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Sandra Friesen

Sandra FriesenDesigner

London, UK

I am book designer with 12 years of experience creating covers and interiors for non-fiction and illustrated books.

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There is nothing I find more rewarding than creating book covers and interiors that their authors love.


I work with many of the best academic publishers in Canada, as well as trade and academic publishers in the UK. I have also worked with galleries and artists designing art books and catalogs.

Here is what some of my clients have to say about working with me:

“I think your cover will really stand out on the bookshelves. Everyone was extremely impressed with these visuals: thank you so much. You obviously spent a lot of time researching them.”
— Alison Rae, Managing Editor, Polygon

“I’ve worked with Sandra for many years and she is a gifted designer whose cover designs look great and are marketable as well. Sandra is pleasure to work with — she meets tight deadlines and works within our budget while being very professional, flexible and always courteous.”
— Heather Blaine-Yankee, Production and Editorial Projects Manager, Wilfrid Laurier University Press

“Sandra is a talented and thoroughly professional typographer. She has a discerning eye, an unerring feel for visual “rightness” on the page, and in her communication with the Press she is prompt to respond and unfailingly courteous.”
— Rob Kohlmeier, Managing Editor, Wilfrid Laurier University Press

“Sandra has a keen eye for good design and creates exquisitely elegant book covers and interiors.”
— Marie Clausén, Managing Editor and Production Manager, University of Ottawa Press

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Poetry
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History LGBTQ (non fiction) Music Nature Philosophy Politics & Current Affairs Psychology Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada

Work experience

Book series cover designer

Sandra Friesen is self-employed

February, 2017 – Present (about 2 months)

I designed a series of covers for books about London for the British Library

Book cover designer

I. B. Tauris

February, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

I provide freelance book cover design for I. B. Tauris on an ongoing basis.

Book cover designer

University of Minnesota Press

August, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

I provide freelance cover design for UMN Press on an ongoing basis.

Book cover designer

University of Toronto Press

December, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

I provide freelance book cover design for UTP on an ongoing basis.

Journal cover design

Liverpool University Press

November, 2014 – December, 2014 (about 1 month)

I provide freelance journal cover design on an ongoing basis.

Book cover designer

McGill-Queens University Press

February, 2014 – Present (about 3 years)

I provide freelance book cover design for MQUP on an ongoing basis.

Book cover designer

Polygon

March, 2012 – May, 2012 (2 months)

I designed a poetry book cover for Polygon.

Textbook cover designer

Pearson Canada

December, 2009 – January, 2013 (about 3 years)

Designed covers and interiors for several textbooks.

Book cover and interior designer

Ottawa University Press

February, 2008 – April, 2013 (about 5 years)

I provided freelance book cover and interior design for OUP on a regular basis.

Book cover and interior designer

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

September, 2005 – Present (over 11 years)

I provide freelance book cover and interior design for WLUP on an ongoing basis.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Abuse or Punishment?: Violence toward Children in Quebec Families, 1850-1969 (Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada)

Marie-Aimée Cliche

At one time, the use of corporal punishment by parents in child-rearing was considered normal, but in the second half of the nineteenth century this begin to change, in Quebec as well as the rest of the Western world. It was during this period that the extent of ill-treatment inflicted on children—treatment once excused as good child-rearing practice—was discovered.This book analyzes both the ... read more

At one time, the use of corporal punishment by parents in child-rearing was considered normal, but in the second half of the nineteenth century this begin to change, in Quebec as well as the rest of the Western world. It was during this period that the extent of ill-treatment inflicted on children—treatment once excused as good child-rearing practice—was discovered.This book analyzes both the ... read more

Unified Fields: Science and Literary Form

Janine Rogers

Literary form presents an important opportunity for understanding the relationship between literature and science. Through a series of close readings of poetry and prose, Unified Fields demonstrates that formal structures in literature can relate to scientific concepts through their essential interpretive functions.Janine Rogers engages with a wide range of writing from Canadian, British, and ... read more

