About Me


I’m Nicky. I’m a graphic designer and brand creative with over 18 years’ experience in the publishing industry.

I’ve worked in-house in senior creative roles for Palgrave Macmillan and Nature, and as a freelance consultant or designer for Head of Zeus, Jessica Kingsley, Bristol University Press, Bloomsbury, RightsZone and Manchester University Press – among many others. I know the processes involved in publishing like the back of my hand, and enjoy every quirk and detail of it! I’d love to work with you to create something exciting; and I specialise in helping to articulate your brand – from values through to visuals, wrapping your content in thoughtful packaging, and creating a consistent and striking design aesthetic. If you’d like to discuss a project, please get in touch. I can help you with book covers, illustrated page layout, typesetting… just about anything you can think of!

I’ve also spoken about design and brand at St Bride Foundation and held lectures and workshops for students at the University of the Creative Arts, Epsom and the London College of Communication. I love doing this, so please message if you are looking for an industry speaker for your event or course.

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Some nice things clients have said…

“Nicky is a highly talented, inspiring designer who has the ability to take nascent ideas and develop them way beyond what you could envision. I know my authors and their books are in excellent hands. For me, Nicky has established a new standard for academic book designs at a time when many academic publishers use a standard template design. She flies the flag for these books as equally worthy of bespoke, striking covers.  I always feel she is just as invested in the book project as I am.” 

– Philippa Grand, Publisher, Bristol University Press

“[Nicky’s work] has had a huge impact on the business, guiding and shaping our approach on everything from product development to customer support as well as sales and marketing. I can’t recommend working with Nicky highly enough and would encourage any business to sit down for a cup of tea with Nicky to find out how she can elevate your brand.”

– Clare Hodder, RightsZone

“Nicky has regularly come to LCC to run workshops with our students on publishing and design. She is great at getting them talking and making them think, while presenting ideas and concepts brilliantly. Her hands-on approach has been very much enjoyed by the students who really like the real-world case studies she explores with them.”

– Frania Hall, Course Leader, London College of Communication

“Working with Nicky was such an energising, enjoyable experience: she took the time and trouble to understand our ambitions . . . and the way she helped us articulate our values and personality has benefited us in every aspect of marketing. The design process was collaborative and clear: at each stage Nicky sought our feedback and listened deeply, refining her ideas, until we had a visual identity that simply delighted us and encapsulated the brand perfectly. I cannot recommend Nicky highly enough.”

– Alison Jones, Practical Inspiration Publishing

“A real pleasure to work with from start to finish – professional and punctual . . . with a brilliant eye for design. We were delighted with the final article template, which is exactly what we were looking for.”

– Rose Harris-Birchill, Open Library of Humanities