Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete a design?

I often try and have a design ready within 10-12 days. However, shorter deadlines (1-2 days) can be considered if need be.

Is it necessary to have a sketch ready?

Having a sketch will definitely help getting closer to what you have in mind; although this is not strictly necessary.

What do you need to get started on a cover design?

The minimum I need to get started is the abstract of the paper. If there are complex ideas or jargon, then I may ask for a plain English explanation (and a sketch) to make sure the concept and idea are correctly captured by the design.

Do we have to sign a contract?

It is up to you. The process is normally fast and simple and I find that clients like to keep things informal.

Are there any restrictions on how I can use designs ordered with you?

Once we have a design made for you it is yours. You can use it in any form or media.

How can I pay for the artwork?

After finalizing the project you will receive an electronic invoice. It will have a link if you wish to pay by card. Wire transfer is an option that some universities prefer and is also available.

What files will I get from you?

At the end of the project, I will send you all the necessary files that are requested by the given journal; usually these are .pdf, .png, .tiff, a and .jpg, at the correct size and resolution. 

Do you design any journal cover?

I can work on any scientific journal cover design. My background is in materials science and related areas (chemistry and physics); however, I often work on designs that are in the domain of the life sciences and medicine. 

Do you design TOCs?

I do Table of Content (TOC) entries. Thesis covers, book covers and images for media release is also something I do. 

As always, feel free to get in touch for any other questions or for a quick chat at or through the contact page.