Elisabeth Heissler

Elisabeth Heissler – Designer

20 years of experience in book design for academic, educational & fiction titles for Oxford University Press, National Geographic, etc.


I am an experienced designer with a strong track record of producing sophisticated, engaging and appropriate design solutions for covers and internal content. I work closely together with my clients to bring my professional expertise and passionate approach to their project. I specialise in subtle typography and clear, minimalist design solutions, finding the right look for each project.

Whatever the genre of your book, high quality graphic design will make a crucial contribution to its position in the market. My role is to engage customer attention and enrich your readers’ experience. I will help your book to achieve its full potential and bring it to life.

Trained in Germany, I developed my love of logo design, typography and info design in Munich, where I worked for 10 years as a senior designer for a renowned design agency with responsibility for branding and logo developments across the cultural and service sector.
In 2013 I joined Oxford University Press and enjoyed five years with them designing the covers and interiors of a wide range of trade books, academic and higher education titles. I am proud to have provided the design for many high-profile titles, including The New Oxford Shakespeare and the award-winning Companion to Wine.
In 2017 I opened my own business and now include the OUP, National Geographic and numerous independent publishers among my clients.

Every project is different; every project is special. I am excited to learn about yours.
Classics Poetry
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Economics Education & Reference ELT Physics & Chemistry Travel
Works with
  • Merit Award for Reference, New York Book Show 2015 Book Cover design for ‘The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations’ published by Oxford University Press 2014
  • Winner of the James Beard Book Award, 2016 Text design and cover design for ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’ published by Oxford University Press 2015
  • FINANCIAL TIMES BEST ECONOMICS BOOKS 2020, Cover design for 'Bigger Government' published by Arolla Publishing

Work experience


Jul, 2017 — Present

- cover and interior design for Oxford University Press, National Geographics and independent publishers.

- design and production services for both epub and print.

Oxford University Press

May, 2013 — Jul, 2017 (about 4 years)

- book cover design for text books, academic titles and trade books

- interior design for text books and academic titles

- production and project management in collaboration with editorial and marketing

Kochan & Partner Design Agency, Munich

Jan, 1997 — Jul, 2012 (over 15 years)

- branding developments from concept to completion for clients in the service and cultural sector

- art direction and production management for annual travel catalogues


The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was published in 1941 and for over 70 years this bestselling book has remained unrivalled in its coverage of quotations past and present. The eighth edition is a vast treasury of wit and wisdom spanning ... read more
Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume immediately attained legendary status, winning every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, as well as writer and woman of the y... read more
This best-selling introduction to research methods provides students and researchers with unrivalled coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods, making it invaluable for anyone embarking on social research. Bridging the gap between theory and practi... read more
An indispensable guide to the sociological theories behind crime, it outlines the principal theories of crime and rule-breaking, discussing them chronologically. Placing each theory in its European and North American contexts, the authors confront major critic... read more

Elisabeth has 26 reviews





Alison R.

Alison R.

Jun, 2023

Elisabeth provided exceptional design services for a literally-once-in-a-lifetime book of collected poetry that needed to be produced on a very tight deadline. She was professional, efficient, and well-organized, and she delivered on each step of the design process as promised, and by deadlines. Her creative ideas and her sensitivity to the author’s material and style resulted in a truly beauti...
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Elisabeth H.
Thank you so much for this review and a very special book project. It was an absolute pleasure to work for you and Irene. All the very best. Elisabeth
Pj B.

Pj B.

Jun, 2023

I had the pleasure of collaborating with Elisabeth, an incredibly talented cover artist and interior book design expert. Throughout the entire process, Elisabeth's attention to detail and excellent communication stood out. She effortlessly captured my vision and brought it to life with a captivating cover design that perfectly represented my book. Her meticulous approach extended to the interio...
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Elisabeth H.
Hi Paul, Thank you very much. I wish you every success with your book. Do reach out if you need help with design in the future. Best wishes. Elisabeth
Brad B.

Brad B.

Jun, 2023

Elisabeth delivered a clear and attractive design of a complicated table of information, She was fast and responsive. I'd happily work with her again and I highly recommend her services.
Elisabeth H.
Thank you! It was great working for you, do reach out, if you need design work in the future. All the best. Elisabeth
H. P.

H. P.

Mar, 2023

It was great to work with Elisabeth in getting this rather complex textbook created. I am very pleased with the end result since a high sense of professionalism and expertise were brought to this project. I look forward to collaborating with Elisabeth again, given the patience she exercised throughout the process.
Heather L.

Heather L.

Sep, 2022

Elisabeth's work was just amazing. This was my first time through the self-publishing process, and to be honest, I was panicking as we went through it, but Elisabeth dealt with my fears as a consummate professional and delivered my materials punctually and without drama on her side. I am so glad to have worked with her.
Elisabeth H.
Thank you so much, I wish you every sucess with you book! All the best, Elisabeth

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