Jack Smyth

Jack Smyth - Designer

London, UK

I'm a book cover designer with experience in all genres, always looking for the next brilliant book to work on.

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Overview

I am a book cover designer who has worked in 3 large publishers on fiction and non-fiction for the past 6 years. 
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Classics
Contemporary Fiction
Poetry
Non-Fiction
Design
Economics
Philosophy
Psychology

Certifications

  • MA graphic Design

Awards

  • Academy of British Cover Design Non-Fiction Award Winner 2016
  • Academy of British Cover Design Commercial Fiction Award Winner 2016
  • Academy of British Cover Design Non-Fiction Award Winner 2018
  • BBDPA Brand / Series Design Award Winner

Work experience

Designer

Self-employed
October, 2019 – Present (about 1 year)

Freelance book cover designer, working across genres and across the globe.

Senior Designer

4th Estate & William Collins
October, 2017 – October, 2019 (about 2 years)

Senior Designer

Simon & Schuster UK
October, 2016 – October, 2017 (about 1 year)

Designer

Little, Brown Book Group
September, 2014 – October, 2016 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Doxology

Nell Zink

Two generations of an American family come of age – one before 9/11, one after – in this moving and original novel from the “intellectually restless, uniquely funny” (New York Times Book Review) mind of Nell Zink Pam, Daniel, and Joe might be the worst punk band on the Lower East Side. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by surprising arriv... read more

Two generations of an American family come of age – one before 9/11, one after – in this moving and original novel from the “intellectually restless, uniquely funny” (New York Times Book Review) mind of Nell Zink Pam, Daniel, and Joe might be the worst punk band on the Lower East Side. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by surprising arriv... read more

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

Jean-Dominique Bauby

‘Locked-in syndrome: paralysed from head to toe, the patient, his mind intact, is imprisoned inside his own body, unable to speak or move. In my case, blinking my left eyelid is my only means of communication.’ In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French ‘Elle’ and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless, but ... read more

‘Locked-in syndrome: paralysed from head to toe, the patient, his mind intact, is imprisoned inside his own body, unable to speak or move. In my case, blinking my left eyelid is my only means of communication.’ In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French ‘Elle’ and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless, but ... read more

Antkind: A Novel

Charlie Kaufman

The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York. B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outside... read more

The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York. B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outside... read more

Age of Skin

Ugresic, Dubravka, Elias-Bursać, Ellen

Modern Gods

Nick Laird

A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR A powerful, thought-provoking novel about two sisters who must reclaim themselves after their lives are dramatically upended from one of our finest authors Alison Donnelly has suffered for love. Still stuck in the small Northern Irish town where she was born, working for her father’s real estate agency, she hopes to pick up the pieces and get her life back to... read more

A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR A powerful, thought-provoking novel about two sisters who must reclaim themselves after their lives are dramatically upended from one of our finest authors Alison Donnelly has suffered for love. Still stuck in the small Northern Irish town where she was born, working for her father’s real estate agency, she hopes to pick up the pieces and get her life back to... read more

Mother for Dinner

Shalom Auslander

Seventh Seltzer has done everything he can to break from the traditions of the past, but in his overbearing, narcissistic mother’s last moments, she whispers in his ear the two words he always knew she would: ‘Eat me’.This is not unusual, as the Seltzers are Cannibal-Americans, a once proud and thriving ethnic group, but for Seventh, it raises some serious questions. Of practical concern, she’... read more

Seventh Seltzer has done everything he can to break from the traditions of the past, but in his overbearing, narcissistic mother’s last moments, she whispers in his ear the two words he always knew she would: ‘Eat me’.This is not unusual, as the Seltzers are Cannibal-Americans, a once proud and thriving ethnic group, but for Seventh, it raises some serious questions. Of practical concern, she’... read more

Unfree Speech

Joshua Wong, Jason Y. Ng

The must read book for anyone who cares about Hong Kong and democracy.'Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced.' – Greta ThunbergAt what point do you stand up to power?When he was 14, Joshua Wong made history. While the adults stayed silent, Joshua staged the first ever student protest in Hong Kong to oppose National Education –... read more

The must read book for anyone who cares about Hong Kong and democracy.'Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced.' – Greta ThunbergAt what point do you stand up to power?When he was 14, Joshua Wong made history. While the adults stayed silent, Joshua staged the first ever student protest in Hong Kong to oppose National Education –... read more

The Half-God of Rainfall

Inua Ellams

From the award-winning poet and playwright behind Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall is an epic story and a lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge. There is something about Demi. When this boy is angry, rain clouds gather. When he cries, rivers burst their banks and the first time he takes a shot on a basketball court, the deities of the land take note. His mother... read more

From the award-winning poet and playwright behind Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall is an epic story and a lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge. There is something about Demi. When this boy is angry, rain clouds gather. When he cries, rivers burst their banks and the first time he takes a shot on a basketball court, the deities of the land take note. His mother... read more

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