Kari Brownlie

Kari Brownlie - Designer

Henley-on-Thames, UK

A Graphic Designer with over 15 years experience in publishing. My work covers a wide variety of fiction and non fiction genres.

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Overview

I am a Graphic Designer specialising in book design. I have over fifteen years experience of working in publishing. I have worked in-house for Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster and Oxford University Press. I have also had freelance clients that include Atlantic, Legend Press, Berlin, Head of Zeus, Honno, Canongate, Harper Collins, Birlinn, Orion and Hay House.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Home & Garden
Nature
Psychology
Fiction
Dystopian
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Book Designer

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (almost 12 years)

Senior Designer

Bloomsbury Publishing
January, 2007 – October, 2010 (over 3 years)

Designer

Simon and Schuster
February, 2004 – January, 2007 (almost 3 years)

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Hidden Horticulturalists

Fiona Davison

In 2012 whilst working at the Royal Horticultural Society's library, Fiona Davison unearthed a collection of handwritten letters that dated back to 1822. The letters, each carefully set out in neat copperplate writing, had been written by young gardeners in support of their application to be received into the Society's Garden. Amongst them was a letter from the young Joseph Paxton, who would g... read more

In 2012 whilst working at the Royal Horticultural Society's library, Fiona Davison unearthed a collection of handwritten letters that dated back to 1822. The letters, each carefully set out in neat copperplate writing, had been written by young gardeners in support of their application to be received into the Society's Garden. Amongst them was a letter from the young Joseph Paxton, who would g... read more

Burnt Shadows

Kamila Shamsie

In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to Guantanamo Bay. How did it come to this? he wonders. August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki., Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. Wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, she is twenty-one, in love with the man she... read more

In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to Guantanamo Bay. How did it come to this? he wonders. August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki., Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. Wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, she is twenty-one, in love with the man she... read more

Skin

Liam Brown

A strange virus is sweeping the globe. Humans have become allergic to one another. Simply standing next to somebody could be a death sentence. A kiss could be fatal.Angela is a woman trying to get by in this bewildering new world. Though she still lives with her husband and children, they lead separate lives. Confined to their rooms, they communicate via their computers and phones. In some way... read more

A strange virus is sweeping the globe. Humans have become allergic to one another. Simply standing next to somebody could be a death sentence. A kiss could be fatal.Angela is a woman trying to get by in this bewildering new world. Though she still lives with her husband and children, they lead separate lives. Confined to their rooms, they communicate via their computers and phones. In some way... read more

The Inheritance

Sheena Kalayil

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The Bureau of Second Chances

Sheena Kalayil

After more than thirty years in London, recently widowed Thomas Imbalil returns to India. He spends his first months in uncluttered isolation in his house overlooking the Arabian Sea, in a small village in Kerala. But when he agrees to look after his friend's optical store, he meets and befriends Rani, the young assistant., Before long he discovers that Rani is using the store to run an intrig... read more

After more than thirty years in London, recently widowed Thomas Imbalil returns to India. He spends his first months in uncluttered isolation in his house overlooking the Arabian Sea, in a small village in Kerala. But when he agrees to look after his friend's optical store, he meets and befriends Rani, the young assistant., Before long he discovers that Rani is using the store to run an intrig... read more

The Wild Wind

Sheena Kalayil

Poster Boy

NJ Crosskey

Kari has 4 reviews

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Professionalism
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Liann Brookes-smith
I am so over joyed at the quality of work and freshness of the ideas. The options sent across where such great quality I really struggle to choose between them. Anyone were what I would expect to see on a best seller. Ive been in writing courses and cost was within the expected costs but beyond what I dreamed for expectations.

Liann Brookes-smith, November 2021


Gina Cheyne
Kari was really good to work with. She had a huge range of ideas all of which were relevant to the book and almost left me spolit for choice. Once I had chosen one, she was completely amenable to moving things around and making small changes. All the way she worked with me and gave me lots of time to think about things. She was really terrifice and I would use her again.

Gina Cheyne, October 2021


Scott Snyder
Very creative collaborator offered a wide variety of book cover styles and suggestions. I was amazed that she had read the entire book and built the cover from there! She is a skilled graphic artist.

Scott Snyder, March 2021

Kari Brownlie
Thank you Scott, it has been a pleasure working with you.

Reply from Kari Brownlie


Alexandra Campbell
I enjoyed working with Kari and am pleased with the book she has designed and illustrated. Although I've written over 20 books for traditional publishers, I had never put one together myself before, so it has been a sharp learning curve for me.

Alexandra Campbell, March 2020

Kari Brownlie
Thank you Alexandra, it was a lovely book to work on. I will be following your advice in my own garden.

Reply from Kari Brownlie

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