By Design

17 August 2021     The Camp YA Team     Event

Sunday 22 August 2021 – 2PM GMT+1

Sometimes you should judge a book by its cover! Artists Robyn Watts and Micaela Alcaino chat all things design in this panel.

About Robyn Watts

In my role as Production Controller for HarperVoyager and The Borough Press I oversee the production process from edited manuscript through to finished book and onto publication. I work with Editorial, Design, Marketing, Sales and Inventory across many months to ensure everything delivers on time and to a high quality. I have a real passion for design, and believe books are both beautiful objects as well as entertainment – so working in production is a dream come true. I have worked on titles such as The Betrayals by Bridget Collins, Threadneedle by Cari Thomas and Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff. I love sharing my joy for book production on Instagram @_prod_squad_books.

About Micaela Alcaino

Micaela Alcaino is a book cover designer and illustrator who relocated from her home Sydney, Australia to London, UK in 2013. Selected as one of The Booksellers Rising Stars of 2021 she has almost a decade of experience in her field working for both Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, then venturing to freelance in 2018. She currently works on projects in collaboration with most of the big publishing houses worldwide. Some of her recent achievements include winning the Books Are My Bag 2019 Beautiful Book Award 2019 for The Binding by Bridget Collins, and has designed and illustrated titles such as Ariadne by Jennifer Saint, the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir, and the Raybearer duology by Jordan Ifueko. Her creative perspective has been shaped by her love of travel, her mixed cultural heritage and her appreciation of the fine arts. You can find her work on