Art + Design

Bon Voyage, Design Fellows!

In the early summer, we coastal Californians often experience a phenomenon called “June Gloom.” Instead of the endless California sunshine you see on TV, summers here are often foggy and downright chilly.

In the Chronicle Books design department, we experience our own version of June Gloom, when we must say goodbye to the four Design Fellows we had the privilege of working with over the past year. But rather than enumerate all the incredible projects they have designed, and all the reasons we loved having them around, we thought we’d give them a chance to tell you about the last year:

Spencer Vandergrift, Books & Gifts Design Fellow

Chronicle Books Design Fellow: Spencer

Favorite Chronicle Books title: I love Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression; a HUGE book about the Blue Note jazz label. It’s packed with a ton of imagery, photography, and ephemera surrounding the life of the label, and the insanely talented musicians who made it what it was.

Favorite memory from the year:  Being “flown” in a cardboard spaceship across the 2nd floor, through the “cosmos,” to a table of cosmos (the drink) at the Halloween party. It was a blast (no pun intended).

Favorite project: I was able to design How to Be Great at Your Job, a book on maxing out one’s performance in the work world. I love getting to flow and style long form text. Not to mention, this was one of my first projects as a fellow, so I learned a TON about working through text corrections, styling, and editing.

Something you’re excited about in the future: I’ve got a couple best-buds down in SoCal I’m excited to start a studio with, or at least make some work together (shouts out Logan & Dillon). I’m really just stoked to get out there and keep making sweet stuff!

Keep up with Spencer at, or on Instagram @svandergrift


Maggie Edelman, Children’s Books and Gift Design Fellow

Chronicle Books Design Fellow: Maggie

Favorite Chronicle Books title: I love I Fought the Law.

Favorite memory from the year: The design retreat to SFMOMA.

Favorite project: My favorite thing I worked on was an updated version of The Other Dog by Madeline L’engle. It was great to redesign an existing book and give it my own spin.

Something you’re excited about in the future: Cheese Balls! And becoming a full-time designer for the Entertainment group at Chronicle Books!

Keep up with Maggie at


Anna Cormack, Industrial Design / Product Development Fellow

Chronicle Books Design Fellow: Anna

Favorite Chronicle Books title: The Tartine series! Or any sweets-themed cookbook really. My cookbook collection has at least doubled since working at Chronicle.

Favorite memory from the year: The Halloween Party and the Holiday Party.

Favorite project: All our Design Lab projects—a few of which have gotten acquired and should be coming to market in the following seasons!

Something you’re excited about in the future: My National-Park-touring road trip in a few weeks as I drive back to the Midwest!

Keep up with Anna at


Jamie Chen, Marketing Design Fellow

Chronicle Books Design Fellow: Jamie

Favorite Chronicle Books title: What Can A Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris! Such great content, especially during chaotic times such as ours. Shawn Harris also has such an amazing illustration style.

Favorite memory from the year: The Halloween party where every floor becomes a spooky themed experience. Confetti and the baby sun from Teletubbies were involved. Plus cleaning day, because there was so much free stuff.

Favorite project: Working on the Holiday Video and Give Books campaign. The marketing team got to really use our individual creativity, plus, we got to get out to the city to film!

Something you’re excited about in the future: Taking quick break before my next adventure and traveling as I reflect on this wild year!

Keep up with Jamie at

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Thank you Spencer, Maggie, Anna and Jamie for all of your hard work!

Chronicle Books Design Fellows

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Victoria Chao

Victoria Chao

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


1 Comment

  • Kate Edelman July 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Life is bitter sweet. Thank you for giving Maggie this terrific opportunity. She had a great year and grew so much from your care and guidance. This is her dream job but I do wish it was closer to home. I miss her. You are lucky.

    Good Luck to all of her fellow Fellows!


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