You put love into your writing. I put love into your books.
Here is a sampling of some book design, layout, and graphic design I've done over the past 25 years. This portfolio is always in progress: I’m adding things as I can.
Interior print layout with dropcap
One of many ways to treat chapter openings.
Using custom graphics for dropcaps and titles
This is from the first chapter of Barleycorn, by Harold Auckridge. For each chapter, I extracted the animal from the dropcap artwork and used it as ornamentation on the chapter title.
Asides in Barleycorn, by Harold Auckridge
One particular challenge was how to convey the interjections made by the characters about the narrative being told about them. We opted for an un-bordered sidebar treatment
Cold Blood hardcover interior
Once laid out, the hardcover can be repurposed for the paperback.
Ebook Formatting for Cold Heart
What happens in the code affects what we see in the layout.
Cold Blood paperbacks
The initial cover design on the proof run.
Cold Rain paperback cover
Book cover design laid out for paperback.
Cold Saké paperback cover
After the release of the author’s subsequent book series, we redesigned this cover, adding the kanji and working a modified color palette.
Large print edition
For Toot Sweet Ink I designed a large print edition of Cold Saké, by Katherine M. Lawrence. The original paperback is 5.5" x 8.5". We went with 6" x 9" for the large print edition, which kept the page count down and allowed pricing to match the regular paperback.
Book series covers
Covers for a planned five-book series. Two of the books have been released. The other covers are as yet rough with working titles. Using color variations on consistent elements can be one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to design covers for a series without compromising quality.
From the days when I worked on several independent magazines. As Art Director, I did the layout on this issue. Our image library was thin, so I drew the checker flag background from scratch.
Promotional Book Business Cards
Let them see the cover. An ideal portable leave-behind item.
In some markets, stickers can be an effective means of promotion.
These are multi-fold brochures the size of business cards.
Full-page magazine ad
An ad for my old web design company. Sometimes the simple, striking message is all that’s needed. I shot the photograph and created the design.
We wanted to make a bold statement and grab people’s attention. This ad ran on the back cover of an industry trade magazine.
Logo Design for Stanford Law School
I designed this as part of a wholesale redesign of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society’s online presence.
Hidden patterns can add resonance. In this, the arc slash through the V centers on the dot over the i.
Conference Booth Design
Standing out on a crowded floor is important. I designed the gold banners for the back of the booth. The blue, a standalone for up front. The entire thing packed into a bag smaller than a golf bag.