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 (over 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 14 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 41 reviews

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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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William Harte
Jason was fantastically helpful to us novice authors, guiding us through our selections, helping us understand what was needed. He worked very hard, working late into the night to help us launch our book. I would recommend Jason very highly

William Harte, March 2021


Josie Robinson
Jason is a true artist, and his book designs are amazing. I was really impressed with the thought and creativity that went behind each cover draft he created for me - it was hard to choose just one. When I did finally land on a design, he was super helpful at working with me to revise and experiment with it until it was perfect. Overall, I am thrilled with the book cover that Jason designed for...
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Josie Robinson, January 2021


Steve Preda
Jason created a great cover for my book, even though I imposed several limiting factors on him to make the book fit in with another series. He came up with several great ideas, one of which stood out as completely original, which he then developed into a great looking end product. I appreciated Jason's willingness to push back on some of my suggestions that would have diminished the cover, but ...
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Steve Preda, September 2020

Jason Anscomb
Thank you Steve, it was a really nice collaboration. You were great to work with.

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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

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