Lizzie Gardiner

Lizzie Gardiner – Designer

I am a creative designer specialising in design services relating to books with over 13 years design experience


I graduated from Plymouth University in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Communication Design, after which I started working as freelance illustrator represented by Inkshed (now Eastwing) working for clients that included The Guardian, American Express, Carling, TFL and the Home Office. In 2002 I also started working in house at Napier Industries/Tom Smith as a designer in the greetings industry.

In 2006 I moved over to the publishing industry and started working in house as a book cover designer, in the years that followed I gained experience designing both Fiction and Non Fiction covers. In 2013 I decided to become freelance and since then I have worked on a number exciting projects. Clients I have worked for during that time have included Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Headline & Amazon KDP.

In September 2014, I also completed an MA with Distinction in Communication Design at Kingston University.

I Iive and work in London, where I share a studio with a cat called Merlin.

Please do get in touch if you would like to see more, or you'd like me to create something for you!

Action & Adventure Anthologies Christian Fiction Classics Cultural & Ethnic Fantasy Historical Fiction Holiday Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Fiction Mystery & Crime Romance Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
Biographies & Memoirs Christian Non-Fiction Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Education & Reference Music Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sports & Outdoors Technology
  • AOI Best of British Illustration Student Award 2001
  • BA (Hons) Communication Design
  • MA with Distinction in Communication Design

Work experience

Harper Collins UK

Mar, 2013 — Mar, 2015 (about 2 years)

Simon & Schuster

Sep, 2007 — Mar, 2013 (over 5 years)

Designer of both Fiction and Non Fiction book covers.


Feb, 2004 — Sep, 2007 (over 3 years)

Designer in the greetings stationery industry.

Junior Designer

Sep, 2001 — Feb, 2004 (over 2 years)

Junior Designer in the greetings stationery industry.

Represented by Inkshed Illustration Agency (now Eastwing)

Jan, 2001 — Sep, 2007 (over 6 years)

I worked for a range of Clients that included American Express, The Guardian, TFL, Home Office and Carling.

Lizzie has 2 reviews





Anne A.

Anne A.

May, 2018

We were very pleased with Lizzie's work and the process of working with her. She was very willing to work with us to get what we wanted. The book has done very well.
Faye B.

Faye B.

Aug, 2017

Lizzie was very helpful when it came to designing my book cover. Communication was excellent and Lizzie took my ideas and put them into the exact cover I had in mind. I love my cover and Lizzie made my first experience at self publishing a lot easier. I would definitely use Lizzie's services again for my second novel and cannot recommend her highly enough! Thank you again!

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