Laura de Grasse

Laura de Grasse - Designer

London, UK

I am a book designer with sixteen years of design experience. I have designed books ranging from trade, academic to life style.

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Overview

I am a freelance book designer with sixteen years of experience working with some of the world's largest publishing houses including Palgrave Macmillan, Hodder Education, Orion and Taylor & Francis.

I specialise in designing book covers as well as page layout/typesetting, (and designing marketing materials) and I have worked on an array of both fiction and non fiction titles, (genres including biography, young adult, academic, cookery, children's, true crime and trade). Being dedicated to every project helps me to keep a close working relationship with the editors and authors involved and I feel that good communication is key to produce the best possible design solution.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Education & Reference
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Classics
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime

Work experience

Designer

Macmillan International Higher Education
September, 2019 – December, 2020 (about 1 year)

Freelance Book Designer

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (almost 5 years)

I am a freelance book designer with sixteen years of experience working with some of the world's largest publishing houses including Palgrave Macmillan, Hodder Education, Orion and Taylor & Francis.

I specialise in designing book covers as well as page layout/typesetting, (and designing marketing materials) and I have worked on an array of both fiction and non fiction titles, (genres including biography, young adult, academic, cookery, children's, true crime and trade). Being dedicated to every project helps me to keep a close working relationship with the editors and authors involved and I feel that good communication is key to produce the best possible design solution.

Contracted/Freelance Book and Graphic Designer

Self-Employed
March, 2009 – July, 2017 (over 8 years)

Full-time, contracted, freelance work with a design company specialising in book publishing design
with an array of clients, (Fiction and Non Fiction titles – Religious, Biography, Young Adult,
Children’s, Integrated, Cookery, Sport, True Crime and Trade). Reporting to the Creative Director,
my role included cover design, page design, typesetting, page layout, (from initial layout through
to print ready artwork) designing plate sections, web banners, picture research, commissioning
designers/illustrators, all whilst working in a fast-moving paced environment. I was also the main
contact should the Creative Director be out of office.

Designer

Hodder Education
February, 2006 – February, 2009 (about 3 years)

My principle responsibilities included:
• Solely managing eight Education subject lists, (ranging from Medical text books to Key Stage
3 student books) where I was overseeing titles from new cover briefs/designs, text design
completions, through to compiling typespecs.
• Commissioning artwork and working with freelance designers and photographers, whilst
working to keep within allocated budgets, tight schedules and deadlines.
• Reporting to the assistant Design Manager and attending regular design and production
meetings. Liaising closely with Production, Editorial, Marketing and Sales departments.
• Processing invoices and Purchase Order forms. Maintaining project files and archiving
materials/files for published titles.
• I experienced and assisted in art directing photo shoots for the Catering list.
• General assistance in departmental tasks.

Junior Designer

Carroll and Brown Limited
January, 2005 – January, 2006 (about 1 year)

My responsibilities and skills included:
• Assisting the Art Director and Managing Art Editor. Initial duties included page layout/
typesetting, picture researching via picture libraries, and image retrieval from previous
projects.
• Creating templates for use on new books and projects.
• Preparing pages for colour repro. This included colour specifying and organising
transparencies, artworks and digital files.
• Liaising with Production, Editorial and I.T departments.
• Prop buying and styling for photoshoots.
• Creating promotional material for the sales department.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Everyday Creativity and the Healthy Mind: Dynamic New Paths for Self and Society (Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture)

Ruth Richards

As human beings we all have creative potential, a quality essential to human development and a vital component to healthy and happy lives. However this may often remain stifled by the choices we make, or ways in which we choose to live in our daily lives. Framed by the “Four Ps of Creativity” – product, person, process, press – this book offers an alternative understanding of the fundamentals ... read more

As human beings we all have creative potential, a quality essential to human development and a vital component to healthy and happy lives. However this may often remain stifled by the choices we make, or ways in which we choose to live in our daily lives. Framed by the “Four Ps of Creativity” – product, person, process, press – this book offers an alternative understanding of the fundamentals ... read more

Corporate Governance in Transition: Dealing with Financial Distress and Insolvency in UK Companies (Palgrave Studies in Governance, Leadership and Responsibility)

Marjan Marandi Parkinson

This book presents an account of legal, economic and managerial perspectives on governance in situations of financial distress and insolvency. It uses detailed real-life case studies of executive decision making to explore and illustrate the discussion. The book deals with the emergence of corporate governance as a framework of checks and balances on executive decision-making, before moving to... read more

This book presents an account of legal, economic and managerial perspectives on governance in situations of financial distress and insolvency. It uses detailed real-life case studies of executive decision making to explore and illustrate the discussion. The book deals with the emergence of corporate governance as a framework of checks and balances on executive decision-making, before moving to... read more

Gloria Hunniford: My Life - The Autobiography

Gloria Hunniford

As one of Britain's best known TV and radio personalities, Gloria Hunniford requires little introduction. From chat show and current affairs host to presenter of consumer and lifestyle programmes, Gloria is one of the few broadcasters who can genuinely claim to embrace the spectrum of popular culture. Her elusive ability to communicate with people from all walks and backgrounds has earned her ... read more

