This has always been one of my favorite activities as a graphic designer. For each of the books listed, I worked closely with the authors to facilitate the development of the books’ characters, the page layouts, cover design, and publishing needs.
The Talking Bumblebee
Based on the idea that bumblebees are not supposed to be able to fly, but do anyway, Dr. Rodney J. Short wrote this delightful prose that encourages children to achieve the impossible, if they believe in themselves and try hard enough. This was my first endeavor into book illustration, and I am thrilled to have been a part of its production.
Created by music therapist Sherri Ross, ¡la Salsa! is the tale of the coming together of musically talented animals to form a band. Each animal plays a specific instrument. The book is formatted to play along with a music CD, which gives the sound of each instrument upon certain cues given through the book.
If It’s Litter…
This book teaches young children about where to place litter and products that are no longer of use…in the trash bin.
The Jalapeño Seed
This highly-stylized children’s book shows a family and community coming together, by harvesting a very large, ripe jalapeño.
While employed at RonJon Publishing, we had several industries approach us in the redevelopment and rebranding of their instructional book sets. Here are two book sets which I helped develop from concept to fulfillment. My responsibilities on these projects included conceptual redesign and production of page layouts, cover design, conducting searches for stock photography, technical illustrations of projects, and ensuring quality print production.
IMaST (Integrate Math, Science, and Technology) was a 16-module set of workbooks developed for middle school students (grades 6-8). These also included companion teacher workbooks, which led to the production of 32 workbooks in total.
In my experience with self-publishers, I was tasked with providing page layout and a unique cover design for each book. These are some examples of book covers that I helped to produce.