Literary form presents an important opportunity for understanding the relationship between literature and science. Through a series of close readings of poetry and prose, Unified Fields demonstrates that formal structures in literature can relate to scientific concepts through their essential interpretive functions.Janine Rogers engages with a wide range of writing from Canadian, British, and ... read more

A Brief History of Women in Quebec (Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada)

Denyse Baillargeon

A Brief History of Women in Quebec examines the historical experience of women of different social classes and origins (geographic, ethnic, and racial) from the period of contact between Europeans and Aboriginals to the twenty-first century to give a nuanced and complex account of the main transformations in their lives. Themes explored include demography, such as marriage, fecundity, and immi... read more

A Brief History of Women in Quebec examines the historical experience of women of different social classes and origins (geographic, ethnic, and racial) from the period of contact between Europeans and Aboriginals to the twenty-first century to give a nuanced and complex account of the main transformations in their lives. Themes explored include demography, such as marriage, fecundity, and immi... read more

Map Worlds: A History of Women in Cartography

Will C. van den Hoonaard

Map Worlds plots a journey of discovery through the world of women map-makers from the golden age of cartography in the sixteenth-century Low Countries to tactile maps in contemporary Brazil. Author Will C. van den Hoonaard examines the history of women in the profession, sets out the situation of women in technical fields and cartography-related organizations, and outlines the challenges they... read more

Map Worlds plots a journey of discovery through the world of women map-makers from the golden age of cartography in the sixteenth-century Low Countries to tactile maps in contemporary Brazil. Author Will C. van den Hoonaard examines the history of women in the profession, sets out the situation of women in technical fields and cartography-related organizations, and outlines the challenges they... read more

Double-Takes: Intersections Between Canadian Literature and Film (Reappraisals: Canadian Writers)

Over the past forty years, Canadian literature has found its way to the silver screen with increasing regularity. Beginning with the adaptation of Margaret Laurence's A Jest of God to the Hollywood film Rachel, Rachel in 1966, Canadian writing would appear to have found a doubly successful life for itself at the movies: from the critically acclaimed Kamouraska and The Apprenticeship of Duddy K... read more

Over the past forty years, Canadian literature has found its way to the silver screen with increasing regularity. Beginning with the adaptation of Margaret Laurence's A Jest of God to the Hollywood film Rachel, Rachel in 1966, Canadian writing would appear to have found a doubly successful life for itself at the movies: from the critically acclaimed Kamouraska and The Apprenticeship of Duddy K... read more

Laughing at the Clock: New Selected Poems: Deanamh Gaire Ris a' Chloc: Dain Ur Agus Taghta

Aonghas MacNeacail

Written by one of today's foremost poets writing in the Gaelic language, this bilingual compilation touches upon various themes, including love, aging, memory, language, politics, and landscape. Displaying a tight mastery of form and beautifully controlled rhythm, it is a celebration of the best in contemporary Scottish poetry.

Written by one of today's foremost poets writing in the Gaelic language, this bilingual compilation touches upon various themes, including love, aging, memory, language, politics, and landscape. Displaying a tight mastery of form and beautifully controlled rhythm, it is a celebration of the best in contemporary Scottish poetry.

Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies

Think you know a thing or two about zombies? Think again. If you’re going to keep your wits – and your brains – about you during a zombie attack, you need expert advice. Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies gathers together an irreverent group of scholars and writers to take a serious look at how zombies threaten almost every aspect of our lives. Spawned from the viral publication "When ... read more

Think you know a thing or two about zombies? Think again. If you’re going to keep your wits – and your brains – about you during a zombie attack, you need expert advice. Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies gathers together an irreverent group of scholars and writers to take a serious look at how zombies threaten almost every aspect of our lives. Spawned from the viral publication "When ... read more

