Bear Book Cover Design


Cover Design

Riverbend Publishing has several Great Bear stories, the newest being Great Colorado Bear Stories. I was excited to design this cover, I just love the cover image. That black bear is so gosh darn adorable! I also enjoyed using the dramatic effect of using white type over black.

Book Description

Great Colorado Bear Stories is an incredible look at Colorado’s bears, including the grizzlies that once roamed the state and the black bears that still do.

Carefully researched and skillfully written by award-winning Colorado writer Laura Pritchett, these stories describe the fascinating science and natural history of bears along with gripping tales of deadly and near-death encounters with people. Some stories are historical, such as Roosevelt’s hunting, Pike’s exploring, and the death of Colorado’s last grizzly. Other tales are contemporary—backyard bruins in the suburbs, close encounters in the wilderness, and dedicated wildlife scientists who crawl deep inside dens with the bears. These stories involve hikers, ranchers, hunters, historians, Native Americans, and regular folks—at the moments their lives have intersected with the great bruins of Colorado.

Squiggles by Siggles

My sister, Signe, recently asked me to create an Etsy shop banner for her. Signe just loves to paint and create works of art and decided to begin selling pieces in order to save up money for a horse. I should mention Signe is eleven-years old. She has had a deep love for horses for as long as I can remember; she has always yearned to call one her very own. Signe fell for the animal before she ever even had her first ride! Once she finally did have that first ride, it only reaffirmed that a horse was right for her.

Maybe I’m biased, but I think it’s absolutely adorable that she came up with the idea to sell her paintings. And not only is it adorable, it’s very respectable. She’s not like every other young girl, asking and begging and pleading with her parents to buy her a horse for her next birthday or for Christmas. She’s willing to work for it by starting her own little online business on Etsy. What an entrepreneur—she must take after her big sister ;)

Signe holds a special place in my heart. She’s the baby of our clan of five sisters, while I hold the spot as the oldest. We’re twelve years apart, but the years we have in between us will never keep us from having the most loving, rewarding sisterhood.

To support Signe’s effort or to see her artwork, you can visit her shop, Squiggles by Siggles on Etsy.

From Outdated to Updated

Riverbend Publishing came to me for a website re-design as an established publishing company located in Helena, Montana. They’ve been a leading publisher in the area for over ten years, but their website was starting to show their age. I re-designed over 100 of their webpages in a clean, user-friendly format. I was able to give them the presence that they needed on the web.
In addition to an updated website, I worked closely with one of their staff members to integrate Twitter, Facebook and WordPress into their marketing efforts. Follow them on Twitter or visit their Facebook fan page. You can read their latest blog post here.

Riverbend Publishing’s updated website
Riverbend’s books have earned national acclaim and won national awards. And now, their publisher tells me their updated website is getting a lot of attention.
Riverbend Publishing’s outdated website

Graduation Card Typography

My little sister, Paige, graduated from high school today. It’s hard to believe she’s about to head off to college (not to mention, on a full athletic scholarship). I swear I just packed up my bedroom, nervous and excited with anticipation for the college years ahead of me. But here I am, five years later, watching my sister graduate. Where does the time go?

I’m so happy and proud of Paige for all of her accomplishments leading up to graduation. For this special occasion, I wanted to make her a card. I’ve always been the type to create home-made cards, but this time, I went the graphic-home-made-card-route. I chose to create a typography design using a quote from the wonderful book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.

Not only did I want to give Paige a card, I wanted to also reward her with a gift for all of her hard work. But I wanted to let her decide what she wanted as a graduation present. So instead of being un-original and presenting her with a gift card to her favorite store, I created two coupons for her to choose from (“Not valid with an other offers”) on the inside of her graduation card. The first coupon is for Adobe Photoshop. Paige loves photography and has had a taste of Photoshop from classes in high school. I would love for her to learn more about the program and explore photography further. But I only wanted to give this to her if she chooses to minor in photography (she’s majoring in Elementary Education). The second coupon is for an external hard drive – a necessity for every college student to back-up all of their files. I thought she could really use one if she chooses not to minor in Photog.

As usual, I put my stamp of love on the back of all of the cards I create. Sweet and simple.

I really enjoyed desiging this card for Paige, that’s why I thought I’d share it! If you ever would like a custom card or invitation designed, you know who to contact!

I Love Pinterest

My New-Found Love

I recently did some investigative googling in search of an online inspiration board. I’m always taking screenshots of websites that inspire me for future web design projects and they always land on my desktop. Unfortunately, a messy desktop full of screenshots isn’t so-inspiring. I finally found a website called Pinterest that was exactly what I was looking for! It’s still in beta, so I immediately sent a request to join. Within days I received an invitation and started “pinning” to my heart’s content.

What is Pinterest? According to Pinterest:

“Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.”
They go on to say:
“Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

How To Get Started

To get started, send a request to join Pinterest or ask a friend who’s already on Pinterest to invite you. Once you’re officially invited, install the Pinterest bookmarklet in your browser so you can “pin” (save) images from other websites onto your “board.” You can create numerous inspiration boards–for the home, fashion inspiration, gift ideas, any kind of board you want to create. The cool thing about Pinterest, is you can follow other people’s boards and “re-pin” their pins. It’s a great tool to not only save what inspires you, but to be inspired by what inspires others. That’s what they call inspiration.

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A New Home (Page)

I recently uploaded the final files to the world wide web for Rockfellow Brewing Company’s new website. They’re still looking for a home, but at least they have a home page – and a few more pages to boot. Rockfellow brewers say, “Rockfellow Brewing Company is still in its infancy. Well, to be fair, it’s prenatal. Though with dedication and commitment RBCo has been taking on a life of its own.”

E-mail Hoarding

I’ve come to the realization that I am an e-mail hoarder. For some reason I have this inert fear (you could call it…) of pressing the delete button on an e-mail. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m very good at deleting when it comes to spam e-mail from companies that have managed to get my e-mail address. This is when I say, “Yes, I love you Apple, but I don’t need you to suggest to me in an e-mail to buy my boyfriend an iPod Touch for Valentine’s Day.” (Generally speaking, I give businesses my “junk e-mail address,” to prevent me from ever having to see a “subscribed-to” e-mail. The e-mail address I give is my first-ever e-mail address from 6th grade. It’s a hotmail address!)

But back to the hoarding. I hardly ever want to delete an e-mail because I seem to think I’m going to need it down the road. E-mail from Grandma about her last days at the cabin; can’t delete, e-mail from an old boss regarding an old project; might re-read it, an e-mail from Snapfish giving me a receipt for my photo mouse pad purchase; might need it. And then there’s the e-mails I refuse to ever delete: sweet e-mails from my grandpa and all e-mails from my boyfriend. I admit it, I have a problem (at least according to the former list).

Now that I have become aware of my e-mail hoarding “disorder,” I plan to do something about it, however, it’ll take baby-steps to completely fix the problem. And when I say baby-steps I mean it’s going to take forever to go through all those e-mails, so I have to do it one little step at a time! The good news is, A&E’s Hoarders doesn’t have to come knocking on my door to intervene.

“Hiking With Grizzlies”

My first-ever book cover design for Riverbend Publishing is exciting to say the least! The design was actually a re-design of the first cover of Hiking With Grizzlies. The publisher felt that that cover was dated and didn’t draw in as wide of an audience as it should.

To get started, the author provided me with an old photo of a black bear on a trail, and then the rest was up to me (with publisher approval of course). I ultimately chose to use a map of Glacier National Park at low opacity as the background, and then found great fonts to use for the text layout.