As the owner of Ponderosa Pine Design in Reno, Nevada, I’m passionate about working with publishers, editorial teams, and/or authors to create book designs that best complement a topic. Over the years, I have designed covers and interiors for hundreds of books of all types from beginning to end. I specialize in coffee table history books and corporate books, cookbooks, guidebooks, and children’s books. My portfolio shows a good variety of my design work.
I also have an extensive network—collaborating with freelance photographers, illustrators, libraries, museums, stock houses, and private collectors—and I bring to the table a diverse working knowledge of books and book design. I am also extremely knowledgeable about the 4-color process, having been on press in the US and Asia.
Book design is my passion. I started my career as a graphic designer and art director for ad agencies, but when I discovered book design, I found my true calling. I love books.
I have won several Benjamin Franklin awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association and a PubWest design award. As a member of PubWest, I attend their conference every year. I also regularly attend Adobe Max and/or CreativePro conferences annually to stay current on all the creative tools I need to make beautiful books.
My clients include Arizona Highways, becker&mayer! Books, Beckon Books, Blue Sneaker Press, Broad Books Press, Bona Fide Books, Chalice Press, Cider Mill Press, Consumer Reports, Conundrum Press, Countryman Press, Entrepreneur Press, Essex Publishing Group, Favorite Recipes Press, Girl Friday Productions, Globe Pequot Press, Grand Canyon Assoc., Greenwich Publishing, Historic Hospitality Books, Klutz, Mount Rushmore Society, Plum Street Publisher, Rodale, Rowman & Littlefield, Sourcebooks, Southwestern Publishing House, Sterling Publishing, Storey Publishing, Taunton Press, and West Margin Press.