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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!

Adventure Anthologies Christian Classics Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Holiday Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference Music Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation Technology


  • BA (Hons) Communication Design
  • MA with Distinction in Communication Design


  • AOI Best of British Illustration Student Award 2001

Work experience

Freelance designer

Harper Collins UK

March, 2013 – March, 2015 (about 2 years)


Simon & Schuster

September, 2007 – March, 2013 (over 5 years)

Designer of both Fiction and Non Fiction book covers.

International Greetings


February, 2004 – September, 2007 (over 3 years)

Designer in the greetings stationery industry.

Napier Industries Ltd

Junior Designer

September, 2001 – February, 2004 (over 2 years)

Junior Designer in the greetings stationery industry.

Freelance Illustrator

Represented by Inkshed Illustration Agency (now Eastwing)

January, 2001 – September, 2007 (over 6 years)

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

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