Geoff Borin

Geoff Borin – Designer

I have over 20 years experience designing a wide range of book covers and page layouts for some of the UK's top non-fiction book publishers

Overview

If you are looking for a designer who knows how to put a book together, with all the knowledge of the rules and conventions required, a great eye for detail plus a flare and passion for making it look beautiful - please get in touch!

With a first class degree in Typography & Graphic Communication (from The University of Reading, UK) I spent several years working in London with top non-fiction, illustrated book publishers Mitchell Beazley and Hamlyn. Working my way up to the roll of Art Director, covering a wide range of subject areas including Food & Drink, Home & Lifestyle, Gardening, Art, Architecture, Antiques, History, Sport, Health & Wellbeing. I have been working successfully as a freelance designer since 2001.

I can take any book project from initial concept through to final print-ready files, creating well thought out design solutions to a consistantly high standard, while always being mindful of the initial brief. I am experienced in commissioning and directing of design, photography, styling and illustration, preparing print-ready files and monitoring print production (proof checking and colour correction). I work in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Clients include DK (Penguin Random House), Pitkin Books (Pavilion), Ryland, Peters & Small, Cico Books, Quarto, Watkins Media, Parragon Books, Kyle Books, Hardie Grant UK, New Holland Publishers, Mitchell Beazley, Hamlyn, Ebury Press, Weldon Owen (San Francisco, USA) Miguel Sal & C., Trentini Srl (Bologna, Italy). Apart from books I have also worked on magazines, catalogues, annual reports, logos, branding, packaging and exhibitions.
Services
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Nature New Age
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2001 — Present

Mitchell Beazley

Jun, 2000 — Jun, 2001 (about 1 year)

Managing an in-house team of 12; overseeing all book design (50–60 titles per year – food & wine, art & design, gardening, antiques, interiors and reference); sales and marketing material including website, catalogues and overall identity; picture research and special photography.

AGA Creative LLC

Apr, 1999 — May, 2000 (about 1 year)

Responsible for design of Marks & Spencer Home catalogue, from concept through to photography and final layout. Overseeing a team of designers, photographers, stylists and desktop artists whilst maintaining a close working liason with the client. Other clients included Harrods, Lakeland, Manchester United Megastore and Charles Tyrwhitt.

Hamlyn

Apr, 1996 — Mar, 1999 (almost 3 years)

Mitchell Beazley

Sep, 1994 — Mar, 1996 (over 1 year)

Portfolio

Cooking Across Italy

O'Brien, Lucrezia Toste

The ingredients. The stories. The know-how. This complete beginner's guide to Japanese cooking teaches you how to cook more than 150 traditional and modern dishes, and over 100 techniques, with step-by-step illustrated recipes. Learn to master popular dishes s... read more
What better way to celebrate summer than to enjoy the very best food cooked over the fire whether at the beach, camping, or in your own back yard.Combining fresh flavors with exciting grilling techniques including cooking on a fire pit grill, salt block cookin... read more
This book provides comprehensive illustrated information for you to keep a healthy reticulated python safely and responsibly. It guides the reader through the basics of owning and caring for a reticulated python, how to provide the ideal set-up and maintenance... read more
Bringing Italy Home

Ursula Ferrigno

This reference guide is designed for the whole family to enjoy! Easy to read text and over 600 full-color illustrations explores the secrets of the human body. It covers structure and systems, senses, evolution, genetics and much, much more, including diagrams... read more
This reference guide is designed for the whole family to enjoy! Easy to read text and over 600 full-color illustrations are included in this beautiful guide to the animal kingdom. Full two-page spreads on animal life cycles, habitats, and much more are include... read more
"Earth Then and Now" records the dramatic way in which our planet has changed in just the past one hundred years. It draws on the combined photographic archives of print, picture, and space agencies to create a powerful collection of images. Each pair of photo... read more
This comprehensive cookbook contains 100 simple and authentic Indian recipes, including delicious main dishes, appetizing sides, comforting legumes, essential sundries, beautiful homemade chutneys and pickles, and even some tempting desserts and refreshing dri... read more
A good diet incorporating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is a must if you want to stay fit and healthy and keep the bugs at bay during the cold winter months. Growing your own winter food is just one way of ensuring you get the freshest, tastiest produce... read more
Michelle Stevens has been keenly aware of the presence of her spirit guides in her life since she was eight years old and heard their messages. For 30 years she never told anyone about them, but in 2012, with encouragement from her guides, she created a blog i... read more
Fishy Fishy is a relaxed, informal seafood brasserie in Brighton that was the brainchild of three close friends: James Ginzler, Dermot O'Leary and Paul Shovlin. They share a passion for good food, but more importantly food that has been locally sourced and is ... read more
192 pages, lavishly illustrated throughout
Che Guevara

