David Baker

David Baker - Designer

London, UK

I provide a design service creating strong visual interpretations of your stories through graphic, typographic or photographic execution.

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Overview

Over the last 34 years I have been a design director, art director and graphic designer. My early years were spent designing record sleeves for various bands and artists like Genesis, Phill Collins and Diana Ross. And because of the similarities between music and publishing I found myself drawn towards that sector. Over the last ten years of my career I have been lucky enough to work with various authors and publishers creating book covers in the Fiction, Factual and Academic fields, I have no one particular area I like to work in as every new challenge deserves my full 100% attention to the task at hand and my one and only goal is to help the author and story come to life through the images/graphics on the jacket.

I love to discuss with the author every aspect of what they are trying to achieve when providing creative ideas, but I also try to make them understand that simplicity always wins over complexity when design a book jacket, the cleaner and bolder a design, the better it will draw people in, find the core message of a story and use that to create something that leaps out from the book jacket.

I also have project management experience when it comes to offering advice and direction on printing your book, I have worked closely with printers in the publishing industry liaising on the correct specification and type of book (hardback, paperback etc.) they you may want. I can also help with sourcing the right photo or illustration that you may wish to use on your book jacket. sometimes this may be an additional cost to you if you wish to purchase from photo libraries like Shutterstock but on other occasions images or illustrations can be sourced free from certain copyright free sites by giving a free credit to the owner. I do also have certain illustrative skills but these tend to be more on the graphic side but as I have said before a clean strong bold book jacket always stands out from the crowd compared to a jacket that tries to tell the whole story.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Economics
Education & Reference
Entertainment
Fashion & Textiles
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Math & Science
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry

Work experience

Art director, graphic designer

Self-employed
January, 2000 – Present (almost 20 years)

Over the last 34 years I have been a design director, art director and graphic designer. My early years were spent designing record sleeves for various bands and artists like Genesis, Phill Collins and Diana Ross. And because of the similarities between music and publishing I found myself drawn towards that sector. Over the last ten years of my career I have been lucky enough to work with various authors and publishers creating book covers in the Fiction, Factual and Academic fields, I have no one particular area I like to work in as every new challenge deserves my full 100% attention to the task at hand and my one and only goal is to help the author and story come to life through the images/graphics on the jacket.

I love to discuss with the author every aspect of what they are trying to achieve when providing creative ideas, but I also try to make them understand that simplicity always wins over complexity when design a book jacket, the cleaner and bolder a design, the better it will draw people in, find the core message of a story and use that to create something that leaps out from the book jacket.

Various

Various
January, 1981 – January, 2000 (about 19 years)

1981-1987
Assorted Images - Senior Designer

1988-99

Icon Communications - Design Director

1999-2000

Kube Limited - Art director

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Pig Iron

Benjamin Myers

WINNER of THE 2013 GORDON BURN PRIZE. 'Brilliant.' The Guardian.' PIG IRON is the story of a traveller who hasn't travelled; a young man fighting for his surname and his very survival. "They knew of the Wisdoms. Everyone did. Travellers and country folk alike. Some said they'd been cursed with the wickedness since the days of Cromwell. Said it had made them all crooked and wiley, and they were... read more

WINNER of THE 2013 GORDON BURN PRIZE. 'Brilliant.' The Guardian.' PIG IRON is the story of a traveller who hasn't travelled; a young man fighting for his surname and his very survival. "They knew of the Wisdoms. Everyone did. Travellers and country folk alike. Some said they'd been cursed with the wickedness since the days of Cromwell. Said it had made them all crooked and wiley, and they were... read more

Living with Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918 (Macmillan Science)

M. Honigsbaum

'Never since the Black Death has such a plague swept over the face of the world,' commented the Times , '[and] never, perhaps, has a plague been more stoically accepted.' When the Great Influenza pandemic finally ended, in April 1919, 228,000 people in Britian alone were dead. This book tells the story of the Great Influenza pandemic.

'Never since the Black Death has such a plague swept over the face of the world,' commented the Times , '[and] never, perhaps, has a plague been more stoically accepted.' When the Great Influenza pandemic finally ended, in April 1919, 228,000 people in Britian alone were dead. This book tells the story of the Great Influenza pandemic.

Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy

Professor Andrew Cumbers

*** Winner of the Myrdal Prize for Evolutionary Political Economy ***The last few years have seen the spectacular failure of market fundamentalism in Europe and the US, with a seemingly never-ending spate of corporate scandals and financial crises. As the environmental limits and socially destructive tendencies of the current profit-driven economic model become daily more self-evident, there i... read more

*** Winner of the Myrdal Prize for Evolutionary Political Economy ***The last few years have seen the spectacular failure of market fundamentalism in Europe and the US, with a seemingly never-ending spate of corporate scandals and financial crises. As the environmental limits and socially destructive tendencies of the current profit-driven economic model become daily more self-evident, there i... read more

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