“I help record labels and other creative people realise their music, book and website projects.”

Hello, I’m Paul Jackson, a British graphic designer/web designer in Essen, Germany.

“I help record labels and other creative people realise their music, book and website projects.”

I combine creative and technical skills, along with a good feel for language. (Up until recently, I spent eight years mostly earning a living from German to English translation.) On top of this, I’m industrious, have an extremely thorough way of working and an extraordinary eye for detail.

I’m therefore ideally positioned:

  • To create for you a self-published book or ebook that doesn’t look like a self-published book or ebook. This means not only creating an appealing cover that fits the subject matter, but also deploying the appropriate typography and proper typesetting. And ebooks created with lots of care and attention: simply selecting ‘Export as EPUB’ isn’t enough for me!
  • To create attractive artwork and appealing layouts for your music packaging, whether for vinyl or CD. Thanks to many years’ experience and a background in print design, the resulting press-ready files print perfectly. This saves you stress, cryptic messages from the pressing plant and also the resulting delays in production.
  • To create a website for you that not only looks great, but which also works properly and is planned, and the structure decided, on the basis of the right foundations. Even the most stunning, well-written website won’t bring the results you need if it can’t be found (which I can thoroughly confirm from my own earlier experience).

Your self-published book shouldn’t look like a self-published book?

  • I create for you a self-published book that doesn’t look like a self-published book
  • No half-hearted, perfunctory creations straight from a conveyor belt!
  • I create for you an appealing cover that fits the topic of your book
  • Your printed book complies with established typographical standards that are often neglected in the world of self-publishing
  • Your ebook meets current standards, but can still be read on many older devices

You run a music label? Want to spare your nerves when it comes to print production?

  • Get your artwork check, and if required artwork fixing and tips
  • You benefit from my many years’ experience
  • You benefit from my thorough and conscientious way of working – your artwork files can be relied upon to print properly
  • Artwork for new vinyl editions created on the basis of artwork for existing CDs – and vice versa
  • Artwork for European editions of your releases created on the basis of artwork for existing North American releases – and vice versa
  • Artwork for new editions of your older releases (reissues), created with lots of attention to detail
  • Appealing artwork for your vinyl or CD releases

You’d like to attract fans, readers and customers via a website of your own?

  • I create an appealing, functional website for you
  • You benefit from my knowledge in a range of areas
  • You receive help and support – without the right strategy and the resulting planning, a new website won’t bring you anything
  • You benefit from my thorough way of working

As seen in:

Various online and printed magazines – none of which have been in existence for a long time now – in the UK, Germany and other countries. This was all in the noughties.

I have also worked with a whole range of often original, innovative and influential musicians, bands and labels, some of whom may well be known to you. (Others, on the other hand, definitely won’t be!)

Secure your successful project!

You’re a musician, author, music label owner or some other kind of creative person? Is it time to set the ball rolling for your special project?

  • A self-published book or ebook that doesn’t look like a self-published book or ebook?
  • Attractive packaging for the vinyl or CD releases on your label? And which prints properly, sparing your nerves at the print production stage?
  • A visually appealing, well-thought-out website, in order to increase your reach and people’s awareness of you – and as a result, hopefully also your sales? Or initially a website check, so you can establish what the current situation is?

Take the first step now:

PS:

Time waits for no one. So if your project is urgent, don’t delay!


Graphic designer/web designer Paul Jackson

Graphic designer and web designer Paul Jackson

Even as a child, I was fascinated by words, reading and writing. An enthusiasm for typography and graphic design followed later, especially in relation to record sleeves and books. So it’s probably no surprise that I’ve been working with all these elements since the 1990s. Sometimes individually, sometimes in various combinations, and even occasionally all together.

And for the greater part of this time on a self-employed basis. Even as a young man, it was clear to me that life as an employee would be pure torture.

As a versatile person with talents in different areas, I’m delighted that I’ve been able to live from my skills for many, many years, even if the focus has sometimes changed. Sometimes deliberately so; sometimes as a result of external factors. Not a problem: only being able/allowed to perform one job would drive me crazy, and would also have been extremely boring and frustrating. A bit of variety, along with independence and self-determination, are extremely important to me.

German to English translations

In fact, as an incorrigible, long-term ‘Jackson of all trades’, I also offer German to English translations; predominantly in the technical/industrial and marketing fields, but also for the music industry. In fact, from 2013 to 2020, I chiefly earned my living from this. But the market for translations created by actual people is dying on its feet, which is why I’m ‘going back to the roots’ here. Nevertheless, I have a separate website for German to English translations (in German).

Important characteristics at a glance

  • Creative enough to be able to design attractive books/ebooks, music packaging and websites for you…
  • …But also sufficiently technically minded to ensure your website or ebook works properly, and that the print files for your book, vinyl or CD also print without problems
  • A flair for language
  • Industrious, focused way of working
  • Dependability and ability to meet deadlines
  • An extremely good eye for detail – I can detect a double space or ugly ‘typewriter’ quote marks from 50 metres!
  • The ability to realise well-thought-out projects
  • Years/decades of experience in various areas

Sounds good?

Take the first step now:

Our working relationship – worth knowing

What communication channels do I offer?

If you’d like to harness the benefits of working with me, many projects, especially smaller ones, can easily be arranged via email.

For some larger projects, where a degree of explanation is required, a conversation over Zoom would be conceivable.

I’m not available by telephone. Why’s that? I prefer to work in a focused manner, with as few interruptions as possible. Nor do I take part in ‘real life’ meetings on site. They would only eat into the time that I can otherwise use more productively for working on your (or other customers’) projects.

I’d be working on your projects during my core working hours, which are currently Mondays to Thursdays, 09:00 to 16:00 CET/CEST.

This is how I help record labels and other creative people realise their music, book and website projects.

Take the first step towards your completed project

All photos of me: Ellen Hempel Fotografie

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