Ben Gardiner

Ben Gardiner - Designer Tick

London, UK

Experienced graphic designer producing books across fiction and nonfiction for Penguin, 4th Estate, Octopus, Orion and HarperCollins

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Overview

I worked at HarperCollins London for 4 years in which I learnt so much and was fortunate to work across a lot of the film tie in publishing such as the Movie Guide and Visual Companion for the three The Hobbit films (also got a sneaky invite to the London premier which was a dream come true for a closet nerd like me) and also I went to Spain to press pass the titles as we had 16 co-editions on one of the titles and 12 on the other.

I also worked on a lot of pop culture titles such as the One Direction books.

Following my 4 years I went freelance but continued to work for HarperCollins being pulled in to help with the Fantastic Beasts film publishing.

Over the 3 years to date I’ve been freelancing for Penguin imprints such as Ebury, Virgin and Pop Press. And have worked for Orion Publishing, Octopus Publishing and also with 4th Estate for 6 months as a sort of perm-a-lancer going in house a few days a week to work on covers.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
DIY & Crafts
Entertainment
Fashion & Textiles
Health & wellbeing
New Age
Politics & Current Affairs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Literature

Work experience

Freelance Book Designer

4th Estate
May, 2017 – December, 2017 (7 months)

Freelance work in house for 4th Estate and William Collins working across the non-ficiton lists. Varied projects from series designs for Joan Didion to specialist wartime history such as Secret Pigeon Service.

Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
March, 2012 – May, 2015 (about 3 years)

I started at HarperCollins as a freelancer and joined the team after a few months as a Junior. I soon progressed after working on the film tie in publishing for The Hobbit movies. I later moved into non-ficiton working across the entertainment list on titles for One Direction and The X Factor. I continued to move onto different lists across fiction cover design and have subsequently returned to HC as a freelancer to work across the Fantastic Beasts film tie ins, The Grand Tour and Boys of Yoga.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

One Direction: The Official Annual 2015

One Direction

The world's biggest band, One Direction, are back to share their backstage secrets and stories from the past year with their fans in the latest instalment of their must have annual.Packed full of exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos, , discover everything you've ever wanted to know about Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn, from their passions to influences and all the backstage go... read more

The world's biggest band, One Direction, are back to share their backstage secrets and stories from the past year with their fans in the latest instalment of their must have annual.Packed full of exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos, , discover everything you've ever wanted to know about Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn, from their passions to influences and all the backstage go... read more

One Direction: Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story: 100% Official

One Direction

Calling all One Direction fans!This is the only official book from 1D charting their journey over the last year and a half—from the places they've visited and fans they've met, to their thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams, highs and lows. It has been a phenomenal year—and this is a phenomenal story.This Christmas, there will be no other book that true One Direction fans will want!

Calling all One Direction fans!This is the only official book from 1D charting their journey over the last year and a half—from the places they've visited and fans they've met, to their thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams, highs and lows. It has been a phenomenal year—and this is a phenomenal story.This Christmas, there will be no other book that true One Direction fans will want!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion

Jude Fisher

Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold -- Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs, and worse…Richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film, and featuring a brand ... read more

Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold -- Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs, and worse…Richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film, and featuring a brand ... read more

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide

Brian Sibley

Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth.Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An U... read more

Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth.Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An U... read more

Sit Down, Be Quiet: A modern guide to yoga and mindful living

Michael James Wong, The Boys of Yoga

‘Some guys think yoga makes you less of a man, the truth is it makes you a better one.’In today’s society, being a man is tough. There is a set of unspoken rules that govern the way men are supposed to act and behave – act tough, don’t cry, win at all costs and these rules are passed down from generation to generation. BUT a shift has happened and the world has opened up to a more conscious wa... read more

‘Some guys think yoga makes you less of a man, the truth is it makes you a better one.’In today’s society, being a man is tough. There is a set of unspoken rules that govern the way men are supposed to act and behave – act tough, don’t cry, win at all costs and these rules are passed down from generation to generation. BUT a shift has happened and the world has opened up to a more conscious wa... read more

Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect

Fearne Cotton

Happiness isn't a mountain to climb, it's just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count.For many of us, life can feel like it's moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides - whether that's from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and ... read more

Happiness isn't a mountain to climb, it's just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count.For many of us, life can feel like it's moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides - whether that's from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and ... read more

Nib + Ink: The New Art of Modern Calligraphy

Chiara Perano

This book will help reignite your connection with writing, develop a modern calligraphy style you love, and, with practice, send out some damn fine stationery! Play with type, get creative with letter forms and fall in love with handwriting again. Taking you letter by letter through the modern calligraphy basics, Nib + Ink includes...The four essential pieces of equipment and how to use them; ... read more

This book will help reignite your connection with writing, develop a modern calligraphy style you love, and, with practice, send out some damn fine stationery! Play with type, get creative with letter forms and fall in love with handwriting again. Taking you letter by letter through the modern calligraphy basics, Nib + Ink includes...The four essential pieces of equipment and how to use them; ... read more

The White Album

Joan Didion

Play It as It Lays

Joan Didion

Play it as it Lays

Play it as it Lays

The Invention of Fire (John Gower 2)

Bruce Holsinger

The richly atmospheric new historical thriller featuring John Gower, poet and trader of secrets. Set in the turbulent 14th Century, this is perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom. London, 1386: young King Richard II faces the double threat of a French invasion and growing unrest amongst his barons - and now there's evil afoot in the City. Sixteen corpses have been discovered in a sewer, their wounds... read more

The richly atmospheric new historical thriller featuring John Gower, poet and trader of secrets. Set in the turbulent 14th Century, this is perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom. London, 1386: young King Richard II faces the double threat of a French invasion and growing unrest amongst his barons - and now there's evil afoot in the City. Sixteen corpses have been discovered in a sewer, their wounds... read more

Who’s That Girl?: A laugh-out-loud sparky romcom!

Mhairi McFarlane

An achingly funny story from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues' wedding, all the blame falls on her - turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie's forced to take an extended sabbatical - ghostwriting an autob... read more

An achingly funny story from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues' wedding, all the blame falls on her - turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie's forced to take an extended sabbatical - ghostwriting an autob... read more

A Line of Blood

Ben McPherson

A chilling psychological thriller about family - the ties that bind us, and the lies that destroy us. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go. You find your neighbour dead in his bath. Your son is with you. He sees everything. You discover your wife has been in the man's house. It seems she knew him. Now the police need to speak to you. One night turns Alex Mercer's life ups... read more

A chilling psychological thriller about family - the ties that bind us, and the lies that destroy us. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go. You find your neighbour dead in his bath. Your son is with you. He sees everything. You discover your wife has been in the man's house. It seems she knew him. Now the police need to speak to you. One night turns Alex Mercer's life ups... read more

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