From the Design Desk of Agnes
It’s hard to sum up everything that I’ve learned and experienced while at Chronicle during my fellowship because so much happened! Six months ago, I was a fresh, Illustration graduate with very little experience in graphic design, let alone book publishing; I was pretty much a “newb” in the graphic design world. But this fellowship has definitely helped me make up some ground. It’s expanded my technical skills as well as fine-tuned my design instincts. I’ve been challenged with all kinds of projects that have all been rewarding and insightful in their own ways.
Two projects I’ve had the privilege of working on are F*ck I’m In My Twenties Guided Journal (it has a really cool spot gloss UV cover!) and the Summer/Fall 2014 fellowship poster (screen printed!).
I am very grateful to Chronicle for giving me this incredibly unique opportunity. I’ll miss everything about this fellowship—Show & Tell (the gathering of great and helpful minds), the random free food, the resources, my “fellow” fellows—but I will especially miss all of the designers who have helped me become a better designer in countless ways. Thank you for getting me ready for my next adventure!
Agnes Lee, Publishing Design Fellow
From the Design Desk of Tatiana
It’s so sad to say goodbye—I cannot believe that six months could fly by so fast! My fellowship at Chronicle Books was like nothing I have experienced in my life before. I never could have imagined that going to work could be filled with such joy and excitement every day! Working in such a talented and creative environment I learned something new every minute of my fellowship.
Cleaning my desk will not be easy for me because this place became my second home. I’ve tried to organize my workspace in a nice way, but somehow it always looked messier than I expected. Fellow’s desks could say a lot not only about our workflow, but also about our personalities. What do I have around me during my last days of the fellowship? (1) Cover of Maddie on Things 2015 Wall Calendar—one of the 1st projects that I worked on here; (2) galleys and studies for the cover of No Plot? No Problem! 10th Anniversary Edition (such an honor and so fun to work on that project!); (3) stack of folders with different projects I’ve been working on and drawing pads; (4) a sentimental card that I got from the design department for my birthday and a Woolbuddy penguin that I bought at the Chronicle Books Holiday Craft Fair; (5) my notebooks (with notes on projects, brainstorms, meetings and workshops); (6) stack of drawn, painted and stamped stripes that I did for one of the creative exercises in Design Lab with Michael Carabetta; (7) Things to Draw/Things to Write books for my reference, while working on a cover for one in the series; (8) post-it notes (updated daily); (9) set of notecards and notebooks—inspiration for a project in a similar format: (10) tea jar (refilled hourly).
I would like to thank all of the amazing designers with whom I had the honor of working on different projects with and my wonderful and sweet, “fellow” fellows. My special, super-duper, HUGE thank you goes to my mentor Michael Morris, who always found the right words of support and encouragement.
Have great holidays!
Tatiana Pavlova, Publishing Design Fellow
From the Design Desk of Emily
Oh Chronicle! Being a fellow has been an amazing experience because, A. I got to work at Chronicle Books, B. I’ve been surrounded by books on books on books, C. I left my home state to come to San Francisco—the home of Full House!
As the Marketing Design fellow I had the joy and privilege of promoting Chronicle’s many books. Highlights include:
1. Kicking off my fellowship working on Grumpy Cat. The best project was creating ridiculous collaged backgrounds for the Grumpy World Tour video.
2. Being a part of the Chronicle Holiday Video—my first experience connecting, developing and shooting a video. It was a great collaborative project and fun to watch—see for yourselves!
3. Creating the Holiday retail displays for our three San Francisco stores. I triumphed over the sewing machine and made many festive garlands!
4. Working on a branding direction for 2014. Each of the Marcom designers developed and presented ideas for the new tote bag. (You can see my tote bag in the top left of my desk photo.)
Chronicle, it’s been amazing! I will miss everyone and this city very much, but for now I’m off to PA to frolic in the snow and binge on pretzels!
Emily Colburn, Marketing Design Fellow
From the Design Desk of Lydia
Thank you, Chronicle, for letting me cover my iMac in Post-Its, thereby condoning my tendency to doodle and draw.
Thank you for smiling kindly as I anthropomorphized every inanimate object in sight and personified every animal I managed to sneak into conversation, regardless of the topic at hand.
Thank you for looking the other way as I repurposed office supplies, from erasers to rubber bands, into stamps for the sake of DIY printmaking.
Thank you for feeding me tea, ice cream, candy, and—best of all—delicious Josey Baker bread because really, what party needs anything more than libations and bread?
Thank you for the opportunity to sit in on meetings where editors and designers laugh like old friends (because mostly they are).
Thank you for trusting me to design stencils, set type, and illustrate many a smiling animal face for cards shaped like toddler-sized socks.
Thank you for giving me projects that merged design and illustration, the two things I love to do most.
In short, thank you, Chronicle et al, for allowing me to be the kid I really am, for surrounding me with the most quirky and charming children’s books I’ve had the pleasure of reading (and working on!), and for the very finest, most supportive co-workers a person could hope to work with. May you continue to find doodled upon Post-Its long after I leave!
Lydia Nichols, Children’s Design Fellow
From the Design Desk of Chloe