Jason Anscomb

Jason Anscomb - Designer

Hassocks, United Kingdom

Book jacket design designer with over twenty years experience in the industry.

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Overview

I work with the biggest names in publishing, as well as many indie publishers.
I also enjoying working with individuals wishing to publish their own work independently.
My aim on any brief is to create an intelligent well thought out approach.
I like the chance to deal with authors direct and tend to involve them a fair bit in the process.
Often the end result feels quite collaborative.
The other skill I can offer is book interior design and typesetting.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Philosophy
Political Science & Current Affairs
Technology
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense

Certifications

  • BA honours in Graphic Design

Work experience

Previously work as a Book jacket/designer at various London Publishers

Self-employed
August, 2002 – Present (over 19 years)

I did a few work experiences at London Agencies such as Satchi & SatchI and Ian Logan design when I was first starting out in graphic design.
I then got offered a job in book publishing in 2002 and my career has been in that ever since.
The companies I have worked for include: Watts Publishing (non-fiction Children's Books) MQP (coffee table/gift books) Quarto books (coffee table/gift books) and Reed publishing (Fiction and Non-fiction).
I worked in New Zealand for a couple of years for Reed publishing (now part of Penguin NZ). Coming back from New Zealand I went freelance in November 2006.

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Self-employed
November, 2006 – Present (about 15 years)

I went freelance back in 2006 and have never looked back.
Going freelance forced me to try constantly to get better at what I produced (an on-going process).
It also helped me steer myself to working with companies that I admired for their design output.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Games : Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic Journey to London 2012 : An Official London 2012 Games Publication

Brendan Gallagher

The Games traces Britain's great Olympic and Paralympic past through powerful narrative, striking anecdotes and over 250 compelling original images. It captures the individual atmosphere of past Games across the world, from 1930s Berlin to 1980s Moscow, Sydney in the Millennium to Beijing's Birds Nest in 2008, and explores the explosion of interest in the Paralympic Games. London's previous ro... read more

The Games traces Britain's great Olympic and Paralympic past through powerful narrative, striking anecdotes and over 250 compelling original images. It captures the individual atmosphere of past Games across the world, from 1930s Berlin to 1980s Moscow, Sydney in the Millennium to Beijing's Birds Nest in 2008, and explores the explosion of interest in the Paralympic Games. London's previous ro... read more

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New Persian Cooking: A Fresh Approach to the Classic Cuisine of Iran

Jila Dana-Haeri, Shahrzad Ghorashian, Jason Lowe

Title: New Persian Cooking( A Fresh Approach to the Classic Cuisine of Iran) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: JilaDana-Haeri <>Publisher: I.B.Tauris&Company

Title: New Persian Cooking( A Fresh Approach to the Classic Cuisine of Iran) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: JilaDana-Haeri <>Publisher: I.B.Tauris&Company

Beer Select-O-Pedia

Michael Larson

A great guide book to beer with an innovative approach aimed at all those eager to explore the modern world of beer, no matter how experienced a drinker you are. Rather than focusing on a specific list of beers to drink, this book takes a step back and gives you all the information needed to create your own 'must taste' list of beer styles with Select-O-Pedia's "Periodic Table of Beer". Whatev... read more

A great guide book to beer with an innovative approach aimed at all those eager to explore the modern world of beer, no matter how experienced a drinker you are. Rather than focusing on a specific list of beers to drink, this book takes a step back and gives you all the information needed to create your own 'must taste' list of beer styles with Select-O-Pedia's "Periodic Table of Beer". Whatev... read more

The Bard in Brief: Shakespeare in Quotations

Hannah Manktelow

Widely acknowledged to be the greatest dramatist in the English language, William Shakespeare is also one of the most quoted writers of all time. His plays and sonnets influenced the history of the English language itself, and changed the literary landscape, as famous phrases passed into idiom and general usage. The enormous impression made by Shakespeare also resulted in him being one of the ... read more

Widely acknowledged to be the greatest dramatist in the English language, William Shakespeare is also one of the most quoted writers of all time. His plays and sonnets influenced the history of the English language itself, and changed the literary landscape, as famous phrases passed into idiom and general usage. The enormous impression made by Shakespeare also resulted in him being one of the ... read more

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Liam Savage
Jason and I were unable to land a design for the book cover, but not for lack of effort on his part. He was fast and creative, and he had a clear sense of what makes a book cover successful or not. His portfolio of work is what made me want to work with him, so I'm bummed we ran out of time, but grateful for the experience and hope to finish the design myself or hire another designer to have a go.

Liam Savage, December 2021


Charlie Suisman
It was a pleasure working with Jason from start to finish. The cover he designed is wonderful - a perfect fit for the type of novel I wrote - and is striking in and of itself. He paid attention to details and generally made collaboration easy.

Charlie Suisman, October 2021


sion mooney
Jason had really good ideas and hit the spot straight away. We tried a few other executions but came back to his original as we couldn't beat it! Good response time and clear communicator.

sion mooney, September 2021

Jason Anscomb
Sion was great to work with and we had a good and smooth running collaboration. Good luck with your title Sion.

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CJ Bernstein
Wonderful to work with, Jason had some brilliant ideas for the cover that I'd never considered.

CJ Bernstein, June 2021

Jason Anscomb
CJ was a really nice guy and was very pleasant to work with in a very collaborative way. A great client in other words.

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Art Hutchinson
Jason combines exceptional craft with exceptional professionalism. Not only was he pleasant, prompt, and fair to deal with, but I am ecstatic about the cover he produced—far more powerful, nuanced, and eye-catching than anything I’d imagined—for my first novel, ‘Covered With Snow’. Jason took time to read my manuscript (a rare but vital commitment), review a huge Pinterest archive of inspirat...
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Art Hutchinson, March 2021

Jason Anscomb
Hi Art, Thanks for such a glowing review, you are really very kind. It was a great collaboration and I felt we really debated the cover over the course of many conversations. There is something to...
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