Andrew McColm

Andrew McColm – Designer

I'm a freelance graphic designer with over 30 years experience in publishing and print.

Overview

Hello, my name is Andy and I'm a freelance book cover designer with 30 years experience in publishing and print. My career began in advertising, working on branding projects, press adverts, brochures and marketing material, after which I had the opportunity to work freelance designing medical and nursing book covers for Holt Saunders (an imprint of Elsevier Science). I really enjoyed designing book interiors and covers, so from this point I decided to concentrate on publishing work and have continued to do so for the last 3 decades.

During this time, I have worked for many well known publishers including the Royal College of Nursing, Hodder & Stoughton, Taylor & Francis, Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster, however, I have also worked with dozens of independent authors and small publishing houses.

I work across all genres and subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, creating striking designs which catch the eye and stand out against the competition. I pride myself on the ability to understand what an author is are looking for and then deliver practical solutions, on time and within budget. When keeping costs down is an important consideration, I can advise author's on how to achieve a great looking cover which won't break the bank.

Please take a look at my portfolio to see the wide range of subjects and styles I work in. If you like what you see, get in touch to find out how I can ensure that you get what you're looking for.

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Some comments from my clients:

These cover designs are wonderful! Thank you so much: I’m really delighted with them.

Rebecca Dey, Design Manager, Edinburgh University Press


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Thanks for your fabulous design work on my business page. I've had a number of clients mention the layout and photographic input to me. So it obviously gets noticed.
Steve Brickley, Director


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The dual aspect is eye-catching and stunning. Christina said you were good, she didn't say just how good. I take my hat off to you.

R. B. Cameron, author



Services
Non-Fiction
Architecture Education & Reference History Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Humor & Comedy Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English
Certifications
  • Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 1987 — Present

Freelance graphic designer, specialising in book cover design and branding. I use powerful images combined with strong typography to create eye catching covers and graphics.

Nicholls McColm

Apr, 1985 — May, 1987 (about 2 years)

Partner responsible for creative work and production in design partnership working in publishing and advertising. From initial concept and presentation, my role was to oversee all design work from visuals through to finished artwork and then on to final print. Projects worked on included book covers, book interiors, logo and branding design, press adverts, brochures, exhibition design and various marketing material.

During this time, I worked directly with many freelance designers, illustrators and photographers on publishing and promotional projects. I also gained valuable experience in the print industry, working closely with Screen, Letterpress, Litho and Flexography printers.

Creative Design

Jun, 1982 — Mar, 1985 (over 2 years)

Responsible for all design and artwork produced in busy advertising agency. Work included press and magazine adverts, leaflets and brochures.

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John D.

John D.

Jun, 2023

Andy was both helpful, professional and asked all the right questions. My book design was spot on with the first draft and looks very cool. I would definitely work with him again and do recommend him to anyone...JD

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