Richard Parker

Richard Parker - Designer Tick

Abingdon, United Kingdom

Senior Designer with over 20 years experience in book publishing for children's books, designing covers and book layout.

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I’ve been a graphic designer for over 20 years, with experience in the book publishing industry working on children’s library books, trade fiction titles, classroom reading and grammar programmes, professional titles and digital teaching platform design. Work for the publishing industry primarily includes book cover design and interior design of fiction, non-fiction and educational titles.

I can take a brief, story outline or full manuscript and design cover options that reflect the content and style of the story. For non-fiction work I can develop a design style and that works for your audience. I will work from brief to final artwork files ready for print or ebook formats and offer clear concise communication throughout the design process.

I have worked for one of the largest publishers in the U.S. market for 14 years producing books on diverse subjects including Art, Design, Life Sciences, Politics, Economics, Literature, Science, History and Graphic Novels. I recently designed and branded a series of No-Nonsense books for Raintree publishers. That series has become the company's biggest selling product with over a million pounds of sales. As well as design skills, I also have extensive experience of picture research and commissioning illustrators.

Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Design
Life Sciences
Politics & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • HND Graphic Design

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

Freelance design services primarily aimed at working with the book publishing industry, including cover and book layout design, packaging, typesetting, sales and marketing materials and brand identity.

Senior Designer

Capstone Global Library
October, 2002 – June, 2017 (over 14 years)

Capstone Global Library (Raintree Publishing) produces non-fiction and fiction children’s library, classroom and trade books. As Senior Designer I was responsible for co-ordinating the design and production from initial sample design, to page layout, and through to finished printed product in liaison with the editorial, photo research and production teams. My role also included line management of two designers, organising workloads, controlling department budgets and commissioning designers, photographers and illustrators. Most of the book series produced were international co-editions, which required co-operation with our American and Australian divisions within the production cycle.

Original cover and spread design was a key part of the role. It included initial sample design, working with publishing teams and managing the multi-stage approval process through to final print ready artwork. Project management was also required to manage the extensive publishing list, co-ordinating with editorial and picture research teams to guarantee deadlines. I was also involved in recent digital developments in the Classroom market, working on subscription-based learning platforms.

Brand Designer

Sportline
August, 1999 – July, 2002 (almost 3 years)

As Brand Designer I was involved in the design and production of marketing and promotional materials and oversaw the consistent use of the Head and Budweiser brands. Sportline was the distributor of Head sports equipment and licensee of luggage and outdoor footwear. 
The core of my role was designing product brochures, leaflets, point-of-sale, advertising, copywriting and production of artwork for print and print-buying. Other responsibilities included product branding, such as badging and colour-way options on footwear and luggage ranges.

Marketing Designer

Prentice Hall Europe
September, 1995 – August, 1999 (almost 4 years)

I joined book publisher, Prentice Hall Europe, as Publicity Assistant to design and produce promotional material. Responsible for the production of marketing material such as leaflets, catalogues, advertising, direct mail and point of sale, my role was multi-directional, requiring organisational and practical abilities. Working within a team and liaising with the book production department, the job also included print buying. It was a self-reliant role, but involved interaction and co-ordination with the marketing team and sales force. I was promoted to the role of Marketing Designer to work in the computer professional division of Prentice Hall to manage communication and marketing of the brand and its many imprints.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Hero Journals Pack A of 6

Nick Hunter, Sean Price, Richard Spilsbury

Iconic Designs, Pack A of 4

Richard Spilsbury, Ian Graham

This series looks at the stories behind some of the most important and iconic designs since 1900. We look at the needs that prompted their design, the designers responsible for breaking boundariesand the technology that made them possible.

This series looks at the stories behind some of the most important and iconic designs since 1900. We look at the needs that prompted their design, the designers responsible for breaking boundariesand the technology that made them possible.

The Serpent House

Bea Davenport

Twelve-year-old Annie is invited to Hexer Hall to work as a servant for the mysterious Lady Hexer. Carvings of snakes are everywhere and when Annie touches one, she travels back in time to when the Hall was a leper hospital, run by a sinister doctor with a collection of terrifying serpents. Annie never wants to return, but Lady Hexer demands she finds a way to steal the doctor's book of magica... read more

Twelve-year-old Annie is invited to Hexer Hall to work as a servant for the mysterious Lady Hexer. Carvings of snakes are everywhere and when Annie touches one, she travels back in time to when the Hall was a leper hospital, run by a sinister doctor with a collection of terrifying serpents. Annie never wants to return, but Lady Hexer demands she finds a way to steal the doctor's book of magica... read more

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age (Early British History)

Claire Throp

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age is a fascinating account of British history from a period that begins around 840,000 when hunter-gatherers were just beginning to use tools, up to 55BC when the Romans first arrived in Britain. The book describes how settlers began early forms of mining and farming, how they made their homes and how they began to trade with other countries.... read more

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age is a fascinating account of British history from a period that begins around 840,000 when hunter-gatherers were just beginning to use tools, up to 55BC when the Romans first arrived in Britain. The book describes how settlers began early forms of mining and farming, how they made their homes and how they began to trade with other countries.... read more

Mars Rover Driver (The Coolest Jobs on the Planet)

Scott Maxwell, Catherine Chambers

The Baking Life of Amelie Day

Vanessa Curtis

Baking Life of Amelie Day

Baking Life of Amelie Day

Hansel, Gretel, and the Pudding Plot (Fairy Tales Today)

Isabel Thomas

Harry and Greta just love dessert. But Mrs. Maggot, the dastardly lunch lady, won't let them eat any. One day, Harry and Greta follow a trail of chocolate sauce into the school kitchen to find the sweet treats of their dreams . . . but they soon get more than they bargain for."

