Olivia Bush

Olivia Bush – Designer

Freelance book designer specialising in non-fiction covers and layouts (lifestyle, cookery, MBS, health & wellbeing).


Currently working out of Australia and from the UK, I work as a freelance designer specialising in illustrated non-fiction books.

With experience in art-direction and design for publishing houses such as Hardie Grant London, Quarto, DK and Smith Street Books, my passion lies in array of genres from craft to cookery and lifestyle books.

My design process is both instinctive and creative research led; I love to work collaboratively and closely with the client to bring project ideas to life, from the concept stage right through to sending your final files to print; so if you are searching for a beautiful book cover, need help laying out the internal pages or typesetting your manuscript, I'd love to hear from you.

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Work experience

Smith Street Books

May, 2023 — Present

Based in Australia, I am currently working for Smith Street Books on a freelance basis; one of Australia's best non-fiction illustrated publishers.

Quarto Publishing PLC

Feb, 2022 — Present

Here I worked on titles preparing presentation concepts for London Book Fair, 2023.


Jan, 2022 — Oct, 2022 (8 months)

Batsford Books

Jan, 2022 — Mar, 2022 (about 2 months)

Here I acted as the typesetter on several books; laying out content and the manuscript ready to be published.

Hardie Grant London

Jun, 2021 — Present

I have worked as an art-director and designer on illustrated titles covering Mind Body Spirit, Craft and Lifestyle. On these books, I was involved in the layout design, commissioning, illustrating and sending the final files ready for print production.


Sep, 2019 — Present

Specialising in non-fiction illustrated books (Olivia Bush Studio), I work as a freelance book and layout designer, with experience in art-direction and commissioning for global publishing houses and smaller-scale, independent businesses. From mass-market gifting titles sold in the US and AUS to beautiful, hand-bound stay guides hand-crafted locally, previous projects have reached both ends of the spectrum.

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