Nicola Powling

Nicola Powling - Designer

Tenby, UK

Hello, I'm Nicola, an award-winning freelance book cover designer with 30 years experience in lifestyle non-fiction publishing.

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Before becoming freelance in March 2021 I was Senior Cover Designer at DK (a non-fiction imprint of Penguin Random House). I worked on a broad range of subject matter including cookery art, craft, gardening, wellbeing, fitness, pregnancy and parenting. This experience has given me a good working knowledge of different market requirements.

While at DK I learned from the best creative technicians and have a broad knowledge of print production processes for special finishes.

I am experienced in art directing and commissioning photoshoots for covers with and without celebrity chefs such as, Marcus Wareing, Masterchef judges including Michel Roux Jr. and Monica Galetti. I also have a network of reliable food stylists, photographers, illustrators and retouching technicians.

I designed DK's "DIY: Know How with Show How" book cover which won best cover design at the 2006 British Book Design and Production Awards. My designs for The Beer Book and Animal were also shortlisted in 2008 and 2012 respectively.

I have been told that my calm, cheerful, creative response to a wide variety of tasks is impressive. I am very collaborative and enjoy working with authors, other creatives and production colleagues. I pride myself on my resilient approach to change requests on covers and working with me will be fun.

Freelancing will give me more freedom to experiment with drawing and painting. I also hope to develop my skills in design for children's publishing and fiction.

Career Overview: Over 30 years providing graphic design services in publishing including Heinemann Educational Books, Octopus Books, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and DK

I obtained a BA Hons in Typography & Communication from University of Reading, UK

Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Health & Wellbeing
Home & Garden


  • BA Hons Typography & Graphic Communication


  • British Book Design & Production Award for best cover design 2006

The Illustrated Kitchen Bible

Blashford-Snell, Victoria


Treuille, Eric, Blashford-Snell, Victoria

Natural Menopause: Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, CBT, Nutrition, Exercise, HRT...for Perimenopause , Menopause, and Beyond

Hunter, Myra, Zeif, Sabrina, Harter, Paul, Henderson, Anne, Ralph, Anita, Robinson, Louise

RHS Pruning & Training, RHS Propagating Plants, RHS Pests & Diseases 3 Books Collection Set

David Joyce Christopher Brickell, Royal Horticultural Society Alan Toogood, Andrew Halstead Pippa Greenwood

Letters from the Grief Club: How we live with loss

French, Beth, Moreton, Kate, Manawer, Hussain, Rebecca, Sasha, Steph, Knights, Karl, Saijal, Kim, Chloe, Ellen, Hamilton, Bridget, Hawkins, Lottie, Breen, Gavin, Hodges, Henry, Blair, Anna Kate, Callen, Tim, Will, Helen, Luken, Adelana, Marie, Anne, Lloyd, Molly, Dickinson, Kate, Omoregie, Jermaine, Hargreaves, Phil, Faith, Das, Tulasi, Etain, Lisa, Leonard, Tom, Burnside, Amy, Clarke, Rachel, Noble, Kylie, Jerena, Stubbs, Milly, Martin, Bridges, Kerrie, Eloïse, Parrott, Jessi, Shah, Shirin, Chanelle, Blank, Lily Grace, Davies, Ryan, Wakefield, Lucy E., Norton, Nic, Patel, Henika, Baker, Joel, Hopkins, Francesca, Pritchard, Ali, Mitchell, Abbie, Fred-Garratt-Stanley, Abernethy-Hope, Megan, Alison, Hanna, Marie-Teresa, Eilish

Nicola has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Melissa Caddell
Nicola was very easy to work with and did a great job collaborating to create a cover for my book! Would definitely recommend her. I would be happy to work with her anytime. Her communication was excellent and her expertise in generating art from my words and intent was very much appreciated!

Melissa Caddell, September 2022

Simplify Gardening Shorts
Nicola did a great job as per my instructions. However, I decided my idea was not adequate for the book and decided it was not what I would use. It was not Nicola's fault, as her work was perfect to brief. It was solely my responsibility.

Simplify Gardening Shorts, February 2022

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