Beth Middleworth

Beth Middleworth - Designer

San Francisco, CA, USA

Award-winning book designer whose passion is channeling authors’ and publishers’ dreams into beautifully designed books...

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My two great passions are our beautiful planet and beautifully designed books. So, I’m lucky to live in northern California, where I can spend most of my time outdoors. And I’m fortunate that my work is what I love to do—being a designer, art director, and illustrator who creates digital and print materials for books, album covers, promotional pieces, product catalogs, marketing materials, book-apps and more.

To create gorgeous books, I’ve cultivated twin superpowers—one that’s cutting-edge tech and one as ancient as papyrus scrolls. I’ve turned myself into a Photoshop expert to make virtually anything look exactly the way it should. I’m recognized for my wizardry and I teach Photoshop in my spare time. I’m also expert in the centuries-old art of typography. I’ve made it my business to know type fonts backwards and forwards because great books demand that we combine distinctive type styling with readability.

I’ve been fortunate and delighted to work with a lot of talented authors, artists, musicians, publishers, record companies, and more. My clients include the famous and the previously unknown, huge firms to smallish individuals. I’ve created work for Farrar Strauss and Giroux, Penguin Putnam, Random House, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Capitol Records, Sony, MCA, Pitbull, and many others. I like to think I can work with almost anyone.

My designs have won numerous honors, including Graphis, Print, the American Advertising Federation’s ADDY Awards, PDN’s photographic awards and, recently, “The Climbers,” the photobook I designed for Jim Herrington, won the Grand Prize for book design at the Banff Film & Book Festival.

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Biographies & Memoirs
Computers & Internet
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Young Adult


  • BANF BOOK AWARD-grand prize
  • Type Directors
  • Graphis
  • PDN
  • Print
  • ADDY
  • Dove
  • Communication Arts

Work experience

Designer, art director, educator

January, 1996 – Present (almost 26 years)

Portfolio (22 selected works)

The Climbers

Herrington, Jim, Honnold, Alex

The LEGO Architect

Alphin, Tom

Lives of the Poets

Schmidt, Michael

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