Aliyah Marr’s Book Design

I am a versatile designer, ranging from online, interactive media, to print and video/sound; my latest work is in book design. One of the most delightful things in being both an author and designer is that I get to design my own books. As a creative consultant, I have designed books for other authors and helped them get published.

Make Me an Offer I Can’t Refuse

The “gangsta” theme of this book provoked a title made from a ransom note. Actual letters from a newspaper were used, but no one was killed — gangsters or otherwise […]

The Tarot Key

The Tarot Key explores the ancient wisdom of the Tarot. The cover features a classical painting of enlightenment, called the “Universum.” This book covers two decks: the Rider Waite Smith tarot and my […]

The Creative Life in 365 Degrees

A “calendar” book of inspirational quotes for creative people, with a quote a day featured on each page. The cover uses very simple graphics; a circle in an elliptical orbit around […]

The Myth of Race

The image is of a push up toy that I bought in Chelsea a few years ago. Tension is conveyed by the jarring offset of the foreground and background colors. […]

Anonymous was a Woman

One of my favorite book designs. The 3D illustration was created by pouring sand over a painting of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. Then I created a swirl over the painting’s face with my […]

The Lost Boy

Sometimes the best solution is a subtle one. Here the word “Lost” hides out in the open, while the image shows only the reflection of the lost boy in the […]

Do it Yourself Tarot

A book to help readers learn how to read Tarot. The contemporary target market inspired the cover; commercial images of tools form the letters “DIY” while the title “Do It […]

Unplug From the Matrix

This design emulates the screen of the Matrix: the title swirls as if going down a drain. The production of this design required that I recreate the numbers / letters […]

The Avatars of Eden

This book is about creating a “heaven on Earth,” therefore, the image on the cover shows the sun rising over the curvature of the Earth. Cover Typography TradeGothic LT Extended Avenir Book […]

The Bee Keeper’s Daughter

This illustration was derived from a piece of 3D art I created. There were several versions: it started out with two toy bees placed on a classical portrait by Botticelli. Later, I […]

The Visionary

Another of my 3D illustrations, in this case, I place a cube of a face on top of the right eye of another face and shot it at an angle. A visual […]

The Tarot of Creativity Little White Book

This book is the companion guide to my tarot deck, The Tarot of Creativity. The interior of the book is designed to show the card on the right side and […]

The Invisible Man

A redesign of a classic. In the book, the protagonist could be seen only while he was covered in bandages, conveying his isolation and power at the same time.  The […]

Do It Yourself Kindle Publishing: Publish Your Book on Kindle in 7 Easy Steps

A book that uses the metaphor of building a home throughout deserved a cover that features a power saw. The subtitle is embedded in the middle of the rotary saw.   […]


A black and white image reminiscent of a Man Ray photograph helps to ground this novel in the proper historical setting.   Typography Trash Hand 3D art and design copyright […]

Celestial Journey

A sailboat as a negative image sails through a daytime sky implying dreamlike visions, possibly surreal content.   Cover Typography ITC Gaillard Gill Sans Interior Typography Body: Adobe Garamond Pro Title Page: ITC Gaillard, Gill […]

Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity

A painting of a bird flying into a square hole in the sky implies the courage that it takes to develop your creativity and explore the depths of the subconscious […]

Miss Bunny’s Tea Party: A sound-it-out, learn to read alphabet coloring book

A coloring book to help young readers learn the alphabet.         Cover Typography Century Gothic Interior Typography Century Gothic Available on Amazon: Concept, Illustration and Design Copyright […]

The Fortune Teller

Intricate flourishes on both the hand and the borders contrasts the non-serif typeface. Typography Halis GR Illustration and Design: Aliyah Marr :-:-: More Book Design –> One of the most […]

Squawk! Social Media for Solitary Birds

Find your flock, express yourself, stand out from the crowd. This book was originally entitled, “Bird Seed.” The typography of the interior reflects the humorous tone of the book.   […]

The Pearl

The illustration is filled with a black feather boa and a shell with a pearl. Typography Myriad Pro 3D art and design copyright Aliyah Marr :-:-: More Book Design –> One […]

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart

A rock sculpture is used as a visual metaphor for the fragile ego, implying a potential for breaking down and falling apart. Cover Typography Frutiger LT Std 67 Bold Condensed Photo, and […]