James Jones

James Jones – Designer

I'm an award-winning Art Director, Book Cover Designer and Children's Illustrator who freelances for publishers all over the world.


Throughout my career I've been lucky to work across all genres, which has allowed my imagination and creativity to run wild in the best way.

Firstly at Orion Publishing Group (Hachette), followed by Vintage Books (Penguin Random House), and then as Art Director at both Oneworld Publications and Head of Zeus.

My work has been recognised by AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Type Directors Club, Design Observer, the ABCD (The Academy of British Cover Design) and World Illustration Awards awards amongst others.

I'm also the illustrator of several best-selling picture books including 'The Perfect Fit' which was longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Illustration award and has now been translated into 11 languages. My other illustration work includes 'One More Try', 'The Odd Fish' and most recently 'Small Steps, Big Change' which will be coming out soon.

When I'm not illustrating or designing, I love practicing kung fu, cold water swimming and coach the local children’s football team.

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Work experience

Head of Zeus

Jun, 2019 — Mar, 2020 (9 months)


Jul, 2018 — Present

Oneworld Publications

Sep, 2015 — Jul, 2018 (almost 3 years)

Vintage Books (Penguin Random House)

May, 2011 — Sep, 2015 (over 4 years)

Orion Publishing Group (Hachette)

Jan, 2010 — Apr, 2011 (about 1 year)

Orion Publishing Group (Hachette)

Jul, 2007 — Jan, 2010 (over 2 years)

James has 3 reviews







Mar, 2024

I worked with James after a not-so-positive project with another designer. Working with James to re-design the cover of my nonfiction book (The Nonprofit Dilemma) was an absolute pleasure. His creative vision, professionalism, responsiveness, and dedication to excellence make him a standout talent in his field. After many hours of considering various cover ideas, I was unable to come up with a ...
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Mar, 2024

James is talented and sharp. It took a little longer than expected to get my final product but he kept me informed along the way and set appropriate timeframes so that I did not feel like he was unresponsive. I like that he has an opinion and a point of view related to design that is refreshing to deal with when working with an artist. I was happy with the end result and think that James is som...
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John O.

John O.

Jan, 2024

Working with James was an excellent experience. James clearly has his finger on the pulse of what great modern book covers look like while being able to maintain a timelessness in his design. His work is eye-catching, memorable, and arresting, all of the qualities most desirable in an excellent book cover. He's also a consummate professional, all communications and expectations being set clearl...
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