How would you describe your job?
I design book covers for Vintage, working across all our imprints and genres – from fiction to sport, history to nature writing. I’m responsible for taking a brief from conception through to final artwork. We also work with the marketing department to help create the wider campaign for certain books. This might mean making posters, wrapping paper or an animation.
What does a typical working day look like?
Generally 9.15am to 6pm, and my commute is about an hour. I usually have around 30 titles I’m responsible for, all at different stages – some just briefed and others about to go to print. So a typical day could involve sitting down with an editor to get feedback on a design, finalising artwork on another jacket and then getting out my paints to begin on another. An ideal day for me would be not having too many emails, meetings or admin to deal with, and having time to really get stuck into a new project.
How did you land your current job?
I was offered an internship at Penguin General after having my portfolio on show at the D&AD New Blood exhibition. After that I managed to stay on as a temp until a year later when a position became available. I loved my time at Penguin General but after four years I was looking to progress and heard about a design vacancy at Vintage. I had long admired their publishing list and beautiful covers so I jumped at the chance. I’ve now been here for almost six years and was promoted to senior designer in November 2015.