Paul Palmer-Edwards

Paul Palmer-Edwards – Designer

I am an experienced, professional book designer, delivering simple but significant solutions designed to give your book maximum impact.


Fed up with boilerplate solutions? I am an experienced, passionate, award-winning, book designer. I can bring creative vision to your project, offering you fresh and modern perspectives with the type of design work that arrests both your eye and your intellect.

I have designed books and book covers for publishers such as Thames & Hudson, Quintessence, Carlton Books, Octopus Publishing, The British Museum, Rockwool Publishers, Harper Collins, Kyle Books, Ivy Press, Mitchell Beazley, Ilex Publishing, Omnibus Press, Rotovision, Hamlyn, Quercus, Sterling Publishing, Chronicle Publishing, Abrams Press and MIT on a range of subjects as diverse as architecture, music, fine art, antiquities, cookery, popular culture and science. Each new book project has brought with it, its own unique set of challenges – the more individual the subject has been, the more exciting the challenge has been to make that subject come alive on the page.

Being collaborative is fundamental to my approach to the design process and I have been lucky enough to build close working relationships with many of my clients. With 18 years experience working as a creative director/founder of a busy London-based, book design agency, I have a thorough understanding of how each part of the publishing and production process works, making for a smooth workflow. I offer creative vision as well as practical advice on which font to choose, or the most economic page format at the early design stage of your book project, through to answering your questions about paper stocks, or print finishing during the final stage of your book project.

In short, if you are looking for a designer who goes that extra mile in search of the perfect design solution for your book project, whether it be a cover, a collection catalogue or a complete book – look no further.
Action & Adventure Contemporary Fiction Horror Science Fiction Technothriller
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Music
  • Locus Award, Best Book
  • Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award
  • Finalist, New York Book Awards
  • Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards, Best Drink Book
  • World Fantasy Award, Best Illustrated Book
  • Bram Stoker Award, Best Illustrated Book
  • ISTD Typographic Awards 2014, Certificate of Excellence
  • ISTD Typographic Awards 2009, Certificate of Excellence
  • British Book Awards 2019, Best Non-fiction Book
  • Winner James Beard, Best International Cookbook
  • Shortlisted for Guild of Food Writers, International Cookbook of the Year
  • McNaughton Awards 1996, Winner
  • McNaughton Awards 1997, Highly Commended

Work experience


Jul, 2018 — Present

I provide a full design service including project management for traditional and self publishers. I work in a wide range of genres designing covers and interiors for printed and digital editions as well as designing marketing material for the finished product.

Grade Design

Aug, 2000 — Jun, 2018 (almost 18 years)

Co-founded London design agency, working for publishers, cultural institutions, charities and independent companies. A member of the International Society of Typographic Designers for ten years. Received recognition in various industry awards. Work has been published in various design manuals, including Grids, Ava Acedemia; Logotype, Laurence King; Diagrams, Rotovision

Paul has 47 reviews





Erica G.

Erica G.

Aug, 2023

Is my second time to worknwith Paul. very attentive, friendly and excellent professional.
William F.

William F.

Jul, 2023

Paul was most helpful in developing a book cover that caught my novel's atmosphere. He was always responsive and quick to communicate on even minor issues. I will certainly use his services again for my next novel later this year.
Edee K.

Edee K.

Jun, 2023

Paul is as solid as you can get in a designer. He is prompt, timely, professional in both experience and communication, knows what he's doing every step of the way, provides excellent creative options, and made the process feel easy and effortless. I am so thankful and would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Justin P.

Justin P.

May, 2023

Paul was great
Erica G.

Erica G.

May, 2023

Paul was very prompt and punctual in every way. very professional and wise when he had doubts on my part. I really appreciated the patience he had with me

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