign of terror and suspense in the hearts of a German force a hundred times its number.In this very readable official report, the founding, training and composition of Raiding Forces are dealt with in sufficient detail to show wha... read more

Lost in Space: Amexane - Paths of Impossibility

Judith Gracie

'"The mares which bear me as far as my desires might reach ...": a piece of writing from two and a half thousand years ago catches the intent of this work. The author has etched a body of poetry that follows a trajectory not often encountered in the writings of the modern world.'- From the Preface by Bernard BurgoyneThis is a stunning and original book that breaks new ground in the field of co... read more

'"The mares which bear me as far as my desires might reach ...": a piece of writing from two and a half thousand years ago catches the intent of this work. The author has etched a body of poetry that follows a trajectory not often encountered in the writings of the modern world.'- From the Preface by Bernard BurgoyneThis is a stunning and original book that breaks new ground in the field of co... read more

Never A Dull Moment

Patrick Sheehy

Secrets of King's College Chapel

Nigel Pennick

Today, King's College Chapel is the iconic image of the City of Cambridge.The chapel was founded in 1446 by the mystically-inclined King Henry VI, known in his time as "the royal saint". The king gave his builders complete instructions for a magnificent chapel of cathedral dimensions, every part of which had a mystical and spiritual meaning. This "final flowering of the Great Work' was designe... read more

Today, King's College Chapel is the iconic image of the City of Cambridge.The chapel was founded in 1446 by the mystically-inclined King Henry VI, known in his time as "the royal saint". The king gave his builders complete instructions for a magnificent chapel of cathedral dimensions, every part of which had a mystical and spiritual meaning. This "final flowering of the Great Work' was designe... read more

Sacred Architecture of London

Nigel Pennick

London has a unique series of churches built after the Great Fire of 1666, when most of the City of London was destroyed. Among these iconic churches are St Paul's, St Mary-le-Bow, St Bride's, St Clement Danes, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand, St George Bloomsbury and Christ Church Spitalfields. They remain today as outstanding landmarks that define their local cityscapes. Designed ... read more

London has a unique series of churches built after the Great Fire of 1666, when most of the City of London was destroyed. Among these iconic churches are St Paul's, St Mary-le-Bow, St Bride's, St Clement Danes, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand, St George Bloomsbury and Christ Church Spitalfields. They remain today as outstanding landmarks that define their local cityscapes. Designed ... read more

Imaginal Reality : Volume One : Journey to the Voids: 1

Aaron B. Daniels

This book is for everyone. We all yearn for (and do) magic. We just don't let ourselves see it.Our world is a far wilder, weirder and more mysterious place than we ever admit, yet the magic we perform every day hides beneath the countless explanations we foist onto life. In the face of these convincing yet empty explanations, we displace our hunger for a sense of the magical onto other goals, ... read more

This book is for everyone. We all yearn for (and do) magic. We just don't let ourselves see it.Our world is a far wilder, weirder and more mysterious place than we ever admit, yet the magic we perform every day hides beneath the countless explanations we foist onto life. In the face of these convincing yet empty explanations, we displace our hunger for a sense of the magical onto other goals, ... read more

Imaginal Reality: Volume Two: Voidcraft: 2

Aaron B. Daniels, Laura M. Daniels

This is Volume Two of Imaginal Reality, a work that has been described as "The finest book on contemporary existential magic I've ever read" (George Holochwost, Magus (1), Illuminates of Thanateros).Readers will dive deeper into the imagination of magic and learn to develop the fictional gaze necessary to claim authority and authorship of their lives. This second volume contains an extensive g... read more

This is Volume Two of Imaginal Reality, a work that has been described as "The finest book on contemporary existential magic I've ever read" (George Holochwost, Magus (1), Illuminates of Thanateros).Readers will dive deeper into the imagination of magic and learn to develop the fictional gaze necessary to claim authority and authorship of their lives. This second volume contains an extensive g... read more

The Magician's I Ching

Swami Anand Nisarg

The Magician's I Ching is a complete workbook for I Ching study, written in a serious but approachable style, for use from the beginner to the very advanced level, and for anyone who is interested in understanding the I Ching in both Theory and Practice. It includes: The complete core Zhou Yi text of the I Ching, in a new version designed for understanding the I Ching's teachings from the view... read more

The Magician's I Ching is a complete workbook for I Ching study, written in a serious but approachable style, for use from the beginner to the very advanced level, and for anyone who is interested in understanding the I Ching in both Theory and Practice. It includes: The complete core Zhou Yi text of the I Ching, in a new version designed for understanding the I Ching's teachings from the view... read more

Jungian Crime Scene Analysis: An Imaginal Investigation

Aaron B. Daniels

This book presents the serial killer as having 'imagopathy' - that is, a disorder of the imagination - manifested through such deficiencies as failure of empathy, rigid fantasies, and unresolved projections. The author argues that this disorder is a form of failed alchemy. His study challenges long-held assumptions that the Jungian concept of individuation is a purely healthful drive. Serial k... read more

This book presents the serial killer as having 'imagopathy' - that is, a disorder of the imagination - manifested through such deficiencies as failure of empathy, rigid fantasies, and unresolved projections. The author argues that this disorder is a form of failed alchemy. His study challenges long-held assumptions that the Jungian concept of individuation is a purely healthful drive. Serial k... read more

Terror By Night: The official history of the SBS and the Greek Sacred Squadron 1943-1945

In the Aegean, between 1943 and 1945, the Raiding Forces – a combination of British Special Forces (primarily the SBS) and the Greek Sacred Squadron – established a reign of terror and suspense in the hearts of a German force a hundred times its number.In this very readable official report, the founding, training and composition of Raiding Forces are dealt with in sufficient detail to show wha... read more

In the Aegean, between 1943 and 1945, the Raiding Forces – a combination of British Special Forces (primarily the SBS) and the Greek Sacred Squadron – established a reign of terror and suspense in the hearts of a German force a hundred times its number.In this very readable official report, the founding, training and composition of Raiding Forces are dealt with in sufficient detail to show wha... read more

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