Harry and Greta just love dessert. But Mrs. Maggot, the dastardly lunch lady, won't let them eat any. One day, Harry and Greta follow a trail of chocolate sauce into the school kitchen to find the sweet treats of their dreams . . . but they soon get more than they bargain for."

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession

J.A. Buckle

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession

The Fog of Fear (Batman Chapter Books)

Martin Powell

It's morning in Gotham but the sky is getting darker. The villainous Scarecrow has unleashed a great cloud of black fog, which covers the streets in shadows. He doesn't put up much of a fight when Batman comes to arrest him, but announces gleefully that he has already set his evil plan in motion. As a feeling of fear grips the city, can Batman save the citizens of Gotham from their worst night... read more

It's morning in Gotham but the sky is getting darker. The villainous Scarecrow has unleashed a great cloud of black fog, which covers the streets in shadows. He doesn't put up much of a fight when Batman comes to arrest him, but announces gleefully that he has already set his evil plan in motion. As a feeling of fear grips the city, can Batman save the citizens of Gotham from their worst night... read more

The Human Body: Investigating an Unexplained Death (Anatomy of an Investigation)

Andrew Solway

The Human Body When police are called to a house, they find three bodies. Are they dead, and has any crime been committed? This book looks at the topic of the human body to explain how our body systems work. It shows how medical and police investigators use their knowledge of science and technology to work out what has happened when there is an unexplained death. Full description

The Human Body When police are called to a house, they find three bodies. Are they dead, and has any crime been committed? This book looks at the topic of the human body to explain how our body systems work. It shows how medical and police investigators use their knowledge of science and technology to work out what has happened when there is an unexplained death. Full description

No Nonsense Spelling

Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team

No Nonsense Spelling is a new complete spelling programme designed to meet the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum in a manageable way. Written by the Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team, the programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective spelling teaching programme from Year 2 to Year 6. Containing five separate teacher books (one... read more

No Nonsense Spelling is a new complete spelling programme designed to meet the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum in a manageable way. Written by the Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team, the programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective spelling teaching programme from Year 2 to Year 6. Containing five separate teacher books (one... read more

Superman: The Deadly Dream Machine (DC Super Heroes) (DC Super Heroes (Quality))

J.E. Bright

Superman: The Deadly Dream Machine ABRA KADABRA, a super-villain from the 64th century, has escaped from an alien prison and returned to Earth! Using a mind-control machine, this futuristic felon hopes to brainwash the entire planet into believing that he's the rightful ruler. To complete his evil plan, ABRA KADABRA has captured SUPERMAN, the only source of energy strong enough to fuel his hig... read more

Superman: The Deadly Dream Machine ABRA KADABRA, a super-villain from the 64th century, has escaped from an alien prison and returned to Earth! Using a mind-control machine, this futuristic felon hopes to brainwash the entire planet into believing that he's the rightful ruler. To complete his evil plan, ABRA KADABRA has captured SUPERMAN, the only source of energy strong enough to fuel his hig... read more

The Girl Who Breathed Fire (Dragonblood)

Michael Dahl

The Girl Who Breathed Fire An Age of Dragons is about to begin. The powerful creatures will return to rule the world once more, but this time will be different. This time they will have allies. Around the world, some young humans are making a strange discovery. They are learning that they were born with dragon blood - blood that gives them amazing powers. Full description

The Girl Who Breathed Fire An Age of Dragons is about to begin. The powerful creatures will return to rule the world once more, but this time will be different. This time they will have allies. Around the world, some young humans are making a strange discovery. They are learning that they were born with dragon blood - blood that gives them amazing powers. Full description

History in Literature Pack B of 4 (UK)

Laura Hensley, Sharon Ankrum, Peter Gutierrez, Mary Colson

Jacqueline Wilson (Writers Uncovered)

Vic Parker

Hardback textbook, ex-library book, minor signs of use (marks on cover), but pages are clean & unmarked. Prompt UK dispatch. All proceeds to Wakefield Hospice.

Hardback textbook, ex-library book, minor signs of use (marks on cover), but pages are clean & unmarked. Prompt UK dispatch. All proceeds to Wakefield Hospice.

Communism (Political & Economic Systems)

Richard Tames, David Downing

A guide to systems of government and political movements. It explores the influence of key thinkers, leaders and movements. It includes a comprehensive section detailing ideas for further research.

A guide to systems of government and political movements. It explores the influence of key thinkers, leaders and movements. It includes a comprehensive section detailing ideas for further research.

101 Ways Pack A of 6

Deborah Underwood, John Townsend, Charlotte Guillain, Rebecca Vickers

Landscape and the Environment (Through Artists' Eyes)

Jane Bingham

Part of a series that explores the interpretation of universal themes, this title discusses various aspects of landscapes and plants. It covers a range of media including photography, historical paintings, posters, sculpture, textiles and film.

Part of a series that explores the interpretation of universal themes, this title discusses various aspects of landscapes and plants. It covers a range of media including photography, historical paintings, posters, sculpture, textiles and film.

All In Due Time

Jason Pratt

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Sue Bough

A really helpful and professional designer. This is my first book and Rich provided patient, invaluable guidance, skill fully incorporating my illustrations into an eye catching cover that fully met the brief. Thanks again Rich.

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Sue Bough, June 2018


Irene Pylypec

Richard was very patient with this first time author. I'm very pleased with his cover design. The only thing that caused a bit of an issue was the response time due to him being in the UK and I in Canada. in spite of that, designs were submitted well within the agreed-upon deadline.

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Irene Pylypec, March 2018


Jason Pratt

If you need a brilliant designer, I cannot recommend Richard Parker highly enough. He is talented, creative, and an absolute pleasure to work with. (He is also patient, which was a plus for this first-time Reedsy user.) Please consider him for your next project!

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Jason Pratt, November 2017

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