Heather Ryerson

Heather Ryerson - Designer

London, UK

I'm a book designer and illustrator who has worked in-house at London children's publishers — I love to collaborate on a good story!

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Overview

Working for London publishers — both large & commercial and small & independent — has made me acutely aware of the UK book market and the practical needs of those in the industry.

As a designer, I’m happy to help out at any stage, from initial art direction to cover design and internal layout and typesetting. I started out in publishing by designing children's books, but now design covers and illustrated books for all ages — including cook books, gardening books, nature books, and graphic novels.

As an illustrator, I love to reveal stories and educational topics in a fun and insightful way.
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Literature
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Comics (non fiction)
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Works with
Squarespace
WordPress

Certifications

  • Fiction / Non-Fiction Book Arts Certificate
  • Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding
  • Children's Book Illustration Certificate
  • BS in Visual Communication

Work experience

Book Designer & Illustrator

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (almost 6 years)

Marketing Designer

Egmont UK
September, 2017 – August, 2018 (11 months)

Book Designer

Nobrow / Flying Eye Books
September, 2015 – March, 2016 (6 months)

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Geis: A Matter of Life and Death

Alexis Deacon

As the great chief matriarch lay dying, she gave one final decree: Upon her death there would be a contest. Having no heir of her own blood she called on the Gods. Let fate decide the one truly worthy to rule in her place. The rich, the strong, the wise, the powerful; many put forward their names in hope of being chosen. But when the night came . . . only fifty souls alone were summoned.Book o... read more

As the great chief matriarch lay dying, she gave one final decree: Upon her death there would be a contest. Having no heir of her own blood she called on the Gods. Let fate decide the one truly worthy to rule in her place. The rich, the strong, the wise, the powerful; many put forward their names in hope of being chosen. But when the night came . . . only fifty souls alone were summoned.Book o... read more

The Wolves of Currumpaw

William Grill

The Wolves of Currumpaw is a beautifully illustrated modern re-telling of Ernest Thompson Seton's epic wilderness drama Lobo, the King of Currumpaw, originally published in 1898. Set in the dying days of the old west, Seton's drama unfolds in the vast planes of New Mexico, at a time when man's relationship with nature was often marked by exploitations and misunderstanding. This is the first gr... read more

The Wolves of Currumpaw is a beautifully illustrated modern re-telling of Ernest Thompson Seton's epic wilderness drama Lobo, the King of Currumpaw, originally published in 1898. Set in the dying days of the old west, Seton's drama unfolds in the vast planes of New Mexico, at a time when man's relationship with nature was often marked by exploitations and misunderstanding. This is the first gr... read more

Smart About Sharks! (About Animals)

Owen Davey

It’s time to learn about the sea’s most feared (and most misunderstood) residents: sharks!Owen Davey returns to nonfiction to explain the mysteries of those denizens of the deep. Some deadly, some not-so-deadly, and almost all just generally misunderstood. Exciting and detailed illustrations fill the page and educate young readers about these thrilling residents of the sea! Delivering informat... read more

It’s time to learn about the sea’s most feared (and most misunderstood) residents: sharks!Owen Davey returns to nonfiction to explain the mysteries of those denizens of the deep. Some deadly, some not-so-deadly, and almost all just generally misunderstood. Exciting and detailed illustrations fill the page and educate young readers about these thrilling residents of the sea! Delivering informat... read more

My Dad Used To Be So Cool

Keith Negley

A perfect baby shower gift for new dads in your life!Keith Negley's playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

A perfect baby shower gift for new dads in your life!Keith Negley's playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

How To Survive in the North

Luke Healy

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2016, available in paperback for the first time! With stunning narrative skill, this compelling graphic novel intricately weaves together true-life narratives from 1912 and 1926 and a fictional story set in the present day. How To Survive in the North is an unforgettable journey of love and loss that shows the strength it takes to survive in even the ha... read more

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2016, available in paperback for the first time! With stunning narrative skill, this compelling graphic novel intricately weaves together true-life narratives from 1912 and 1926 and a fictional story set in the present day. How To Survive in the North is an unforgettable journey of love and loss that shows the strength it takes to survive in even the ha... read more

Boo!

Ben Newman

Scared you! This little mouse thinks he's the bravest animal around, but it seems that he's not the only one. . . All the animals are keen to show off their bravery—from the crocodile with his mighty jaws, to the tiger with her scary claws! But who will be the bravest of them all?

Scared you! This little mouse thinks he's the bravest animal around, but it seems that he's not the only one. . . All the animals are keen to show off their bravery—from the crocodile with his mighty jaws, to the tiger with her scary claws! But who will be the bravest of them all?

