Lucy Sykes-Thompson

Lucy Sykes-Thompson - Designer Tick

Designer + art director, formerly with HarperCollins, where I worked on bestselling Illustrated books, specialising in cookery + lifestyle.

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An editorial designer and art director specialising in cookery and lifestyle, I have experience managing the book design process right from the early stages of meeting the author and putting together a creative brief/ team, through art directing the photoshoot, to designing and laying out the content and getting it ready for print. I especially love the creative briefing part of a book as I think this forms a strong, collaborative foundation.

I have worked on a variety of different projects, including designing and art directing Amelia Freer's 'Eat Nourish Glow' and Dr Rupy Aujla's 'The Doctor's Kitchen', both of which have become bestsellers. Health and wellness is a personal area of interest of mine, and so I also particularly enjoyed working on Annie Clarke's 'Mind Body Bowl', where I art directed yoga and mindfulness poses along-side recipes; and Laurey Simmons' 'The Inner Beauty Bible', for which I organised a lifestyle photoshoot. It was great too to work on Elly Pear's cookery books - 'Fast Days and Feast days' and 'Let's Eat!' - for which the brief (like the recipes themselves) was creative, vibrant and fun.

I also designed Holly Willoughby's 'Truly Happy Baby', which involved a two day photoshoot of 2 week-12 month aged babies - and May Martin's (of 'The great British Sewing Bee' fame) 'Sewing Bible', for which we photographed a mixture of lifestyle, craft, and fashion.

In addition to managing these larger projects, I have designed a number of gift books for which I'll source and commission images; including 'Lagom' illustrated by Petra Borner, 'Japonisme' illustrated by Ryo Takemasa; and 'Kindness - the Little Thing that Matters Most', illustrated by Debbie Powell.

I recently designed the logo for 'Thorsons' - a relaunched alternative-lifestyle and psychology imprint of HarperCollins - with which we then released a series of gold-foiled 'Thorsons Classics' covering iconic titles such as 'Jonathon Livingston Seagull', 'Men are from Mars' and 'Light on Yoga'.

I approach each project as a new 'brand' with a whole new look and feel, to be presented through a whole new visual language - though, however different the books I work on or admire are, I am passionate overall about stylish, simple design solutions and clean, stand-out typography.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
DIY & Crafts
Fashion & Textiles
Health & wellbeing
New Age

Work experience

Designer and Art Director

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (6 months)

I’m a designer and art director with 7 years of experience across illustrated non-Fiction titles. I specialise in cookery, lifestyle/ wellness, interiors and gift books. I particularly enjoy the creative briefing process as I think it's an important collaborative stage in a project; and I like moving between the different paces and perspectives of both cover and layout design. Where appropriate I'll bring my own infographics, illustration and lettering into a project.

Senior Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
November, 2012 – November, 2017 (about 5 years)

A few months into my employment as Designer, I was promoted to Senior Designer for non-Fiction at HarperCollins.

During my years in this role I gained experience in design and art direction across a number of genres including cookery, craft, lifestyle and wellness. I became confident meeting authors, putting together concept moodboards and creative teams, and designing stand-out books; and I gained valuable experience presenting to and collaborating with editorial, marketing and sales during the process.

In addition to managing large non-Fiction titles, I re-branded Thorsons (an imprint of HarperCollins); illustrated a number of cookery books; and designed several smaller gift books for which I commissioned images and illustration. I also continued to work on marketing for my titles; designing tote bags, mugs, banners for twitter or facebook, and gifs for Instagram.

Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
March, 2012 – November, 2012 (8 months)

After working mainly on marketing material, I was employed by the non-Fiction design team to get more involved in cookery, gifting and lifestyle genres. During this time I helped with creative briefs and attended shoots, working closely with my art director to familiarise myself with the process of putting books, and creative teams together.

Freelance Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
March, 2011 – March, 2012 (about 1 year)

I was brought in to the HarperCollins design department as a freelancer to work across marketing for both Fiction and non-Fiction. During this time, among other things, I designed and artworked numerous promotional posters to go up around the country; put together creative pitches for a variety of books we went on to win including 'I, Partridge, we need to talk about Alan' by Steve Coogan; worked on The Harper Insider, an oversized newspaper catalogue for booksellers; and artworked Jermain Jackson's 'Michael, through a brother's eyes', formatted as a special edition French-fold.

Eat. Nourish. Glow.: 10 easy steps for losing weight, looking younger & feeling healthier

Amelia Freer

Nutritional therapist and healthy eating expert Amelia Freer has helped her many celebrity clients, including Sam Smith and James Corden, to dispatch fad diets to the distant past whilst guiding them to a rejuvenated future. Now she can do the same for you. Amelia Freer brings a fresh and unique voice to the field of holistic health. In this, her first book, she explains her 10 steps and provi... read more

Nutritional therapist and healthy eating expert Amelia Freer has helped her many celebrity clients, including Sam Smith and James Corden, to dispatch fad diets to the distant past whilst guiding them to a rejuvenated future. Now she can do the same for you. Amelia Freer brings a fresh and unique voice to the field of holistic health. In this, her first book, she explains her 10 steps and provi... read more

The Inner Beauty Bible

Laurey Simmons

We all have inner beauty. This is your one-stop handbook to nurturing beauty and wellbeing from the inside out. Combining ancient wisdom with modern-day mindfulness, this book shows you how to polish your heart and nourish your soul with a collection of simple rituals that can be easily woven into busy modern lives. In The Inner Beauty Bible, you will learn to:• Introduce accessible rituals in... read more

