This collection of stories has a beautiful family history that had me itching to do the work from the moment I heard it. The author, Gretchen, had already engaged an illustrator and had some preliminary drawings to flesh out the brief, however, the initial designs were conceived using positional art and the ‘vibe’ of the overall look. The illustrator had to pull out mid-project and I then worked with Gretchen to find a new illustrator who would be able to work in a similar vein. We were lucky enough to get Simon Howe involved and he more than lived up to our hopes. The illustrations are just gorgeous and all three of us are very pleased with the end result.
A beautiful project I am very proud to have been involved with.
I was commissioned to design this celebratory coffee table book to mark the 40 year anniversary of the Fitzroy Soup Van. The brief was to use the organisational branding as a basis for the design, but liberties could be taken! Working with a database of thousands of images (of varying quality!) was a challenge, but also helped to create a feast of visual history for the book. A really lovely project to work on!
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This is a local history book that the author approached me to help him self-publish. The quality of images was very patchy (a natural issue with historical archives!) and I spent quite a bit of time on image repair and touch ups. The author had a very clear idea of the look and feel he wanted and we worked together to bring that idea to fruition. I believe we are both very happy with the result.
I also produced a flyer and launch invitation once the book was printed.
Macmillan Educational Publishing
I worked for Macmillan Educational Publishing as a freelance book designer over several years, working on a variety of educational text books.
My all-time favourite educational resource to work on was the DramaClass teachers’ resource… I was pretty much given free-reign and had a great time coming up with the design, even though it was a one colour book. The QSE and NES english books were also really fun designs and I was very happy with the end result.
I love designing books!
I have been designing the Dr Who Diary for Mallon Publishing since 2009… this is a job that requires extremely close adherence to the BBC brand guidelines, and every page has to be approved by the BBC marketing team.
We have often had to put together the diary without access to the current series’ images due to screening timeframes… we have had to be very creative with the content and very flexible with the design!
Timeframes are usually tight, and due to the international nature of the team, late nights are often required! Oh for a time machine…
Pearson Education Australia
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I have worked on many covers for Bolinda AudioBooks, including a range of Georgette Heyer books which was a personal career highlight… my all time favourite author! The main component of this work is finding the right cover image and I really enjoy the search for that elusive perfect summary of the book in one picture.
Uniting Church of Australia
Over the years I have worked on several books for the publishing arm of the Uniting Church, and also for individuals within the Uniting Church who wanted to self-publish.
I have also done quite a bit of more corporate work for the Church of All Nations in Carlton.
This is a story written for children in Stepfamilies, by a social worker who worked for Drummond Street Services. Published by Stepfamilies Australia in 2018, it is a beautiful little book for tweens and teens.
The illustrations were done by a relative of the author and really add to the story.
Sharktown Strutter's Ball
This is a children’s rhyme narrative for younger children, illustrated by a first time book illustrator. The author left the design pretty much up to me and I had a lot of fun with it.