Paul Palmer-Edwards

Paul Palmer-Edwards - Designer

London, UK

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

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Overview

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 hundreds of 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 and Abrams Press, 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.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Music
Fiction
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • Shortlisted for Guild of Food Writers, International Cookbook of the Year

Awards

  • 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
  • McNaughton Awards 1997, Highly Commended
  • British Book Awards 2019, Best Non-fiction Book

Work experience

Independent designer

Self-employed
July, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

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.

Creative Director / Founder

Grade Design
August, 2000 – June, 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

Portfolio (26 selected works)

The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History

Experts in the ten major Pulp genres, from action Pulps to spicy Pulps and more, chart for the first time the complete history of Pulp magazines—the stories and their writers, the graphics and their artists, and, of course, the publishers, their market, and readers.Each chapter in the book, which is illustrated with more than 400 examples of the best Pulp graphics (many from the editors’ colle... read more

Experts in the ten major Pulp genres, from action Pulps to spicy Pulps and more, chart for the first time the complete history of Pulp magazines—the stories and their writers, the graphics and their artists, and, of course, the publishers, their market, and readers.Each chapter in the book, which is illustrated with more than 400 examples of the best Pulp graphics (many from the editors’ colle... read more

wagamama Feed Your Soul: 100 Japanese-inspired Bowls of Goodness

Steven Mangleshot

wagamama restaurants are a global brand with restaurants worldwide in the UK, USA, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden as well as UAE andNew Zealand.Feed your Soul includes more than 70 tempting recipes inspired by restaurant favourites. The dishes have been designed for every occasion, from rapid weekday meals, to slow-cooked ram... read more

wagamama restaurants are a global brand with restaurants worldwide in the UK, USA, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden as well as UAE andNew Zealand.Feed your Soul includes more than 70 tempting recipes inspired by restaurant favourites. The dishes have been designed for every occasion, from rapid weekday meals, to slow-cooked ram... read more

BOSH!: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. The fastest-selling cookery book of the year

Henry Firth, Ian Theasby

‘The vegan Jamie Olivers’ The TimesWant to cook ridiculously good plant-based food from scratch but have no idea where to start? With over 140 incredibly easy and outrageously tasty all plants meals, BOSH! The Cookbook will be your guide.Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution.Their o... read more

‘The vegan Jamie Olivers’ The TimesWant to cook ridiculously good plant-based food from scratch but have no idea where to start? With over 140 incredibly easy and outrageously tasty all plants meals, BOSH! The Cookbook will be your guide.Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution.Their o... read more

The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History

(Applause Books). Amazingly, there has never been a book quite like The Art of Horror a celebration of frightful images, compiled and presented by some of the genre's most respected names. While acknowledging the beginnings of horror-related art in legends and folk tales, the focus of the book is on how the genre has presented itself to the world since the creations of Bram Stoker and Mary She... read more

(Applause Books). Amazingly, there has never been a book quite like The Art of Horror a celebration of frightful images, compiled and presented by some of the genre's most respected names. While acknowledging the beginnings of horror-related art in legends and folk tales, the focus of the book is on how the genre has presented itself to the world since the creations of Bram Stoker and Mary She... read more

The Blues: A Visual History

Mike Evans

Originating in the African-American communities of the Deep South in the late nineteenth century, the blues gave birth to jazz, R&B, rock, punk, and country. From the impassioned slide guitar of the Mississippi Delta, to the electric sounds of Chicago's street corners, to the improvised jams of blues- rock, The Blues explores the many forms this quintessentially American music has taken. All t... read more

Originating in the African-American communities of the Deep South in the late nineteenth century, the blues gave birth to jazz, R&B, rock, punk, and country. From the impassioned slide guitar of the Mississippi Delta, to the electric sounds of Chicago's street corners, to the improvised jams of blues- rock, The Blues explores the many forms this quintessentially American music has taken. All t... read more

The Pub

Pete Brown

Pete Brown has visited hundreds of pubs across the UK and is uniquely placed to write about pubs that ooze atmosphere, whatever the reason, be it food, people, architecture, location or decor. The best pubs are those that always have a steady trade at any time on any day of the week, and where chat flows back and forth across the bar. They're the places where you want to drink weak beer so you... read more

Pete Brown has visited hundreds of pubs across the UK and is uniquely placed to write about pubs that ooze atmosphere, whatever the reason, be it food, people, architecture, location or decor. The best pubs are those that always have a steady trade at any time on any day of the week, and where chat flows back and forth across the bar. They're the places where you want to drink weak beer so you... read more

