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Hi, I'm Megan. I read books and redesign their covers. Why don't you come along for the ride?

For more design work, visit my portfolio site at meganott.hasaportfolio.com

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This week I bring you a project inspired by one of my favorite types of book(let): a passport! I am planning a travel-themed bridal shower for my wonderful sister and loosely based the invitation on a passport. Bon voyage!

Hello readers! Things have been busy around here; I’ve been working on an identity package for talented photographer Kate J. Miller, the invitation for my sister’s bridal shower, and these fun bookplates for you! Just print out the bookplate with the letter and design of your choice, put it on the inside cover of your book, and write your name on it. Now when you lend your books out to friends, it will always find its way back to you! 
Initial bookplates: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Laurel bookplates: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Hello readers! Things have been busy around here; I’ve been working on an identity package for talented photographer Kate J. Miller, the invitation for my sister’s bridal shower, and these fun bookplates for you! Just print out the bookplate with the letter and design of your choice, put it on the inside cover of your book, and write your name on it. Now when you lend your books out to friends, it will always find its way back to you! 

Initial bookplates: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Laurel bookplates: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Asked by Anonymous

I recently graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design and am currently looking for full-time employment as a graphic designer (hi potential employers—let’s talk!). 

There are several different avenues graphic designers can take. They can work for an in-house creative department, designing for one specific company. For example, clothing company Gap has an in-house creative team, and graphic designers working for them create all the print and digital collateral for Gap and Gap only (unless they do freelance work on the side). Another option is for designers to be a part of an independent design studio. These designers work on projects for a variety of different clients. Take Stitch Design Co.: they have designed products for clients as diverse as an identity package for an interior design firm and an e-commerce website for a baby clothing company. Finally, designers can choose to strike out on their own and seek freelance work. Sometimes the designer will contact potential clients and other times the client will get in touch with the designer to discuss a project. 

Thanks for asking, and I hope this has given you a little better understanding of the graphic design world!

Asked by Anonymous

Unfortunately it’s a fictional publishing company, but you can check out more of my graphic design work at my portfolio website. Feel free to suggest a cover you’d like me to redesign, too, and it might just show up here one of these days!

Asked by Anonymous

Hi there! Megooligan & Sons is a fictional publishing company I created for a class project during my senior year. You can read a bit about it here.

The name “Megooligan” was given to me by my friend Caitlin during our semester abroad in Orvieto, Italy. Our friend John had taken to singing impromptu songs about different members of our group, and one day he favored us with a rendition of the song beginning with “This is the story of Megooligan and sons…” We can’t remember the rest of the words but everyone agreed “Megooligan and sons” had a nice ring to it. So, when it came time a year later to name my fictional publishing company, the choice was clear—only Megooligan & Sons would do. Thanks for asking!

Persuasion by Jane Austen
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It’s a new year and time again for a new book cover! This time around I gave Jane Austen’s Persuasion a makeover. The majority of existing covers feature a classic painted portrait. And then there are covers with images that seem to be selected at random from a stock photography site (Anne Elliot would never have gone walking through a field in bare feet, for heaven’s sake!). Maybe I’m just old fashioned but I think a cover should give the reader a feeling for what’s inside. 
Persuasion is arguably Austen’s quietest work. It’s about second chances and the slow bloom of love. To reflect the sweet simplicity and demure nature of protagonist Anne Elliot, I opted to create a minimal cover design with a soft color palette. By blending modern elements (slab and sans serif type) with classical accents (decorative looping vines), I was able to respect the Austen’s time period while reflecting the relevance of the story’s themes in today’s world. 

Persuasion by Jane Austen

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It’s a new year and time again for a new book cover! This time around I gave Jane Austen’s Persuasion a makeover. The majority of existing covers feature a classic painted portrait. And then there are covers with images that seem to be selected at random from a stock photography site (Anne Elliot would never have gone walking through a field in bare feet, for heaven’s sake!). Maybe I’m just old fashioned but I think a cover should give the reader a feeling for what’s inside. 

Persuasion is arguably Austen’s quietest work. It’s about second chances and the slow bloom of love. To reflect the sweet simplicity and demure nature of protagonist Anne Elliot, I opted to create a minimal cover design with a soft color palette. By blending modern elements (slab and sans serif type) with classical accents (decorative looping vines), I was able to respect the Austen’s time period while reflecting the relevance of the story’s themes in today’s world. 

Asked by Anonymous

Hiya! Thanks, I designed my resume myself, template and all. The font I used is Josefin Sans, which you can find here

Asked by Anonymous

Hi there! Every year AIGA compiles a survey of design salaries. You can check that out here

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it would be nice to share one of my favorite gifts to make. I first learned how to create books with coptic binding during my semester in Italy from our wonderful resident assistant Christine. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. My favorite thing about these books is the materials; almost all of the paper used in the book I make is found material. I love collecting bits of ephemera to use for bookmaking: paper place mats with interesting patterns, old sketchbook pages, colorful advertisements…the possibilities are endless. It’s really easy to personalize each book for the recipient as well by using bits and pieces that have meaning for them, like ticket stubs from a trip you took together or handwritten letters you’ve exchanged. I love making these books in all different sizes so I can have a larger one at home for sketching (coptic bound books lay flat when opened so they’re easy to use for sketching or writing) and a small one to carry around in my bag to jot down notes and ideas. Equally as important is the actual act of creating them. Most of the design work I do is created digitally (once I’ve moved past the sketching and idea-generating stage) so it’s wonderful every now and then to turn off the computer and make something with my hands.

I will be taking a two week break from posting book covers but will be back at it the first week of January. I wish you all a joyful Christmas and will see you in the new year!