Silke Spingies

Silke Spingies - Designer

Burton Latimer, UK

Experienced book and magazine designer. I’ve worked as cover and interior designer for Dorling Kindersley. Languages: English and German

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Overview

Hello, I’m Silke. I am a book cover and book interior designer with over eight years of in house experience. I’ve designed reference books at Dorling Kindersley Publishing in London for over five years. There I was given the chance to work alongside the best professionals in the adult reference department both as interior designer and later as cover designer. At DK I’ve learned the craft of making books fit for the mainstream market – from concept to delivering pdfs for print and EPUB.

I’m fluent in English and German (native).

I’m really looking forward to designing your new book.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Career Guides
Economics
Education & Reference
Finance & Accounting
Health & wellbeing
Home & Garden
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Master’s Degree, Applied Imagination, University of the Arts London
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Design and Visual Communication, University of the Arts Berlin
  • Vocational Training, Graphic Design, Lette Verein Berlin

Work experience

Freelance Graphic Designer & Artist

Silke Spingies
May, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

Graphic design work for clients such as:
Neil Seligman, London – The Conscious Professional – Soul Portrait Studio
3C – Specialists in Performance Management

Cover Designer

Dorling Kindersley Publishing
January, 2010 – April, 2012 (about 2 years)

I designed covers of various books on the DK adult range including Illustrated Encyclopedia series, Supernature, Complete Language Packs, Great Paintings, RSPB Birds of Britain and Europe, Digital Photographer’s Handbook, Complete Fishing Manual, Knots Step by Step, Weapon, The Book of Dance

Project Art Editor

Dorling Kindersley Publishing
February, 2007 – January, 2010 (almost 3 years)

I cooperated within a team of editors and designers to develop concepts for new books, including A to Z of Antiques and Collectables, Signs and Symbols, Phrasebook, Botany for the Artist, The Practical Naturalist, Science and Help your Kids with Maths.

Graphic Designer

Boston Hannah International Limited
January, 2004 – August, 2006 (over 2 years)

I designed covers and editorial pages and set up templates for ten magazines including Neues Zuhause (German), essanelle (German), Collections (English), Family Doctor (English) and PGA Tour (English).

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants

Sarah Simblet

An intimate understanding of botany will help any artist create vibrant and realistic art. Sarah Simblet's masterclass provides you with an awareness and appreciation of plants and flowers and shows how to apply that knowledge to your art. Covering every type of plant, from the tiniest mosses and lichens to sumptuous flowers and trees, Sarah shows how to evoke their beauty on your canvas or pa... read more

An intimate understanding of botany will help any artist create vibrant and realistic art. Sarah Simblet's masterclass provides you with an awareness and appreciation of plants and flowers and shows how to apply that knowledge to your art. Covering every type of plant, from the tiniest mosses and lichens to sumptuous flowers and trees, Sarah shows how to evoke their beauty on your canvas or pa... read more

The Complete Fishing Manual

Henry Gilbey

Reel in the complete guide to every aspect of fishing. "The Complete Fishing Manual" is the definitive guide to fishing covering everything from strategies and techniques, to choosing bait, tackle and equipment. Whether you're beach-fishing for sharks or fly-fishing in the rivers of England, advice on anatomy, behaviour and habitat and detailed photography on every technique will mean that no ... read more

Reel in the complete guide to every aspect of fishing. "The Complete Fishing Manual" is the definitive guide to fishing covering everything from strategies and techniques, to choosing bait, tackle and equipment. Whether you're beach-fishing for sharks or fly-fishing in the rivers of England, advice on anatomy, behaviour and habitat and detailed photography on every technique will mean that no ... read more

The Normans: From Raiders to Kings

Lars Brownworth

""Lars Brownworth's The Normans is like a gallop through the Middle Ages on a fast warhorse. It is rare to find an author who takes on a subject so broad and so complex, while delivering a book that is both fast-paced and readable."" Bill Yenne, author of Julius Caesar: Lessons in Leadership from the Great Conqueror; Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the USAF; The White Rose of Stalingrad; ... read more

""Lars Brownworth's The Normans is like a gallop through the Middle Ages on a fast warhorse. It is rare to find an author who takes on a subject so broad and so complex, while delivering a book that is both fast-paced and readable."" Bill Yenne, author of Julius Caesar: Lessons in Leadership from the Great Conqueror; Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the USAF; The White Rose of Stalingrad; ... read more

Deceit

Sandy King

Just for the love of it

Cathy O'Dowd

At 8am on 29 May 1999, Cathy O'Dowd, a 30-year-old mountaineer from South Africa, stepped onto the summit of Everest and into history. She had become the first woman to climb the highest mountain in the world from both its south (Edmund Hillary) and north (George Mallory) sides. To achieve this, Cathy has had to face the ultimate risks of Everest. During her first ascent from the south in 1996... read more

At 8am on 29 May 1999, Cathy O'Dowd, a 30-year-old mountaineer from South Africa, stepped onto the summit of Everest and into history. She had become the first woman to climb the highest mountain in the world from both its south (Edmund Hillary) and north (George Mallory) sides. To achieve this, Cathy has had to face the ultimate risks of Everest. During her first ascent from the south in 1996... read more

