My pride and joy, Meatballs for the People: Proverbs to Chew On, designed and illustrated for my favorite Chicano playwright Gary Soto. Using Pantone spot colors, this simple yet bold design was the exact look I wanted for this satirical little book of aphorisms. Gary loved the end result and continues to go on book tours promoting his latest piece. Working with Gary was definitely the highlight during my internship at Red Hen.
Testify by Douglas Manuel is a recollection of modern-day hard times he dealt with growing up in the American Midwest compiled into poems. Due to its strong content, I decided to make the 96-page layout very cold and to-the-point, but of course still maintaining the spacing of words and verses in his original manuscript. As for the cover, the bloodshot red and torn paper edged border the book’s elegiac ambivalence.