The Zapple Diaries: The Rise and Fall of the Last Beatles Label

Barry Miles

This is the first full-length illustrated look at the Zapple label the Beatles experimental label and the most ambitious expression of the Beatles determination to be leading members of the counterculture movement Created by Zapple label manager, Barry Miles, the acclaimed author who set up and planned the list in cooperation with the Beatles, and written in an engaging diary style, this book ... read more

This is the first full-length illustrated look at the Zapple label the Beatles experimental label and the most ambitious expression of the Beatles determination to be leading members of the counterculture movement Created by Zapple label manager, Barry Miles, the acclaimed author who set up and planned the list in cooperation with the Beatles, and written in an engaging diary style, this book ... read more

Art of Punk

Russ Bestley, Alex Ogg

Russ Bestley/Alex Ogg: The Art Of Punk is the first ever comprehensive review of punk graphics celebrates a wide range of punk posters, flyers, album cover art, fanzines and fashion ephemera.Famous graphics for legendary bands like the Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash are included, along with less well-known examples from around the world, as punk designs from South America, ... read more

Russ Bestley/Alex Ogg: The Art Of Punk is the first ever comprehensive review of punk graphics celebrates a wide range of punk posters, flyers, album cover art, fanzines and fashion ephemera.Famous graphics for legendary bands like the Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash are included, along with less well-known examples from around the world, as punk designs from South America, ... read more

The Beats: From Kerouac to Kesey, an Illustrated Journey through the Beat Generation

Mike Evans

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of On the Road, the defining book of the Beat Generation. Jack Kerouac wrote his masterpiece in one frenzied three-week period in 1951 on the infamous 119-foot scroll, which has been “on the road” touring the nation since 2004, slated to continue on through spring 2008. The scroll will also be published in its original, unedited version i... read more

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of On the Road, the defining book of the Beat Generation. Jack Kerouac wrote his masterpiece in one frenzied three-week period in 1951 on the infamous 119-foot scroll, which has been “on the road” touring the nation since 2004, slated to continue on through spring 2008. The scroll will also be published in its original, unedited version i... read more

Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan

Noriko Tsuchiya

Netsuke have once again come to the fore in the popular imagination of the public. In part this is due to the phenomenal success of Edmund De Waals 2010 book, Hare with the Amber Eyes, which highlights a treasured netsuke collection that was challenged by war and the vicissitudes of time. Intricately carved from various materials including ivory, wood and metal, these small toggles served a pr... read more

Netsuke have once again come to the fore in the popular imagination of the public. In part this is due to the phenomenal success of Edmund De Waals 2010 book, Hare with the Amber Eyes, which highlights a treasured netsuke collection that was challenged by war and the vicissitudes of time. Intricately carved from various materials including ivory, wood and metal, these small toggles served a pr... read more

5000 Years of Tiles

Hans van Lemmen

Paperback. Pub Date :2013-10-07 Pages: 304 Language: English Publisher: Thames Hudson 5000 Years of Tiles is the essential. single - volume colour compendium of tile art and production around the world. from ancient times to the present day. Over 350 beautiful colour illustrations showcase an incredible range of tile arts. including the first fired roof tiles in ancient Greece in the third mil... read more

Paperback. Pub Date :2013-10-07 Pages: 304 Language: English Publisher: Thames Hudson 5000 Years of Tiles is the essential. single - volume colour compendium of tile art and production around the world. from ancient times to the present day. Over 350 beautiful colour illustrations showcase an incredible range of tile arts. including the first fired roof tiles in ancient Greece in the third mil... read more

Lines of thought: Drawing from michelangelo to now (British Museum)

Isabel Seligman

Looking at works from a range of different artists and their various approaches, this book examines the process and practice of drawing, showcasing artworks from 15th- and 16th-century masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, right up to artists working today. In arranging them not by period or style, but by the types of thinking that give rise to them, readers gain fresh insights ... read more

Looking at works from a range of different artists and their various approaches, this book examines the process and practice of drawing, showcasing artworks from 15th- and 16th-century masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, right up to artists working today. In arranging them not by period or style, but by the types of thinking that give rise to them, readers gain fresh insights ... read more

The American Dream: pop to the present (British Museum)

Stephen Coppel, Catherine Daunt

The American Dream: From Pop to present presents an overview of the development of American printmaking since 1960, paying particular attention to key figures such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. The 1960s was a period of change in the production, marketing and consumption of prints and the medium attracted a new generation of artists whose attitude towards making art had... read more

The American Dream: From Pop to present presents an overview of the development of American printmaking since 1960, paying particular attention to key figures such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. The 1960s was a period of change in the production, marketing and consumption of prints and the medium attracted a new generation of artists whose attitude towards making art had... read more

