Elena Jar

Elena Jar – Designer

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


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).
Children’s Non-Fiction Design Education & Reference Entertainment
  • BA Graphic Design
  • MA History of Design

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Oct, 2013 — Apr, 2020 (over 6 years)


Apr, 2020 — Present

TBWA Worldwide

Mar, 2015 — Jul, 2016 (over 1 year)

The Times and the Sunday Times

Dec, 2012 — Dec, 2012 (less than a minute)


Aug, 2012 — Sep, 2012 (about 1 month)

1883 Magazine

Jul, 2012 — Aug, 2012 (about 1 month)



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

Creative Direction, Co-design & Co-production


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 pro... read more
Title: Lego Architecture( The Visual Guide) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: PhilipWilkinson <>Publisher: DKPublishing(DorlingKindersley)
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 yo... 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... 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 t... read more

Elena has 2 reviews





Chi W.

Chi W.

Jun, 2020

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.
Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.

Nov, 2019

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.

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