Book Design

I am a versatile designer, ranging from online, interactive media, to print and video/sound; my latest work is in book design. One of the most delightful things in being both an author and designer is that I get to design my own books. As a creative consultant, I have designed books for other authors and helped them get published.

The Visionary

Another of my 3D illustrations, in this case, I place a cube of a face on top of the right eye of another face and shot it at an angle. A visual pun on the word, “visionary.”

The Myth of Race

The image is of a push-up toy that I bought in Chelsea a few years ago. Tension is conveyed by the jarring offset of the foreground and background colors.

Anonymous was a Woman

The 3D illustration was created by pouring sand over a painting of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. Then I created a swirl to reveal the lips.

Make Me an Offer I Can’t Refuse

The “gangsta” theme of this book provoked a title made from a ransom note.

The Tarot Key

The cover features a classical painting of enlightenment, called the “Universum.” The book’s interior uses a large, screened-back (grayed) image on the left page of each entry, balanced by the smaller image on the right in black.

The Creative Life in 365 Degrees

This cover uses very simple graphics; a circle in an elliptical orbit around the title: a visual pun that contrasts the idea of 365 days vs. 360 degrees.

The Lost Boy

Sometimes the best solution is a subtle one. Here the word “Lost” hides out in the open, while the image shows only the reflection of the lost boy

Do it Yourself Tarot

The target market inspired the cover; commercial images of tools form the letters “DIY” while the title is spelled out in with a metallic-looking emboss effect.

Unplug From the Matrix

This design emulates the screen of the Matrix: the title swirls as if going down a drain.

The Avatars of Eden

This book is about creating a “heaven on Earth,” therefore, the image on the cover shows the sun rising over the curvature of the Earth.

The Bee Keeper’s Daughter

This illustration started out with two toy bees placed on a classical portrait by Botticelli. The wooden-looking bee on the woman’s face is just slightly disturbing.

The Tarot of Creativity Little White Book

The interior of the book is designed to show the card on the right side and the description/meaning on the right.

The Invisible Man

A redesign of a classic. In the book, the protagonist could be seen only while he was covered in bandages, conveying his isolation and power at the same time

Do It Yourself Kindle Publishing: Publish Your Book on Kindle in 7 Easy Steps

A book that uses the metaphor of building a home throughout deserved a cover that features a power saw.

Desire

A black and white image reminiscent of a Man Ray photograph helps to ground this novel in the proper historical setting.

Celestial Journey

A sailboat as a negative image sails through a daytime sky implying dreamlike visions, possibly surreal content.

Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity

A painting of a bird flying into a square hole in the sky implies the courage that it takes to develop your creativity and explore the depths of the subconscious mind.

Miss Bunny’s Tea Party: A sound-it-out, learn to read alphabet coloring book

A coloring book to help young readers learn the alphabet.

The Fortune Teller

Intricate flourishes on both the hand and the borders contrast the non-serif typeface.

Squawk! Social Media for Solitary Birds

The typography of the interior reflects the humorous tone of the book.

The Pearl

The illustration is filled with a black feather boa and a shell with a pearl. Typography: Myriad Pro

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart

A rock sculpture is used as a visual metaphor for the fragile ego, implying a potential for breaking down and falling apart.

The Way of Love

Interior spread from the book, “The Way of Love.”