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.
Assorted Images - Senior Designer
Icon Communications - Design Director
Kube Limited - Art director
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
'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.
*** 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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I am an experienced book designer in both fiction and non-fiction, working with all publishers and authors to spark readers' imagination!
Designer of Oxford Dictionaries, The British National Formulary, and many fine art and literature books. I am a scribe for Kate Bush.