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Alban Fischer

Alban Fischer - Designer

Grand Rapids, United States

Designer and editor. I design literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books. I've created over 200 books for more than 50 publishers.

Overview

Hi, I'm Alban Fischer. I have designed literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry titles for a diverse range of clients, including Sarabande Books, Curbside Splendor, YesYes Books, Verso, Bellevue Literary Press, OR Books, and 826.

Notable projects include books by Stephen Dixon, Barry Gifford, Norman Lock, Samantha Irby, Danez Smith, Stephen Graham Jones, and Megan Stielstra.

I've been fortunate to create work in a wide variety of genres, subjects, and styles, and aspire with each project to integrate bold ideas with concise concepts and intuitive visual appeal. I approach everything I take on with the understanding that each book is unique, with its own objectives and complexities, and aim to arrive at a design that is wholly relevant, evocative, and satisfies the needs of both author and publisher.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies Horror Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Literature Poetry Short Story
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Business & Management

Work experience

Art Director

Arcadia Press
November, 2013 – Present (about 4 years)

Design literary journal and accompanying chapbooks, perform all related production work (page layout, art editing and management, mechanical prep), in addition to creating promotional materials and ads. Work closely with in-house editorial, help coordinate production needs. Commission and art direct outside illustrators and artists.

Graphic Designer

YesYes Books
May, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

Design book covers and interiors from concept to completion, perform all related production work (page layout, art editing and management, mechanical prep), in addition to creating promotional materials and ads. Work closely with in-house editorial and publicity, help coordinate production needs.

Designer

Curbside Splendor Publishing
January, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

Design book covers and interiors from concept to completion, perform all related production work (page layout, art editing and management, mechanical prep), in addition to creating promotional materials and ads. Work closely with in-house editorial and publicity, help coordinate production needs.

Freelance

Self-employed
November, 2011 – Present (about 6 years)

Design book covers and interiors for a diverse range of personal clients, and occasionally provide additional studio support for other design firms.

Editor/Designer

Trnsfr Magazine/Trnsfr Books
September, 2009 – Present (over 8 years)

Self-initiated in 2009, Trnsfr began as a biannual literary journal and has since become an imprint of Curbside Splendor Publishing, releasing its first full-length title—Stephen Dixon's Late Stories—in 2016.

Edit and design all issues. Commission and art direct outside illustrators and artists.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby, Creator of the Blog BitchesGottaEat

Samantha Irby

As a writer and performer, Samantha Irby is a force of nature. As the genius behind the hilarious blog BITCHES GOTTA EAT, she's your sharp-tongued best friend who can't help but tell it like it is. In her debut essay collection MEATY, Samantha Irby explodes onto the page with essays about laughing her way through her ridiculous life of failed relationships, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn's Dise... read more

As a writer and performer, Samantha Irby is a force of nature. As the genius behind the hilarious blog BITCHES GOTTA EAT, she's your sharp-tongued best friend who can't help but tell it like it is. In her debut essay collection MEATY, Samantha Irby explodes onto the page with essays about laughing her way through her ridiculous life of failed relationships, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn's Dise... read more

Does Not Love

James Tadd Adcox

Set in an archly comedic, alternate-reality Indianapolis that is completely overrun by Big Pharma, James Tadd Adcox's debut novel chronicles Robert and Viola's attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. Their marriage crumbling after a series of miscarriages, Viola finds herself in an affair with the FBI agent who has recently appeared at her workplace, while her... read more

Set in an archly comedic, alternate-reality Indianapolis that is completely overrun by Big Pharma, James Tadd Adcox's debut novel chronicles Robert and Viola's attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. Their marriage crumbling after a series of miscarriages, Viola finds herself in an affair with the FBI agent who has recently appeared at her workplace, while her... read more

American Meteor (The American Novels)

