Tom Howey

Tom Howey - Designer

Berlin, Germany

Award-winning designer of some major international titles. Modern, clean, graphic style

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Overview

I've designed hundreds of book covers, and dozens of complete books, during a decade in publishing in London and Berlin. Many books proved to be very successful, and were translated into multiple languages and published across the world. Some books were even lucky enough to win or be nominated for awards.

My emphasis is on working closely with authors and editors to create designs that work. A book should look good–it needs to be eye-catching and appealing–but aesthetics aren't enough on their own. To be successful a design needs to communicate the book's content, respect the context of the wider genre, and appeal to those that might wish to read it.

On occasion I've put pen to paper myself and contributed to books about typography, design and architecture, so I understand some of this from the other side, as a writer. I also worked in bookshops for several years, so have an understanding of how books behave in their natural habitat. I read widely, and one of my favourite parts of this job is learning about new subject areas, and trying to figure out how best to represent them visually.



Press reviews of one of my previous designs:

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti
Winner of 'Art Book of the Year' at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival

"The art book to beat all art books"
Huffington Post

"It’s beautiful"
New York Times

"A piece of art in and of itself"
Examiner



Praise from authors, as passed on by editors:

"It is perfect!!! Please thank the designer for me." –R.M.

"I'm seriously delighted, do please let the designers know, won't you?" –K.M.

"I love these. This is just the sort of thing I envisioned. My thanks to the designer." –J.S.

"There are five of the authors in the room just at the moment and they all went 'wow!' when they saw the covers!" –E.C. & D.B.

"Please do pass on my thanks to the design team for their work, and for so clearly working to my preferences." –N.A.

"We are very pleased with the cover designs! Bravo to the artist who synthesized our various suggestions and images into such a beautiful design! We love it. Love it." –S.A.S., J.E.F. & T.J.G.

"I'm really pleased with the design that the team have come up with... could you please send on my compliments and let them know how happy I am with their work?"K.K.

'The author is too excited to choose: "Love them!!!"' –M.M.

'The author has replied with the exact words "Wow, they both look fantastic!"' –M.J.

'The author absolutely loved the concept! She "adores them both" and wanted to express her "gratitude to the incredible design team."'S.G.

'The author said the suggestions were "amazing."' –M.E.

"Thank you for designing such a great cover for my recently published book–I'm very happy with the result and I've already received a lot of positive feedback." –H.L.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Fashion & Textiles
History
Music
Philosophy
Political Science & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • MA Graphic Design
  • BA Architecture

Work experience

Director

Self-employed
November, 2014 – Present (about 7 years)

Freelance book cover design and book design

Senior Designer

Quintessence Editions
March, 2010 – November, 2014 (over 4 years)

Coffee table books on art and culture

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

Schacter, Rafael, Fekner, John

The Evolution of Human Settlements

William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson

This book analyzes the history and development of settlements—from the earliest periods in human history to the present day—from a Darwinian evolutionary perspective. At the foundation of the evolutionary model is the argument that the human capacity for complex communication and unique problem-solving ability have led to the formation and reality of the modern city and its scaled-up megacity ... read more

This book analyzes the history and development of settlements—from the earliest periods in human history to the present day—from a Darwinian evolutionary perspective. At the foundation of the evolutionary model is the argument that the human capacity for complex communication and unique problem-solving ability have led to the formation and reality of the modern city and its scaled-up megacity ... read more

The Politics of Drugs

Susanne MacGregor

This book explores the complexities of drugs policy in Britain, contradicting the over simplified representation found in the public sphere. It focuses on developments in Britain since the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971, covering debates at national level and local experiences set in international and European context, emphasizing the interconnectivity between people and countries in this global ... read more

This book explores the complexities of drugs policy in Britain, contradicting the over simplified representation found in the public sphere. It focuses on developments in Britain since the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971, covering debates at national level and local experiences set in international and European context, emphasizing the interconnectivity between people and countries in this global ... read more

Black Masculinity and Hip-Hop Music

Xinling Li

This book offers an interdisciplinary study of hip-hop music written and performed by rappers who happen to be out black gay men. It examines the storytelling mechanisms of gay themed lyrics, and how these form protests and become enabling tools for (black) gay men to discuss issues such as living on the down-low and HIV/AIDS. It considers how the biased promotion of feminised gay male artists... read more

This book offers an interdisciplinary study of hip-hop music written and performed by rappers who happen to be out black gay men. It examines the storytelling mechanisms of gay themed lyrics, and how these form protests and become enabling tools for (black) gay men to discuss issues such as living on the down-low and HIV/AIDS. It considers how the biased promotion of feminised gay male artists... read more

Heidegger with Derrida

Dror Pimentel

Heidegger with Derrida: Being Written attempts, for the first time, to think Heidegger's philosophy through the lens of Derrida's logocentric thesis, according to which speech has, throughout the history of metaphysics, been given primacy over writing. The book offers a detailed account of Derrida's arguments about the debasement of writing, an account that leads to a new definition of writing... read more