From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic

Myriam J.A. Chancy

Sovereignty. Sugar. Revolution. These are the three axes this book uses to link the works of contemporary women artists from Haiti—a country excluded in contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literary studies—the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. In From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, Myriam Chancy aims to show that Haiti’s exclusion is grounded... read more

Sovereignty. Sugar. Revolution. These are the three axes this book uses to link the works of contemporary women artists from Haiti—a country excluded in contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literary studies—the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. In From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, Myriam Chancy aims to show that Haiti’s exclusion is grounded... read more

Beyond Bylines: Media Workers and Women’s Rights in Canada (Film and Media Studies)

Barbara M. Freeman

Beyond Bylines: Media Workers and Women’s Rights in Canada explores the ways in which several of Canada’s women journalists, broadcasters, and other media workers reached well beyond the glory of their personal bylines to advocate for the most controversial women’s rights of their eras. To do so, some of them adopted conventional feminine identities, while others refused to conform altogether,... read more

Beyond Bylines: Media Workers and Women’s Rights in Canada explores the ways in which several of Canada’s women journalists, broadcasters, and other media workers reached well beyond the glory of their personal bylines to advocate for the most controversial women’s rights of their eras. To do so, some of them adopted conventional feminine identities, while others refused to conform altogether,... read more

Just a Larger Family: Letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian Home Front,1940–1944 (Life Writing)

The Second World War had been under way for a year when Marie and John Williamson welcomed two English brothers to join them and their two children in their small house in north Toronto for the duration of the conflict. Marie wrote over 150 letters to the boys’ mother, Margaret Sharp, imagining that she could make Margaret feel she was still with her children. She shepherded the boys through e... read more

The Second World War had been under way for a year when Marie and John Williamson welcomed two English brothers to join them and their two children in their small house in north Toronto for the duration of the conflict. Marie wrote over 150 letters to the boys’ mother, Margaret Sharp, imagining that she could make Margaret feel she was still with her children. She shepherded the boys through e... read more

Sexual Enjoyment in British Romanticism: Gender and Psychoanalysis, 1753-1835

David Sigler

Debates about gender in the British Romantic period often invoked the idea of sexual enjoyment: there was a broad cultural concern about jouissance, the all-engulfing pleasure pertaining to sexual gratification. On one hand, these debates made possible the modern psychological concept of the unconscious - since desire was seen as an uncontrollable force, the unconscious became the repository o... read more

Debates about gender in the British Romantic period often invoked the idea of sexual enjoyment: there was a broad cultural concern about jouissance, the all-engulfing pleasure pertaining to sexual gratification. On one hand, these debates made possible the modern psychological concept of the unconscious - since desire was seen as an uncontrollable force, the unconscious became the repository o... read more

Tea: A User's Guide

Tony Gebely

Tea: A User’s Guide is the most up-to-date and factual guide to specialty tea. This volume presents an extensively peer-reviewed framework for navigating the world of tea whether you are just embarking on your tea journey or whether you have been drinking tea your entire life.In this book, you’ll discover:How tea is grown and processed.How so many tea products are derived from a single species... read more

Tea: A User’s Guide is the most up-to-date and factual guide to specialty tea. This volume presents an extensively peer-reviewed framework for navigating the world of tea whether you are just embarking on your tea journey or whether you have been drinking tea your entire life.In this book, you’ll discover:How tea is grown and processed.How so many tea products are derived from a single species... read more

Bloomsbury: Beyond the Establishment (Bl London)

Matthew Ingleby

Bloomsbury lies at the heart of cultural and intellectual London, famed for its museums, universities and literary heritage. Matthew Ingleby's new history ranges across the neighbourhood to explore hidden corners and reveal unexpected connections between Bloomsbury's past and present, its buildings and its people, its austere towers and its garden squares. Ingleby examines the facets of Blooms... read more

