Emma J. Hardy

Emma J. Hardy - Designer Tick

London, United Kingdom

Experienced designer with an impactful style. Previously in house at Macmillan. 2016 shortlist for ABCD's cover design award.

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I am an experienced book cover designer having previously worked in house for Palgrave Macmillam, across their UK and US lists.

My style is naturally minimal, which allows the title space to breathe and ensures that the tone and topic of your book are communicated as the most important thing in order to catch a reader's attention.

Whilst at Macmillan I was shortlisted for the non-fiction 2016 award by the Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD).

I am also the founder of Spine, a magazine that aims to showcase new and noteworthy cover design and promotes high standards in the industry.

My style is naturally minimal, allowing the title space to breathe and ensuring that the tone and topic of your book are communicated as the most important thing in order to catch a reader's attention. I also provide a typesetting service, which reflects the ethos of my cover design work. For more information regarding typesetting get in touch.

If you choose to work with me for your cover design, I'll provide:

– 3 initial cover options in varying styles, which you can choose your favourite from. After which you can let me know if you'd like to make tweaks or develop the style further for two more rounds of changes. Then once the cover has been approved we'll move onto designing the back and spine.
– 'thumbnail' version of your cover with the title matter enlarged to ensure it is visible when viewed online
– stock photography from sites I have arrangements with. If you have your own photos in mind you'll be responsible for the licensing and purchase of those images

Clients include: Bloomsbury | Palgrave Macmillan | Princeton University Press | Zed Books | The Bookseller | IB Tauris | Whitefox | Macmillan Higher Education | Amper and Sand Publishing

“From start to finish Emma has been totally professional, helpful and quick to communicate. The early drafts of the book cover were all so good, and the final version absolutely perfect! She provided all sorts of promotional material to support my book at launch, and expert advice at all stages. I can’t thank her enough!”
— Dr. Hugh Harvey, One Flew Over the Doctors' Mess

“I’ve worked with Emma on two projects, and both book covers exceeded my expectations by a long shot. The finished covers are to die for, and Emma was great to work with from start to finish; I can’t wait to work on my next project with her. ”
— Jack Jordan, Anything for Her & My Girl

Languages
English
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Thriller
Non-Fiction
Economics
Education & Reference
History
Nature
Philosophy
Politics & Current Affairs
Psychology
True Crime
Works with
Squarespace

Certifications

  • BA Hons 1st Class

Awards

  • ABCD Award Shortlist 2015

Work experience

Freelance Book Cover Designer

Self-employed
July, 2016 – Present (about 2 years)

Freelance cover designer specialising in non-fiction.

Clients include: Palgrave Macmillan, I.B. Taurus, Bloomsbury, Princeton University Press and Zed Books alongside working through agencies such as Reedsy.

I am experienced with licensing and commissioning images for covers and working closely with commissioning editors or self-published authors in order to ensure briefs are filled out correctly and the cover process goes smoothly .

Co-founder

Foul Play Magazine
August, 2017 – Present (about 1 year)

Co-founder of Foul Play, a new kind of true crime magazine that prides itself on thoughtful and non-sensationalist content. I’m currently managing editor for Foul Play which is stocked in multiple shops across the UK.

Founder / Designer

Spine Magazine
June, 2015 – October, 2016 (over 1 year)

Founder of Spine a magazine that aims to showcase new and noteworthy cover design and promotes high standards in the industry. Spine is currently managed and edited by designer Eric Wilder.

