Natasha MacKenzie

Natasha MacKenzie - Designer

Manchester, UK

A coffee addicted book designer helping authors and publishers bring their stories to life! Go on, judge a book by it's cover...

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Overview

Hi! My name is Nat - originally from Canada but finding my way around the industrial streets of Manchester. I've been art directing and designing eye-catching book covers across a range of genres, for the past three years. I absolutely love designing book covers, but I design other stuff too.

Before I became a book designer, I studied graphic design and upon obtaining my degree I went back to complete my Masters in Publishing with UAL in London. My love of books (and of reading!) is what pushes me to keep developing my skills as an artist. I care about the stories I design for – without them I would not be able to do what it is I do. Every great design, begins with an even better story.

Having such an eclectic design background and skill set - creating and implementing region wide marketing campaigns, working with established and new companies to develop brand identity, and designing book covers across a range of genres - has allowed me to create not only stunning, but effective work for my clients be they publishing houses or self-published authors. I am able to look at design from a multitude of angles ensuring that what you get is not only a striking piece of art, it will fit perfectly within your market and be a complete embodiment of your work, and of you.

I could not imagine doing anything else, and because of that I genuinely put everything I can into my work. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with Q's, ideas, or just a chat! I look forward to chatting with you about your story, and how I can bring it to life.
Languages
English
Fiction
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Masters in Publishing
  • Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design & Illustration

Awards

  • 2007, 3rd Place Emerging Designer Award, WCFW
  • 2009, Best Design Award, WCFW

Work experience

Book Designer & Illustrator

Self-employed
May, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

As a book designer, I design fiction covers that are not only striking and eye catching, but are truly representative of the authors work. Working on illustrated titles I take ownership for all stages of the design process, from initial concept through to page layout, image profiling and manipulation, to preparation and final handover to production.

Art Director

Self-employed
April, 2015 – April, 2019 (about 4 years)

Pretty & Inked Magazine is an alternative lifestyle and tattoo magazine based out of North America. I was responsible for overseeing each issue released from initial concept to final print production and distribution, and everything in-between. I managed a staff of 5 while commissioning writers, photographers and designers to assist with completion. My role also involved market research, project management, photo shoot design, budget and cost analysis, print and distribution, as well as networking and negotiation.

Lead Graphic Designer

Promoworx
March, 2013 – October, 2016 (over 3 years)

As a lead graphic designer, I created effective, striking and intelligent design work within a limited time frame. Working with various companies across a broad range of industries, and across the UK, I assisted in the overall development and production of their brand. With a specialisation in brand development, I worked with numerous start ups helping them release their companies overall identity, fine tuning their brand guidelines. I have worked on a multitude of projects from small scale, such as business cards and promo materials, to large scale, such as poster print, vehicle wraps, and cross country campaigns.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Devouring Gray

Christine Lynn Herman

For fans of Stranger Things, Riverdale and The Raven Cycle. Can a group of teenagers hold back the otherworldly horror that stalks the woods? On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening... Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New Yor... read more

For fans of Stranger Things, Riverdale and The Raven Cycle. Can a group of teenagers hold back the otherworldly horror that stalks the woods? On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening... Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New Yor... read more

The War in the Dark

Nick Setchfield

A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe.Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense... read more

A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe.Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense... read more

The Spider Dance

Nick Setchfield

A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe. THE TRUE COLD WAR IS FOUGHT ON THE BORDERS OF THIS WORLD, AT THE EDGES OF THE LIGHT. It’s 1965 and Christopher Winter is trying to carve a new life, a new identity, beyond his days in British Intelligence. Recruited by London’s gangland he now finds himse... read more

A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe. THE TRUE COLD WAR IS FOUGHT ON THE BORDERS OF THIS WORLD, AT THE EDGES OF THE LIGHT. It’s 1965 and Christopher Winter is trying to carve a new life, a new identity, beyond his days in British Intelligence. Recruited by London’s gangland he now finds himse... read more

Green Valley

Louis Greenberg

Chilling near-future SF for fans of Black Mirror and True Detective. When Lucie Sterling’s niece is abducted, she knows it won’t be easy to find answers. Stanton is no ordinary city: invasive digital technology has been banned, by public vote. No surveillance state, no shadowy companies holding databases of information on private citizens, no phones tracking their every move. Only one place st... read more

Chilling near-future SF for fans of Black Mirror and True Detective. When Lucie Sterling’s niece is abducted, she knows it won’t be easy to find answers. Stanton is no ordinary city: invasive digital technology has been banned, by public vote. No surveillance state, no shadowy companies holding databases of information on private citizens, no phones tracking their every move. Only one place st... read more

DC Comics novels - Batman

Christa Faust, Gary Phillips

Adapting what may be the most popular of graphic novels, by the edgy Hard Case Crime author, adding layers and exploring the nature of morality. A tragic, unnamed engineer-turned-criminal is immersed in chemicals that disfigure him bizarrely, driving him mad and thus giving birth to the Joker. While the insane criminal is imprisoned, Batman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) patrol Gotham City toget... read more

Adapting what may be the most popular of graphic novels, by the edgy Hard Case Crime author, adding layers and exploring the nature of morality. A tragic, unnamed engineer-turned-criminal is immersed in chemicals that disfigure him bizarrely, driving him mad and thus giving birth to the Joker. While the insane criminal is imprisoned, Batman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) patrol Gotham City toget... read more

Firefly

Nancy Holder, James Lovegrove

The first original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airp... read more

The first original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airp... read more

DC Comics novels - Harley Quinn: Mad Love

Paul Dini, Pat Cadigan

The definitive story of Harley Quinn by her co-creator, Paul Dini, and Pat Cadigan, revealing the secrets of her history even as she seeks to kill Batman.When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued... read more

The definitive story of Harley Quinn by her co-creator, Paul Dini, and Pat Cadigan, revealing the secrets of her history even as she seeks to kill Batman.When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued... read more

Strange Ink

Gary Kemble

Spine-chilling horror in the vein of Joe Hill. After moving into a new house, journalist Harry Hendrick wakes up with tattoos that aren’t his... When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmar... read more

Spine-chilling horror in the vein of Joe Hill. After moving into a new house, journalist Harry Hendrick wakes up with tattoos that aren’t his... When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmar... read more

Natasha has 35 reviews

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Monica Barajas
Natasha blew it out of the water for sure. I only gave her a short description of my book and she was able to narrow it down to specific titles/books that it compared to. She was within her given timeframe, if not sooner. I didn't even have to ask for more cover ideas than what she offered because she gave me multiple right up front. All of which I loved and it made it so hard to choose just on...
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Monica Barajas, April 2021


Tonya Marie
Natasha was wonderful, she was accommodating and professional. She did a beautiful job on my cover of my book as well as with the formatting! I would definitively use Natasha again!

Tonya Marie, March 2021


Jesse Bailey
Working with Nat was a breeze. She delivered on time, was very responsive/communicative, set clear expectations, and produced quality covers for me (and bonus: she was always super positive and uplifting in her message correspondences). Would work with her again in the future.

Jesse Bailey, March 2021


Mike Vaughn
I have worked with Natasha multiple times. She is always professional and does a great job at a fair price. What more can I say other than I intend to hire her again for my next book project.

Mike Vaughn, February 2021


Jonah Keith Young
Natasha did a superb job with the cover of my book. I think she has a great design style. It fit perfectly with the look I was after. I will definitely hire her again.

Jonah Keith Young, February 2021

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