David Sandison

IN
Piero Manai

Vittoria Coen

Paint and sketch, stick and collect, write and reflect - 'Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint(R) Workbook' is a creative journal for all of your colourful thoughts and design inspirations. Divided into six themed chapters - Bohemian and Floral Vintage, Rustic Country, F... read more
Follow Hester van Overbeek's easy steps to make a fresh flower-decorated tea-light holder for a garden party, store all your grains and pasta in large jars with vibrantly painted lids or why not surprise a friend with the colourful 'birthday in a jar'? There a... read more
Discover the joy of woodworking with these 35 stunning and achievable projects. Learn how to make simple wooden objects to decorate and enhance your home and garden using basic tools that are readily available from all hardware shops, and a variety of paint te... read more
Furniture Hacks
What could be more fun than inviting the girls round for a night of fun and laughter? Be the hostess with the mostest with this collection of fun, flirty, and frivolous cocktails. Pink Drinks is chock-full of cocktail recipes distinctly designed with women in ... read more
Bond Cocktails
Discover how just a few simple ingredients can be combined with whiskey, bourbon, dark rum, tequila, or brandy to create 75 delicious drinks. Brown Booze is a unique cocktail recipe book, which explains how to maximise the number of cocktails you can make usin... read more
Wild Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary
Bursting with quick, simple and deliciously healthy recipes, Healthy Speedy Suppers will inspire anyone who feels too tired or busy to cook at the end of the day. Katriona MacGregor started her Speedy Weeknight Suppers column for The Telegraph online in 2013, ... read more
Wave goodbye to boring shop-bought sandwiches and embrace the art of the lunchbox. Adults and kids alike will enjoy these imaginative homemade lunches created with care – the healthier, tastier and cheaper option.
Whether it's preserving or pickling, everyone is sourcing the best organic ingredients and looking for more interesting recipes to make use of their fresh fruit and vegetables: not just jellies, but chutneys, relishes, pickles, vinegars, liquors, and cordials.
HardCover. Pub Date :2013-03-14 Pages: 144 Language: English Publisher: Ryland Peters Small Unlock the secrets of fantastically flavoursome grills with Smoke and Spice. Whether you like your food fiercely hot or prefer gentler aromatic flavours. Valerie Aikman... read more
An innovative, captivating tour of the finest whiskies the world has to offer, brought to you by bestselling author and whisky connoisseur Tristan Stephenson. Tristan explores the origins of whisky, from the extraordinary Chinese distillation pioneers well ove... read more
In The Curious Bartender, Tristan Stephenson explores and experiments with the art of mixing the perfect cocktail, explaining the fascinating modern turns mixology has taken. Showcasing a selection of classic cocktails, he explains their intriguing origins, in... read more
The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace is the follow-up to master mixologist Tristan Stephenson's hugely successful books, 'The Curious Bartender' and 'The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies'. Discover the extraordinary journey that gin ... read more
Discover why rum is becoming the hottest spirit in the world right now with the latest and greatest offering from bestselling author and master mixologist Tristan Stephenson. The Curious Bartender's Rum Revolution is the fifth book by bestselling author Trista... read more
The definitive guide to the extraordinary world of coffee from growing and roasting to brewing and serving the perfect cup.This is the ultimate guide to the history, science and cultural influence of coffee according to coffee aficionado and master storyteller... read more

Geoff has 13 reviews

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cathy S.

cathy S.

Jun, 2021

Geoff is an amazing professional, kind, supportive and meticulous. He will be an amazing asset to anyone's book project and I simply cannot recommend him more highly - a true pleasure to work with. He turned the challenging phase of getting my book over the line into a positive experience.
Michael C.

Michael C.

Mar, 2021

Working with Geoff was great -- the quality of work is fantastic, and he is great at taking in feedback and working with authors, no matter how particular they may be. My project required a particularly large amounts of editing and changing things and Geoff was accommodating and happy to help. Highly recommend.
Rae B.

Rae B.

Mar, 2021

Working with Geoff has been a great pleasure. Not only does he bring years of experience and talent, but he shared knowledge freely, which as a first time author I much needed. His pricing is reasonable for both author and artist, and his communication was not only punctual but kind and considerate as well. With Geoff you not only get the artistry needed for a moving cover and flowing interior ...
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Lucrezia T.

Lucrezia T.

Dec, 2020

I could not have been more pleased working with Geoff. He truly is very artistic and talented. He is extremely detailed, which was one of my major concerns because of how I am about details. I am new to all of this writing and publishing, and his help was invaluable. If I ever wrote another book, he would be the first person I would contact. His patience was also remarkable.
Michael C.

Michael C.

Nov, 2020

Working with Geoff was great. He understood the content of the book and was able to reflect it in the cover design. We went through many rounds of design, and each time Geoff was receptive to the feedback given and integrated it perfectly. I am very happy with the final cover design -- I think it looks great. I look forward to working with Geoff in the following weeks to design the interior of ...
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