Bloomsbury lies at the heart of cultural and intellectual London, famed for its museums, universities and literary heritage. Matthew Ingleby's new history ranges across the neighbourhood to explore hidden corners and reveal unexpected connections between Bloomsbury's past and present, its buildings and its people, its austere towers and its garden squares. Ingleby examines the facets of Blooms... read more

Soho: The Heart of Bohemian London (Bl London)

Peter Speiser

'When the respectable Londoner wants to feel devilish, he goes to Soho', wrote Thomas Burke in 1915 - but these words could have been uttered at any point in Soho's colourful history. From humble beginnings, Soho developed into a fashionable centre for London's nobility in the eighteenth century. This same area was to become a poverty-stricken Victorian hub of cheap lodging houses, the Soho of... read more

'When the respectable Londoner wants to feel devilish, he goes to Soho', wrote Thomas Burke in 1915 - but these words could have been uttered at any point in Soho's colourful history. From humble beginnings, Soho developed into a fashionable centre for London's nobility in the eighteenth century. This same area was to become a poverty-stricken Victorian hub of cheap lodging houses, the Soho of... read more

Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Golden Age

Michael Meylac

"For most of my life I lived behind a curtain – not the magic one of theatre, but Stalin’s Iron Curtain between the East and the West. However, it was full of holes." So writes Michael Meylac, whose love of ballet began in his youth in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), when as a boy, his parents would take him to the famed Mariinsky and Maly Theatres in their neighborhood to see the popular post... read more

"For most of my life I lived behind a curtain – not the magic one of theatre, but Stalin’s Iron Curtain between the East and the West. However, it was full of holes." So writes Michael Meylac, whose love of ballet began in his youth in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), when as a boy, his parents would take him to the famed Mariinsky and Maly Theatres in their neighborhood to see the popular post... read more

Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age (Rotman-UTP Publishing)

Patricia Meredith, James L. Darroch

Canada’s big six banks weathered the 2008 financial crisis very well. Their adherence to tried and tested twentieth-century products and services made them a safe harbour in the financial storm. However, as the modern global information economy continues to develop, the banks must confront their innovation crisis, or they will fail.In Stumbling Giants, Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch em... read more

Canada’s big six banks weathered the 2008 financial crisis very well. Their adherence to tried and tested twentieth-century products and services made them a safe harbour in the financial storm. However, as the modern global information economy continues to develop, the banks must confront their innovation crisis, or they will fail.In Stumbling Giants, Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch em... read more

Paramedics On and Off the Streets: Emergency Medical Services in the Age of Technological Governance

Michael K. Corman

In Paramedics On and Off the Streets, Michael K. Corman embarks on an institutional ethnography of the complex, mundane, intricate, and exhilarating work of paramedics in Calgary, Alberta. Corman’s comprehensive research includes more than 200 hours of participant observation ride-alongs with paramedics over a period of eleven months, more than one hundred first hand interviews with paramedics... read more

In Paramedics On and Off the Streets, Michael K. Corman embarks on an institutional ethnography of the complex, mundane, intricate, and exhilarating work of paramedics in Calgary, Alberta. Corman’s comprehensive research includes more than 200 hours of participant observation ride-alongs with paramedics over a period of eleven months, more than one hundred first hand interviews with paramedics... read more

Sexography: Sex Work in Documentary

Nicholas de Villiers

The turn of the twenty-first century has witnessed an eruption of nonfiction films on sex work. The first book to examine a cross-section of this diverse and transnational body of work, Sexography confronts the ethical questions raised by ethnographic documentary and interviews with sexually marginalized subjects. Nicholas de Villiers argues that carnal and cultural knowledge are inextricably ... read more

The turn of the twenty-first century has witnessed an eruption of nonfiction films on sex work. The first book to examine a cross-section of this diverse and transnational body of work, Sexography confronts the ethical questions raised by ethnographic documentary and interviews with sexually marginalized subjects. Nicholas de Villiers argues that carnal and cultural knowledge are inextricably ... read more