As one of Britain's best known TV and radio personalities, Gloria Hunniford requires little introduction. From chat show and current affairs host to presenter of consumer and lifestyle programmes, Gloria is one of the few broadcasters who can genuinely claim to embrace the spectrum of popular culture. Her elusive ability to communicate with people from all walks and backgrounds has earned her ... read more

Ed Sheeran - Divide and Conquer

David Nolan

From pub open mic gigs to headlining at Madison Square Garden and performing with the likes of Sir Elton John and Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran has conquered the world.Self-described as a 'spotty, chubby, ginger teenager' with a love for Damien Rice and Nizlopi, Ed Sheeran was never an obvious bet to become a global superstar. And yet that's exactly what he's achieved, winning plenty of awards (and... read more

From pub open mic gigs to headlining at Madison Square Garden and performing with the likes of Sir Elton John and Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran has conquered the world.Self-described as a 'spotty, chubby, ginger teenager' with a love for Damien Rice and Nizlopi, Ed Sheeran was never an obvious bet to become a global superstar. And yet that's exactly what he's achieved, winning plenty of awards (and... read more

Guns of Brixton

Mark Timlin

THEN: Once upon a time in south London, three young men without a future decide to invent their own. The Sixties are starting to swing and Jimmy, John and Billy want it all: the clothes, the pills, the music and the women. Through drugs, protection and armed robbery, they start building their crime empire; everything they've always dreamed about is within their grasp. But then Billy changes si... read more

THEN: Once upon a time in south London, three young men without a future decide to invent their own. The Sixties are starting to swing and Jimmy, John and Billy want it all: the clothes, the pills, the music and the women. Through drugs, protection and armed robbery, they start building their crime empire; everything they've always dreamed about is within their grasp. But then Billy changes si... read more

The Betrayed

Kate Kray

Betrayed by those who had sworn to protect her and cornered by her past, Rosie has to fight with every breath to protect herself and her beloved daughter, Ruby. She finds herself forced to play a very, very dangerous game: setting her old family against her new one. Rosie was a beautiful, young actress when she fell in love with Johnny Mullins, the notorious London gangster. But their married ... read more

Betrayed by those who had sworn to protect her and cornered by her past, Rosie has to fight with every breath to protect herself and her beloved daughter, Ruby. She finds herself forced to play a very, very dangerous game: setting her old family against her new one. Rosie was a beautiful, young actress when she fell in love with Johnny Mullins, the notorious London gangster. But their married ... read more

Amy's Baking Year

Amy-Beth Ellice

LEARN TO BAKE WITH BRITAIN'S YOUNGEST BAKER AND COOKERY WRITERRising star of the baking world, Amy-Beth Ellice has been cooking and baking since the tender age of three. Now, accompanied by beautiful photography, 16-year-old Amy has lovingly put together a collection of delicious recipes for every key celebration in the year in her first cookery book.This charming volume takes you on a mouthwa... read more

LEARN TO BAKE WITH BRITAIN'S YOUNGEST BAKER AND COOKERY WRITERRising star of the baking world, Amy-Beth Ellice has been cooking and baking since the tender age of three. Now, accompanied by beautiful photography, 16-year-old Amy has lovingly put together a collection of delicious recipes for every key celebration in the year in her first cookery book.This charming volume takes you on a mouthwa... read more

Solving Chemistry: A Scientist's Journey

Bernie Bulkin

Chemistry as a discipline is arguably now complete – all the major problems have been solved and there are no more great discoveries to be made. In his engaging new book, Bernie Bulkin explores the research that led to the solution of all the major problems of the discipline that existed in the early 1950s. He discusses the progress of both theory and experiment, and shows, by some anecdotal d... read more

Chemistry as a discipline is arguably now complete – all the major problems have been solved and there are no more great discoveries to be made. In his engaging new book, Bernie Bulkin explores the research that led to the solution of all the major problems of the discipline that existed in the early 1950s. He discusses the progress of both theory and experiment, and shows, by some anecdotal d... read more

MISFITS

Mike O'Leary

The first official book to tie-in with the hugely popular MISFITS series - publishing to coincide with the new series this Christmas.

The first official book to tie-in with the hugely popular MISFITS series - publishing to coincide with the new series this Christmas.

The Only Way is Essex: Official guide to living life the Essex way

Alex Hines

Invites readers into the glamorous world of Essex where champagne, nail bars, nightclubs and tanning salons are a fundamental part of everybody's life. Packed with cast interviews, behind the scenes gossip and pictures and tips on living life the Essex way, this title is suitabe for the show's legion of dedicated fans.

Invites readers into the glamorous world of Essex where champagne, nail bars, nightclubs and tanning salons are a fundamental part of everybody's life. Packed with cast interviews, behind the scenes gossip and pictures and tips on living life the Essex way, this title is suitabe for the show's legion of dedicated fans.

Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind-Body Approach for Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Michelle Pliske, Lindsey Balboa

This book presents the foundational knowledge to ethically and knowledgably integrate yoga into play therapy practice with children and families and create life-long change.The mind-body connection that underpins the approach taken by the authors helps children to integrate adverse experiences and find new meanings associated with the past, and allows healing to begin. The book covers infant t... read more

This book presents the foundational knowledge to ethically and knowledgably integrate yoga into play therapy practice with children and families and create life-long change.The mind-body connection that underpins the approach taken by the authors helps children to integrate adverse experiences and find new meanings associated with the past, and allows healing to begin. The book covers infant t... read more

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