Introducing Our 2014 Summer/Fall Design Fellows

It’s that time again! We’re presently in the process of welcoming our latest group of talented design fellows here at Chronicle Books. If you haven’t heard about our fellowship program yet, we hire five recent design graduates to assist our Publishing, Marketing, Children’s, and Digital Publishing design groups. Over a period of six months these fellows collaborate with our in-house design teams to create, publicize, and enhance the titles on our current seasonal list.  That being said, I’m thrilled to introduce our newest fellows:

Amanda Sim, Publishing Design Fellow

Originally hailing from sunny Honolulu, Amanda Sim received a BA in Printmaking from Wesleyan and then an MFA in Graphic Design at RISD. She moved to the Bay Area last year and has been busy freelancing for a variety of publications, websites, and brands. We were wowed by her stellar type skills, refined design aesthetic, and her creativity with formats. Amanda is a creative powerhouse–aside from design she also loves illustration, printmaking, photography, welding, woodworking, and dancing ballet! Check out her impressive portfolio here.

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Sally Carmichael, Publishing Design Fellow

When we met Sally, we were sold on her strong work alone, but in the end her sunny personality and Midwestern charm really sealed the deal. Sally has held internships at Heavenly London, Tad Carpenter Creative, and Willoughby Design among others. She has been a contributor to HOW Magazine, and her work has been featured on design blogs Badass Lady Creatives and Creative Review. When she’s not designing, Sally loves to travel, collect art prints, and explore the city. Sally’s portfolio showcases interesting layouts, playful graphics, and type–along with her ability to design across a range of styles. See more of Sally’s great work here.

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Lisa Schneller, Children’s Design Fellow

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Lisa has always had a love for children’s books. It was this combined with her aesthetic sensibilities that convinced us she would be a perfect fit for our Children’s design fellowship. Lisa received her first BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts. Soon after graduating, she illustrated a series of children’s books for a local hospital and quickly caught the design bug. Lisa just graduated with her second BFA in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University this past December. Equipped with both degrees, she’s ready to take on children’s books of all shapes and sizes. When Lisa’s not designing or illustrating, you can find her behind a camera lens, eating Eggs Benedict, or playing with her sweet little bichon frise. Check out more of Lisa’s work here.

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Kelsey Lee Coons, Digital Publishing Fellow

Kelsey received her MA in Publishing and Writing with a concentration in Digital Publishing from Emerson College this June. She recently completed internships at Candlewick Press and MIT Press, where she produced and edited ebooks, edited video, photographed catalog product shots, and supported sales and marketing efforts for YA novels. Kelsey’s artistic and technical skills will be a valuable asset to the Production Design team, and we are excited to welcome her. Learn more about Kelsey and her work here.

Image Credit: Judy Moody series written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press.

Image Credit: Big Little,  written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli, published by Candlewick Press.

Image credit: EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm written by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Matthew Myers, and published by Candlewick Press.

Noopur Agarwal, Marketing Design Fellow

Noopur comes to us from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she earned her MFA in graphic and interactive design. We were immediately impressed by Noopur’s design skills and even more delighted by her friendly disposition and magnetic personality. Noopur loves to travel and her experiences and adventures are definitely evident in her designs. Not surprisingly, one of her favorite things to do is to explore new places, so she is eager to get to know the Bay Area. See more of Noopur’s portfolio here.

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For more information on our fellowship program and details on how to apply for the upcoming session (beginning in January), please visit our website:

Meghan Nowell
Design Studio Coordinator


Meghan Nowell

As Design Studio Manager, Meghan has fun bossing around designers on the weekdays and avoiding them on the weekend. She also enjoys wine, pretending to be artsy, and eating/making delicious food!
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