Wild Animals of the North

Dieter Braun

The first in a pair of illustrated books covering the animals of the world, Wild Animals of the North features Dieter Braun’s beautiful drawings of northern animals accompanied by fun facts and clever descriptions that children will love!From the polar bears of the Arctic to the North American pumas and pandas in Asia, Wild Animals of the North takes children on an exciting journey of discover... read more

The first in a pair of illustrated books covering the animals of the world, Wild Animals of the North features Dieter Braun’s beautiful drawings of northern animals accompanied by fun facts and clever descriptions that children will love!From the polar bears of the Arctic to the North American pumas and pandas in Asia, Wild Animals of the North takes children on an exciting journey of discover... read more

Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat

Katie Harnett

Archie, Cupcake, Oliver, Valentine… the cat who lives on Blossom Street is called something different by everyone, and loved by all. But there is one house on the street that he hasn't visited yet…In this sweet story, Katie Harnett explores how one well-loved cat can change a lonely woman's life and bring a small community together.

Archie, Cupcake, Oliver, Valentine… the cat who lives on Blossom Street is called something different by everyone, and loved by all. But there is one house on the street that he hasn't visited yet…In this sweet story, Katie Harnett explores how one well-loved cat can change a lonely woman's life and bring a small community together.

The Lines On Nana's Face

Simona Ciraolo

It's granny's birthday, but her little granddaughter wonders why, because of the lines on her face, she looks so worried! But they are simply wrinkles, and grandma is very fond of her lines because they are where she keeps her memories.In this imaginative and charming story, Simona Ciraolo turns the lines from old age into little wrinkles of wonder and memory as a little girl learns all about ... read more

It's granny's birthday, but her little granddaughter wonders why, because of the lines on her face, she looks so worried! But they are simply wrinkles, and grandma is very fond of her lines because they are where she keeps her memories.In this imaginative and charming story, Simona Ciraolo turns the lines from old age into little wrinkles of wonder and memory as a little girl learns all about ... read more

The Little Book of Sewing

Karen Ball

It doesn't matter if your first sewing project isn't perfect. You made something with your very own hands. Yes, YOU. The world disappeared and for a few precious hours, the only thing that filled your heart, mind and soul was sewing. How did that make you feel? Happy? If sewing makes you happy, that means you can sew. End of. The Little Book of Sewing is a digestible combination of essays, ane... read more

It doesn't matter if your first sewing project isn't perfect. You made something with your very own hands. Yes, YOU. The world disappeared and for a few precious hours, the only thing that filled your heart, mind and soul was sewing. How did that make you feel? Happy? If sewing makes you happy, that means you can sew. End of. The Little Book of Sewing is a digestible combination of essays, ane... read more

Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Sea Dragon

Sally Gardner

The mysterious Mr Tiger and the inquisitive Betsy K. Glory set off on their second adventure, from bestselling author Sally Gardner, sumptuously illustrated by Nick Maland. Crumble cakes! A red rogue wind is blowing and a wicked pirate captain and his crew are marauding the seven seas near the island left off the map of the world. A rare egg has gone missing and a very unhappy sea dragon wants... read more

The mysterious Mr Tiger and the inquisitive Betsy K. Glory set off on their second adventure, from bestselling author Sally Gardner, sumptuously illustrated by Nick Maland. Crumble cakes! A red rogue wind is blowing and a wicked pirate captain and his crew are marauding the seven seas near the island left off the map of the world. A rare egg has gone missing and a very unhappy sea dragon wants... read more

Do You See What I See?

Helen Borten

In this new edition of the 1960s classic, Helen Borten introduces children to art and the beauty of the world around them.Everywhere we see lines and shapes and colors that influence our daily lives. The important link between seeing and feeling is the basis of visual arts and an indispensable key to understanding and appreciation. With vivid poetic word imagery, exciting pictures and a master... read more

In this new edition of the 1960s classic, Helen Borten introduces children to art and the beauty of the world around them.Everywhere we see lines and shapes and colors that influence our daily lives. The important link between seeing and feeling is the basis of visual arts and an indispensable key to understanding and appreciation. With vivid poetic word imagery, exciting pictures and a master... read more

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Helen Borten

With vivid poetic word imagery, and pictures as loud as a lion or as quiet as a whisper, Helen Borten introduces children to listening to everything around them to show them just how beautiful our world sounds in this new edition of her 1960s classic.Helen Borten was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1930. She attended the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and produced the main body of h... read more

With vivid poetic word imagery, and pictures as loud as a lion or as quiet as a whisper, Helen Borten introduces children to listening to everything around them to show them just how beautiful our world sounds in this new edition of her 1960s classic.Helen Borten was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1930. She attended the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and produced the main body of h... read more

At The Beach: First Words (Little Books for Little Hands)

Katja Spitzer

The newest in the Little Books for Little Hands series sees Katja Spitzer's quirky illustrations taking a joyful trip to the beach to teach young children the simple vocabulary of the popular vacation spot. Let's go to the beach!

