It was tricky working on a cover where I was explicitly told not to show any part of a woman, and still suggest sexuality and love. This simple solution was both beautiful and suggestive, and using a type that felt appropriate to match made this covers one of my favorites.
By Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, in Love, InshAllah, this groundbreaking collection, 25 American Muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love openly for the first time, showing just how varied the search for love can be--from singles' events and online dating, to college flirtations and arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.
The idea with this cover what to represent weight loss metaphorically, and how losing layers wasn't a great experience for Jen Larsen.
Stranger Here by Jen Larsen is the brutally honest, surprisingly hilarious story of one woman’s journey from one extreme of the weight spectrum to the other, and of the unexpected emotional chaos it created.
I try to read every book while I design the cover. With this book, I was so in love, that I made a cover for each chapter I read. And while the editor appreciated my enthusiasm, I think the author Owen appreciated it more. Or at least he pretended to, when he responded to my fan mail when the design process was over.
Owen Egerton's The Book of Harold is as profound and deeply respectful a novel as it is irreverent in its wild, often hilarious take on a modern messianic movement in suburbia.
The challenge here was not show too much skin, or skew too old or young in the visuals. I wanted it sexy and mysterious and respectful, and it is.
Ageless Erotica by Joan Price, is a steamy anthology of erotic stories and memoir essays written for a mature audience by writers over the age of 50.
This book, all about shame and embarrassment, had to have a picture on the cover that reminded people of that emotion, and be totally relatable. The hilariousness and lack of ego required to share these stores is incredible and inspiring.
Amy Ferris, Hollye Dexter, and the writers they brought together are all ready to let go of shame. In Dancing at the Shame Prom, 26 brave writers, journalists, musicians, artists, directors, and activists offer their most funny, sad, poignant, miraculous, life-changing, and jaw-dropping secrets in the hopes that they will inspire others to do the same.
This was a really fun read, and a great project. I wanted the author to look like a runaway bride that had been though the ringer to get there. That's exactly what we photographed, and Ophira looks incredible!
Screw Everyone is comedian Ophira Eisenberg’s wisecracking account of how she spent most of her life saying “yes” to everything—and everyone—and how that attitude ultimately helped her overcome her phobia of commitment.
This story is about a daughter mother relationship that is entirely different and upside down. This photo summed up the feeling I had while reading this book, which is incredibly moving. Meeting Chana, the author, was a true honor once the book was published. I gave her extra hugs knowing the grief she had dealt with, but also, because she let me create the cover of her life story.
Reading this book was very moving, and brought up a lot of emotions, as a feminist woman. The color pink came to mind for the discussion of women, and red made sense as the anger that washed over me.
FBomb blog creator Julie Zeilinger debunks myths about modern youth in A Little F’d Up, the first book about feminism for young women in their teens and twenties to actually be written by one of their peers.
Empires of Food by Evan D.G. Faser and Andrew Rimas chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past 12,000 years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate—and offers fascinating, and devastating, insights into what to expect in years to come.
I wanted the cover to feel epic and historical. The illustrations are detailed and deliberate, and the typography is bold and clean to contrast.
In Drinking Diaries, editors Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg take women's drinking stories out of the closet and into the light.
The cover is a bottle opener, which appears to be a women with it's arms raised to the sky, shrugging an 'oh well' shrug. I incorporated the merlot color to bring the theme together or alcohol, and women's drinking stories.
In Spent, editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women’s true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships.
I wanted to capture the emptiness of shopping as a pursuit to make people feel fulfilled. The open blue lined coin purse was the perfect visual.