Anna Green is a book designer who previously worked at Random House for 7 years before going freelance in 2010 following a move to Manchester.
‘I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2003, I did Graphic Arts at the old Hope St campus – weirdly I found out that both my mum and dad had studied graphics there back when it was part of Liverpool Polytechnic. They never really pushed me into doing graphic design but looking back at some of the games and books (e.g. Dick Bruna) I had as a kid I can see where it all started!
Without me really noticing at the time, most of my final-year projects for uni were based around books. I did a few placements after uni but when I got to Random House everything seemed to click into place. I love reading and was lucky enough to work on covers for some of my favourite authors during my time in the literary division there, going from intern to senior designer.’
‘When I moved back up north I set up Siulen Design – I still do a lot of work for Random House along with publishers such as Granta, Harper Collins and Quercus. I still love to work on book covers but have moved much more into book layout design, it’s really fulfilling to be able to work on the book as a whole. Recent projects include the The Vietnamese Market Cookbook, Great British Bakes by GBBO finalist Mary-Anne Boermans; and right now I’m just coming to the end of a mammoth Italian cookbook by Claudia Roden, which is out next year.’