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5 Questions with Our 2018-2019 Design Fellows

Since we began the Chronicle Books Design Fellowship over a decade ago, the applicant pool has consistently grown stronger. It gets harder to pick just four designers to join our team for the year!

It is our distinct pleasure to introduce you to our Design Fellows for 2018-2019. Abbie Goveia, Alma Kamal, Kim DiSanto, and Philip Lau were plucked from a very competitive group of candidates, and we are lucky to have four young designers who are not only highly-skilled, but also come with a distinctive voice and point-of-view. We gave them a chance to introduce themselves and their work below. Enjoy!

 

Abbie Goveia, Children’s Books and Gifts Fellow

1. What were you doing before you got to Chronicle Books?

I recently graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in sunny San Diego with a degree in Art Education concentrating in Graphic Design. I originally planned to be an art teacher until I discovered my love for children’s book design while taking an illustration class. Working in book design seems to be the perfect way to combine my passion for art and education.

2. What are some things that inspire your design or excite you?

I’m inspired by plants, sea life, Matisse paper cuts, David Hockney paintings, Andy Davis’ surf art, Louise Fili’s hand lettering, and 70’s band posters.

3. What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of design?

Other than graphic design, I enjoy oil painting, ceramics, and printmaking. I’m passionate about being outdoors often, swimming in any body of water, making friends with animals, quality time with family, and sourdough bread.

4. Favorite Chronicle Book(s)?

Olive the Other Reindeer (a classic), Hello Hello (I could look at those animal illustrations for hours), New Horizons (stunning), and the One Line a Day journal (so fun).

5. How would you describe your design?

Playful, hand-crafted, & Californian!

Abbie Goveia

Abbie Goveia

Abbie Goveia

Abbie Goveia

Abbie Goveia

 

Alma Kamal, Books and Gifts Fellow

1. What were you doing before you got to Chronicle Books?

I have spent the past two years completing my master’s degree in graphic design at the Academy of Art University.

2. What are some things that inspire your design or excite you?

Books are a huge inspiration to me; the colors, the papers, the layout, the format… My inspiration currently stems from books as well as Russian Constructivism posters. I’ve been looking at old books and design eras for inspiration of future design projects.

3. What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of design?

Music, working out, reading, nature, traveling, learning new languages and food. I have a weird obsession of always looking for restaurants/places to try out through Yelp.

4. Favorite Chronicle Book?

Coffee Dictionary

5. How would you describe your design?

Minimal, modern, raw.

Alma Kamal

Alma Kamal

Alma Kamal

Alma Kamal

Alma Kamal

Alma Kamal

Alma Kamal

 

Kim DiSanto, Marketing Communications Fellow

1. What were you doing before you got to Chronicle Books?

I graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2017, and spent the last year working for a design firm called Stout.

2. What are some things that inspire your design or excite you?

Nature, animals, traveling to new places, like my recent trip to Japan and Bali.

3. What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of design?

Outside of design, some of my passions/hobbies are growing my collection of indoor plants, kayaking, swimming, hiking, exploring with my dog, and collecting stamps and unique stationery.  I also enjoy watching baseball and hockey.

4. Favorite Chronicle Books?

A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness by Ton Mak.

5. How would you describe your design?

I would describe my design as playful and feel-good.

Kim DiSanto

Kim DiSanto

Kim DiSanto

 

Philip Lau, Industrial Design Fellow

1. What were you doing before you got to Chronicle Books?

Before Chronicle books, I was a full-time student at Rhode Island School of Design studying Industrial Design. However, I grew up in Hong Kong and draw much of my design inspiration from that place.

2. What are some things that inspire your design or excite you?

In my design practice, I aim to extract the extraordinary from ordinary, and at the same time add a little fun to it all. Because of this pretty much everything inspires me, I believe that everything can always be viewed from a new perspective to bring out fresh ideas.

3. What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of design?

Outside of design, I love Latin dance, taking jumping photos, and traveling.

4. Favorite Chronicle Book?

All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John.

5. How would you describe your work?

Whimsically functional.

Philip Lau

Philip Lau

Philip Lau

Philip Lau

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We’re so excited to have our new Design Fellows here with us! To learn more about our Fellowship, you can explore past blog posts 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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