Berenice Smith

Berenice Smith - Designer Tick

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Award-winning cover & interior page designer, project manager, 20 years experience in print & ebook

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I love to work with authors and small independent publishers across fiction, reference and academic in print and ebook. I can offer a complete design and project management services, from commissioning illustrators and image research to book launch, supporting you with great design, scheduling and budgets. Let me help you bring your words to life.

Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Children's - Middle Grade
Classics
Literature
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Education & Reference
History
Publishing
Works with
Squarespace
Weebly
Wix

Certifications

  • UX Academy
  • Publishing Training Centre Picture Research
  • Publishing Training Centre Publishing Management
  • Publishing Training Centre Copywriting
  • Typefi XML Certification

Awards

  • Masters in Graphic Design and Typography
  • B.A. Hons English Literature (OU)
  • B.A. Hons Fine Art
  • Best in show, 'Perceptions', Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

Work experience

Art Director, graphic designer and production coordinator

Self-employed
October, 2016 – Present (about 2 years)

I have worked in publishing as a design manager for print, eBooks and web on award-winning titles, helping to launch an interactive ebook platform. I have worked with leading UK publishing houses and across global markets. I am also experienced in Typefi template design and XML publishing. My portfolio covers fiction, coffee table books, reference and educational.

I am a published author, English Literature graduate and founder of a creative writing forum, supported by The Open University, with a Masters in graphic design and typography. I run a design practice and have recently coached a group through the research, writing, design and publishing process for historical map book, setting up an author website and the book launch.

You can be sure that I have seen, experienced and solved the worries that you may have as an author. So you can concentrate on what you do best, writing. Do get in touch, I'd love to work with you.

Design Lead

Cambridge University Press
November, 2013 – February, 2016 (over 2 years)

Developing a new brand for UK Schools publishing team. Delivery the concept design on award-winning print, digital media, websites and ePublishing for GCSE and A/AS Level products. Supervision of Masters in Publishing students and delivered design workshops to undergraduate design students. I have represented the Press at careers workshops and school events. Recommended for the role by former Pearson colleagues.

Founder

Ink Pantry
January, 2013 – June, 2015 (over 2 years)

Founder of Ink Pantry, an Open University supported voluntary group. As the designer and experienced publishing professional, I guided fellow English Literature graduates through the publishing process enabling them to publish two anthologies, Sea of Ink and Fields of Words.

Senior Designer

Pearson and Penguin
July, 2010 – September, 2013 (about 3 years)

I delivered the concept design and handled design project management for global print and book publishing including covers and inner pages for fiction, academic and educational markets. Working on complex publishing products in a fast paced environment. Attention to accessible design and sensitivity to global markets was a key part of this role. Handled budgets, bought artwork and commissioned freelance staff, contributed to schedules and development of DAM systems.

Design Manager

M&M Communications
April, 2002 – June, 2010 (about 8 years)

Manager of design team comprising mid and junor weight designers. Responsible for team development, attending client pitches and leading the concept design of new projects. Work included branding development and communication delivery for including weekly and monthly magazines, guides, programmes, newsletters both print and online. Working with marketing teams at clients on the development and application of branding. Creation of exhibition stand and promotional material for Young Designer of the Year, held at the NEC for The Interiors Show. Attention to detail, creativity and great communication skills was an important part of this senior role, dealing with high value accounts including United Parcels Service, Ercol, Parker Knoll and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

A/AS Level History for AQA Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1964 Student Book (A Level (AS) History AQA)

Thomas Dixon, Alan Gillingham

A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the AQA 2015 A/AS Level History. Writ....

A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the AQA 2015 A/AS Level History. Writ....

Sea of Ink: A Creative Writing Anthology

Berenice Emma Howard-Smith, Niamh King, Sharon Woodcock

Sea of Ink promises to suit all reading tastes. If you are looking for heartbreakingly honest life writing, fiction with a sting in the tale or lovingly crafted poetry, you will find it in this anthology. We aim to entertain, scare and move you through the power of words. Most of all we hope you enjoy reading our collection of work. All of the authors submitted work from an undergraduate cours... read more

Sea of Ink promises to suit all reading tastes. If you are looking for heartbreakingly honest life writing, fiction with a sting in the tale or lovingly crafted poetry, you will find it in this anthology. We aim to entertain, scare and move you through the power of words. Most of all we hope you enjoy reading our collection of work. All of the authors submitted work from an undergraduate cours... read more

Level 3: The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Pearson English Graded Readers)

