Gareth Southwell

Gareth Southwell – Designer

Experienced illustrator with humorous, quirky, detailed style. Offers illustration, project management, book formatting and cover design.

Overview

I'm an illustrator, book designer and writer from the UK with 20 years' experience in the publishing industry. I've worked for a number of high profile clients, providing illustrations for books (covers and interior pages), magazines, websites and other media.

I'm also a traditionally published author of popular philosophy (occasionally also providing illustrations for publishers of my own books) and a self-published writer of fiction, so I understand the publishing and book production process from all sides.

I don't use stock photos or images, and my covers usually incorporate some form of illustration. My style suits humorous fiction and non-fiction, satire, or quirky and unusual subjects.

I also offer book formatting (both print and ebook) and interior design, production management (seeing your book through the publishing process, uploading to Amazon, Ingram Spark, etc), and I'm happy to provide free advice on blurb writing, book marketing, author platform, and other book-related matters.

Whether you are a self-published author or a fellow industry professional, I'll try to accommodate your budget. Please get in touch to tell me about your book and to chat about your requirements.
Services
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries Humor & Comedy Middle Grade
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2003 — Present

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
Money Bags

Browne, Michael G.

Cover Design Illustration Typography
Cover Design Illustration
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Cracking the Quantum Mystery

Seabrook, Garry

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design Production Management
From the William Hill Award-Winning Author of A Lot of Hard Yakka comes Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches by Simon Hughes.A fast-paced, distinctive history of th... read more
Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Typography
Cover Design Illustration
What is Nigel Farage’s favorite novel? Why do Brexiteers love Sherlock Holmes? Is Philip Larkin the best Brexit poet ever? Through the politically relevant sideroad of English Literature, writ... read more
Illustration
Philosophy: Key Themes is a beginner's guide to understanding and critiquing philosophical arguments. Each chapter introduces one of the major themes in philosophy. Baggini's approach combines... read more
Illustration
What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems.Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix ... read more
Illustration
What Would Freud Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 psychological thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems. Ever wondered what a great therapist like F... read more
Illustration
Ever thought about what Tinder advice Naomi Wolf would give you?Ever wondered what Andrea Dworkin would think about your Brazilian wax? Or what Mary Wollstonecraft would think about the 'fairy... read more
Illustration
What Would Keynes Do?

Tejvan Pettinger

Have you ever wondered what Adam Smith would have to say about you playing the lottery? Or whether Jeremy Bentham could cure your hangover (through economics)? Ever pondered over what Milton F... read more
Illustration
A concise and very readable summary of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, geared toward students embarking on their studies and general readers. It is an ideal companion for those new to the st... read more
Illustration
What Would Marx Do?

Gareth Southwell

Have you ever wondered what Kant might have to say about your addiction to social media? Or whether Plato would be able to help resolve your constant arguments about what to watch on TV? Or if... read more
Illustration

Gareth has 36 reviews

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E-Cee H.

E-Cee H.

Apr, 2024

From the outset, Gareth has been the consummate professional. He has also been helpful beyond the call of duty, offering advice on related publishing issues. I would certainly work with Gareth again myself, and recommend him to others!
Gareth S.
Thanks, Evan!
Karin J.

Karin J.

Mar, 2024

Gareth was a pleasure to work with. He was quick to respond and very patient and accommodating. I can highly recommend Gareth's service, and I will definitely contact him again in the future.
Gareth S.
Thank you again, Karin! :)
Carol J.

Carol J.

Feb, 2024

I enjoyed working with Gareth. I will choose him again in the future with ongoing projects. He responds promptly and answers all my questions clearly when I ask. I love the cover he designed for my book. I highly recommend Gareth because of his professionalism and knowledge of design.
Gareth S.
Thank you, Carol! It was a pleasure to work on your cover. Good luck with the book! Gareth.
Sean D.

Sean D.

Jan, 2024

I sought out Gareth based on his samples, believing he could produce a cover that was clever and striking, and well-suited to my unconventional story topic. The result dramatically outstripped my expectations. Gareth not only skimmed over the manuscript (which no artist had ever requested), he produced completely original content based upon it and a few excerpts I provided, offering a unique co...
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Gareth S.
Thank you, Sean! It was an absolute pleasure - and a gift to have such rich comic characters and situations. I am delighted you're so pleased. Good luck with everything, and please get back to me w...
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Karin J.

Karin J.

Dec, 2023

It was a pleasure working with Gareth. He really knows what is important, and he delivered a beautiful product days before the deadline. I have already started a new project with him.
Gareth S.
Thank you very much, Karin! I enjoyed our collaboration - please get in touch if you need me for anything else. And good luck with the book!

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