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

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Joseph S.

Joseph S.

Apr, 2024

I have had the pleasure of working with Paul for my book design needs not just once, but twice, and each time has been an absolute delight. From start to finish, Paul has proven to be not just proficient but exceptional in their craft. Firstly, communication with Paul is seamless and prompt. They respond swiftly to inquiries, which is a testament to their professionalism and dedication to thei...
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Stephanie Ann F.

Stephanie Ann F.

Apr, 2024

Imagining is my business, but I can't imagine a better cover artist than Paul. I was new to the publishing process (and mothering three young children at the time), and I'm afraid I handled each step of the project in an odd or delayed way. I sent rambling videos about what I did and didn't want for my book cover. I sometimes waited for weeks before responding to Paul's emails (and when I di...
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Dmitrii I.

Dmitrii I.

Mar, 2024

Paul is always responsive and ready to help with advice based on his extensive experience. The quality of his job is perfect. Thank you, Paul, once again!
Joseph S.

Joseph S.

Mar, 2024

Paul was amazing, his response and turn around time was fast and his work was perfect. A great pleasure to work with.
Dmitrii I.

Dmitrii I.

Feb, 2024

Paul was easy to work with and a great communicator. He caught my idea immediately and turned it into a compelling book cover. He was very professional, the quality of his work exceeded expectations, and he was responsive throughout the project, helping me with all my endless questions. Thank you, Paul!

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