Andy Harwood

Andy Harwood – Designer

Designer, typesetter and illustrator with excellent typographic skills and a quirky drawing style.


I'm a book designer and illustrator with a passion for typesetting, and a particular interest in fantasy and science fiction. I have a master's degree in Book Design from the University of Reading, where I learned from some of the world's leading experts in book typography (and wrote a dissertation about the design of pulp sci-fi novels).

I currently work as a designer for Clarity Media, which is a small UK-based puzzle company. While working at Clarity, I have designed covers, interiors and illustrations for over 100 puzzle books. I have also laid out puzzle books for major publishers, including HarperCollins and Hinkler, and my illustrations appear on the puzzle page of The i newspaper every Saturday.

In addition to my work at Clarity, I also work as a freelance typesetter for the Folio Society, for whom I have typeset thirteen books, including A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin.

I have excellent typographic skills, a strong sense of design, and a quirky illustration style. I can design your book's interior, whether it's filled with text, illustrations, photographs, or all three.
Children's Fantasy Literary Fiction Science Fiction
Entertainment Math & Science Transportation
  • MA Book Design (distinction)
  • BA (hons) Graphic Communication

Work experience

Clarity Media

Jan, 2020 — Present

Veloce Publishing

Apr, 2018 — Feb, 2019 (10 months)

I design page layouts and covers for illustrated non-fiction books. I also edit and proofread text and process photographs.

The Folio Society

Oct, 2017 — Present



Clarke, J C

He's meditated for years. But a silent retreat will take his mind on a life-changing journey…Quyen Ngo balances his busy professional world with consistent meditation. Looking to tap deeper into his mind, he embarks on a silent retreat to Myanmar in an effort ... read more
Jude died after four months of illness. Her identical twin sister dies slowly every day as she looks into the mirror only to see Jude’s reflection staring back. Trudy does have a pulse, but a heartbeat is only a part of being alive. Her coping mechanism has al... read more
The Old Woman Who Refused to Die

Sarah Udoh-Grossfurthner

Nana has cheated death her entire life. Now, it’s finally coming, and Nana knows – she’s over ninety years old, after all. However, Nana intends to cheat death one more time until she can hand over her most valued possession to her beloved granddaughter.

Andy has 8 reviews





Siski K.

Siski K.

Feb, 2024

Andy was great to work with. Communicative, flexible and quick!
Jo C.

Jo C.

Aug, 2023

It would be impossible to recommend Andy too highly. Efficient, helpful, superb quality designing and typesetting, he really is just brilliant. We had to work to a tight deadline and he was seamless in communication, accuracy under pressure, meeting the times and providing a superb result. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Andy again, in fact I'm looking forward to it! Thank you Andy for being fab.
Jo C.

Jo C.

Dec, 2022

It's been a total pleasure to work with Andy. He is efficient, professional, punctual and so helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and will certainly be asking him to work with me again. Thank you Andy!
Leysa H.

Leysa H.

Aug, 2019

Andy was an easy person to work with. He did everything I asked and was always very helpful with suggestions. I love the outcome. Thank you Andy for all your hard work.
sarah U.

sarah U.

Jun, 2019

Temperament and patience-wise, Andy was great to work with. The only hitch was that somehow we were not able to come to an agreement with regard to my brief for the book cover and the illustrations he sent to me...can happen, I guess. Still, once we decided to give that part of the book to another designer the rest of the work progressed very well, with Andy doing his best to accommodate my oth...
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