Graphic Design by Riaan Wilmans

Book Cover Design


Riaan brings to the table a B.Tech. in Multimedia and 6 years experience in Graphic Design, working in Advertising, Higher Education, Landscape Architecture and Publishing.

Currently, he specialises in book cover design, and designs academic and trade book covers for Boydell & Brewer in the UK, HSRC in RSA, Penguin Random House in RSA, Real African Publishers in RSA and Sunbury Press in the USA.

Featured work

When Hannah arrives at a small town in Eastern Free State and starts enquiring into the lives of the residents, she uncovers a journal in an old bookshop that leads her to the towns hidden past and an unquiet place on a farm where spirits dwell.

—Unquiet Place, Penguin R H South Africa, 2018

Strafjaart is an Afrikaans novel about a youngster who gets pulled into the life of his aunt who is imprisoned in Pollsmoor, Cape Town.

—Strafjaart, Penguin R H South Africa, 2018

Freedom takes on different definitions depending on which side you’re on. This book explains how freedom for one is oppression for another and is a split that starts with the indoctrination of the young in South African schools, according to the writers of ‘The Other Side of Freedom’.

—The other side of freedom, HSRC Press, 2016

With custom typography and a halftone effect background, this cover hints at the force of the ‘Fees must fall’ movement; a student uprising vouching for lower university fees. It’s hashtag against oligarchy. Who will win?.

—Fees must fall, Wits Press, 2016

‘Stars In Our Eyes’ deals with the SKA telescope by means of wich one can view the universe through radio signals and also about the way the South African media framed the project.

—Stars in our eyes, HSRC Press, 2017

‘Losing the Plot’ is a non-fiction title about writers ‘losing the plot’ in the ‘new South Africa’, according to prominent literary figure, Leon de Kock. He thinks that writers are spending too much time on fiction, specifically horror stories, and too little time on helping to develop the narrative arc of South Africa.

—Losing the Plot, Wits Press, 2016

These titles range from scientific reductionism in education, parish churches, and the history of ‘celebrity’.

—Boydell & Brewer, 2017–8

The Genetics Chronicles is a dystopian fiction series about the manipulation of human DNA.

—Sunbury Press, 2018

If We’re Really Quiet… is about summer camp and a monster in the woods.

—Sunbury Press, 2019

The Man in the Dragon Robe is novel based on the life of the Magician Chung Ling Soo and a Reporter’s account of the facts surrounding his death in a failed bullet catch trick.

—Sunbury Press, 2018

Undoing Jane Doe is an autobiography wherein the author unmakes the anonymity that was burdened upon her by her abuser and The Vatican’s Vault is about the liberal and conservative wings in the Catholic Church and a secret document that reveals the liberal agenda.

—Sunbury Press, 2018

Barometer of Fear is the inside story by a so-called rogue trader whose decisions led to an infamous banking scandal and which added to the recent international financial meltdown.

—Barometer of fear: HSRC Press, 2017

In this cover, two opposing narratives are intersecting. The first being that of the coloniser, and the second: that of the colonised.

—Postcolonial African anthropologies: HSRC Press, 2016

In this cover we have the various components (building blocks) of the African Renaissance coming together to form the outline (the shape) of a unified Africa.

—Building Blocks, RA Publishers, 2017

‘Teaching the native’ criticises colonial hegemony encrypted into the schooling of indigenous peoples.

—Teaching the 'native': HSRC Press, 2015

‘The power of memory’ deals with the planning of the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in South Africa; which will house the writing of ‘black consciousness’ writers in general, and the literary work of Thabo Mbeki himself; an icon and
African intellectual giant.

—The power of memory: RAP, 2017

Dealing with the question of land is a point of contention for many a resident in South Africa. This book deals with the pros and cons of either side of the debate.

—Postcolonial African anthropologies: HSRC Press, 2016

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