BOOK DESIGN: Internal Pages

Internal spreads of Take It All Off by M.C. Welsh, to be printed in both hardcover and softcover trade paperback as well as ebook. Each chapter features custom-illustrated icons sourced from the chapter’s corresponding illustration, chapter-end lists, and beginning and ending illustrations. See captions for book elements shown.

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front matter • table of contents

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table of contents and prologue start pages

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chapter end and chapter start pages

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chapter illustration and start pages

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epilogue end and credits page

COURSE MATERIALS: PBL Unit, Advocates for Peace

Advocates for Peace is a grades 7–12 project-based learning unit developed by Students Rebuild and the Buck Institute for Education as part of the Facing Difference Challenge. I was tasked to design and produce the course materials for this and its K–6 partner unit.

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In the project, Advocates for Peace, students explore peacebuilding efforts around the world and conduct research on local issues. After identifying a local issue, project teams design a policy proposal for a possible solution and present their thinking to a relevant audience of community members and key stakeholders whom they hope to move to action. This solution is grounded in successful international examples of peacebuilding and tailored to the community it is intended to serve. Though the standards focus of Advocates for Peace is grades 9-10, the content strands (e.g., argumentative writing) were selected so that educators could adapt this project anywhere along the 7–12 span and in any context, including international ones. This unit includes both educator planning and student-facing resources.

The full unit can be downloaded here.

 

COURSE MATERIALS: PBL Unit, Peace by Piece

Peace by Piece is a K–6 project-based learning unit developed by Students Rebuild and the Buck Institute for Education as part of the Facing Difference Challenge. I was tasked to design and produce the course materials for this and its grades 7–12 partner unit.

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Peace by Piece is a Project Based Learning (PBL) unit designed to engage students in leadership through advocacy for peaceful solutions to local or community conflicts. In Peace Teams, students delve deeply into local peacebuilding needs and design a solution. International examples of peacebuilding efforts will be used to inform team solutions. Students will advocate for their peaceful proposal to a public audience of stakeholders such as other students, school leadership, and community members during a student-led Peace Summit. The standards focus of this interdisciplinary unit is grade 3; however, the content strands (e.g., narrative writing) are such that educators can adapt this project for grades K–6 in any context, including international ones. This unit includes both educator planning and student-facing resources.

The full unit can be downloaded here.

PILOT TREATMENT: Shattering Conventions

In 2014 and in conjunction with his book of the same name, journalist, personality, wrestler, and author Bob Calhoun set out to pitch a television series about his convention shenanigans. I put together this five page pilot treatment sent to prospective producers via email. These efforts culminated in the series being picked up online at Meetings Today. The Brony episode is a personal favorite.

Check this piece out on issuu, or download a low-res PDF.

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cover page (mockup)

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inner spread (mockup)

 

PICTURE RESEARCH: Snapshot Picture Library Series (Fog City Press)

Working with Weldon-Owen and Fog City Press, I selected images that suited each title that I worked on. We were under very strict budget constraints, as Fog City Press publishes bargain books for sale through Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Weldon-Owen’s Snapshot Picture Library Page

This series produced both coffee table style hardcover books and corresponding baby’s board books using the same images but different text geared to the small child.

BOOK COVER DESIGN & PRODUCTION: INsiders Series (Simon & Schuster/Weldon-Owen)

I came onto this project after the first few books were designed and produced and they needed someone who was a designer, but who also knew print and how printing really happens. Oceans was the first book that I worked on. The cover design was complete, but I jumped on for the production work. This series is a printing extravaganza, featuring 3 levels of sculptural emboss, 2 different varnishes, and a foil underlay! After Oceans, I put together the cover designs for Human Body, Predators, Insects & Spiders, Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Sharks, and Knights & Castles under Weldon-Owen Art Director Kelly Booth and Creative Director Gaye Allen. The series is geared towards the tween market and is printed on paper over board. Paperback versions intended for school use only were also produced (by me) and printed, but without varnish and foil underlays. (Inline links will take you to simon & schuster’s book description pages.)

 

BOOK DESIGN: Unix Textbook

On this project I designed the chapter-style pages of this Guide to Unix & Linux, creating each instance of text and figure styling as the author completed each chapter, working in Adobe InDesign. I also did all of its technical illustration.

Click here to download a sample chapter featuring all design elements and formatting styles. (pdf, 3.3 mbs)

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WEB SITE: Author, Bob Calhoun

Click to visit beerbloodandcornmeal.com

Beer, Blood, and Cornmeal is a memoir written by Bob Calhoun. We had already seen the cover design from ECW Press and I set to design Bob’s site to fit with the general aesthetic of the book and give it an overall readability, since the site is very content-heavy. Bob also has a blog on his site, powered by b2explosion and integrated into the site’s overall look and feel.