Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction: 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards
Wood Storms Wild Canvas is an international book award winner! It won the Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction, in the 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. This award’s criteria include three design-related features: first impression, cover design, and interior layout.
The designs for Wood Storms Wild Canvas began in the hands of two graphic designers; first Doug Galbraith, then David Carey, who did a considerable amount of excellent work with Gurdeep Stephens on the initial layouts. I finalized the book’s design by reworking the page layouts, refining the type, completely rebuilding the section on boats, and tweaking the cover design for print output.
For historian Warren Sommer, Canucks in Kahki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 is the culmination of over 20 years of careful, sometimes pain-staking research. It was published on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and in conjunction with the opening at Langley Centennial Museum of Sacrifice and Sorrow, an exhibition in which Sommer also played vital roles as curator and organizer.
In her endorsement, printed on the book’s back cover, UBC professor emeritus Jean Barman says: “If you read just one book marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Warren Sommer’s gracefully written and evocatively illustrated Canucks in Khaki is it. From the intimacy of the war’s impact on a slice of rural British Columbia to graphic first-hand accounts from the front and not-so-front lines, we relive five heart-wrenching unforgettable years in the history of Canada and British Columbia.”
The design brief for Canucks in Khaki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 comprised of the printed hardcover, dust jacket, endpapers reproducing historic photos, and the interior page design to include 440 photos in black and white. This book also contains an appendix of Langley enlistments in the Great War, endnotes, bibliography, list of photo sources, and index.
Canucks in Khaki is the subject Ormsby Review #105. Ormsby Review in an online partnership with BCBookLook “. . . for serious writing about B.C.”
Vancouver artist Kiku Hawkes released two editions of her book, Gold Mountain Tableaux: epigraph in conjunction with a studio gallery exhibition of the same title in the 2018 Capture Photography Festival, Metro Vancouver’s high-profile celebration of local and international contemporary photography.
Gold Mountain Tableaux: epigraph presents a series of photos Hawkes made in the early 1980s to document buildings and streetscapes in her Strathcona neighbourhood. She was prompted to do so by the rapid changes that were taking place, wanting to capture the essence of the area before its irrevocable transformation.
The first iteration of Gold Mountain Tableaux, consists of 42 toned and hand-coloured portraits of Strathcona and Chinatown residents, taken during this same time period. Book editions are also planned for the portraits.
The 12 x 9-inch limited edition of epigraph is printed on fine paper and bound with Chicago Posts, which allow for the insertion of additional pages as the artist expands upon her on-going Gold Mountain Tableaux project.
The 8 x 6-inch perfect-bound edition is for broader distribution.
As well as the artist’s introduction, the text includes a foreword by Andy Yan, a native of Strathcona and director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, and “sing, chickadee, sing” a poem written especially for this book by acclaimed poet and long-time Strathcona resident, Daphne Marlatt.
Kiku Hawkes’ work has been exhibited across Canada and won international awards in art and commerce.
The design brief, working in collaboration with Behind the Book, required a bold cover to support the novel’s compelling narrative, interior page design for easy readability, and an ebook compatible with all e-readers.
“Norm Cuddy’s Return of the Jaguar skillfully takes the reader on a thrilling and perilous journey across the Baja desert and into the mountainous jungles of Chihuahua, weaving a gripping story around the carnage that took place in Chiapas.”
Norm Cuddy’s widow found in his desk drawer the completed manuscript for Return of the Jaguar several months after he passed away. With the help of author services company, Behind the Book, she completed the final copy edit and fulfilled Norm’s vision of publishing his spell-binding novel.
Invitation to Beauty is an engaging book that combines poetic verse meditations with colourful photos to provide guidance for experiencing more beauty in life. Together the meditations and photos speak of beauty’s depth and varied dimensions: the idea of beauty as a sanctuary; the grace that boldness, liberty, and forgiveness release into our lives; beauty’s power to affirm and renew. Let the interplay of images and words relax and inspire you while illuminating a path to a rich, satisfying life.
Enabling its author to achieve the most effective sales at her workshops and presentations, this book is published in a traditional print run. And to maximize distribution it is also available in print on demand editions.
A 64-page ABC book for kids and adults, alpha bones candy, features Modern Tanka poems that are short, musical and humorous; black and white illustrations you can colour; and objects you’re invited to search for in each illustration. Poems and illustrations encourage hugging moments for reader and child. This book is a whole lot of fun!!
Axiom Business Book Award: Bronze Medal—Corporate History/Milestone, 2015
This Earth is Ours: 30 Organic Years Along Nature’s Path, is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Nature’s Path Organics, a multiple award-winning family-run organic foods company that is an advocate for sustainable farming practices, non-GMO foods, and fair trade, as well as community gardens and other food security and community-support initiatives.
This project included design, layout, typesetting and photo prep for the interior pages: 11.5 × 8 inches, 224 pages, including over 370 images—most in colour.
As a private publication, this book is not available for sale.
Interior page design by Jan Westendorp / Kato Design and Photo. The cover design is by Andrew Bagatella/Whitecap Books.
“From table settings to backyard gardens and pantry items, this book teaches you everything you need to know about Russian food.”
Published by Whitecap Books and graced with beautiful photos by Tracey Kusiewicz at Foodie Photography, the interior page designs for Russian Cuisine: Traditional and Contemporary Home Cooking incorporate elements to make it a practical and useable reference, while embracing styles that harmonize with its traditional and contemporary subject matter. Informative sidebar text, notes on ingredients and methods, as well as excerpts from the memoir of the author’s mother appear throughout the book.
The design project for this book of poetry features the cover design and interior page layouts.
Cathy Ford’s first poetry book in many years includes 7 x 9-inch page dimensions to accommodate long lines. The author of 14 previously published books of poetry, Cathy Ford is a former member of the League of Canadian Poets and a founder of the organization’s Feminist Caucus.
This book design project features a soft-cover with French flaps and interior page layouts—incorporating photographs, drawings, and poems throughout, along with a 42-page portfolio of historic photographs of Vancouver made by Curt Lang in 1972.
Written by Claudia Cornwall and published by Mother Tongue Publishing, At the World’s Edge is a 288-page biography of Curt Lang; a legendary Vancouver beat poet, artist, photographer, intellectual, and entrepreneur.