Derek George

Derek George – Designer

Experienced book cover and interior designer specializing in art, photography, cooking, music, history, and entertainment books.


I have been designing books for over 18 years and I still love doing it. I learned book design at the MIT Press where I worked for five years and at the University of Texas Press where I was senior designer for eleven years. More recently, I was Art Director at Familius Books before striking out on my own. My work has won many awards and has been included in many design industry shows, including the PRINT Magazine Regional Design Annual, the Designer Observer / AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers competition, the Book Industry Guild of New York Book Show, the Bookbuilders of Boston New England Book Show, and the Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show.

Every book is unique and with every project I try to do what is best for that particular book.
Architecture Art Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Entertainment History Music Photography
Literary Fiction
  • PRINT Magazine Regional Design Annual (2015, 2013, 2012)
  • Design Observer / AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers (2015, 2014)
  • Book Industry Guild of New York Book Show (2016, 2015, 2013)
  • American Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show (2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005)

Work experience


May, 2019 — Present


Nov, 2018 — May, 2019 (6 months)

University of Texas Press

Oct, 2007 — Nov, 2018 (about 11 years)

MIT Press

May, 2002 — Oct, 2007 (over 5 years)


In four decades of writing for magazines ranging from Texas Monthly to the Atlantic, American History, and Travel Holiday, Stephen Harrigan has established himself as one of America’s most thoughtful writers. In this career-spanning anthology, which gathers to... read more
The "free market" has been a hot topic of debate for decades. Proponents tout it as a cure-all for just about everything that ails modern society, while opponents blame it for the very same ills. But the heated rhetoric obscures one very important, indeed fund... read more
In Welcome to Utopia, quintessential American stories—the mom anxiously sending her sons to Iraq and Afghanistan, teens longing to escape the familiar, old-timers trying to hold onto their roots while the world around them changes—come to life on every page. K... read more
First published in 2003, City on Fire is a gripping, intimate account of the explosions of two ships loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer that demolished Texas City, Texas, in April 1947, in one of the most catastrophic disasters in American history.
Winner, American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, 2012Super Black places the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture, which reveals how black superheroes are not disposable pop pr... read more
In a small nest in a large oak tree, the drama begins. A young American Robin breaks open his shell and emerges into a world that will provide the warmth of sunny days and the life-threatening chill of cold, rainy nights; the satisfaction of a full stomach and... read more
Future: A Recent History

Lawrence R. Samuel

The future is not a fixed idea but a highly variable one that reflects the values of those who are imagining it. By studying the ways that visionaries imagined the future—particularly that of America—in the past century, much can be learned about the cultural ... read more
Whether you judge by box office receipts, industry awards, or critical accolades, science fiction films are the most popular movies now being produced and distributed around the world. Nor is this phenomenon new. Sci-fi filmmakers and audiences have been explo... read more
The Texas hot rod scene encompasses the exhaust, speed, rust, and chrome beloved not just by greasers and gearheads but also by families and pinup girls, bikers and rockabilly dolls, rockers and regular Joes. The Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up, one of America'... read more
101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the design studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple lan... read more
Winner, James Beard Foundation Best Cookbook of the Year Award, 2015James Beard Foundation Best International Cookbook Award, 2015The Art of Eating Prize for Best Food Book of the Year, 2015The Yucatán Peninsula is home to one of the world's great regional cui... read more
Gone With The Wind is one of the most popular movies of all time. To commemorate its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2014, The Making of Gone With The Wind presents more than 600 items from the archives of David O. Selznick, the film's producer, and his business ... read more

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