Complete Language Pack French: Learn in Just 15 Minutes a Day (Complete Language Packs)

DK

Paperback. Pub Date :2012-07-02 Pages: 352 Language: English Publisher: Dorling Kindersley The perfect starter kit for learning French fast - talk with confidence in just 12 weeksThe Complete Language Pack French is an easy-to-follow. practical course that teaches you all the essentials in just 15 minutes a day. five days a week over three months. Its a complete starter pack for beginners and ... read more

Paperback. Pub Date :2012-07-02 Pages: 352 Language: English Publisher: Dorling Kindersley The perfect starter kit for learning French fast - talk with confidence in just 12 weeksThe Complete Language Pack French is an easy-to-follow. practical course that teaches you all the essentials in just 15 minutes a day. five days a week over three months. Its a complete starter pack for beginners and ... read more

SuperNature (DK Nature)

Derek Harvey

HardCover. Pub Date :2012-09-03 Pages: 256 Language: English Publisher: Dorling Kindersley SuperNature is a dazzling visual tour of nature that tells you all about the 100 greatest superstars of the animal kingdom. from the tiny flea to the enormous humpback whale.With amazing and detailed 3D digital pictures. spectacular photography and stripped away images to take you behind the scenes and u... read more

HardCover. Pub Date :2012-09-03 Pages: 256 Language: English Publisher: Dorling Kindersley SuperNature is a dazzling visual tour of nature that tells you all about the 100 greatest superstars of the animal kingdom. from the tiny flea to the enormous humpback whale.With amazing and detailed 3D digital pictures. spectacular photography and stripped away images to take you behind the scenes and u... read more

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds

DK, Ben Hoare

The beauty and drama of the bird world brought to breathtaking life in a new editionFrom hummingbirds weighing less than a coin to monkey-eating eagles this is a unique celebration of birds, photographed and studied in their natural environments around the world. Explore the complete bird story: from their origins to up-to-date information on flight, anatomy, feeding, communication, breeding, ... read more

The beauty and drama of the bird world brought to breathtaking life in a new editionFrom hummingbirds weighing less than a coin to monkey-eating eagles this is a unique celebration of birds, photographed and studied in their natural environments around the world. Explore the complete bird story: from their origins to up-to-date information on flight, anatomy, feeding, communication, breeding, ... read more

Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Ocean

DK

From mangrove swamp to ocean floor, mollusc to manatee, Atlantic Conveyer to Hurricane Katrina, this guide unravels the mysteries of the sea. It lets you marvel at the oceans' power and importance to our planet - as the birthplace of life on Earth, a crucial element of our climate, and as a vital but increasingly fragile resource for mankind.

From mangrove swamp to ocean floor, mollusc to manatee, Atlantic Conveyer to Hurricane Katrina, this guide unravels the mysteries of the sea. It lets you marvel at the oceans' power and importance to our planet - as the birthplace of life on Earth, a crucial element of our climate, and as a vital but increasingly fragile resource for mankind.

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animal Life

Charlotte Uhlenbroek

Illustrated Encyclopedia Animal Life by Uhlenbroek, Charlotte

Illustrated Encyclopedia Animal Life by Uhlenbroek, Charlotte

Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Earth

DK

This title offers a breathtaking and inspirational exploration of planet Earth. From the fiery mass of the Earth's core to the tip of the highest ice-capped mountain, explore every aspect of our planet in awe-inspiring photographic detail with the "Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Earth". Visit 400 of the tallest, longest, widest, most significant and most unusual physical features on Earth, fr... read more

This title offers a breathtaking and inspirational exploration of planet Earth. From the fiery mass of the Earth's core to the tip of the highest ice-capped mountain, explore every aspect of our planet in awe-inspiring photographic detail with the "Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Earth". Visit 400 of the tallest, longest, widest, most significant and most unusual physical features on Earth, fr... read more

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare: From Ancient Egypt to Iraq

DK

Title: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare( From Ancient Egypt to Iraq) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: SaulDavid <>Publisher: DKPublishing(DorlingKindersley)

Title: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare( From Ancient Egypt to Iraq) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: SaulDavid <>Publisher: DKPublishing(DorlingKindersley)

Silke has 3 reviews

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Charles T.Tuvibidila
WorkiWorking with her is always a wonerful and nice moment, even she is out of office for long time.ng with her is always a nice moment, instead she is out of office for long time.

Charles T.Tuvibidila, September 2020


Charles T.Tuvibidila
Mrs. Silke Spingies is a very great smart and skilled interior designer; she has open easy collaboration with the author, and she offers realist fair affordable fees.

Charles T.Tuvibidila, May 2020


Alexis Per
Silke was extremely professional and detail-oriented. The layout of my book was so beautifully and thoughtfully done. It was such a relief to know that my book was in good hands. I'd recommend Silke to anyone in a heartbeat.

Alexis Per, November 2019

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