Mark Swan

Mark Swan - Designer

Seaford, UK

With over 20 years as a designer I can create for you an eye catching and professional book cover design that will get your book noticed.

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Overview

I'm Mark Swan . Im a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience as a designer. I have worked as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers. I have designed movie poster, record packaging and 1000s of book covers a huge variety of clients from major publishing houses to working directly with authors wanting to stamp their mark on the publishing industry. My work as adorned the covers of numerous genres of book and some those covers have been turned into many amazing things including cakes, leggings and tattoos.

My main goals as a cover designer are to give the author a cover they are proud of and does justice to all the hard work ,talent and passion they have put into their books. My other main aim is to get that book noticed and brought so the author can share their talent with many others and write more books. Working directly with authors is a hugely rewarding journey for me as I can really understand what it is they want or if they are not sure I can help guide them with my creative knowledge and experience in the industry. I look forward to using my skills to create the right book cover for your book.
Languages
English
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Music

Awards

  • Two time winner of ABCD awards for best Crime book cover

Work experience

Creative director

Self-employed
October, 2009 – Present (almost 13 years)

Senior Designer

Allcity Media
January, 2007 – August, 2009 (over 2 years)

Senior designer and head of International Sales. Allcity Media specialises in film poster design

Designer

Ghost Design
February, 2004 – January, 2007 (almost 3 years)

Book cover designer for a variety of publishers and Genres.

Freelance illustrator

Various
July, 1999 – February, 2004 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

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Camel, West

The Exorcist

Mark Kermode

Inspired by an alleged real case of demonic possession in 1949, The Exorcist became an international phenomenon on its release in 1973. A blockbusting adaptation of a best-selling novel, it was praised as 'deeply spiritual' by some sections of the Catholic Church while being picketed by the Festival of Light and branded 'Satanic' by the evangelist Billy Graham. Banned on video in the UK for ne... read more

Inspired by an alleged real case of demonic possession in 1949, The Exorcist became an international phenomenon on its release in 1973. A blockbusting adaptation of a best-selling novel, it was praised as 'deeply spiritual' by some sections of the Catholic Church while being picketed by the Festival of Light and branded 'Satanic' by the evangelist Billy Graham. Banned on video in the UK for ne... read more

The Rain Heron

Robbie Arnott

'Written with economy and grace, The Rain Heron is a timeless and poignant meditation on our fragile relationship with the natural environment.' Guardian'Arnott's eco-fable, set in a politically broken near future, explores the constant push-pull that exists between our capacity for enchantment and our need to exploit what we find. It's sad and satisfying.' The TimesRen lives alone on the remo... read more

'Written with economy and grace, The Rain Heron is a timeless and poignant meditation on our fragile relationship with the natural environment.' Guardian'Arnott's eco-fable, set in a politically broken near future, explores the constant push-pull that exists between our capacity for enchantment and our need to exploit what we find. It's sad and satisfying.' The TimesRen lives alone on the remo... read more

Quantum

Manjit Kumar

'This is about gob-smacking science at the far end of reason ... Take it nice and easy and savour the experience of your mind being blown without recourse to hallucinogens' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this magisterial book, Manjit Kumar gi... read more

'This is about gob-smacking science at the far end of reason ... Take it nice and easy and savour the experience of your mind being blown without recourse to hallucinogens' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this magisterial book, Manjit Kumar gi... read more

The Pictures

Guy Bolton

*Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2017* World-weary Jonathan Craine is a detective at the LAPD who has spent his entire career as a studio ‘fixer’, covering up crimes of the studio players to protect the billion-dollar industry that built Los Angeles. When one of the producers of The Wizard of Oz is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Craine must make sure the i... read more

*Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2017* World-weary Jonathan Craine is a detective at the LAPD who has spent his entire career as a studio ‘fixer’, covering up crimes of the studio players to protect the billion-dollar industry that built Los Angeles. When one of the producers of The Wizard of Oz is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Craine must make sure the i... read more

The Man Who Died

Antti Tuomainen

A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollerc... read more

A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollerc... read more

Selected Poems 1968–2014

Paul Muldoon

Selected Poems 1968-2014 offers forty-five years of work drawn from twelve individual collections by a poet who 'began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso' (Michael Hofmann). Hailed by Seamus Heaney as 'one of the era's true originals', Muldoon seems determined to escape definition yet this volume, chosen by the poet himself, serves as an indispensable introduction to his tradema... read more

Selected Poems 1968-2014 offers forty-five years of work drawn from twelve individual collections by a poet who 'began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso' (Michael Hofmann). Hailed by Seamus Heaney as 'one of the era's true originals', Muldoon seems determined to escape definition yet this volume, chosen by the poet himself, serves as an indispensable introduction to his tradema... read more

America Über Alles

Jack Fernley

Germany, April 1945. As the Russians close in on Berlin, a lone plane flies into the city. On board are General Robert Ritter von Greim and the Nazi flying ace, Hanna Reitsch, summoned by Hitler to his bunker. There, the Führer reveals Germany’s secret weapon – a weapon he believes will win the war for the Nazis and change the course of history for ever.America, December 1776. George Washingto... read more

Germany, April 1945. As the Russians close in on Berlin, a lone plane flies into the city. On board are General Robert Ritter von Greim and the Nazi flying ace, Hanna Reitsch, summoned by Hitler to his bunker. There, the Führer reveals Germany’s secret weapon – a weapon he believes will win the war for the Nazis and change the course of history for ever.America, December 1776. George Washingto... read more

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Communication & Punctuality

Jenny Cutts
I was looking to commission a talented and experienced book cover designer and Mark absolutely delivered on this. Not only are the cover designs beautiful, eye-catching and compelling but they totally nail the tone of the book series and convey the promise of the reading experience. In addition, Mark somehow managed to get this spot-on from the start, interpreting the brief perfectly with no ne...
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Jenny Cutts, March 2021

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