Final cover for this Harvard Business title.

Final cover for this Harvard Business title.


Working with one of Green’s images he provided, and shadowy figure I created from an old magazine image blurred to oblivion, this was a pretty straightforward Photoshop job what went through several permutations of color and texture before arriving at this solution.

Working with one of Green’s images he provided, and shadowy figure
I created from an old magazine image blurred to oblivion, this was a
pretty straightforward Photoshop job what went through several
permutations of color and texture before arriving at this solution.


Hollister Grant is a fairly new eBook client who first came to me with this project that featured photos from her late husband. Knowing how important and meaningful this project was for her I did some research on the Library of Congress website and found an actual battle map of Gettysburg that the client told me was able to recognize landmarks from.

Hollister Grant is a fairly new eBook client who first came to me
with this project that featured photos from her late husband.
Knowing how important and meaningful this project was for her
I did some research on the Library of Congress website and found
an actual battle map of Gettysburg that the client told me was
able to recognize landmarks from.


Second title I worked on for Mr. Harris, a biography of his experiences during the atomic bomb testing in the Pacific Atolls. Once again I consulted the Library of Congress treasure trove of public domain images, and though I’m sure this one’s been used a million times, it still has an immediate resonance as a powerful iconic image.

Second title I worked on for Mr. Harris, a biography of his experiences
during the atomic bomb testing in the Pacific Atolls. Once again I
consulted the Library of Congress treasure trove of public domain
images, and though I’m sure this one’s been used a million times,
it still has an immediate resonance as a powerful iconic image.


Final series for mystery writer Merry Jones. I was extremely pleased how quickly we were able to pull these together after nailing down the template. I’d find images to forward to the client for approval, and once we had the pace established, I think we finished the project in a couple of weeks from start to finish.


Final cover for The Opposable Mind that was ultimately rejectedat the last minute. Sometimes it’s just out of your hands.

Final cover for The Opposable Mind that was ultimately rejected
at the last minute. Sometimes it’s just out of your hands.


Early versions of The Opposable Mind for Harvard Business Press.


Here’s the final cover I illustrated with Murphy’s concept, and I love when clients give me good ideas to work from. The white version was the original, but the Author wanted to add color later on thinking the background was washed out, and so red replaced it.


Comps for a Harvard Business Press title that stalled out during the design process.


This is a title I did a couple of years ago I totally forgot about. I have absolutely no interest in Baseball, which is all the more of a challenge to make a book about it that generates enough enthusiasm so people will actually want to pick it up. That movement from Entropy to Action to Payment is what I believe is one of the primary motivating forces in the Universe. I think I lost or never got a print version of this…


Early comps for series of books for Philadelphia-based mystery writer Merry Jones. She had four titles for redesign and my proposal was to create a identity to tie the covers together using icons, color and image. Some of these samples explored abstract textures and image, and were definitely going more for a shock value the author had originally wanted to explore, but was ultimately abandoned for a template using a more simple palette of strong image and type.


Rarely do I get as tickled with a solution as I did with this, or for that matter to actually use P22 Johnston Underground for the headline type on the cover of a book that’s actually set in the UK.

Rarely do I get as tickled with a solution as I did with this, or for that
matter to actually use P22 Johnston Underground for the headline
type on the cover of a book that’s actually set in the UK.


First round of comps for this title. I was somewhat delighted as I snacked on a bag of White Cheddar Flavored Puffed Corn Snacks from Trader Joe’s that one of the package illustrations was the same Dover images I used on the cover on the right. This is hopefully the Meatgrinder’s last appearance on one of my covers.


I do quite a bit of work for Red Wheel Weiser, and enjoy the chance to work on the kinds of esoteric subject matter that they publish. These are some early rejected ideas, the most difficult part here finding appropriate subject matter for the cover. I turned to Flickr and found a trove of dated images from a Scandinavian museum before the client settled on an image I located through an amateur photographer in Europe. 


Final cover for this Red Wheel Weiser Title

Final cover for this Red Wheel Weiser Title



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