We all have inner beauty. This is your one-stop handbook to nurturing beauty and wellbeing from the inside out. Combining ancient wisdom with modern-day mindfulness, this book shows you how to polish your heart and nourish your soul with a collection of simple rituals that can be easily woven into busy modern lives. In The Inner Beauty Bible, you will learn to:• Introduce accessible rituals in... read more

We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere

Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel

Mind Body Bowl: Think, move and eat your way to a more balanced life

Annie Clarke

Mind Body Bowl is the perfect balance. The recipes are simple, delicious and something you will want to eat every day. It will become your go-to recipe book. This book is a celebration of eating well and finding the right balance for you. We are all individuals and one prescriptive programme will never suit us all. Mind Body Bowl helps to guide and sign post some key parts of the journey towar... read more

Mind Body Bowl is the perfect balance. The recipes are simple, delicious and something you will want to eat every day. It will become your go-to recipe book. This book is a celebration of eating well and finding the right balance for you. We are all individuals and one prescriptive programme will never suit us all. Mind Body Bowl helps to guide and sign post some key parts of the journey towar... read more

F*ck Feelings: Less Obsessing, More Living

Dr. Michael Bennett

Heartbroken? Horrible boss? Confidence crisis? Rubenesque body? Anxious? Lonely? The solution is to find out what's bothering you and change it, right? Sorry lady. WRONG. You aren't going to suddenly start loving yourself. You aren't going to just become the Best Version of Yourself. You can't stop your dad drinking, or your rubbish boyfriend from breaking up with you. Fact is, there are some ... read more

Heartbroken? Horrible boss? Confidence crisis? Rubenesque body? Anxious? Lonely? The solution is to find out what's bothering you and change it, right? Sorry lady. WRONG. You aren't going to suddenly start loving yourself. You aren't going to just become the Best Version of Yourself. You can't stop your dad drinking, or your rubbish boyfriend from breaking up with you. Fact is, there are some ... read more

The Art of Wearing Hats

Helena Sheffield

The perfect and practical pocket guide to being a hat wearer for novices and aficionados alike, complete with tips on where to buy them, how to wear them, who wears them best and tricks of the trade (yes hat hair, we're looking at you). Hats have been a mainstay of fashion for centuries, but now they're back with a bang - overtaking the accessories departments of Topshop et al and gracing the ... read more

The perfect and practical pocket guide to being a hat wearer for novices and aficionados alike, complete with tips on where to buy them, how to wear them, who wears them best and tricks of the trade (yes hat hair, we're looking at you). Hats have been a mainstay of fashion for centuries, but now they're back with a bang - overtaking the accessories departments of Topshop et al and gracing the ... read more

The Secret Museum

Molly Oldfield

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Title: Secret Museum <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Molly Oldfield <>Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

May Martin’s Sewing Bible: 40 years of tips and tricks

May Martin

In a practical guide to sewing techniques, with over 30 projects for clothes, accessories and home furnishings, the star of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, shares tips and tricks from her 40 years' experience as a textile tutor. The book starts with the equipment and fundamental techniques you need to get started, then presents a range of projects - from simple wrap cushion covers to adult... read more

In a practical guide to sewing techniques, with over 30 projects for clothes, accessories and home furnishings, the star of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, shares tips and tricks from her 40 years' experience as a textile tutor. The book starts with the equipment and fundamental techniques you need to get started, then presents a range of projects - from simple wrap cushion covers to adult... read more

Free-From Food for Family and Friends: Over a hundred delicious recipes, all gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free

Pippa Kendrick

100% free from gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and yeast. More simple and healthy recipes from The Intolerant Gourmet. Food writer and cook Pippa Kendrick returns with over 120 brand new recipes that prove that free from cooking can be as quick, easy and delicious as traditional methods. While at university, Pippa became seriously ill with complications that stemmed from undiagnosed food allergies. I... read more

100% free from gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and yeast. More simple and healthy recipes from The Intolerant Gourmet. Food writer and cook Pippa Kendrick returns with over 120 brand new recipes that prove that free from cooking can be as quick, easy and delicious as traditional methods. While at university, Pippa became seriously ill with complications that stemmed from undiagnosed food allergies. I... read more

The New One Minute Manager (The One Minute Manager)

Kenneth Blanchard, Spencer Johnson

New One Minute Manager

New One Minute Manager

Elly Pear’s Fast Days and Feast Days: Eat Well. Feel Great. All Week Long.

Elly Curshen

Since opening the hugely popular Pear Café nine years ago, Elly Pear has been on a quest for good food and new ideas. Having found real results sticking to the 5:2 way of eating, Elly shares some of her favourite, most exciting recipes for eating well and enjoying food on both fast days and feast days. Elly Pear: Fast Days and Feast Days is a collection of more than 100 of Elly's favourite rec... read more

Since opening the hugely popular Pear Café nine years ago, Elly Pear has been on a quest for good food and new ideas. Having found real results sticking to the 5:2 way of eating, Elly shares some of her favourite, most exciting recipes for eating well and enjoying food on both fast days and feast days. Elly Pear: Fast Days and Feast Days is a collection of more than 100 of Elly's favourite rec... read more

The Best of Grand Designs

Kevin McCloud

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