Scholarly monographs advance important, timely topics yet often have low print runs and small design and production budgets. Here, I used two no-cost author photos, combined with additional work in photoshop, to illustrate climate change and challenge in Africa.
Patricia Skalka’s fourth book in her award winning mystery series is forthcoming May 2018.
For Jeremiah Williams by Andy Fletcher. Oil on canvas. 42″ X 60″. 2015.
New cover for Every Farm Tells a Story by Jerry Apps. Cover painting by Andy Fletcher. Goodland Road. Oil on canvas. 30″ X 50″. 2017.
A classic coming out in a second edition. University of Wisconsin Press. Photography by Daniel M. Seurer
Cover and text design, Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Inspiration: film noir.
Combing through immense collections, Wisconsin Historical Society Press delivers short accounts of the lives of Wisconsin’s nonconformists. The book will be coming out this winter.
Responsive WordPress site with rotating book reviews on home page. Corran’s new book, Follow the River Home, was published April of 2016 by Arbor Farm Press.
Poster, flyer, postcards, business cards for Corran Harrington’s new book, Follow the River Home, published by Arbor Farm Press. Cover design by Ann Weinstock. Cover photograph by David Muench. Author photo by Kim Jew.
Book 3 of Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries is due to be published Fall of 2016.
“A first rate series.”—Kirkus Reviews
A new cover for the second edition.
A tale about the ravages of old age, the weight of the past and bunny rabbits.—Kirkus Reviews
“Skalka’s descriptions of the atmosphere of the villages and spectacular scenery will resonate with readers who have spent time on the Door Peninsula…. [She] plans to continue disturbing the peace in Door County for quite a while, which should be a good thing for readers.”—Chicago Book Review
Book cover design for The News from Lone Rock, to be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book includes stories written by an early Wisconsin journalist for the Spring Green Weekly Home News from 1884–1912.
The winning cover concept for Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
One of a several ideas for a Fall book by University of Wisconsin Press about several important Black feminists and how their autobiographical works have shaped our understanding of civil rights history and activism since 1954 (Brown v. Board of Education).
This is a restoration of a Library of Congress image of a postcard. The photo of this Winnebago (Ho-Chunk is the tribe’s current name) family was taken in 1931 in Antigo, Wisconsin, which is near the present day reservation. The beadwork is wonderful.
A cover update for Janee Pennington’s debut novel about the adventures of globe-trotting meeting planner. A fun read!
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The second book in the hardboiled mystery series set in Door County, Wisconsin. Due out in Spring 2015. Fantastic reviews for the first book!
I’m taking a chemistry class, which reminds me of this project published a few years ago—a brochure (inside showing here) for Bassam Shakhashiri’s new 5th installment of the Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers. This series (vols. 1–5) has been thrilling teachers and students of all ages since the early 80s. Check out Bassam’s Science is Fun site to get a taste of some entertaining demonstrations of science.
Wisconsin Books Catalog. Good books are close. Read well and support your local book publisher!
This book is a seamless blend of regional memoir, travel writing, and travel guide focused on Wisconsin’s Driftless area. The anchor of the book is Lynn Diebel’s journey, with her husband, canoeing the region’s rivers, exploring one of the most dreamy, ethereal areas of the Midwest. The book will be published by University of Wisconsin Press early in 2015.
The inside 11 x 17 panel for “Rural Reflections: Finnish American Buildings and Landscapes in Michigan’s Copper Country”. Photography by Ryan Holt with Historical Narrative by Arnold R. Alanen. A wonderful exhibit and beautiful photographs. I was thrilled to create the brochure and help design the exhibit created for the Keweenaw Museum in the U.P.
Interior book design for author Ned Hayes for Coeur D’Alene Waters. 8.5 x 5.5 and 368 pages.
Book cover for Ned Hayes.
Performing Brazil, scholarly book design for the University of Wisconsin Press.
Book cover for Wisconsin Historical Society Press. This is a new cover for a Press classic. The cover family photo has been repaired and the tone improved.
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The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin: Book cover for The University of Wisconsin Press. The cheesemakers featured in this book are the rock stars of the cheese industry. I have heard tourists take this book with them and collect cheesemakers’ autographs! Working on books about midwest culture (pardon the pun) is near and dear.
Book cover and interior design for Janee Pennington‘s Meeting Eve: A Novel. Launched January 16, 2014.
The Baileys Harbor Bird and Booyah Club: Book cover for a comedic novel about retired life in Door County, Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin Press.
Book design for Voodoo Inverso, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize winner. University of Wisconsin Press.
Back matter opening page for the historical novel Sinful Folk, which continues to earn rave reviews. 400 pages at 5.5 x 8.5.
