Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Covers with Images Supplied

As a designer, I prefer to source the images for the covers. But clients don't always want me to do this. Sometimes I am given images that were chosen by either the publisher or author. In these situations, I consider myself the hands for their vision. These are a few of the covers I have done where such an arrangement was made. 

This is a cover I did for Breakwater Books. 

A cover for Palimpsest Press, in which the author chose the image.

A cover for Wolsak & Wynn

Friday, May 1, 2015

Canadian Ginger

Thrilled to announce that myself and Kim Clark are putting together an anthology of red-headed writers called Canadian Ginger. It is to be published by Oolichan Books! Go red!

Please send one to three poems no longer than 60 lines each, and prose no more than 1200 words. Please submit work unpublished in book form (journals, magazines, and newspapers are fine). The early bird submission deadline is June 30, 2015, with the final submission date being September 30, 2015. All contributing work will be decided upon by December. Please send your submissions in a word doc by email to Contributors will be paid a fee of at least $25, dependent on the length of the work, and also receive two copies of the anthology. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Pillette Village Reading Series winter season done!

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the new Pillette Village Reading Series, whether as a featured reader, open mic reader, or audience member. For our first season I consider it a success. The audience has been hit or miss, with some events standing room only, and others that had ten or so people. But who's counting? We are learning and growing. The format may change a bit next season to ensure great attendance at every event. It is incredible to have such support from the local literary community.

Thanks again to our featured readers: David James Brock, Patrick Brode, Julie Cameron Gray, Kate Hargreaves, Debbie Hill, Jim Johnstone, Lenore Langs, Michael Lista, Dorothy Mahoney, Dennis Robillard, Vanessa Shields, Robert Stewart, and Blair Trewartha. And thank you to the presses who worked closely with me to make arrangements and get in touch with authors.

I'd also like to give a big THANK YOU to Aimee Parent Dunn at Palimpsest Press for organizing this event and for having the vision to see it through, and to Nancy at Nancy Johns Gallery. Her space is beautiful! If you are a local, you should definitely go check it out at 4755 Wyandotte St. East.

Here are a couple pictures. I don't have many because, well... I'm not that organized. We'll see you next November!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cover for Kingdom

One of my favourite covers. Ever. I know I designed it and it may sound presumptuous, but I absolutely LOVE this cover. In any case, it is the image that I acquired that is so lovely.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Farm Logo

A logo I designed for an American farm. I like this horse logo, but the clients wanted a more simple look. I designed another logo for them with the "W" from Williams.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cover for Echo Soundings

I wanted this cover to illustrate a series of waves, since "soundings" is a nautical term in which sonar is used to measure depth. And echoing connotes reflection and repetition. Even the scroll like feature around the subtitle mirrors itself in a reflection.

Here is the book description: "Poems sound. Poetry is the art of listening. In Echo Soundings Jeffery Donaldson brings together essays written over two decades, including reviews, think pieces, arguments and homages, that listen for and to major and minor voices in Canadian and American verse, both modern and contemporary. Echo Soundings demonstrates that every poem is a community of voices, a conversation, an exchange. Poets talk about the world partly by talking to one another. At times broadly speculative, at times meticulous in their attention to detail, Donaldson’s essays are united by a common concern for our habits of listening and how they might be fathomed by poetry’s deeper soundings."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cover for Easy Fix

Fall 2014 cover for Easy Fix, by Blair Trewartha. The themes in this collection are related to loneliness, mental illness, poverty, and the disenfranchised. I wanted the cover to feel dark and gritty.