Leah Jacobs-Gordon

Leah Jacobs-Gordon - Designer

London, UK

is a book Designer and Illustrator with experience working with publishers such as Harper Collins and Random House and love for literature!

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Overview

My name is Leah Jacobs-Gordon and I am a London-based graphic designer and illustrator with almost ten years of experience in brand development, packaging design. Alongside this, I am also a freelance book cover designer with over four years of experience designing covers for a range of well-known publishing houses, such as Random House, Headline, Head of Zeus, Myriad and Bloomsbury.

I am a versatile designer and have created covers for books from a variety of genres (everything from literary and young adult to romance and drama). I also have experience with creating author branding to ensure that your books sit together consistently as a range. My services include everything from e-book and audiobook covers to full paperback and hardback spreads which are fully prepped for print.

Alongside this I have extensive experience with creating visual marketing key-art to promote a number of novels, developing book posters for magazines and for the London Underground (my clients for this particular service include Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Head of Zeus and Pan Macmillan).

I am always open to professional opportunities, so please feel free to get in touch!


Languages
English
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Romance
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy

Awards

  • Cover of the Year - AusRom Today

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Marmalade London
October, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

Freelance Book Cover Designer

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

I have been involved with the creation, design and print production of a variety of commercial novels and book campaigns. Working closely with the head of design, photographic, typographic or illustrated artwork is created that is not only visually appealing but corresponds with the general atmosphere of the book and the target audience it is aimed at.

Graphic Designer

20Ten Creative Ltd
July, 2014 – October, 2018 (over 4 years)

Worked on a number of high profile projects for a range of well known companies such as Dreamworks Animation, Island Records, Sony PlayStation, Adidas, Harper Collins, Cadburys and Mr Kipling. This involved creating work for everything from brand identities and packaging designs to custom illustrations and typographic arrangements. Alongside this had extensive experience in art-working and preparing work for print for a variety of media, such as packaging, billboards, press etc as well as preparing digital files competently.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Day I Fell Off My Island

Bailey-Smith, Yvonne

Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up

Melissa Cummings-Quarry, Natalie A Carter

'Thank you for being the baddest in the literary game, knowing and loving us Black girls' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie'Such a loving and warm guide and ode to black girls, I am so happy the younger generation have this in their lives' Bolu Babalola, author of Love in ColourYour big sis in book form, Grown is the ultimate fully illustrated guide to navigating life as a Black teenag... read more

'Thank you for being the baddest in the literary game, knowing and loving us Black girls' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie'Such a loving and warm guide and ode to black girls, I am so happy the younger generation have this in their lives' Bolu Babalola, author of Love in ColourYour big sis in book form, Grown is the ultimate fully illustrated guide to navigating life as a Black teenag... read more

A Sky Full of Stars

Dani Atkins

He'd have done everything differently, if he'd known. He'd have held her tighter, kissed her longer. He'd have refused to let her go. When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man she could love. Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. Bu... read more

He'd have done everything differently, if he'd known. He'd have held her tighter, kissed her longer. He'd have refused to let her go. When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man she could love. Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. Bu... read more

The World Doesn't Require You

Rion Amilcar Scott

Welcome to Cross River, Maryland. Established by the leaders of the country's only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, its residents thump out a beat that echoes its violent founding. Among them – spanning decades, perspectives, and species – are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God's last son; Tyrone, a ruthless Ph.D student channelling the insurr... read more

Welcome to Cross River, Maryland. Established by the leaders of the country's only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, its residents thump out a beat that echoes its violent founding. Among them – spanning decades, perspectives, and species – are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God's last son; Tyrone, a ruthless Ph.D student channelling the insurr... read more

That Girl

Kate Kerrigan

You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself. Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear. Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join... read more

You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself. Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear. Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join... read more

This is Me

Shari Low

This is... Denise. Married to Ray, her first and only love, Denise has never for one moment regretted putting the husband she idolised on a pedestal above everyone and everything else. But, after forty years of marriage, he is gone, leaving Denise to discover that their perfect marriage was fatally flawed. Now she faces a future alone, but first she must face the betrayals of the past. This is... read more

This is... Denise. Married to Ray, her first and only love, Denise has never for one moment regretted putting the husband she idolised on a pedestal above everyone and everything else. But, after forty years of marriage, he is gone, leaving Denise to discover that their perfect marriage was fatally flawed. Now she faces a future alone, but first she must face the betrayals of the past. This is... read more

Another Day in Winter

Shari Low

One day, four lives, and a wintery web of secrets and lies. On a chilly morning in December forever friends Shauna and Lulu touch down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past. George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to come to terms with his two greatest regrets? His grandson Tom uncovers a betrayal that rocks his world as he finally tracks down the one... read more

One day, four lives, and a wintery web of secrets and lies. On a chilly morning in December forever friends Shauna and Lulu touch down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past. George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to come to terms with his two greatest regrets? His grandson Tom uncovers a betrayal that rocks his world as he finally tracks down the one... read more

