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 and also individuals wishing to publish their own work independently.
My aim on any brief is to create an intelligent well thought out approach.
I enjoy dealing 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 (almost 18 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 as Rawshock design.

Jason Anscomb

Self-employed
November, 2006 – Present (over 13 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

Jason has 37 reviews

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Michael Davitt
This is the fourth time I have used Jason and I could not be happier with his work. Very talented, professional, responsive, gives great feedback and guidance, and always produces top quality work on time.

Michael Davitt, May 2020


Charles Wachter
Jason collaboration, his professionalism, and the sheer creativity in the process led to a book cover I absolutely adore. He is a true titan of the publishing world, and deserves all the accolades he gets.

Charles Wachter, April 2020


Nathan David
Jason was simply fantastic. Not only was he able to create a stunning design based on the cover I’d been picturing in my mind for so long, but he was also very helpful with offering his thoughts and feedback on things I was unsure of. He has a great artistic instinct. A true talent. Very easy-going and communicative. I could not recommend him more highly!

Nathan David, April 2020


Dennis H
Jason provided both the cover art for my book and social media graphics for advertising. The resulting cover art was fantastic: multiple readers have told me they love the cover. The social media graphics turned out usable. The process, on the other hand, could have been smoother. Unfortunately, Jason sometimes ignores questions and requests and then needs to be reminded of them. The ones he ...
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Dennis H, March 2020

Jason Anscomb
Hi Dennis, Thanks for your detailed account of how our collaboration went. I do appreciate it, even though it is of a critical nature. On many of the points I agree with you. I wasn’t happy with ho...
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Victoria Wright
Reedsy has many fine book designers, but at the level of quality we were looking for (not the lowest priced) we felt that Jason's covers "popped" the most and were each beautiful and unique. Throughout our collaboration, Jason was the very soul of patience and professionalism in dealing with us, the author and his novice digital publisher. We were extremely pleased with our covers, interior...
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Victoria Wright, March 2020

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