Alex Kirby is an award-winning freelance book cover designer and Director of Mister Kirby Ltd. He began his career as a Junior Designer at Penguin Random House in 2002, before moving to Faber in 2006. After 12 years here, he headed to Yale University Press in 2018.
He departed Yale in January 2021 to focus fully on his freelance business.
Alex works across all genres but specialises in Fiction and Non-Fiction. His current clients include Canongate, Faber, Harper North, Icon, Orion, PRH, Profile, Swift Press, Transworld and Yale University Press.
His covers have been shortlisted for multiple ABCD Awards, with his jacket for Culture in Nazi Germany winning Non-Fiction Cover of the Year in 2020. As well as this, his designs for Arabs and True Stories & Other Essays were selected for the 2020 AUPresses Book, Jacket & Journal Show.
Away from book covers, he enjoys lecturing plus mentoring Design and Illustration students.