Book Cover Design

Melville House UK

Front book cover to Eurovision!, showing love hearts containing the flags of countries
Back cover to Eurovision! showing the back cover blur, quotes, barcode and price details
Front cover to The Mirror Thief, which looks like the back of a playing card
Front cover to The Reflection, showing two silhouettes against a New York skyline
The full book cover, showing the front, spine and back, of The Reflection

Eurovision!

Client Melville House UK

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperback

Skills Illustrator, InDesign, picture research and art working

I created a simple, clean design for the cover, based upon the ‘heart’ from the official Eurovision logo, and used the flags of countries involved in the song contest.

The Mirror Thief

Client Melville House UK

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperback

Skills Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, picture research and art working

An unused option for the design of the UK edition of The Mirror Thief. I based the design on the back of a playing card – Las Vegas is one of the settings in the novel – it also works as a mirror frame.

The Reflection

Client Melville House UK

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperback

Skills Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, picture research and art working

The client asked for an illustrated approach for the front cover, one that incorporated silhouettes, 1950s style clothing and a New York City skyline.

Hesperus Press

Front of the book cover to Ben Hur, showing the shoulder of a Roman soldier in armour
Front of the book cover to Alexander showing a detail from a painting of Alexander the Great
Full book cover for Alexander, showing the front, spine, back and flaps
Front of the book cover to Reanimator, showing a zombie hand reaching for the title
Front of the book cover to Carmilla, showing a creepy woman, dressed all in black, alone in the woods
Full book cover to Carmilla, showing the front, spine, back and flaps
Front of the book cover to The Castle of Otranto, showing a gothic candlestick holder with melted candles
Front of the book cover to The Legend of Conan, showing a the torso of a muscular man holding a sword, with splatters of blood
Front of the book cover to His Family, showing an antique silver pocket watch against a jewellry box
Front of the book cover to The Mad Toy, showing the title in large text agains a green, distressed wooden door
Front of the book cover to Venus in the Cloister, showing a nun kissing a crucifix
Front book cover to Suffragette, showing a black and white photo of Emmeline Pankhurst
Front book cover to Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?, showing the title against the background of the Palestine flag
Front book cover to Poems for Palestine, showing an illustration of a tree with its leaves blowing away in the wind

Client Hesperus Press

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperbacks

Skills Photoshop, InDesign, picture research and art working

I have designed many different covers for Hesperus Press, across a range of genres. This includes classic and contemporary fiction, crime, science fiction, horror, poetry and biographies.

When taking on a brief for Hesperus, I research and source any suitable strong images for the cover and provide any art working. Then, I will select the appropriate typography for the target audience of the book.

I also provide Hesperus Press with posters, press adverts, stickers and web banners to promote their books.

Duckworth Overlook

Front book cover to The Nine Lives of John Ogilby, showing a map scroll
Front book cover to The Bonjour Effect, showing an illustraton of a Frenchman and with the title in a speech bubble
Full book cover to The Bonjour Effect, showing the front, spine, back and flaps
Front book cover to Arcadian Nights, a black cover with gold text and a white and gold Greek pattern
Front book cover to Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, showing an orante frame and line art illustrations of different drinks
Full book cover to Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, showing the front, spine and back covers

The Nine Lives of John Ogilby

Client Duckworth Overlook

Format 195 x 125 mm, hardback

Skills Photoshop, InDesign, picture research and art working

With the Nine Lives of John Ogilby book cover, I selected one of the map scrolls he had created and used that as the primary focus of the cover. I only had a poor quality image to work with, and I had to create the top part of the scroll.

The Bonjour Effect

Client Duckworth Overlook

Format 216 x 138 mm, demi hardback

Skills Photoshop, Illustrator, picture research and art working

I designed a cover using a bold colour palette based upon the colours of the French flag. For the imagery, I chose a simple, flat illustration style. The book is about communicating, so it made sense to place the tile and sub title in speech bubbles.

Arcadian Nights

Client Duckworth Overlook

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperback

Skills Illustrator, InDesign, picture research and art working

The client only had a small budget for this cover and wanted a simple design based on a Greek pottery pattern.

Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks

Client Duckworth Overlook

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperback

Skills Illustrator, InDesign, picture research and art working

For the Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks cover, I chose a flat illustration style and used an absinthe inspired colour palatte.

Kyle Books

Front book cover to Grammar Rules, designed to look like an old school exercise book
Front of the book cover for a book club edition of Grammar Rules with a new title. This cover features a lined paper background, ink splashes and hand drawn typefaces.
Alternative book cover for Grammar Rules, showing the original title of General Grammar with a large pointing finger
Alternative book cover for Grammar Rules, designed to look like a military dossier and using the original title of General Grammar
Alternative book cover for Grammar Rules, designed to look like the front cover of a notebook
Alternative book cover for Grammar Rules, designed to look like writing book

Grammar Rules

Client Kyle Books

Format 198 x 125 mm, hardback, 256 pages

Skills Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, picture research and art working

General Grammar was the original name of the book. Written by a former army officer, the client wanted to emphasise the ‘military’ aspect in the design. During the design process, the title changed to Grammar Rules and moved away from the military design. I based the final design on an old school exercise book.

Following its publication, the client needed a new cover design for a book club edition. For this edition, the title changed to Grammar for Grown-Ups. Aimed at a different market, the new design needed to reflect this. I kept the school book look but went for a more playful direction, using a lined paper background, ink splashes and hand-drawn typefaces.

Also shown, are some examples of the earlier designs, which evolved into Grammar Rules. The client still liked the ‘pointing finger’ and wanted to include it on the final design, so I incorporated it as a stamp.

Vega

Front book cover to Beyond Death, showing a tree on a deserted beach with two empy deck chairs looking out upon the horizon
Front of the book cover for Empty Force, a martial arts book. Cover shows an image of a young man standing in Tai Chi pose on a beach, his image is reflected in the water beneath him.

Beyond Death

Client Chrysalis Books

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperback

Skills Photoshop, Quark Xpress and picture research

This is one of my first book covers, which I designed for Vega, an imprint of Chrysalis Books. I wanted an abstract image that would work with the content of the book. I discovered this image during my research. Everything about it worked – the colours, the tree, the beach, the horizon and the empty deck chairs.

Empty Force – Chi-Cong: Path for the Martial Arts

Client Chrysalis Books

Format 195 x 125 mm, paperback

Skills Photoshop, Quark Xpress and picture research

Another of my early cover designs for Vega. I found a suitable image that reflected balance and calm. I chose a simple light typeface for the title details, to compliment the image.

Running Press

Front book cover for Beadle's Wild West Tales, showing a vintage illustration of two cowboys
Front of book cover for Beadle's Wild West Tales with the original title, Tales of From the Frontier, showing a retro illustration of a cowboy on horseback against a red background

Beadle’s Wild West Tales

Client Running Press

Format 195 x 125 mm, presentation only

Skills Photoshop, InDesign, picture research and art working

This book was to be a collection of Beadle's Wild West 'Dime' stories. I designed two approaches for the front cover. One used an illustration of two cowboys, which I manipulated and designed to look like a distressed retro book/magazine cover. The second, with the original title of Tales from the Frontier, used a retro illustration and a colour scheme designed to appeal to the Dangerous Book for Boys market.

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