Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell - Designer

Glasgow, UK

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My name’s Andrew Bell, an enthusiastic Graphic Designer based in Scotland. I’m passionate about design, typography and everything visual. I strive to make creative, effective and value-adding designs that help define and tell stories in a way that’s authentic, engaging and unique.

Over the last ten years, I've been creating books, brand identities, posters and advertising campaigns for a wide range of clients. Having worked specifically within the publishing sector for five of those years, I've amassed a wealth of experience learning from Industry leaders and have been lucky enough to work on projects for a number of well-known authors.

I have a meticulous eye for detail, technical ability and a creative mind that loves kerning as much as the concept.

My process:

  • It all starts with a conversation, I like to find out all about you and your aspirations for the project.
  • From there I'll form a creative brief that we can both refer back to.
  • Once that’s agreed I’ll get to know what visual styles you like and dislike. With that in mind, I’ll create three mood boards, visualizing distinct, individual directions that we can take your design in.
  • When we have decided on which creative direction, I’ll produce a first draft which you’ll get to feedback on.
  • Using this feedback, I’ll go on to refine the design and create a final, print-ready piece of artwork.

Nobody likes nasty surprises, that’s why I like my clients to be involved with each stage of the process, feeding back and helping me to craft their vision. I believe communication is key to a successful design.

Drop me a line and see how I can make your book a reality.

Andrew

Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Poetry

Certifications

  • BA Hons Graphic Design
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Glasgow MET: HND Graphic Design

Awards

  • Shortlisted: Young Communicator of the Year, IoIC Scotland Awards 2018
  • Highly Commended: MemCom Best Annual Report
  • Commended: YCN Student brief
  • Exhibited: Sotheby’s
  • Featured: It’s Nice that

Work experience

Publication Designer

Freight Books
January, 2013 – June, 2016 (over 3 years)

Designed, typeset, art directed and print managed numerous books while at the award winning Freight Books, based in Scotland.

Graphic Designer

Front Page
October, 2018 – March, 2019 (5 months)

Oversaw the design and production of many large publications for Walt Disney.

Magazine Designer

Think Publishing
October, 2016 – October, 2018 (about 2 years)

Produced layouts and commissioned various illustrations and photography for a number of leading membership magazines including: The RPS Journal, Surgeons News and Historic Scotland Magazine.

Director

Self-employed
February, 2009 – Present (over 11 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory

Linda Cracknell

In 1952, Linda Cracknell's father embarked on a hike through the Swiss Alps. It was the last walk he would ever take. Linda retraces that fateful journey 50 years later, following the trail of the man she barely knew. This collection of walking tales take their theme from that pilgrimage. The walks trace the contours of memories, following friends, writers, and relations along trails across mo... read more

In 1952, Linda Cracknell's father embarked on a hike through the Swiss Alps. It was the last walk he would ever take. Linda retraces that fateful journey 50 years later, following the trail of the man she barely knew. This collection of walking tales take their theme from that pilgrimage. The walks trace the contours of memories, following friends, writers, and relations along trails across mo... read more

Moonwalker: Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer

Alan Rowan

When Alan Rowan finished his shifts as a sub-editor at a national newspaper at midnight, he knew he was too jacked up on deadline adrenaline to attempt sleep. At the same time, he was starting to worry if he would ever complete his ambition: to reach the summit of every "Munro" in Scotland—those peaks of over 3000 feet. One crazy night, he decided upon a single solution to both problems. He wo... read more

When Alan Rowan finished his shifts as a sub-editor at a national newspaper at midnight, he knew he was too jacked up on deadline adrenaline to attempt sleep. At the same time, he was starting to worry if he would ever complete his ambition: to reach the summit of every "Munro" in Scotland—those peaks of over 3000 feet. One crazy night, he decided upon a single solution to both problems. He wo... read more

The Wrong Child

Barry Gornell

Twenty-two of the 23 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the 'wrong' child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivor's guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss. As the action moves from past to present and back, we learn what took place and it... read more

Twenty-two of the 23 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the 'wrong' child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivor's guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss. As the action moves from past to present and back, we learn what took place and it... read more

The Willow Tea Rooms Recipe Book: Celebrating a Glasgow institution with 40 recipes for the perfect afternoon tea

In the early 1980s a young woman in her mid-20s from Glasgow s East End had a dream of reviving Kate Cranston s legendary Willow Tea Rooms, designed by world-renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 34 years on, Anne Mulhern s Willow Tea Rooms have baked over a million cakes and brewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of tea, continuing to delight a customer base of loyal Glaswegians and ... read more

In the early 1980s a young woman in her mid-20s from Glasgow s East End had a dream of reviving Kate Cranston s legendary Willow Tea Rooms, designed by world-renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 34 years on, Anne Mulhern s Willow Tea Rooms have baked over a million cakes and brewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of tea, continuing to delight a customer base of loyal Glaswegians and ... read more

Sexy Haiku

Nick Brooks

A woman asks her new lover:Why don’t you write about me?legs parted wry smile between dark curlsmaybe I will.What follows is a powerful, explicit and vivid collection that follows the peaks and troughs of one man’s relationships. Whether read alone or shared with the one you love, this is a collection wrought with sexual tension that will leave you gasping.

A woman asks her new lover:Why don’t you write about me?legs parted wry smile between dark curlsmaybe I will.What follows is a powerful, explicit and vivid collection that follows the peaks and troughs of one man’s relationships. Whether read alone or shared with the one you love, this is a collection wrought with sexual tension that will leave you gasping.

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Communication & Punctuality

Bradley Amaechi
I have never understood the intricacies of formatting and still do not know much about this process or the status quo for this portion of book production. I worked with Andrew and he was extremely timely and open about when I would get my manuscript formatted. He gave me plenty of sample options to choose from which helped me be sure of what I would be getting for my entire manuscript. Andre...
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Bradley Amaechi, July 2020

Andrew Bell
Thanks for the opportunity to work on your book, I hope everything goes well with the launch and wish you all the success going forward. Kind regards, Andrew ☺️

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Josh Raab
Andrew is a fantastic cover and interior designer. He’s professional, creative, attentive to detail, timely, and communicative. I’ll definitely be hiring him again for future projects.

Josh Raab, September 2019

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