01 Aug

Wild Horses of the Mind

front cover Wild Horses of the Mind

Equine-themed Wild Horses of the Mind explores the events, connections and demons that defy us during our lives.

Lifelong horsewoman and accomplished poet, Lisa Rawn has been widely published and is the author of four poetry chapbooks.

She won Vancouver’s 2015 Pandora’s Collective poetry contest, and was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize.

Wild Horses of the Mind is one of two titles representing our first releases in book publishing.

It is a beautiful and lavishly produced limited-edition chapbook by award-winning BC poet Lisa Rawn.

32 pages, plus cover: accented with antique illustrations; printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell text and cover stock; with stitched and tied binding.

7 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7773102-1-9

$24.99 CAD plus shipping; with a copy of companion title, Between Ocean and Land: $40.00 CAD plus shipping

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01 Aug

Wood Storms Wild Canvas

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.

You can find out more about the book here

See photos from the book launch at Gurdeep’s blog post

23 Jul

Mapping Your Values



Do you keep getting stuck in the same ruts? Have you lost track of your life’s meaning and purpose? Have you tried different counsellors and self-help practices only to end up back where you started? If so, you’re not alone. In this groundbreaking book Tom Brooks presents his radical idea that your values are the essence of who you are and that your efforts at self-improvement are bound to fail until you map them.

A sought-after counsellor and dynamic public speaker, Tom uses stories, humour, and road-tested advice to explain how you can live an authentic life by discovering and living your values.

Published by Solutions to Life Counselling.

Cover and page design, layout, typesetting, and production of three eBook formats by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

5.5 × 8.5 inches

276 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7775641-0-0 (softcover) | ISBN: 978-1-7775641-1-7 (eBook: .epub) | ISBN: 978-1-7775641-2-4 (eBook: Kindle) |ISBN: 978-1-7775641-3-1 (digital: .pdf)

Available on Amazon

22 Jul

Canucks in Khaki

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.”

To order your copy contact jan@katodesignandphoto.com

19 Jul

Health and Wellness

In Canada, South Asian immigrants are the fastest growing visible minority group. Not only is this community at high risk for developing diabetes, but they tend to be diagnosed at a younger age. Fortunately, by improving lifestyle habits, we can prevent or delay the development of diabetes and its bad consequences (e.g., heart attack, stroke, blindness).

This work is published by the UBC-VGH Hospital Foundation. Its work was supported by the Peer-Led, Empowerment-based Approach to Self-Management in Diabetes (PLEASED) study, and funded by the Azad and Yasmin Shamji family.

Kato Design and Photo is honoured to have designed the cover and inside pages, created the fixed layout eBook for multiple platforms, and produced the interactive PDF for free downloads.

Print edition: 6 × 9 inches

280 pages, including over 170 colour photos

ISBN: 978-1-9990632-0-7 (softcover) | ISBN: 978-1-9990632-1-4 (eBook .epub) | ISBN: 978-1-9990632-2-1 (eBook .kpf / Kindle) |ISBN: 978-1-9990632-3-8 (eBook .pdf)

15 Jul

First Beaver Story



First Beaver Story is a book to foster awareness, pride, and respect for the Dane-Zaa language and traditional Beaver knowledge. It is primarily intended for language and culture education at Blueberry River First Nations, and for the benefit of all generations.

Dane-Zaa Dreamer, Charlie Yahey (1881/1883–1976), influenced and inspired many people of the Peace River area with his cultural knowledge and his language. Author, Trichia Davis, was inspired to retell his creation story for primary-age children in the community of Blueberry River, and for newcomers to have fundamental knowledge of the people and lands they live and work on. In addition to lavish colour photos and text of the creation story, this book includes words and non-speaker pronunciations in Dane-Zaa (Beaver language)—provided by Alvina Davis—to support language revitalization in the community.

Edited and published in collaboration with Blueberry River First Nations and Indigenous Language Revitalization expert, Colleen Austin, ‘Wii Goot (Gamaats Consultants); published by Colleen Austin.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

9 × 7.5 inches


48 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9937877-2-0 (softcover)