Elena Jar

Elena Jar - Designer

London, UK

A professional designer with years of experience at Penguin Random House. I specialise in non-fiction titles.

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Overview

As a professional designer working with children and adults' non-fiction publishing in one of the major global publishing houses, I am highly skilled in everything from idea conception to layout and cover design, illustration and technical production.

As a freelancer I regularly work with clients in a high variety of fields, with a particular interest in academic, health-related and socially-conscious projects. I have recently designed and illustrated a book on women's health, which has certainly been one of the most rewarding projects of my career.

I like to work closely with my clients (which has resulted in some long term friendships!), making sure I can help their work shine with a mutually crafted vision. I pride myself in my collaborative spirit, and therefore highly value thorough conversations and check-ins throughout the process. I am very happy to assist the creative process from the very inception to production, and make sure your work shines the way it deserves to.

Make sure to have a good look at my personal portfolio - this will give you a good idea of my style. And drop me a line if you're up for a collaboration (or just share a good word).
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Design
Education & Reference
Entertainment

Certifications

  • BA Graphic Design
  • MA History of Design

Work experience

Designer

Penguin Random House
October, 2013 – April, 2020 (over 6 years)

Designer

Self-employed
April, 2020 – Present (7 months)

Junior Art Director

TBWA Worldwide
March, 2015 – July, 2016 (over 1 year)

Design intern

The Times and the Sunday Times
December, 2012 – December, 2012 (less than a minute)

Design Assistant

Ubuntu
August, 2012 – September, 2012 (about 1 month)

Design Assistant

1883 Magazine
July, 2012 – August, 2012 (about 1 month)

Projects

Almanac

Almanac, the V&A/RCA History of Design publication (Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal College of Art, 2019)

Creative Direction, Co-design & Co-production

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Hormones en Harmonie: La vie féminine au naturel (French Edition)

Susanne Haegele, Jani White, Sarah Davison, Stéfanie Lolivret, Nadège Lanvin, Tiffany Bown, Mirjam Wagner

Puberté, fertilité, maternité, ménopause... les déséquilibres hormonaux sont le point commun entre ces différentes phases de la vie d'une femme. Or, on peut rééquilibrer ses hormones par les méthodes naturelles. Fruit de dix ans d'expérience, ce guide vous propose des conseils pratiques très simples, faciles à intégrer dans votre vie quotidienne sur la base d'une meilleure compréhension du fon... read more

Puberté, fertilité, maternité, ménopause... les déséquilibres hormonaux sont le point commun entre ces différentes phases de la vie d'une femme. Or, on peut rééquilibrer ses hormones par les méthodes naturelles. Fruit de dix ans d'expérience, ce guide vous propose des conseils pratiques très simples, faciles à intégrer dans votre vie quotidienne sur la base d'une meilleure compréhension du fon... read more

LEGO CITY: Busy Word Book

DK

More than 500 words about vehicles, buildings, jobs, and people label colorful LEGO® scenes and minifigures to help kids learn the building blocks of language.LEGO® City is the perfect place for early readers to encounter lots of exciting words for the first time. There's always something happening, whether it's police officers catching crooks, firefighters training at the fire station, or hot... read more

More than 500 words about vehicles, buildings, jobs, and people label colorful LEGO® scenes and minifigures to help kids learn the building blocks of language.LEGO® City is the perfect place for early readers to encounter lots of exciting words for the first time. There's always something happening, whether it's police officers catching crooks, firefighters training at the fire station, or hot... read more

The LEGO Book, New Edition: with exclusive LEGO brick

Daniel Lipkowitz

Celebrate and explore the incredible story of the LEGO Group and its much-loved bricks, sets, minifigures, movies, games, and more with this updated and expanded edition. Take a dazzling visual tour through all the groundbreaking moments in LEGO® history, from the company's humble beginnings in a carpenter's workshop to the invention of the iconic LEGO brick and LEGO minifigure, through to the... read more

Celebrate and explore the incredible story of the LEGO Group and its much-loved bricks, sets, minifigures, movies, games, and more with this updated and expanded edition. Take a dazzling visual tour through all the groundbreaking moments in LEGO® history, from the company's humble beginnings in a carpenter's workshop to the invention of the iconic LEGO brick and LEGO minifigure, through to the... read more

LEGO Animal Atlas: Discover the Animals of the World and Get Inspired to Build!

DK

An atlas of animals with 60 bricks to build four exclusive mini-models: panda, penguin, giraffe, and kangaroo.Discover the planet's amazing animals with specially commissioned LEGO® models and maps. Which animal gobbles up 4,000 clams in one meal? Where can you find a snail as big as a baseball? The LEGO Animal Atlas has answers to these questions and a whole lot more. The book is packed with ... read more

An atlas of animals with 60 bricks to build four exclusive mini-models: panda, penguin, giraffe, and kangaroo.Discover the planet's amazing animals with specially commissioned LEGO® models and maps. Which animal gobbles up 4,000 clams in one meal? Where can you find a snail as big as a baseball? The LEGO Animal Atlas has answers to these questions and a whole lot more. The book is packed with ... read more

LEGO® Architecture The Visual Guide

Philip Wilkinson

Title: Lego Architecture( The Visual Guide) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: PhilipWilkinson <>Publisher: DKPublishing(DorlingKindersley)

Title: Lego Architecture( The Visual Guide) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: PhilipWilkinson <>Publisher: DKPublishing(DorlingKindersley)

Elena has 2 reviews

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Professionalism
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Quality
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Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Chi Wigs
It was a great experience working with Elena. She understood the brief and created a beautiful book. She responded well and politely at all times. I will definitely love to work with her again.

Chi Wigs, June 2020


Jonathan Levy
Elena was fantastic and we will work with her on our next book. She was fast with edits and always responsive to our questions and thoughts.

Jonathan Levy, November 2019

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