About Nicky Barneby

I am a book designer and typographer, based in London. I design lots of cookery books. I also design other flavours of illustrated non-fiction and lifestyle books as well as fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, series styles, reports and other complex documents.


With more than 25 years’ experience I have designed books for publishers large and small: Penguin, Hodder & Stoughton, Hardie Grant and Profile Books, to name just a few, as well as designing for clients such as the Overseas Development Institute, TUC and the University of Edinburgh Business School.


Every book or typographical project presents its own challenges. I combine creative typography with technical expertise to design solutions that will engage and guide the reader.


My work includes project management; art direction of illustration and photography; collaboration with authors, editors and other designers.

Prior to establishing my own studio I was Design Manager at Penguin Books.

I have also taught design and typography at Colchester Institute.