Creaturely Love: How Desire Makes Us More and Less Than Human (Posthumanities)

Dominic Pettman

To our modern ears the word “creature” has wild, musky, even monstrous, connotations. And yet the terms “creaturely” and “love,” taken together, have traditionally been associated with theological debates around the enigmatic affection between God and His key creation, Man. In Creaturely Love, Dominic Pettman explores the ways in which desire makes us both more, and less, human. In an eminentl... read more

To our modern ears the word “creature” has wild, musky, even monstrous, connotations. And yet the terms “creaturely” and “love,” taken together, have traditionally been associated with theological debates around the enigmatic affection between God and His key creation, Man. In Creaturely Love, Dominic Pettman explores the ways in which desire makes us both more, and less, human. In an eminentl... read more

The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ (Erasmus Studies)

Ross Dealy

This original and provocative engagement with Erasmus’ work argues that the Dutch humanist discovered in classical Stoicism several principles which he developed into a paradigm-shifting application of Stoicism to Christianity. Ross Dealy offers novel readings of some lesser and well-known Erasmian texts and presents a detailed discussion of the reception of Stoicism in the Renaissance. In a c... read more

This original and provocative engagement with Erasmus’ work argues that the Dutch humanist discovered in classical Stoicism several principles which he developed into a paradigm-shifting application of Stoicism to Christianity. Ross Dealy offers novel readings of some lesser and well-known Erasmian texts and presents a detailed discussion of the reception of Stoicism in the Renaissance. In a c... read more

Predator Empire: Drone Warfare and Full Spectrum Dominance

Ian G. R. Shaw

What does it mean for human beings to exist in an era of dronified state violence? How can we understand the rise of robotic systems of power and domination? Focusing on U.S. drone warfare and its broader implications as no other book has to date, Predator Empire argues that we are witnessing a transition from a labor-intensive “American empire” to a machine-intensive “Predator Empire.” Moving... read more

What does it mean for human beings to exist in an era of dronified state violence? How can we understand the rise of robotic systems of power and domination? Focusing on U.S. drone warfare and its broader implications as no other book has to date, Predator Empire argues that we are witnessing a transition from a labor-intensive “American empire” to a machine-intensive “Predator Empire.” Moving... read more

Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey

Kaya Genç

Turkey stands at the crossroads of the Middle East―caught between the West and ISIS, Syria and Russia, and governed by an increasingly forceful leader. Acclaimed writer Kaya Genç has been covering his country for the past decade. In Under the Shadow he meets activists from both sides of Turkey's political divide: Gezi park protestors who fought tear gas and batons to transform their country's ... read more

Turkey stands at the crossroads of the Middle East―caught between the West and ISIS, Syria and Russia, and governed by an increasingly forceful leader. Acclaimed writer Kaya Genç has been covering his country for the past decade. In Under the Shadow he meets activists from both sides of Turkey's political divide: Gezi park protestors who fought tear gas and batons to transform their country's ... read more

The Politics of Crime in Turkey: Neoliberalism, Police and the Urban Poor (Library of Modern Turkey)

Zeynep Gonen

This book focuses on urban crime and policing in Turkey since the steady economic decline of the 1990s. Concentrating on the attempts to 'modernize' the policing of Izmir, Zeynep Gonen highlights how the police force expanded their territorial control over the urban space, specifically targeting the poor and racialized segments of the city. Through in-depth interviews and ethnographic observat... read more

This book focuses on urban crime and policing in Turkey since the steady economic decline of the 1990s. Concentrating on the attempts to 'modernize' the policing of Izmir, Zeynep Gonen highlights how the police force expanded their territorial control over the urban space, specifically targeting the poor and racialized segments of the city. Through in-depth interviews and ethnographic observat... read more

