Jonathan Hällmayer

Jonathan Hällmayer – Designer

Experienced graphic designer driven by a profound love for literature. I’m here to help bring your stories to life. Let’s do this.


I have been working as a designer for more than 15 years. After studying communication design in Munich and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in London I started my freelancing business and haven’t looked back since.

I am currently based in Munich and speak both 🇬🇧 English and 🇩🇪 German fluently. I was born in Buenos Aires, so I speak some 🇦🇷 Spanish as well.

As a book designer, I understand the intricate dance between bold typography, minimal design principles, and colourful imagery that results in visually stunning and immersive reading experiences. Whether you’re an established author or a debut writer, I tailor my designs to match the tone and essence of your narrative, ensuring that every page resonates with your unique voice. From captivating and colourful minimalistic cover designs to meticulously crafted layouts optimised for readability, I offer a blend of creativity and expertise.

Let me transform your manuscript into an exceptional piece that captivates readers and leaves an indelible mark. Your story deserves nothing less than the best presentation, and I'm here to make that a reality.

How I work:


Every cooperation starts with attentive listening, informing and researching. After all, in order for the design to have its maximum effect, it must fit perfectly with the product. For this purpose, I read manuscripts and exchange ideas intensively with the author.


I develop a creative vision and a design concept. In doing so, I generate ideas that I visualise using typography, colours and graphics. With attention to detail, but without losing sight of the big picture. Lastly, I present my ideas and get valuable feedback.


Every idea is only as good as its execution. That’s why I rely on a combination of creativity and precision in my work. In addition, I look for the most sustainable production possible, which ensures that the entire design process is environmentally conscious and resource-friendly.


Q: What is the typical turnaround for a project?

A: It depends on the complexity of the project, but usually about 2-4 weeks.

Q: Will you read the book before designing the cover?

A: I usually try to read all or most of the work I design for, but a clear and concise briefing is just as important.

Q: Can I post draft versions of the designs to seek opinions?

A: You can, but I would advise against it. A design-by-committee approach is almost always detrimental to a cover.

Q: Do I own the rights to the cover and interior page design?

A: Yes, although I reserve the right to include any cover in my portfolio, website and social media accounts for advertising purposes.

Q: Do you use AI to create the cover art?

A: I might use generative AI to assist in the creative process, but the designs are always a combination of different techniques and, at the end of the day, human-made.

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  • BA Graphic Design, Middlesex University London
  • Communication Designer, Blocherer Schule München

Work experience


Apr, 2022 — Present

As Creative Director, I create cover and interior designs for several print products, including magazines, brochures and books for a wide range of clients. Relevant projects include “Everything Is A Choice”, editorial design for a property focused on sustainability and ecological self-reliance, and “Tegernseer Tal” Magazine, a bi-yearly magazine that centres around local culture and stories from the region.

Soul Markenagentur

Jun, 2018 — Apr, 2019 (10 months)

Manufaktur Design München

Jan, 2015 — Jun, 2018 (over 3 years)

During my time as Managing Partner at Manufaktur Design München, I oversaw a great deal of corporate design and editorial design projects, including “Die Kochgarage – Das Kochbuch”, an extraordinary cookbook aimed at experimental cooks, and “It’s not so bad!”, a large-format gallery newspaper for a renowned art house.


Jan, 2005 — Jan, 2014 (about 9 years)

As a freelance Communication Designer, I got my start working on a few select editorial design projects where I extended my knowledge of paper and finishing techniques.


Jan, 2003 — Jan, 2004 (about 1 year)


Made with Reedsy
Luton Unveiled

Heaton, Eddie

Cover Design
Made with Reedsy
Stars Gods Wolves: Book One: Carrion (Stars, Gods, Wolves 1)

Kirshtein, Dan

Cherry and Stone Publishing

Cover Design Illustration
Made with Reedsy
Stars Gods Wolves: Book Two: Pilgrim (Stars, Gods, Wolves 2)

Kirshtein, Dan

Cherry and Stone Publishing

Cover Design Illustration
Made with Reedsy
The Criminal Law

Hewson, Mark

Independently published

Cover Design Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management

Jonathan has 6 reviews





Jennie C.

Jennie C.

Jun, 2024

Jonathan is a STAR. I brought him a document and exterior design idea that was like the 8th season of Game of Thrones (see horse meme). Jonathan helped me clarify the cover design, making it look simple, elegant, and beautiful, and created an easy to follow layout for my interior. He made my work look like season 1 of GOT. Professional, detail-oriented, responsive and easy going. I will hire Jo...
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Jonathan H.
Thank you so much, Jennie! Your enthusiasm is truly contagious and it was a blast going on this journey with you!
Eddie H.

Eddie H.

May, 2024

I have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan. His genuine interest in my novel was evident right from the offer stage and that resulted in the great cover he produced. He was extremely attentive at all times, produced a number of excellent options and, once I had chosen one, sent several variations of it until I was completely satisfied. He was prompt and attentive throughout and gave me excel...
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Jonathan H.
Thanks Eddie, this is much appreciated! Working with you on this project has been a pleasure from beginning to the very end.
Ben M.

Ben M.

May, 2024

My mum had written her memoirs and I got involved to help with the editing and design tasks. But not having any skills in either department I ended up finding experts on Reedsy. I chose Jonathan for the design of the covers and the interior of the book, neither of which were straightforward. There was a huge amount of page formatting, sizing and positioning hundreds of photographs, choices a...
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Jonathan H.
Ben – thank you so, so much for your kind words. It really means a lot to have been able to contribute to such an amazing labour of love that I know your friends and family will enjoy.
Dan K.

Dan K.

Apr, 2024

Requested some marketing materials, made from the latest covers. Jonathan produced them quickly and with great quality.
Dan K.

Dan K.

Apr, 2024

Working with Johnathan was a pleasure. He worked very quickly, and provided many creative options as we went through the process. He understood my brief perfectly, took it, and ran with it, making it into something exceptional. Very happy with my new covers.
Jonathan H.
Thank you, Dan! I've enjoyed our collaboration immensely. Your feedback to my designs was always on point and constructive. I'm really happy with the results as well!

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