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, Illustrator and QuarkXPress.
Clients include 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.
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.
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.
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 cooking, and cedar-plank smoking, Valerie Aikman-Smith presents 65 recipes for relaxed summer entertaining. The first chapter features delicio... 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 Tristan Stephenson. You’ll explore the origins of coffee, the rise of the coffee house and the evolution of the café before discovering... 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 Tristan Stephenson. Explore rum's remarkable history from its humble origins to its status as life-blood of the Royal Navy and its love affair... 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 has taken, from its origins in the Middle Ages as the herbal medicine 'genever' to gin's commercialization and the dark days of the Gin ... 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, introducing the colourful historical characters who inspired or created them. Moving on, he reinvents each drink from his laboratory, addi... 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 over 2,000 years ago to the discovery of the medicinal 'aqua vitae' (water of life), through to the emergence of what we know as whisky. Ex... read more
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-Smith has created an enticing array of marinades. brines. butters. rubs and glazes to add flavour to your cooking. either outside on th... read more
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.
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.
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, after a move back to exhausting London office life caused a slump in her diet. Resolving to break away from eating ready meals and chees... read more
Wild Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary
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 using the bottles of brown spirits in your drinks cabinet. By substituting just one or two ingredients, you will learn how to make a whole r... read more
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 mind. Featuring fabulous recipes for blended drinks, mixed drinks, fruity drinks - any and every cocktail you desire, all in fiesty and ... 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 techniques. Begin with a guide on working safely, selecting appropriate tools and designing using found objects and both reclaimed and new... 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 are lots of quick ideas that take no time at all, such as holiday memories in a jar, the table-setting jars or the floral centrepiece tha... read more
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, French Elegance, Swedish and Neoclassical, Modern Retro and Warehouse, and Coastal - Annie gives you her own personal decorating hints an... read more
192 pages, lavishly illustrated throughout
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 in season. They work closely with suppliers to make sure the fish they serve is caught in the least wasteful way which can mean line-cau... 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 in order to share their guidance, wisdom and support. 'The Soul's Agenda' is a stunningly presented compilation of the messages she has r... 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 packed with goodness straight from the garden to the kitchen table. This easy-to-follow book shows you how to grow your own fruit and v... 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 drinks. Each recipe is illustrated with a gorgeous color photograph of the finished dish and step-by-step pictures guide you through any mo... 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 photographs has been selected to tell a compelling story - of a melting glacier, an expanding desert, an ever-rising cityscape or a natural d... 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 included, with special breakout sections on animal biology (why are some animals built to run fast? why do some fly?). It's a great introductio... read more
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 of each key system of the body.
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I am a book designer and writer living in South Carolina specializing in literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Ex-HarperCollins: beautiful non-fiction page designs, and covers. Crafty makes, tempting cookery, sumptuous heritage, fresh-faced well-being