Where does the majority of your work take place?
Obviously most of the design work is on a Mac in the studio, however I like to bring other design, art and craft skills into my work whenever possible. So, for example, I may produce some hand-drawn lettering, or use some letterpress type, or incorporate some handprinted element.
How collaborative is your role?
I am constantly commissioning illustrators, photographers and even freelance designers, so a lot of the book covers are very collaborative in that sense. We do also regularly work on larger group projects within the department, such as designs for a series or a limited edition collections of books.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
I am happiest when I’m creating – whether that’s coming up with an elegant type layout, or getting my hands dirty with a screen print. My least favourite aspect of designing book jackets is having your work constantly critiqued, and having to justify every element. It is an inevitable part of what we do – there are so many people with a vested interest in the final product, and they all seem to have opinions. We just have to remember that we are designers, not artists, and it is our responsibility to make a design work for whoever the market is.