Norman Lock

Publishers Weekly “Book of the Year”Firecracker Award Finalist“Sheds brilliant light along the meteoric path of American westward expansion. . . . [A] pithy, compact beautifully conducted version of the American Dream, from its portrait of the young wounded soldier in the beginning to its powerful rendering of Crazy Horse's prophecy for life on earth at the end.” —NPR“Like all Mr. Lock’s books... read more

Publishers Weekly “Book of the Year”Firecracker Award Finalist“Sheds brilliant light along the meteoric path of American westward expansion. . . . [A] pithy, compact beautifully conducted version of the American Dream, from its portrait of the young wounded soldier in the beginning to its powerful rendering of Crazy Horse's prophecy for life on earth at the end.” —NPR“Like all Mr. Lock’s books... read more

The Voiceover Artist

Dave Reidy

Simon Davies suffers a crippling stutter inherited from his father. At the age of seven, he decides to stop speaking completely—eventually rendering his vocal cords useless from atrophy. Unable to speak, Simon finds solace in the voices piping through his bedside radio.Eighteen years later, Simon rebuilds his voice and learns to mostly manage his stutter with a series of subtle tics he’s devel... read more

Simon Davies suffers a crippling stutter inherited from his father. At the age of seven, he decides to stop speaking completely—eventually rendering his vocal cords useless from atrophy. Unable to speak, Simon finds solace in the voices piping through his bedside radio.Eighteen years later, Simon rebuilds his voice and learns to mostly manage his stutter with a series of subtle tics he’s devel... read more

Modernism in the Streets: A Life and Times in Essays

Marshall Berman

Essays tracing the intellectual life of a quintessential New York City writer and thinkerMarshall Berman was one of the great urbanists and Marxist cultural critics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his brilliant, nearly sui generis book All That Is Solid Melts Into Air is a masterpiece of the literature on modernism. But like many New York intellectuals, the essay was his chara... read more

Essays tracing the intellectual life of a quintessential New York City writer and thinkerMarshall Berman was one of the great urbanists and Marxist cultural critics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his brilliant, nearly sui generis book All That Is Solid Melts Into Air is a masterpiece of the literature on modernism. But like many New York intellectuals, the essay was his chara... read more

Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays

Megan Stielstra

In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay “Channel B” was recently featured in Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed, explores the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor.The essays in Once I Was Cool tackle topics ranging from beating postpartum depression by stalking her neighbor, to... read more

In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay “Channel B” was recently featured in Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed, explores the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor.The essays in Once I Was Cool tackle topics ranging from beating postpartum depression by stalking her neighbor, to... read more

Invisible Beasts

Sharona Muir

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award LonglistOrion Book Award FinalistO, The Oprah Magazine “Title to Pick Up Now”“An amazing feat of imagination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Invisible Beasts is a strange and beautiful meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of fantasy and field guide, novel and essay, treatise and fable. With one hand it offers a sad commentary on environmental ... read more

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award LonglistOrion Book Award FinalistO, The Oprah Magazine “Title to Pick Up Now”“An amazing feat of imagination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Invisible Beasts is a strange and beautiful meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of fantasy and field guide, novel and essay, treatise and fable. With one hand it offers a sad commentary on environmental ... read more

Juventud

Vanessa Blakeslee

Growing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father fo... read more

Growing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father fo... read more

Jillian

Halle Butler

Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy and successful. She makes herself feel better by obsessively critiquing the behavior of her coworker, Jillian, a rapid cycling, grotesque optimist, whose downfall is precipitated by the purchase of a dog.

Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy and successful. She makes herself feel better by obsessively critiquing the behavior of her coworker, Jillian, a rapid cycling, grotesque optimist, whose downfall is precipitated by the purchase of a dog.

