Hannah Gaskamp

Hannah Gaskamp – Designer

Professional and creative award-winning book designer with years of experience and knowledge in both traditional and self-publishing.

Overview

Hi! I'm Hannah. After receiving my BFA In Communication Design I immediately became the Senior Designer at small university press in Lubbock, Texas. Most of my work has been at the press, which publishes a lot of history, memoir, poetry, short stories, as well as a variety of niche academic and regional topics. I have also been freelancing part time since spring 2020 in both university press and self-publishing spaces.

I love devising ways to represent an entire story or topic with just one image on the cover. I love that a non-fiction title often says it all and any cleverness or ironic message I want to send with a cover will come across right away. I love that poetry and short story collections allow me to be experimental. I love taking an author’s vision and making it a reality. Overall, I love when a cover packs a punch, makes you chuckle, or gives you insight into the contents of the book. I’m always excited to create something I’m proud of that feels professional and exactly the right vibe.


I love designing book interiors because I love details, and details are what makes for high-quality typesetting. I’m always excited to make the exterior and interior of a book feel cohesive, and make sure that the presence of more words doesn’t diminish the creativity of the whole book’s presentation.


Certain parts of my personal life give me a unique perspective that I can bring to my design work. These include being a queer woman, being exvangelical, and being chronically online. The less design related parts of my personal life include having pet rats, collecting stuffed animals, and doing a lot of jigsaw puzzles, though maybe solving puzzles isn’t as far away as I think it is.


I look forward to hearing about your project and working together to create something we are both proud of.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History
Fiction
Poetry Short Story
Languages
English
Awards
  • Graphis Gold Award: Sing With Me at the Edge of Paradise Cover
  • Graphis Gold Award: Watermark Cover
  • Graphis Gold Award: Doodlebugs and Dowsers Cover
  • Graphis Silver Award: Love, Norm Cover
  • Communication Arts Design Annual Shortlist: Love, Norm Cover
  • Graphis Silver Award: On Becoming Apache Cover
  • Graphis Silver Award: Driller Cover
  • Graphis Silver Award: Cattle, Cotton, Corn Cover
  • Graphis Silver Award: The Essential Walt McDonald Cover
  • PubWest Book Design Awards: The Essential Walt McDonald Cover
Certifications
  • BFA in Communication Design

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2020 — Present

Since 2020 I have offered freelance book design services in my free time. This includes cover and jacket design as well as book interior and ebook design. I have much experience with self-published authors of all levels and many genres as well as experience working with university and other small presses, including publishing service companies.

Texas Tech University Press

Jun, 2019 — Present

At Texas Tech University Press I do all book cover design, book interior design, and conversion of all books into ebooks. We publish roughly 20 books a year in a variety of genres and formats.

Portfolio

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