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Goodbye From Our 2016-2017 Design Fellows

Today is a bittersweet day for the Chronicle Books team—it’s the last day of the Design Fellowship and time for us to say adieu to our latest crop of incredibly talented Design Fellows. Over the last twelve months, we’ve watched these three grow from fresh-faced college grads to seasoned design professionals. They have done everything from route galleys to successfully pitching their original ideas for our publishing pipeline. We are so grateful for their contributions over the past year, and excited to see what the future holds for this talented crew!

But before we say our goodbyes, let’s give them a chance to share their stories:

From the Design Desk of Molly Fehr

I’ve been aspiring to work in publishing since my beginnings in art school, so starting my career right out of college was a blessing. And to work at a company such as Chronicle Books has been more rewarding than I ever could have hoped for. During this year, I have gained invaluable experience and knowledge of this industry through my fellow designers and coworkers.


Each project I have gotten to work on has taught me something new. Here is just some of the insight I’ve gathered:

  • Peekaboo! Stroller Cards (my first project) introduced me to the industry and the process of publishing books.
  • Under the Silver Moon made me realize you should NEVER underestimate the importance of good Photoshop retouching skills.
  • All of the roadblocks we faced while making My Life in Emoticons taught me to think on my feet and work on tight deadlines in order to redesign most of the journal while still staying on schedule.
  • Helping with the sequel to Bunny Slopes tested my critical thinking and pushed my creativity.
  • The upcoming glittery picture book I’ve designed reinforced that this career is as rewarding as I’d hoped and is something I intend to continue with.

Thank you to everyone, but especially to the children’s designers—Kristine, Amelia, Ryan, and Alice—and two children’s editors—Naomi and Ariel—for constantly inspiring me. An extra special thanks goes to Amelia, my mentor, who has taught me so much and given me so much advice on design and the publishing industry. I have gained so much insight from working under her and I’m so thankful that I had this opportunity to learn and grow.

The Fellowship has truly been an amazing start to my career in publishing design and I’m so excited to continue on this path. I will be forever grateful for this experience at Chronicle Books. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with each and every one of you. My only wish is that I could stay longer.

From the Design Desk of Bernee Briones

I can’t believe this year has gone by so fast! I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing Marketing Design team. Many thanks to Liz, the amazing wonder woman boss who has shown me the ropes. Shout out to Jane, Lisa, Alina and Janice for mentoring me along the way! Three hundred projects later, I’ve learned a lot about the Chronicle Books brand and how to maintain it through various marketing materials such as print and web ads, postcards, bookmarks, and Chronicle Books’ 50th Anniversary branding.


I especially had a blast with the Design Lab projects. Thanks to Michael Carabetta, Lauren, and all other mentors for leading the critiques and seeing potential in my projects. I’ll miss all the friendly faces, cookies, and doughnuts, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next.


From the Design Desk of Patrick Keville

I can’t believe I have been a fellow for over a year and half! The time has just flown by. I came to this program fresh out of art school and I now feel like a seasoned industrial designer. I got to be a part of so many exciting projects, like Chronicle Books’ product initiative, and participating in weekly design sprints in Design Lab. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have had to work under so many talented and experienced designers and editors here at Chronicle Books.


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That’s a wrap for our first class of year-long Design Fellows! To learn more about the Chronicle Books Design Fellowship program, check out these blog posts or visit our websiteTo read more about all things design at Chronicle books, visit here.

Victoria Chao

Design Studio Manager at Chronicle Books. Dog enthusiast. Ice cream maker. You can follow her on Instagram at @victoriouschao
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