Heidegger with Derrida: Being Written attempts, for the first time, to think Heidegger's philosophy through the lens of Derrida's logocentric thesis, according to which speech has, throughout the history of metaphysics, been given primacy over writing. The book offers a detailed account of Derrida's arguments about the debasement of writing, an account that leads to a new definition of writing... read more

Soft Power Made in China

Claire Seungeun Lee

This book analyzes the ways in which China’s soft power growth faces dilemmas in East Asia through both online and offline platforms. One dilemma for China’s transnational soft power-field expansion lies in the intersection of its source and receiving countries. The author discusses how transnational audiences’ consumption and reception of Chinese television series are shaped by domestic facto... read more

This book analyzes the ways in which China’s soft power growth faces dilemmas in East Asia through both online and offline platforms. One dilemma for China’s transnational soft power-field expansion lies in the intersection of its source and receiving countries. The author discusses how transnational audiences’ consumption and reception of Chinese television series are shaped by domestic facto... read more

Feminism and Intersectionality in Academia

Stephanie Anne Shelton, Jill Ewing Flynn, Tanetha Jamay Grosland

This edited volume explores the diversities and complexities of women’s experiences in higher education. Its emphasis on personal narratives provides a forum for topics not typically found in in print, such as mental illness, marital difficulties, and gender identity. The intersectional narratives afford typically disenfranchised women opportunities to share experiences in ways that de-center ... read more

This edited volume explores the diversities and complexities of women’s experiences in higher education. Its emphasis on personal narratives provides a forum for topics not typically found in in print, such as mental illness, marital difficulties, and gender identity. The intersectional narratives afford typically disenfranchised women opportunities to share experiences in ways that de-center ... read more

Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things

Marcel Danesi

This book deals with one the most interesting aspects of human life—the search for meaning. It discusses how the science of semiotics is equipped to provide insight on what meaning is and how we produce it. Why is it that certain people routinely put their survival at risk by smoking? Why is it that some women make locomotion difficult for themselves by donning high-heel footwear? Are there un... read more

This book deals with one the most interesting aspects of human life—the search for meaning. It discusses how the science of semiotics is equipped to provide insight on what meaning is and how we produce it. Why is it that certain people routinely put their survival at risk by smoking? Why is it that some women make locomotion difficult for themselves by donning high-heel footwear? Are there un... read more

Analyzing Digital Discourse

Patricia Bou-Franch, Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich

This innovative edited collection presents new insights into emerging debates around digital communication practices. It brings together research by leading international experts to examine methods and approaches, multimodality, face and identity, across five thematically organised sections. Its contributors revise current paradigms in view of past, present, and future research and analyse how... read more

This innovative edited collection presents new insights into emerging debates around digital communication practices. It brings together research by leading international experts to examine methods and approaches, multimodality, face and identity, across five thematically organised sections. Its contributors revise current paradigms in view of past, present, and future research and analyse how... read more

Populist Discourse

Marcia Macaulay

This edited collection draws on case studies from around the world to shed light on the sometimes contentious topic of populism. Examining diverse contexts including North America, Latin America, Europe, New Zealand, and Russia, the authors employ different approaches to populist discourse to analyse key notions in populism such as ‘the people’ and ‘the heartland’ as well as the exploitation o... read more

This edited collection draws on case studies from around the world to shed light on the sometimes contentious topic of populism. Examining diverse contexts including North America, Latin America, Europe, New Zealand, and Russia, the authors employ different approaches to populist discourse to analyse key notions in populism such as ‘the people’ and ‘the heartland’ as well as the exploitation o... read more

Economies of Collaboration in Performance

Karen Savage, Dominic Symonds

This is a book about collaboration in the arts, which explores how working together seems to achieve more than the sum of the parts. It introduces ideas from economics to conceptualize notions of externalities, complementarity, and emergence, and playfully explores collaborative structures such as the swarm, the crowd, the flock, and the network. It uses up-to-date thinking about Wikinomics, P... read more

This is a book about collaboration in the arts, which explores how working together seems to achieve more than the sum of the parts. It introduces ideas from economics to conceptualize notions of externalities, complementarity, and emergence, and playfully explores collaborative structures such as the swarm, the crowd, the flock, and the network. It uses up-to-date thinking about Wikinomics, P... read more

LGBT Athletes in the Sports Media

Rory Magrath

In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes have received more media attention than ever before. Declining levels of homophobia across the Western world has facilitated a greater acceptance of LGBT athletes among heterosexual teammates, fans, and the sports media. Consequently, academic interest in sport, gender and sexuality has also increased substantially. This ... read more

In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes have received more media attention than ever before. Declining levels of homophobia across the Western world has facilitated a greater acceptance of LGBT athletes among heterosexual teammates, fans, and the sports media. Consequently, academic interest in sport, gender and sexuality has also increased substantially. This ... read more