The newest in the Little Books for Little Hands series sees Katja Spitzer's quirky illustrations taking a joyful trip to the beach to teach young children the simple vocabulary of the popular vacation spot. Let's go to the beach!

Shapes Are Fun (Little Books for Little Hands)

Katja Spitzer

Perfectly sized for its readers little hands, this miniature illustrated hardback introduces children to all the world's amazing shapes!

Perfectly sized for its readers little hands, this miniature illustrated hardback introduces children to all the world's amazing shapes!

Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse

Phil Clarke, Isabel Lloyd

Climate change? Brexit? Screaming brain-biters? Don't lose the plot – this book can help! Irreverent, straightforward and useful, it shows even complete beginners how to grow enough of their own food to survive when Armageddon arrives and imports collapse – or even if they don't. A grow-your-own guide for the generation who'd rather eat compost than watch Gardeners' World, it tells you how to ... read more

Climate change? Brexit? Screaming brain-biters? Don't lose the plot – this book can help! Irreverent, straightforward and useful, it shows even complete beginners how to grow enough of their own food to survive when Armageddon arrives and imports collapse – or even if they don't. A grow-your-own guide for the generation who'd rather eat compost than watch Gardeners' World, it tells you how to ... read more

Cook House

Anna Hedworth

Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and starting a business of your own, cooking delicious food to make people smile? Anna Hedworth did. She opened Cook House: an award-winning restaurant housed in two shipping containers. Self-taught chef and proprietor Anna tells the story of how she plucked up the courage to leave her job and realise her dream – designing a restaurant and running it:... read more

Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and starting a business of your own, cooking delicious food to make people smile? Anna Hedworth did. She opened Cook House: an award-winning restaurant housed in two shipping containers. Self-taught chef and proprietor Anna tells the story of how she plucked up the courage to leave her job and realise her dream – designing a restaurant and running it:... read more

Blood Ties

Ben Crane

An uncannily brilliant evocation of the falconer's art and a moving story of a man's discovery of how to be a father. 'I was moved to tears by Ben Crane's beautiful memoir, Blood Ties. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in his 40s, he recounts his struggles to reconnect with the son he thought he had lost' Good Housekeeping. 'A powerful story [...] of the ties that bind us, both to nature and ou... read more

An uncannily brilliant evocation of the falconer's art and a moving story of a man's discovery of how to be a father. 'I was moved to tears by Ben Crane's beautiful memoir, Blood Ties. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in his 40s, he recounts his struggles to reconnect with the son he thought he had lost' Good Housekeeping. 'A powerful story [...] of the ties that bind us, both to nature and ou... read more

The Hare and the Moon

An exquisite, full colour country almanac by artist Catherine Hyde, following the phases of the moon and a hare's journey throughout the twelve months of the year in a lyrical tribute to the natural world. Waking from the winter solstice a hare begins her journey. Through the landscape and its changing seasons, moving in harmony with the moon. Atmospheric and gorgeous paintings show the hare r... read more

An exquisite, full colour country almanac by artist Catherine Hyde, following the phases of the moon and a hare's journey throughout the twelve months of the year in a lyrical tribute to the natural world. Waking from the winter solstice a hare begins her journey. Through the landscape and its changing seasons, moving in harmony with the moon. Atmospheric and gorgeous paintings show the hare r... read more

Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

Natasha Farrant

Here are eight princesses for the Rebel Girls generation: bold, empowered, full of curiosity, adventure and determined to be true to themselves. Natasha Farrant's original stories are set in different times all around the world, blending modern and traditional storytelling with glowing full colour illustrations by debut artist Lydia Corry in a glorious gift book. 'Mirror, mirror on the wall...... read more

Here are eight princesses for the Rebel Girls generation: bold, empowered, full of curiosity, adventure and determined to be true to themselves. Natasha Farrant's original stories are set in different times all around the world, blending modern and traditional storytelling with glowing full colour illustrations by debut artist Lydia Corry in a glorious gift book. 'Mirror, mirror on the wall...... read more

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