African Textiles Today

Chris Spring

HardCover. Pub Date :2012-10-01 Pages: 256 Language: English Publisher: British Museum Press A fascinating insight into the living history of Africa African textiles are patterned with stories that range far beyond the time of the creation or the lifetime of their creator. In Africa. cloth is used to commemorate important events. people or political struggles that in other parts of the world m... read more

HardCover. Pub Date :2012-10-01 Pages: 256 Language: English Publisher: British Museum Press A fascinating insight into the living history of Africa African textiles are patterned with stories that range far beyond the time of the creation or the lifetime of their creator. In Africa. cloth is used to commemorate important events. people or political struggles that in other parts of the world m... read more

In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight Out of the Camera

Gordon Laing

Understand your camera's capabilities. Master the skills of exposure, composition and focus. Take amazing photos; no post-processing, no Photoshop, just your own vision.With amazing low-light capabilities, incredible definition, intelligent autofocus and a host of other features, digital cameras have now become so powerful that they have left their users behind. Most photographers can take com... read more

Understand your camera's capabilities. Master the skills of exposure, composition and focus. Take amazing photos; no post-processing, no Photoshop, just your own vision.With amazing low-light capabilities, incredible definition, intelligent autofocus and a host of other features, digital cameras have now become so powerful that they have left their users behind. Most photographers can take com... read more

The Bike Deconstructed: A grand tour of the road bicycle

Richard Hallett

Do you know the difference between a head tube and a headset? Can you tell whether a frame is made from steel or carbon fibre? Do you know how a derailleur works and why it revolutionized bike design? If not, this is the perfect guide for you. The Bike Deconstructed celebrates bicycle design by looking at its individual components, large and small. Their historical roots are explored, key feat... read more

Do you know the difference between a head tube and a headset? Can you tell whether a frame is made from steel or carbon fibre? Do you know how a derailleur works and why it revolutionized bike design? If not, this is the perfect guide for you. The Bike Deconstructed celebrates bicycle design by looking at its individual components, large and small. Their historical roots are explored, key feat... read more

The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History

Stephen Jones

(Applause Books). This magnificent companion to The Art of Horror , from the same creative team behind that award-winning illustrated volume, looks at the entire history of the horror film, from the silent era right up to the latest releases and trends. Through a series of informative chapters and fascinating sidebars chronologically charting the evolution of horror movies for more than a cent... read more

(Applause Books). This magnificent companion to The Art of Horror , from the same creative team behind that award-winning illustrated volume, looks at the entire history of the horror film, from the silent era right up to the latest releases and trends. Through a series of informative chapters and fascinating sidebars chronologically charting the evolution of horror movies for more than a cent... read more

Publicity: 7 Steps to Publicize Just About Anything

David Carriere

Generating publicity is a journey that requires persistence as well as proper planning. In Publicity, veteran publicist David Carriere guides readers through the sometimes mysterious and often intimidating process of generating publicity while spelling out the details needed to orchestrate a successful publicity campaign. With twenty years of experience, Carriere's seven-step program outlines ... read more

Generating publicity is a journey that requires persistence as well as proper planning. In Publicity, veteran publicist David Carriere guides readers through the sometimes mysterious and often intimidating process of generating publicity while spelling out the details needed to orchestrate a successful publicity campaign. With twenty years of experience, Carriere's seven-step program outlines ... read more

Sgt Pepper at Fifty

Bill Demain, Mike McInnerney, Gillian Gaar

Five decades on from its release at the height of the Summer of Love in 1967, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a keystone not just of the Beatles' career but also of popular music as a whole. Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, it is a record soaked in, and thrillingly evocative of, the sights, sounds, and mood of the sixties at their most joyously psychedeli... read more

Five decades on from its release at the height of the Summer of Love in 1967, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a keystone not just of the Beatles' career but also of popular music as a whole. Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, it is a record soaked in, and thrillingly evocative of, the sights, sounds, and mood of the sixties at their most joyously psychedeli... read more

Cosmos

Giles Sparrow

London: Quercus Publishing Ltd., 2006. First Edition. Elephant Folio - a seriously large book. 224 pp. Illustrated from photographs. Stupendous photographs. Fine book in a jacket whose mammoth size has allowed a bit of curl at one edge, else is also fine. No flaws. A book for which the term "mind-boggling" was invented. If the aspect and implications of the Hubble Deep Field photograph are you... read more

London: Quercus Publishing Ltd., 2006. First Edition. Elephant Folio - a seriously large book. 224 pp. Illustrated from photographs. Stupendous photographs. Fine book in a jacket whose mammoth size has allowed a bit of curl at one edge, else is also fine. No flaws. A book for which the term "mind-boggling" was invented. If the aspect and implications of the Hubble Deep Field photograph are you... read more