The Attempt

Magdaléna Platzová

“The Attempt is historical fiction at its best. Through its narrator’s archival approach to his material, the book explores the intimate lives of a pair of fervent idealists, as well as a robber baron and his family. The result is a vivid, poignant narrative about political upheaval, both in the past and the present.” —SIRI HUSTVEDT, author of The Blazing WorldWhen a Czech historian becomes co... read more

“The Attempt is historical fiction at its best. Through its narrator’s archival approach to his material, the book explores the intimate lives of a pair of fervent idealists, as well as a robber baron and his family. The result is a vivid, poignant narrative about political upheaval, both in the past and the present.” —SIRI HUSTVEDT, author of The Blazing WorldWhen a Czech historian becomes co... read more

Everything We Don't Know: Essays

Aaron Gilbreath

Heartfelt, earnest, and humorous, the essays in Everything We Don't Know examine the journey of growing up in contemporary America. Aaron Gilbreath contemplates the ocean-bound debris from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, his nostalgia for the demolished buildings of his youth, quitting smoking, the etymology of the word "radical," and more. A deftly-crafted debut from a wise, bold voice.Aa... read more

Heartfelt, earnest, and humorous, the essays in Everything We Don't Know examine the journey of growing up in contemporary America. Aaron Gilbreath contemplates the ocean-bound debris from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, his nostalgia for the demolished buildings of his youth, quitting smoking, the etymology of the word "radical," and more. A deftly-crafted debut from a wise, bold voice.Aa... read more

The Loss of All Lost Things

Amina Gautier

Winner of the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award.Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award in FictionWinner of a Silver IPPY AwardWinner of a Royal Palm Literary AwardWinner of the Florida Authors and Publisher's Association President's Book AwardNominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in FictionFinalist for a 2017 International Latino Book Award in Most Inspirational FictionFinal... read more

Winner of the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award.Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award in FictionWinner of a Silver IPPY AwardWinner of a Royal Palm Literary AwardWinner of the Florida Authors and Publisher's Association President's Book AwardNominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in FictionFinalist for a 2017 International Latino Book Award in Most Inspirational FictionFinal... read more

Scratch

Steve Himmer

After an aimless life, Martin Blaskett is ready to settle down, unaware of the tension rising in his new town from unknowable forces. When he draws the attention of a shape-shifter from local legend, his world is shaken, and he is led across the hazy border of the feral wilderness with a tempestuous history.Steve Himmer is author of the novels The Bee-Loud Glade and Fram. His stories have appe... read more

After an aimless life, Martin Blaskett is ready to settle down, unaware of the tension rising in his new town from unknowable forces. When he draws the attention of a shape-shifter from local legend, his world is shaken, and he is led across the hazy border of the feral wilderness with a tempestuous history.Steve Himmer is author of the novels The Bee-Loud Glade and Fram. His stories have appe... read more

The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing

Cheap drinks, bathroom grafitti, and formidable performances have ruled for nearly a quarter of a century at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. From this collection of photographs, interviews, and essays culled from a community of music fans, bartenders, booking agents, bouncers, and underground musicians emerges a kaleidoscopic history of this influential hole-in-the-wall rock venue, named one of "The B... read more

Cheap drinks, bathroom grafitti, and formidable performances have ruled for nearly a quarter of a century at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. From this collection of photographs, interviews, and essays culled from a community of music fans, bartenders, booking agents, bouncers, and underground musicians emerges a kaleidoscopic history of this influential hole-in-the-wall rock venue, named one of "The B... read more

The Secret Birds

Tony Fitzpatrick

The Secret Birds, named for his series of paintings by the same title, is Tony Fitzpatrick's collection of work inspired by the iconography of birds. Following a successful quadruple bypass surgery in January 2015, Fitzpatrick muses on mortality and a life spent traveling, collecting, and telling stories.Tony Fitzpatrick's work is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contempora... read more

The Secret Birds, named for his series of paintings by the same title, is Tony Fitzpatrick's collection of work inspired by the iconography of birds. Following a successful quadruple bypass surgery in January 2015, Fitzpatrick muses on mortality and a life spent traveling, collecting, and telling stories.Tony Fitzpatrick's work is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contempora... read more

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