One Day in Winter

Shari Low

On a cold December's morning... Caro sets off to find the truth: has her relationship with her father been based on a lifetime of lies? Cammy can't wait to surprise the woman he loves with a proposal. All he needs is the perfect ring. Lila can no longer hide her secret. She has to tell her lover's wife about their affair. After thirty years, Bernadette knows it's time. She's ready to leave her... read more

On a cold December's morning... Caro sets off to find the truth: has her relationship with her father been based on a lifetime of lies? Cammy can't wait to surprise the woman he loves with a proposal. All he needs is the perfect ring. Lila can no longer hide her secret. She has to tell her lover's wife about their affair. After thirty years, Bernadette knows it's time. She's ready to leave her... read more

The Last Day of Winter

Shari Low

One December wedding. One runaway bride. One winter's day to bring everyone together again. Today is the day Caro and Cammy are due to walk up the aisle. But Caro's too caught up in the trauma of her past to contemplate their happy ever after. Stacey's decision to return from L.A. is fuelled by one thing – telling Cammy how she feels, before it's too late. Wedding planner, Josie, needs to sort... read more

One December wedding. One runaway bride. One winter's day to bring everyone together again. Today is the day Caro and Cammy are due to walk up the aisle. But Caro's too caught up in the trauma of her past to contemplate their happy ever after. Stacey's decision to return from L.A. is fuelled by one thing – telling Cammy how she feels, before it's too late. Wedding planner, Josie, needs to sort... read more

Into the Fire

Rachael Blok

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer... This is the haunting and atmospheric new thriller from rising star of crime fiction Rachael Blok. In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They have been invited for a three-day house party, to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking virtual reality game that promises to unite the ... read more

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer... This is the haunting and atmospheric new thriller from rising star of crime fiction Rachael Blok. In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They have been invited for a three-day house party, to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking virtual reality game that promises to unite the ... read more

Love In No Man's Land

Duo Ji Zhuo Ga

An epic saga from Tibet's bestselling author. Perfect for anyone who loved The Kite Runner and Wild Swans. The Changthang Plateau lies in the centre of Tibet. A vast, rolling grassland stippled with azure-blue lakes and ringed by snow peaks, it is home to seven-year-old Gongzha and his family who live, as their ancestors have done for centuries, by herding and hunting. But it is 1967 and the C... read more

An epic saga from Tibet's bestselling author. Perfect for anyone who loved The Kite Runner and Wild Swans. The Changthang Plateau lies in the centre of Tibet. A vast, rolling grassland stippled with azure-blue lakes and ringed by snow peaks, it is home to seven-year-old Gongzha and his family who live, as their ancestors have done for centuries, by herding and hunting. But it is 1967 and the C... read more

A Million Dreams

Dani Atkins

'A captivating story that packs an emotional punch' Heidi Swain. Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florists, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband. Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to... read more

'A captivating story that packs an emotional punch' Heidi Swain. Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florists, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband. Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to... read more

The Wedding Dress

Dani Atkins

From bestselling author Dani Atkins, a new collection of three irresistible love stories, all linked by one very special dress. Suzanne is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams – except the lead up to her wedding is beginning to feel more like a nightmare. Can Suzanne uncover the truth about her fiancé ahead of her big day?Bella's life was on track until the day of the hen party when ... read more

From bestselling author Dani Atkins, a new collection of three irresistible love stories, all linked by one very special dress. Suzanne is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams – except the lead up to her wedding is beginning to feel more like a nightmare. Can Suzanne uncover the truth about her fiancé ahead of her big day?Bella's life was on track until the day of the hen party when ... read more

Leah has 3 reviews

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Mike Jaycock-Tamne
I can't recommend Leah enough, she has been fantastic from start to finish. The cover for my novel is everything I wanted it to be, she took on all my comments and feedback & made the whole process extremely simple and stress free. I will definitely be using her again.

Mike Jaycock-Tamne, October 2021

Leah Jacobs-Gordon
Thank you Mike! It has been a pleasure working on this cover with you and I love what we were able to create. All the very best with the new book.

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Shayla Cox
The best person for the job, period. My debut book cover is going to blow everyone away. I know it will because it is exactly how I envisioned it. When I wasn't sure about something, this lady has some real patience and also gave her professional input as an option. I will definitely work with her again.

Shayla Cox, September 2021

Leah Jacobs-Gordon
Thank you so much for your kind words Shayla! It's been great working with you on your debut novel and I can't wait to collaborate with you again in the future.

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Christopher Murphy
Leah is a true gem! She is extremely talented and was able to bring my vision to life in a way that far exceeded my expectations. I was blown away by her first presentation of mock-ups for my book cover and I'm SO thrilled with the final result. She is detail-oriented and was great at communication every step of the way. I highly recommend Leah!

Christopher Murphy, November 2020

Leah Jacobs-Gordon
Thanks Christopher! You were an ideal client to work with. All the best on the new book and I hope we get to work together again soon.

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