Alexander McCall Smith

Paperback. Pub Date :2008-03-04 Pages: 64 Language: English Publisher: Pearson Precious Ramotswe is a kind. warm-hearted and large African lady She is also the only female private detective in Botswana Her agency - the No... 1 Ladies Detective Agency - is the best in the country With help of her secretary. Mma Makutsi. and her best friend. Mr JLB Matekoni. she solves a number of difficult prob... read more

Paperback. Pub Date :2008-03-04 Pages: 64 Language: English Publisher: Pearson Precious Ramotswe is a kind. warm-hearted and large African lady She is also the only female private detective in Botswana Her agency - the No... 1 Ladies Detective Agency - is the best in the country With help of her secretary. Mma Makutsi. and her best friend. Mr JLB Matekoni. she solves a number of difficult prob... read more

The River Between (Heinemann African Writers Series)

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Explores life on the Makuyu and Kameno ridges of Kenya in the early days of white settlement. Faced with an alluring, new religion and magical customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.

Explores life on the Makuyu and Kameno ridges of Kenya in the early days of white settlement. Faced with an alluring, new religion and magical customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.

Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics)

Jean Rhys

Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels.Some of our books may have slightly worn corners, and minor creases to the covers. Please note the cover may... read more

Good: A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels.Some of our books may have slightly worn corners, and minor creases to the covers. Please note the cover may... read more

GCSE English Literature for AQA Poetry Student Book (GCSE English Literature AQA)

Trevor Millum, Andy Mort

GCSE English Literature for AQA Poetry Student Book

GCSE English Literature for AQA Poetry Student Book

GCSE English Literature for AQA Frankenstein Student Book (GCSE English Literature AQA)

Jon Seal

A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the 2015 GCSE English qualifications. Written for the AQA GCSE English Literature specification for first teaching from 2015, this Student Book provides in-depth support for studying Frankenstein. Exploring Mary Shelley's novel chapter-by-chapter and as a whole text, this resource builds students' skills and confidence in understan... read more

A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the 2015 GCSE English qualifications. Written for the AQA GCSE English Literature specification for first teaching from 2015, this Student Book provides in-depth support for studying Frankenstein. Exploring Mary Shelley's novel chapter-by-chapter and as a whole text, this resource builds students' skills and confidence in understan... read more

Language Change (Cambridge Topics in English Language)

Ian Cushing

Essential study guides for the future linguist. Language Change is an introduction to how English has developed, grown and changed through history. It is suitable for students at advanced level and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it explores the nature, origins and process of language change, as well as the attitudes towards it. Furthermore, it looks at the polici... read more

Essential study guides for the future linguist. Language Change is an introduction to how English has developed, grown and changed through history. It is suitable for students at advanced level and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it explores the nature, origins and process of language change, as well as the attitudes towards it. Furthermore, it looks at the polici... read more

Teaching Shakespeare: A Handbook for Teachers (Cambridge School Shakespeare)

Rex Gibson

Rex Gibson Teaching Shakespeare is a major contribution to the knowledge and expertise of all teachers of Shakespeare in schools, colleges and institutions of higher education. It makes explicit the principles of active learning which underpin Cambridge School Shakespeare, and helps teachers to develop their existing good practice. Practical examples are given from the plays most frequently us... read more

Rex Gibson Teaching Shakespeare is a major contribution to the knowledge and expertise of all teachers of Shakespeare in schools, colleges and institutions of higher education. It makes explicit the principles of active learning which underpin Cambridge School Shakespeare, and helps teachers to develop their existing good practice. Practical examples are given from the plays most frequently us... read more

Fields of Words: A creative writing anthology

Alyson Duncan, Deborah Edgeley

A selection of peer reviewed poetry, fiction and life writing from students and alumni of the Open University creative writing courses and Arts Faculty. A delight to read and a useful resource for students wishing to discover the results of these courses. Fields of Words builds on the success of Sea of Ink.

A selection of peer reviewed poetry, fiction and life writing from students and alumni of the Open University creative writing courses and Arts Faculty. A delight to read and a useful resource for students wishing to discover the results of these courses. Fields of Words builds on the success of Sea of Ink.

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Debra Barnes

It has been a pleasure working with Berenice. She has over-exceeded my expectations and delivered an excellent book design at a reasonable price to the approval of everyone concerned. I came across Reedsy by chance as I really didn't know where to start in looking for someone to help with our book design and it has been a great success. Highly recommended!

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Debra Barnes, May 2018

Berenice Smith

Thank you Debra. I have really enjoyed working on this moving and interesting project. It's been great to work with a professional and friendly editor who is so experienced in publishing.

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