The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era

Ron Miller

The Art of Space is the most comprehensive celebration of space art ever to be published, profiling the development of space-based art in a variety of media. In The Art of Space, award-winning artist and best-selling author Ron Miller presents over 350 high-quality and often photorealistic images that chart how artists throughout history, working with the knowledge and research available durin... read more

The Art of Space is the most comprehensive celebration of space art ever to be published, profiling the development of space-based art in a variety of media. In The Art of Space, award-winning artist and best-selling author Ron Miller presents over 350 high-quality and often photorealistic images that chart how artists throughout history, working with the knowledge and research available durin... read more

The Art of Gothic: Music + Fashion + Alt Culture

Natasha Scharf

(Book). The gothic look head-to-toe black attire and extreme makeup has been a popular one since the 1980s, with each generation reinterpreting this dark aesthetic as its own. From the staccato postpunk of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the dark rock of the Sisters of Mercy through to the industrial metal of Marilyn Manson and the funereal emotional pop of My Chemical Romance, gothic culture ha... read more

(Book). The gothic look head-to-toe black attire and extreme makeup has been a popular one since the 1980s, with each generation reinterpreting this dark aesthetic as its own. From the staccato postpunk of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the dark rock of the Sisters of Mercy through to the industrial metal of Marilyn Manson and the funereal emotional pop of My Chemical Romance, gothic culture ha... read more

The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age

Bill Dahl

This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic. There is no be... read more

This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic. There is no be... read more

King's X: The Oral History

Greg Prato

Countless accolades have been bestowed upon King’s X over the years, and, since their formation in 1980, they have grown to become one of the most universally admired in hard rock and heavy metal. But their story is one of many ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and periods of good and bad luck. This authorized biography examines and explores all aspects of their history, both personally ... read more

Countless accolades have been bestowed upon King’s X over the years, and, since their formation in 1980, they have grown to become one of the most universally admired in hard rock and heavy metal. But their story is one of many ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and periods of good and bad luck. This authorized biography examines and explores all aspects of their history, both personally ... read more

Tommy at 50: The Mood, the Music, the Look, and the Legacy of The Who's Legendary Rock Opera

Chris Charlesworth, Mike McInnerney

Tommy at 50 is the definitive, illustrated guide to The Who's legendary rock opera album Tommy, and released to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Rock legend Pete Townshend, The Who's cofounder, singer, and guitarist, provides the foreword and was interviewed for the retrospective, which showcases 200 images, including original art from the album's designer and rare photos.On May 23, 1969, The W... read more

Tommy at 50 is the definitive, illustrated guide to The Who's legendary rock opera album Tommy, and released to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Rock legend Pete Townshend, The Who's cofounder, singer, and guitarist, provides the foreword and was interviewed for the retrospective, which showcases 200 images, including original art from the album's designer and rare photos.On May 23, 1969, The W... read more

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Kelly Curtis
This is the second time I have worked with Paul on a book cover. He is very professional and easy to work with. We discussed ideas and then he came back promptly with different examples and it didn’t take long to come up with a great book cover that is unique but is also clearly a part of a series. I can highly recommend Paul!

Kelly Curtis, April 2020


Paul Berry
I had a fantastic experience collaborating with Paul. He designed an amazing cover and formatted the text so it perfectly fitted the tone of the book, completely surpassing my expectations. He was always incredibly helpful and approachable, making the whole process smooth and stress-free. I can’t wait to collaborate with him again on future projects!

Paul Berry, March 2020


Jim Carroll
Paul was a pleasure to work with. He took my basic idea and offered 4 variations including one that was a bit different and a lot better. He worked quickly and diligently in refining the various elements of the cover and offered options that far exceeded my expectations. Paul ended up producing a cover that was both attention grabbing and told a story. A story that introduces the book perfe...
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Jim Carroll, February 2020


Tracy Partridge-Johnson
Paul has been an amazingly skilled and professional resource in my self-publishing arsenal! The quality of his work goes above and beyond expectations, and he has thrilled me at each step in the process with his designs. Additionally, he has been a wonderful, seasoned advisor, helping me with suggestions, information, and options as I learn the ropes involved in indie publishing. He is a wonde...
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Tracy Partridge-Johnson, January 2020


Kelly Curtis
I had a crazy idea but no idea how to create a good book cover from it. Paul listened to what I wanted and very quickly came up with some great ideas. Then, in no time at all, we had a book cover that juxtaposed art nouveau and futuristic science fiction that went beyond my expectations. I found Paul very easy to work with and I would definitely recommend him to any author looking for a book...
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Kelly Curtis, November 2019

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