Book Cover Designer

Palgrave Macmillan
May, 2014 – June, 2016 (about 2 years)

I worked in house for Macmillan's academic publishing division, Palgrave Macmillam, across their UK and US lists.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Capital Returns: Investing Through the Capital Cycle: A Money Manager’s Reports 2002-15

We live in an age of serial asset bubbles and spectacular busts. Economists, policymakers, central bankers and most people in the financial world have been blindsided by these busts, while investors have lost trillions. Economists argue that bubbles can only be spotted after they burst and that market moves are unpredictable. Yet Marathon Asset Management, a London-based investment firm managi... read more

We live in an age of serial asset bubbles and spectacular busts. Economists, policymakers, central bankers and most people in the financial world have been blindsided by these busts, while investors have lost trillions. Economists argue that bubbles can only be spotted after they burst and that market moves are unpredictable. Yet Marathon Asset Management, a London-based investment firm managi... read more

Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge (Palgrave Critical University Studies)

Joanna Williams

Academic freedom is increasingly being threatened by a stifling culture of conformity in higher education that is restricting individual academics, the freedom of academic thought and the progress of knowledge – the very foundations upon which academia and universities are built. Once, scholars demanded academic freedom to critique existing knowledge and to pursue new truths. Today, while fond... read more

Academic freedom is increasingly being threatened by a stifling culture of conformity in higher education that is restricting individual academics, the freedom of academic thought and the progress of knowledge – the very foundations upon which academia and universities are built. Once, scholars demanded academic freedom to critique existing knowledge and to pursue new truths. Today, while fond... read more

Visual Devices in Contemporary Prose Fiction: Gaps, Gestures, Images

Simon Barton

This book acknowledges that the reader of a novel looks at and sees the page before they begin to read any text placed upon it. Thus, any disruptions to how a traditional page 'should look' can have a large impact on the reading process. The book critically engages with the visual appearance of graphically innovative contemporary prose fiction.

This book acknowledges that the reader of a novel looks at and sees the page before they begin to read any text placed upon it. Thus, any disruptions to how a traditional page 'should look' can have a large impact on the reading process. The book critically engages with the visual appearance of graphically innovative contemporary prose fiction.

A History of Fair Trade in Contemporary Britain: From Civil Society Campaigns to Corporate Compliance

Matthew Anderson

This book offers an original contribution to the empirical knowledge of the development of Fair Trade that goes beyond the anecdotal accounts to challenge and analyse the trading practices that shaped the Fair Trade model. Fair Trade represented a new approach to global trade, corporate social responsibility and consumer politics.

This book offers an original contribution to the empirical knowledge of the development of Fair Trade that goes beyond the anecdotal accounts to challenge and analyse the trading practices that shaped the Fair Trade model. Fair Trade represented a new approach to global trade, corporate social responsibility and consumer politics.

How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics

T. Schrecker, C. Bambra

Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra argue that the obesity, insecurity, austerity and inequality that result from neoliberal (or 'market fundamentalist') policies are hazardous to our health, asserting that these neoliberal epidemics require a political cure.

Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra argue that the obesity, insecurity, austerity and inequality that result from neoliberal (or 'market fundamentalist') policies are hazardous to our health, asserting that these neoliberal epidemics require a political cure.

Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement

F. Mackay

Feminism is not dead. This groundbreaking book advances a radical and pioneering feminist manifesto for today's modern audience that exposes the real reasons as to why women are still oppressed and what feminist activism must do to counter it through a vibrant and original account of the global Reclaim the Night March.

Feminism is not dead. This groundbreaking book advances a radical and pioneering feminist manifesto for today's modern audience that exposes the real reasons as to why women are still oppressed and what feminist activism must do to counter it through a vibrant and original account of the global Reclaim the Night March.

Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party

A. James McAdams

The first comprehensive political history of the communist partyVanguard of the Revolution is a sweeping history of one of the most significant political institutions of the modern world. The communist party was a revolutionary idea long before its supporters came to power. In this book, A. James McAdams argues that the rise and fall of communism can be understood only by taking into account t... read more

The first comprehensive political history of the communist partyVanguard of the Revolution is a sweeping history of one of the most significant political institutions of the modern world. The communist party was a revolutionary idea long before its supporters came to power. In this book, A. James McAdams argues that the rise and fall of communism can be understood only by taking into account t... read more

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Ralph Hazell

I'm really happy with the work that Emma has done on my book. She's covered a few different areas for me from the cover design to formatting, choosing the typeface and doing infographics. Great job all round and I would really recommend Emma.

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Ralph Hazell, August 2018

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