Frances Baca Design and Consulting
Frances Baca is Principal of Frances Baca Design and Consulting in Berkeley, California. Her work focuses on editorial design, creative direction, and design consultation for both established and emerging businesses. Frances studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her work has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, the Society of Publication Designers, the Association of University Presses, Graphic Design USA, the New England Book Show, and Bookbuilders West.
Debbie Berne Design
Debbie Berne is the owner of Debbie Berne Design in Oakland, California. She started creating books at Herter Studio in San Francisco in 2007, and since then has designed hundreds of book interiors and covers in a broad range of genres for publishers both large and small. Debbie shares her deep knowledge of the book design process in her book The Design of Books: An Explainer for Authors, Editors, Agents, and Other Curious Readers, forthcoming in 2023 with the University of Chicago Press.
Assistant Art Director
Mia Johnson is Assistant Art Director at Clarkson Potter in New York City. She is also an illustrator, and has designed several New York Times bestsellers. Mia studied at the University of San Francisco, and formerly worked at Princeton Architectural Press and Chronicle Books. Her designs have been recognized by the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers and the New York Book Show.
Victor Mingovits is Art Director at Mingovits Design in New York City. His studio focuses on book design for a wide variety of publishing projects, from ideation to delivery of final printed books. Victor studied at the University of Gothenburg, and formerly worked at Mucca. His designs have been recognized by the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, the Association of University Presses, Communication Arts Design Annual, Graphis Design Annual, and the Print Regional Design Annual.
Hachette Book Group
Nyamekye Waliyaya is Production Director at Hachette Book Group in New York City. She leads a team in the management of printing and production for complex illustrated books, from manuscript to bound copies. Nyamekye formerly worked at Harper Collins Publishers and Simon & Schuster. She studied at Morgan State University.
Freelance Book Designer
Amanda Weiss is a freelance book designer in Nashville, Tennessee. She designs books and print collateral for a variety of trade and university press clients. Amanda studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and formerly worked at Princeton University Press. Her designs have been recognized by the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, the Association of University Presses, and the New York Book Show.