Steve Russell

Steve Russell – Designer

Experienced and multi-talented book designer who can help make your book something special. Covers, layout, typography, beautiful imagery...

Overview

I have extensive experience in print design and publishing, designing and art-directing high end books and publications for some of the world's best publishers. I also love working on independent projects, big or small, and thoroughly enjoy bringing them to life. Giving my clients a full professional service with great results that they may not get elsewhere.


So if you're a an individual, author, artist, architect, photographer, musician, project manager, business, collective, or independent publisher... then please get in touch as I would love to discuss your idea or project.


My approach is to initially sit or chat with you, discover what you want, then suggest options and various approaches that not only meet your expectations, but hopefully exceed them. My focus is not just on creating the most effective, stylish, yet informative designs for clients, but to also capture the feeling, visually telling your story in the most authentic way possible.


Not just covers and layouts either, I can also offer infographic design, illustration, photo editing, picture research, help you curate your content and just through experience – offer an extra (free) pair of editorial eyes! If you need an experienced editor or product photographer I can suggest/connect you with them also.


I look forward to hearing your idea and working with you :)


Steve



Services
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Design Entertainment History Music Photography Travel
Awards
  • 2021 / Design and art direction of DECCA: THE SUPREME RECORD COMPANY – shortlisted for a BBDPA (British Book Design & Production Award)
  • 2011 / Design of TATTOOED BY THE FAMILY BUSINESS – shortlisted for a BBDPA
  • 2010 / Design of MY COOL CARAVAN – shortlisted for a BBDPA
  • 2008 / Cover design of STREET SKETCHBOOKS – winner of a BBDPA
  • 2008 / Cover design of AVANT GARDENERS and ULTRA MATERIALS – both shortlisted for a BBDPA the same year
  • 2005 / Design of HIP HOP MUSIC IN AOTEAROA – winner of a Montana New Zealand Book Award

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2009 — Present

Current and past clients include: Thames & Hudson Publishers, British Library, HarperCollins, Pavilion Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing, Elliot & Thompson, Phaidon Press, Universal Records, Motown Records, Blue Note Records, Verve Records and Decca Records.

Involved in every aspect of the design process, creating high-end publications for an international market. Initial concepts, art direction, layouts, covers, typography, infographics, illustrations, artworking, typesetting, picture editing, content research, visual identity.

Thames & Hudson

Jan, 2007 — Jan, 2008 (about 1 year)

Design, typography, illustration, artworking and picture research of high-end book covers for an international market. From concept to print. Collaborating with editorial, production, sales and marketing departments.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Jun, 2006 — Dec, 2006 (7 months)

Originally hired to design covers for A&C Black but quickly progressed into designing covers for all other imprints within the company. Six month contract/maternity cover.

Portfolio

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Avant Gardeners

Richardson, Tim

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New Swiss Architecture

Herschdorfer, Nathalie

Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
Byoung Cho

Cho, Soon Chun

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