Book design for Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes coming out in late January 2014. Based on a true story, the novel is impeccably researched and graced with beautiful language. It’s getting rave reviews already and is a must for your winter reading list. The cover illustration is by Nikki McClure.
Grand Manan. 4 x 4 illustration. An example of a series of color and black and white illustrations I made for Willa Cather scholar Sue Hallgarth‘s book, On the Rocks: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery.
I hadn’t designed a series of novels before, so I’m excited by the challenge of Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries (University of Wisconsin Press). Each mystery will have a unique time and setting that I will photo-illustrate, with the same chunky-creepy title type. Death Stalks is the first in the series and will be coming out late spring 2014. Learn more about the series at PatriciaSkalka.com. It’s getting great reviews!
Cover Art for a film history book. I had a low resolution film still to work with and added stock photography.
Cookbook cover for Wild Rice Goose and Other Dishes of the Upper Midwest by John Motoviloff. The author, UW press production manager, and I did a quaint photo shoot for this book along Lake Mendota, just after rain, on a monolithic limestone table. While gathering materials for the shoot, I learned the difference between wild grapes and poisonous virginia creeper berries. We got the right one on the cover.
Filipino Tapestry: Tagalog Language Through Culture (University of Wisconsin Press). Package includes book cover and CD.
Detail of My Diva illustration. I created the illustration in photoshop with two images and additional digital painting.
My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, edited by Michael Montlack. Inspiring, funny, heart-breaking stories about growing up gay. The contributors describe their private, transforming, sometimes life-saving relationships with their celebrity Divas. A really fun photo illustration project. Great book.
The Bingo Queens of Onieda: How Two Moms Started Tribal Gaming in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Society Press). I love it when women finally get their place in history!
Sample page from a selection of letters and photographs from the Wisconsin Historical Society collections. The letters retained as much as possible their original appearance, including typos, use of capital letters, and other aspects of formatting. I restored many of the photographs. And the book included bottom-of-page footnotes. 6 x 9. 226 pages.
I am very proud to have helped make this book. More than They Bargained For, by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalists Jason Stein and Patrick Marely, is the go-to-immediately resource on the conflict between the Gov. Walker administration and Unions.
Yah! This book has both academic and general audience interest. The authors wanted to feature examples of Wisconsin dialects—there are quite a few, actually—that derive from German, Norwegian, Polish, Hmong, Native American Languages, and more.
This book was originally published in Macedonia, then France, and now in the U.S. The illustration is beautiful and interesting. My goal for the cover was to create a typographic treatment that complemented the illustration.
Book cover, When Horses Pulled the Plow: Life of a Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910–1929 by Olaf F. Larson. It’s great fun to be handed a good black and white photograph. I enjoy repairing time’s damage, mixing a color palette, and adding other objects and textures that communicate time and place. The author, in his 90s, describes his boyhood farm, tales about his family and neighbors, and the one-room schoolhouse he attended. It’s a good bedtime read for the kids.
Last Seen by Jacqueline LaMone, winner of the 2011 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. This cover features an underwater sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor. I also designed and composited the interior of the book.
Book cover for The Uncensored Boris Godunov: The Case for Pushkin’s Original Comedy (University of Wisconsin Press). Finding imagery of historical figures can be a challenge. Here, original art was made from a public domain image.
Bill Christofferson’s The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson (The University of Wisconsin Press). Phew! That’s a long title. Big titles are fitting for important people, I suppose. Long titles are a challenge for a designer, however. Book covers have always been important in capturing the reader’s attention, but today, in the age of Amazon, covers must do the work at thumb-nail size, so the most salient words from a title and subtitle are sometimes pulled up front to serve the reader first.
I especially enjoy regional books about the Midwest and Great Lakes region. These books are personal and part of my own history: Wisconsin is where I live and grew up. Timber! is about the Lumberjack World Championships in the Hayward, Wisconsin. The contest began in 1960 and is still going strong today.
An early draft version of a book cover. I often do 3-6 drafts of a book cover for a publisher and refine the winning idea. This is a loser. Every designer has so much work that never meets the light of day. It’s sometimes hard to let them go, but every cover is a learning experience. Designs cannot be recycled, but sometimes there are bits and pieces that become parts of winners down the road.
Book cover design for A Castle in the Backyard: A Dream of a House in France by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden, published by The University of Wisconsin Press.
This is a photograph taken of a friend’s child. He is a way-big kid now! Subtle corrections and choices in color can make a photograph thrum the heart strings.
Book cover, Liberals Under Autocracy by Anton A. Fedyashin. University of Wisconsin Press. The cover of an old journal was used as the foundation of the cover art. I added color and texture and expanded the illustration to fit the 6 x 9 book size.
I created this book cover illustration by the merging of many photographs.
I repaired and colored this photo in photoshop for North Woods River: The St. Croix River in Upper Midwest History.