Ashley Millhouse

Ashley Millhouse – Designer

I am a designer with over 15 years of experience creating book covers and interiors; specializing in non-fiction, craft, and art.


Hi! My name is Ashley, I absolutely love designing book covers. I've been art directing and designing eye-catching book covers for more than 15 years. My work can be found in bookstores and specialty shops all around the world!

I studied graphic design and upon obtaining my degree I began working in magazine design. In those early years I developed a love of editorial design and targeted my career to focus on designing books. I love devising a narrative and composing layouts and imagery that tell a story and draw the viewer’s attention. In between books design jobs, I have worked at marketing agency and as art director and stylist for a home decor photo studio.

My depth of experience in publishing, marketing and photo direction have given me a wide range of skills that I use to create stunning book covers. I am able to design in a wide variety of styles and always try to bring new ideas to the process. My goal is to capture a story and the authors vision, while introducing new concepts that had not been explored. In the end, you will have a beautiful, creative book that meets the needs of your market.

Children’s Non-Fiction DIY & Crafts Fashion & Textiles Home & Garden New Age Photography
  • Pubwest Book Design Award 2020-Cover of Women in the Dark
  • Bachelors of Fine Art-Communication Design

Work experience

Schiffer Publishing

Jul, 2019 — Present

Manage design of books in the Craft Imprint from concept to final print files.
Develop production schedules and oversee workflow through designers and editors.
Lead design critiques with various departments and ensure projects are in line with budget and imprint goals.
Cover design for “Women in the Dark” won PubWest Design Award 2020.

Fox Chapel Publishing

Jun, 2011 — Sep, 2016 (over 5 years)

Designed books and magazines for craft and gift market retailers.
Managed art direction and styling for photo shoots with in-house photographer
and outside freelancers.
Worked with design and editorial staff to implement new processes to improve efficiency and time management.
Managed workflow of junior designers, production designers and outside freelancers.


Jun, 2007 — Jul, 2011 (about 4 years)

Designed magazine covers and interiors from concept to final print files.
Directed in-house photo shoots for all magazine interiors and covers.
Created new templates for new publications and redesigns of older publications.

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