Jason Arias

Jason Arias - Designer

New York, NY, USA

10+ years designing covers with versatility + imagination. Clients—HarperCollins, S&S, Scribner, Timber Press, Verso, W. W. Norton, etc.

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I'm a freelance book cover designer and illustrator with previous experience working for Simon & Schuster's adult trade imprint, as well as Scribner and Avid Reader Press. I have experience working on bestselling memoirs, literary fiction, historical nonfiction, mystery, popular science, and self improvement. I aim to create covers that are striking at first glance, but convey the author's deeper themes on further inspection.

Select clients include: Bloomsbury, Google, HarperCollins, Harvard Business Review Press, The New York Times, Nonesuch Records, Pluto Press, Restless Books, Simon & Schuster, Timber Press, Verso Books, and W. W. Norton.

Design Process

We will determine the scenes and/or symbols that are the most ripe for visuals. Once we know what imagery we'll be focusing on, I will ask you to submit a selection of book covers that you feel encapsulate the look and feel of the cover you're envisioning. This will include the style of artwork, typography, and color scheme. While some authors have a very clear vision of the cover they want, others are open to interpretation and prefer that I direct the design. I'm open to both approaches and the assessment helps clarify the way forward so we both get the most out of our collaboration.

Round 1:
I typically create between 5-10 cover designs that vary in concept and aesthetic style. The first round of designs are usually delivered within 5 days.

Round 2:
You will select 1 or 2 favorites from Round 1 and offer feedback edits to help bring them to a near-final stage. Sometimes authors are happy with a Round 1 cover as-is and require no further design changes, other times authors will prefer borrowing design elements from multiple covers. I will address all design edits and submit a new round of covers typically within 5 days.

Round 3:
You will select a final cover from the latest designs and offer final edits, which I will make and submit a final cover, typically within 5 days.

This will depend on your specific requests, but most commonly I will send a package including:
—Print-ready PDF
—Hi-res cover JPG
—Mockups for marketing / social media promotion
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Math & Science
Political Science & Current Affairs
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction


  • BFA Graphic Design, School of Visual Arts (New York, NY)

Work experience

Book Cover Designer

Simon & Schuster
March, 2019 – August, 2020 (over 1 year)

I designed hardcover and paperback book covers for Simon & Schuster's Adult Trade, Scribner, and Avid Reader imprints.

Art Director

Scientific American
June, 2013 – May, 2015 (almost 2 years)

I designed the digital edition of the magazine and art directed front-of-book pieces for the monthly print magazine.

Editorial Designer

Condé Nast (Custom Publications)
May, 2013 – June, 2013 (about 1 month)

I worked on a redesign of Delta Airline's Sky Magazine.

Editorial Designer

July, 2012 – May, 2013 (10 months)

I designed the print and digital editions of Newsweek magazine.

Book Cover Designer

Oliver Munday Group
March, 2012 – June, 2012 (3 months)

I helped design book covers and editorial illustrations.

Art director, graphic designer, illustrator

June, 2011 – Present (over 10 years)

Book Cover Designer

Office of Paul Sahre
May, 2010 – August, 2010 (3 months)

I helped design book covers and editorial illustrations.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Updated and Expanded: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Covey, Sean, McChesney, Chris, Huling, Jim, Thele, Scott, Walker, Beverly

Jason has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jason is so talented. The cover he designed was beyond amazing ! I was astonished with the cover Jason completed and the final result exceeded my expectations. Jason is prompt, listens, perfectionist, and above all a gifted artist. Highly recommended!

MEGDAD ZAATREH, October 2021

Jason Arias
Thank you so much! I really enjoyed our collaboration. Wish you all the best releasing your book and can't wait to see it out in the world.

Reply from Jason Arias

Joe Arroyo
I got an amazing cover! Jason knew exactly what I was looking for, he worked quickly, and the final result exceeded my expectations. As a self-publisher, I'm blown-away that I got the cover that I did. Highly recommended!

Joe Arroyo, July 2021

Jason Arias
Thanks for the kind words Joe. I really enjoyed our collaboration and I'm proud of our work. Can't wait to see this published!

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