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.

Book Covers

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.

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 Lost Boy

Sometimes the best solution is a subtle one. The word “Lost” hides out in the open, while the reflection of the boy in the water is indistinct, like a distant memory.

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

Desire

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

The Fortune Teller

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

The Pearl

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

Book Covers and Interiors

Make Me an Offer I Can’t Refuse

The “gangsta” theme of this book provoked a title made from a ransom note. Cut letters from a newspaper were scanned and used to

The Tarot Key

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. A special technique

Do it Yourself Tarot

The target market inspired the cover; commercial images of tools form the letters “DIY”; the title is a metallic-looking embossed

The Tarot of Creativity LWB

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

Do It Yourself Kindle Publishing

A book that uses the metaphor of building a home features a power saw on the cover. The subtitle is embedded in the middle of the

Celestial Journey

This book is a collection of essays. A sailboat, rendered as a negative image, sails through a daytime sky, implying dreamlike visions and 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

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.

Squawk! Social Media for Solitary Birds

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

Book Interiors and Illustrations