Brianna Harden

Brianna Harden – Designer

I'm a freelance book cover designer and illustrator with nearly a decade of in-house experience at a top publishing house.


I'm a book cover designer and illustrator specializing in all genres, with emphasis on fiction, memoirs, outdoors/adventure sports, and travel. I also create illustrations for interiors or editorial publications.

I worked at Penguin Random House as a book cover designer for the Penguin Books / Viking Books / Penguin Classics imprints before leaving to open my own design studio. My experience at these flagship imprints means that I know exactly how to make clients' books look like a bestseller.

I work with publishers of all sizes, with a specialty in working with self-published authors. I'm familiar with the Amazon KDP and IngramSpark formats and can help authors with all aspects of the cover design portion of their self-publishing process. I also offer social media graphics services—I can create banners and other images for social media and promotion of books.

I believe the process of designing a great cover is all about collaboration, and I work closely with each author or publisher until everyone is thrilled with the outcome.

Get in touch—I'd love to hear about your book project!
Biographies & Memoirs History Music Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sports & Outdoors Travel
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Poetry Thriller & Suspense
  • Society of Illustrators 57 – Gold Medal (Art Direction)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration—with Honors from Art Center College of Design

Work experience


Jun, 2009 — Present

Freelance book cover and jacket design services and illustrations for self-published authors and for publishers of all sizes.


The Lucky Star: A Novel

Vollmann, William T.

The Women's Suffrage Movement

Roesch Wagner, Sally

“It is my honor to introduce these pages—so gravelly, so straggly, so hopeful, bright, and true.” —Elizabeth Gilbert When she was seven, Rayya Elias and her family fled the political conflict in their native Syria, settling in Detroit. Bullied in school and ca... read more
Fiona and Jane

Ho, Jean Chen

Age of Consent: A Novel

Brainerd, Amanda

Winter Sisters

Robin Oliveira

From the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter comes a rich and compelling historical novel about the disappearance of two young girls after a cataclysmic blizzard, and what happens after their fate is discovered New York, 1879: After an ... read more
“Stunning . . . A beautiful, sprawling, and generous book. Jansma is a brilliantly talented writer, but he also has a unique insight into what friends mean to one another, and what it means to be part of a city in which you never quite belong, but can’t quite ... read more
A New York Times BestsellerA dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan “The rarest of adventure reads: it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance... read more
How Should a Body Be?

Bethany Meloche

When she is twelve years old, Bethany discovers the reason her grandmother wears leg braces—and it has something to do with how Bethany herself has started tripping, falling, and losing her grasp on objects. The cause? Charcot-Marie-Tooth, an inherited genetic... read more
“Pulls aside the curtain of puffery to show . . . the business of liquor to be every bit as fascinating as the fictions in which the distillers love to swaddle themselves.” —Wayne Curtis, The Wall Street Journal Walk into a well-stocked liquor store and you’ll... read more
“Somewhere between Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth and Amy Schumer’s stand-up exists Kim Addonizio’s style of storytelling . . . at once biting and vulnerable, nostalgic without ever veering off into sentimentality.” —Refinery29“Always vital, clever, and s... read more

Brianna has 3 reviews





Justin B.

Justin B.

Jun, 2021

Brianna is my hero. Seriously though, she helped me get my book to the finish line and I am grateful fro her sound advice, speedy response time and how thoughtful she is. Very impressed.
Drew Y.

Drew Y.

Feb, 2018

Brianna was a pleasure to work with. She listened to my thoughts on possible cover design and components and responded accordingly. When she sent me her seven option for the cover, I could have selected any one and been happy with it, Her work exceeded my expectations and I ended up with a cover that I'm thrilled with and happy to have associated with my book.
Brianna H.
Thank you for the amazingly kind words! It was great to collaborate with you—I appreciated the easy communication throughout the process, and I'm so glad you're pleased with the outcome.
V I.

V I.

Jun, 2017

Flawless. This just couldn't have gone smoother.

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