The Selected Essays of Sean O'Faolain

Brad Kent

Sean O’Faolain (1900-1991) was Ireland’s leading social and political critic in the period following the country’s independence from the United Kingdom. Since his death, scholarly opinion has alternately cast him as an arch-revisionist, a liberal nationalist, and a frustrated republican. The Selected Essays of Sean O’Faolain reassesses his reputation by showing that he wrote in the tradition o... read more

Sean O’Faolain (1900-1991) was Ireland’s leading social and political critic in the period following the country’s independence from the United Kingdom. Since his death, scholarly opinion has alternately cast him as an arch-revisionist, a liberal nationalist, and a frustrated republican. The Selected Essays of Sean O’Faolain reassesses his reputation by showing that he wrote in the tradition o... read more

Between Dispersion and Belonging: Global Approaches to Diaspora in Practice

Amitava Chowdhury, Donald Harman Akenson

As a historical and religious term "diaspora" has existed for many years, but it only became an academic and analytical concept in the 1980s and ’90s. Within its various usages, two broad directions stand out: diaspora as a dispersion of people from an original homeland, and diaspora as a claim of identity that expresses a form of belonging and also keeps alive a sense of difference. Between D... read more

As a historical and religious term "diaspora" has existed for many years, but it only became an academic and analytical concept in the 1980s and ’90s. Within its various usages, two broad directions stand out: diaspora as a dispersion of people from an original homeland, and diaspora as a claim of identity that expresses a form of belonging and also keeps alive a sense of difference. Between D... read more

Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America

Anthony Ryan Hatch

Why do African Americans have exceptionally high rates of hypertension, diabetes, and obesity? Is it their genes? Their disease-prone culture? Their poor diets? Such racist explanations for racial inequalities in metabolic health have circulated in medical journals for decades. Blood Sugar analyzes and challenges the ways in which “metabolic syndrome” has become a major biomedical category tha... read more

Why do African Americans have exceptionally high rates of hypertension, diabetes, and obesity? Is it their genes? Their disease-prone culture? Their poor diets? Such racist explanations for racial inequalities in metabolic health have circulated in medical journals for decades. Blood Sugar analyzes and challenges the ways in which “metabolic syndrome” has become a major biomedical category tha... read more

Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer (Life Writing)

Kenneth Sherman

When poet and essayist Kenneth Sherman was diagnosed with cancer, he began keeping a notebook of observations that blossomed into this powerful memoir. With incisive and evocative language, Sherman presents a clear-eyed view of what the cancer patient feels and thinks. His narrative voice is personal but not confessional, practical but not cold, thoughtful and searching but not self-pitying or... read more

When poet and essayist Kenneth Sherman was diagnosed with cancer, he began keeping a notebook of observations that blossomed into this powerful memoir. With incisive and evocative language, Sherman presents a clear-eyed view of what the cancer patient feels and thinks. His narrative voice is personal but not confessional, practical but not cold, thoughtful and searching but not self-pitying or... read more

Mind, Body, Motion, Matter: Eighteenth-Century British and French Literary Perspectives

Mind, Body, Motion, Matter investigates the relationship between the eighteenth century’s two predominant approaches to the natural world – mechanistic materialism and vitalism – in the works of leading British and French writers such as Daniel Defoe, William Hogarth, Laurence Sterne, the third Earl of Shaftesbury and Denis Diderot. Focusing on embodied experience and the materialization of th... read more

Mind, Body, Motion, Matter investigates the relationship between the eighteenth century’s two predominant approaches to the natural world – mechanistic materialism and vitalism – in the works of leading British and French writers such as Daniel Defoe, William Hogarth, Laurence Sterne, the third Earl of Shaftesbury and Denis Diderot. Focusing on embodied experience and the materialization of th... read more

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Rob Davies

It was a pleasure working with Sandra - she went above and beyond our original discussions (e.g. undertaking picture research) and familiarised herself with the text of each book in some detail to ensure an eye-catching, commercial, and thoroughly market-appropriate design.

, March 2017

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