update (February 2022) This website is woefully out-of-date (good sign that I've been busy designing for others!). I last added new work in 2015. To see more recent book design work, please visit Downtown Bookworks for whom I art direct and design all books. I am currently located in Madison, WI, where I've been freelancing for clients local and far since 2008. Before then, I lived in NYC for over a decade. The Wisconsin State Journal interviewed me in their 77 Square section (5/31/09) about working from afar, life in Wisconsin, and designing for 'tweens (among others).
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design and illustrate books, brochures, catalogs, posters, logos ---
take a look around this site and you'll see a varied collection of work.
Over the last decade, I've designed a lot of highly visual books for kids
and teens for Downtown Bookworks, as well as logos and invitations for local businesses, and various books for major publishers. I'm often hired to do both illustration and
design, though the majority of my work is still design. For some projects,
it makes sense to intertwine illustration and graphic design; but for
others, the photography and/or words are the main focus. It all depends on the
intended audience, the client's message, the materials available. I'm
flexible. I strive to let the content guide me, and not let style overcome
it. And, always, I'm eager to discuss the project with my clients and
look forward to feedback. Whether designing a non-profit's logo, laying out a cookbook, or creating a fresh look for TIME magazine's kids' alamanac book, I aim
to find the right visual tone and make the process smooth. I'm easy
to work with, they say.
past During the NYC years, many books, catalogs, brochures, logos, were
designed; including People Magazine's Johnny
Carson tribute book which was started and completed in an intense two-day
(all night) design haze. From 1998 - 2003, I co-owned Pink Design, Inc.
(site at www.monkeybrains.net/pinkdesigninc)
which produced many fine and colorful pieces for a variety of clients.
And before that, I art directed a webzine called www.stim.com and took
on assorted freelance design jobs (which included boing boing founders' The Happy Mutant
Handbook, my first book gig; and Star Wars Kids magazine
--- for 20 issues).
book clients include: Avalon Books; DK Publishing; Downtown Bookworks
Inc.; Hearst Books; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown & Company; Penguin Group; Scholastic; Simon and
Schuster; Sterling Publishing; St. Martin's Press; Random House; Time Inc.; and Watson-Guptill.
Additional clients include: the American Camping
Association; the Bowery Residents' Committee; The Educational Alliance;
the 14th Street Y; Girls on the Run; Headrush; Madison Birth Center; the New York League of Conservation Voters; Open Arms Midwifery; Toshiba America Foundation; and a
host of small, independent companies and individuals. A special thanks
to my fellow small business owners who have hired me to create their
logos: Mantra Media Design, Raisin Bomber Films, 44 Pictures, Monkeybrains.net,
Garner and Cowie photography.
know what you're looking for, and I'll make it splendid.
free to email or call (info is at top on right). Hard-copy portfolio available
education Graduated with a B.A. in Art
History from Swarthmore College (1991)
first design job Art Assistant/designer
for Mondo 2000 magazine
family Have enjoyed parenting since 2005