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Russell Holden

Russell Holden - Designer

Ulverston, Cumbria, United Kingdom

What I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me an ideal designer!

Overview

I am book designer with over 15 years of graphic design experience. From layout, page design, creating covers, interiors and even photo tweaking for all book genres.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Self-help & Self-improvement Transportation
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Short Story

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
March, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

Pixel Tweaks Publications and de Lacy Press are the imprints of Pixel Tweaks, an established Graphic Design business, managed by Senior Designer, Russell Holden. We count it a privilege to work with enthusiastic authors and assist them in seeing their literary dreams become a reality.
I offer a book production service from page and layout designs to full cover design.
The self-publish process isn’t as painful or as expensive as one might think and the whole process can take as little as two months to get from word processor to bookshelf.
Up to the present day, we have produced over thirty books, either under our imprint or for other publishers such as Sedbergh-based Handstand Press. In 2014 one of our books (Warbirds of Walney) was short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award.

Senior Graphic Designer

CGP
January, 2005 – March, 2012 (about 7 years)

CGP is a major UK educational publisher and the UK’s market leader for revision material. They publish and sell across the world with an annual turnover of £15m. Their range includes over 600 best-selling titles.

PUBLISHING
Book cover design
Product and subject photography
Page layout designs
CD and DVD cover designs
Design and output of marketing material
Mailshots – Advertisement brochures / order forms / catalogues / postcards
Retail products – Catalogues, packaging, POS material for Waterstones & WHSmiths
Web graphics – banners, photographs, graphic illustrations
USA marketing – Mailshot materials, catalogues, web graphics & show stand material
The official company handbook
Recruitment job adverts
Newspaper and magazine adverts for recruitment or sales
Powerpoint presentations
Staff photographs
Pre-visualisation photography – ‘artist’s impression’ of landscaping or building renovation projects
Vehicle livery design
Events posters / café menus / pricelists
Creative artwork

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The History of RAF Millom: And the Genesis of RAF Mountain Rescue

John Nixon (Mi

The History of RAF Millom Covering the airfields' wartime service from 1941 and brief reoccupation of the station in 1953, to its eventual conversion into HMP Haverigg. Extensively illustrated with over 260 photographs and including over 50 first-hand accounts of life at RAF Millom, Cumbria, England. This extremely accessible history will engage a broad readership and provide a historical trea... read more

The History of RAF Millom Covering the airfields' wartime service from 1941 and brief reoccupation of the station in 1953, to its eventual conversion into HMP Haverigg. Extensively illustrated with over 260 photographs and including over 50 first-hand accounts of life at RAF Millom, Cumbria, England. This extremely accessible history will engage a broad readership and provide a historical trea... read more

The Warbirds of Walney: A History of RAF Walney (RAF Barrow) and No.10 Air Gunnery School

John Nixon

The Warbirds of Walney – A History of RAF Walney (RAF Barrow) and No.10 Air Gunnery School. This lavishly illustrated work will delight aviation enthusiasts, genealogists, and amateur historians alike. Providing an accessible and engaging reading experience for those seeking to understand the construction and wartime usage of this South Lakeland airfield. This book is sure to become a valuable... read more

The Warbirds of Walney – A History of RAF Walney (RAF Barrow) and No.10 Air Gunnery School. This lavishly illustrated work will delight aviation enthusiasts, genealogists, and amateur historians alike. Providing an accessible and engaging reading experience for those seeking to understand the construction and wartime usage of this South Lakeland airfield. This book is sure to become a valuable... read more

Ulverston: An English Market Town Through History

Helen Shacklady, Ulverston Pixel Tweaks

My Acoustic Nemesis: Life Before, During, and After an Acoustic Neuroma

Russell K Holden

By the time I was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma, it was the size of a walnut. It had been growing slowly, undetected on the nerve used for hearing and balance over many years. Within the space of a few weeks, I was booked in for major surgery and faced lots of lifestyle changes - deafness, facial paralysis and loss of balance. At the time, information about an Acoustic Neuroma (also known... read more

By the time I was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma, it was the size of a walnut. It had been growing slowly, undetected on the nerve used for hearing and balance over many years. Within the space of a few weeks, I was booked in for major surgery and faced lots of lifestyle changes - deafness, facial paralysis and loss of balance. At the time, information about an Acoustic Neuroma (also known... read more

The Long Road: One Man's Epic Journey Through the World of Speedway, Sport & Showbusiness

Dave Lodge

The story of one man's epic journey through life. Starting from the rural backdrop of Cumbria, as a young man he ventured South to Manchester. From an early age he was involved in Speedway at the world famous Belle Vue track, played Rugby for TocH, and competed in Marathons, Triathlons and even Quadrathons! Still competing until the age of 56 a tragic accident ended his sporting life. In 1973 ... read more

The story of one man's epic journey through life. Starting from the rural backdrop of Cumbria, as a young man he ventured South to Manchester. From an early age he was involved in Speedway at the world famous Belle Vue track, played Rugby for TocH, and competed in Marathons, Triathlons and even Quadrathons! Still competing until the age of 56 a tragic accident ended his sporting life. In 1973 ... read more

Six Years of My Life: Wartime Diaries of Vic Coady

Vic G Coady

Vic Coady volunteered for active service as war was declared in September 1939 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps. He kept a chronicle of his experiences, both highs and lows, until his demobilisation in 1946. Most of the time he seems to have been cold, scared, wet and hungry, even in the first few weeks of signing on before being shipped to France. He lived through the British Expeditio... read more

Vic Coady volunteered for active service as war was declared in September 1939 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps. He kept a chronicle of his experiences, both highs and lows, until his demobilisation in 1946. Most of the time he seems to have been cold, scared, wet and hungry, even in the first few weeks of signing on before being shipped to France. He lived through the British Expeditio... read more

Bluebell: A Yorkshire Tale of Passion, Friendship, Betrayal and Revenge

Naomi Hudson

Spring 1970 Four friends are in their final months at Leeds University. There are lots of girls, parties and football ... then, John meets Mary and she turns his world upside down. But their tender love and a passionate romance that summer is suddenly terminated leaving John lost and puzzled ... Summer 2012 After living abroad for many years John finds himself back in Yorkshire, reunited with ... read more

Spring 1970 Four friends are in their final months at Leeds University. There are lots of girls, parties and football ... then, John meets Mary and she turns his world upside down. But their tender love and a passionate romance that summer is suddenly terminated leaving John lost and puzzled ... Summer 2012 After living abroad for many years John finds himself back in Yorkshire, reunited with ... read more

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