Samuel Beckett's Critical Aesthetics

Tim Lawrence

This book considers how Samuel Beckett’s critical essays, dialogues and reflections drew together longstanding philosophical discourses about the nature of representation, and fostered crucial, yet overlooked, connections between these discourses and his fiction and poetry. It also pays attention to Beckett’s writing for little-magazines in France from the 1930s to the 1950s, before going on t... read more

This book considers how Samuel Beckett’s critical essays, dialogues and reflections drew together longstanding philosophical discourses about the nature of representation, and fostered crucial, yet overlooked, connections between these discourses and his fiction and poetry. It also pays attention to Beckett’s writing for little-magazines in France from the 1930s to the 1950s, before going on t... read more

The Impact of Critical Rationalism

Raphael Sassower, Nathaniel Laor

As a student and disciple of Karl Popper and longtime managing editor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Ian C. Jarvie extended the notion of Critical Rationalism to be useful in anthropology, aesthetics, film studies, and various social sciences. In this Festschrift, contributors from a range of interests and disciplines engage with the Popperian legacy and Jarvie’s scholarly and editorial... read more

As a student and disciple of Karl Popper and longtime managing editor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Ian C. Jarvie extended the notion of Critical Rationalism to be useful in anthropology, aesthetics, film studies, and various social sciences. In this Festschrift, contributors from a range of interests and disciplines engage with the Popperian legacy and Jarvie’s scholarly and editorial... read more

The Executive's How-To Guide to Automation

George E. Danner

From driverless cars to pilotless planes, many functions that have previously required human labor can now be performed using artificial intelligence. For businesses, this use of AI results in reduced labor costs and, even more important, creating a competitive advantage. How does one look at any organization and begin the work of automating it in sensible ways? This book provides the blueprin... read more

From driverless cars to pilotless planes, many functions that have previously required human labor can now be performed using artificial intelligence. For businesses, this use of AI results in reduced labor costs and, even more important, creating a competitive advantage. How does one look at any organization and begin the work of automating it in sensible ways? This book provides the blueprin... read more

Immanence and Illusion in Sartre’s Ontology of Consciousness

Caleb Heldt

This book is a critical re-evaluation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s phenomenological ontology, in which a theory of egological complicity and self-deception informing his later better known theory of bad faith is developed. This novel reinterpretation offers a systematic challenge to orthodox apprehensions of Sartre’s conceputualization of transcendental consciousness and the role that the ego plays w... read more

This book is a critical re-evaluation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s phenomenological ontology, in which a theory of egological complicity and self-deception informing his later better known theory of bad faith is developed. This novel reinterpretation offers a systematic challenge to orthodox apprehensions of Sartre’s conceputualization of transcendental consciousness and the role that the ego plays w... read more

Universities in the Age of Reform, 1800–1870

Matthew Andrews

This book considers a crucial moment in the development of English higher education, and also provides a new and comprehensive history of the early decades of Durham University. During the Age of Reform innovative ideas about the role and purpose of a university were moving at an unprecedented pace. Proposals for new institutions in all parts of the country were developing quickly and resulted... read more

This book considers a crucial moment in the development of English higher education, and also provides a new and comprehensive history of the early decades of Durham University. During the Age of Reform innovative ideas about the role and purpose of a university were moving at an unprecedented pace. Proposals for new institutions in all parts of the country were developing quickly and resulted... read more

Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017

Michael J. Blouin

Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role ... read more

Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role ... read more

Conspiracy & Populism

Eirikur Bergmann

Europeans are being replaced by foreign invaders, aided by cultural Marxists who are plotting an Islamist subversion of the continent. The Bilderberg group – and/or the Illuminati – are instating a totalitarian New World Order. Angela Merkel is the secret daughter of Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama was illegitimate, and George W. Bush was in on the 9/11 attacks. Also, the Holocaust is a hoax, membe... read more

Europeans are being replaced by foreign invaders, aided by cultural Marxists who are plotting an Islamist subversion of the continent. The Bilderberg group – and/or the Illuminati – are instating a totalitarian New World Order. Angela Merkel is the secret daughter of Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama was illegitimate, and George W. Bush was in on the 9/11 attacks. Also, the Holocaust is a hoax, membe... read more

Architecture: The Whole Story

Jones, Denna, Rogers, Richard, Gumuchdjian, Philip

Tom has 12 reviews

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Ric Williams
I'd work with Tom again in a second. He's precise developing designs, original coming up with creative options, patient getting me up to speed on essential issues, and sees the global picture. On top of that he's fun. I consider him a colleague and consummate professional.

Ric Williams, September 2021


John Rowe
End result was beyond expectation.

John Rowe, June 2021


Shimon Garber
This's the third job Tom Howey is doing for me. Very professional and reliable

Shimon Garber, May 2021


Shimon Garber
Tom Howey very professional designer and this job is the second one we are doing together

Shimon Garber, May 2021


Philip Waterhouse
Thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with Tom. I loved the outcome of his work- my book cover. Recommended!

Philip Waterhouse, April 2021

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