Allison Meierding

Allison Meierding - Designer Tick

Boston, MA, USA

Seasoned designer-illustrator keen on wellness, cooking, kids, art, the natural world and the public good. Meticulous, creative, amiable.

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Overview

With almost 20 years of book designing, I’ve worked with fresh new voices, award-winning authors, publishing houses like Shambhala Publications, and everything in between.

My style runs the gamut from fresh, fun, and creative to more serious, graphic, informational work. I’m comfortable being self-directed, as well as collaborating, and have experience directing illustrators and photographers. Besides book covers and interior page layout design, I can produce vector graphics, watercolor illustrations and pen-work, among other illustration mediums.

I cut my design teeth in NYC for nearly a decade, and now call Boston home. When I’m not in my design studio, I can be found scribbling with my son and reading under the covers with a flashlight.

Select Clients:
Shambhala Publications, Roost Books, Quarto Publishing, Quercus Books, Sterling Publishing, Black Dog Publishing, and University of California.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Literature

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts - University of the Arts
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
  • Permaculture Degree Certification

Work experience

Art Director, Designer and Owner

Self-employed
October, 2009 – Present (over 9 years)

Projects focus primarily on book design and illustration, logo design, infographics, custom icon design, creation of marketing materials, as well as design and navigation for tablets and digital applications. Select clients include Shambhala Publications, Roost Books, Quarto Publishing, Sterling Publishing, Quercus Books, and University of California.

Award-winning books include:
The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids | Winner of the 2015 Parent's Choice Award
Dandelions and Quince | Nominated for the IACP Julia Child First Book Award
Alex | A 2013 Financial Times Book of the Year | Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA Reading List Horror Award

Senior Designer and Project Manager

Independent Publishing Design Company
November, 2002 – January, 2010 (about 7 years)

At this NYC-based company, work centered around all aspects of book layout, including covers and complex interior layouts, with a focus on cookbooks, yoga, tai chi, traditional healing herbs, and pop culture. A variety of other supportive tasks were performed, including writing proposals, assembling project pitches, as well as managing freelancers.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes

Ashley English

A guide to Southern scratch cooking—150 recipes for pantry essentials and modern twists on traditional recipes.Build a from-scratch Southern pantry with 50 essential recipes, then discover the versatility and flexibility of cooking from your larder with 100 more recipes for fresh takes on Southern favorites. Learn how to make the most of local ingredients with recipes for pickles and relishes,... read more

A guide to Southern scratch cooking—150 recipes for pantry essentials and modern twists on traditional recipes.Build a from-scratch Southern pantry with 50 essential recipes, then discover the versatility and flexibility of cooking from your larder with 100 more recipes for fresh takes on Southern favorites. Learn how to make the most of local ingredients with recipes for pickles and relishes,... read more

Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Simple Sattvic Recipes

Kate O'Donnell

Eat your way to increased energy, balanced emotions, and an overall state of calm and relaxation. In Ayurvedic medicine there are said to be three main energies that affect our mind: • sattva, the state of contentment and calm; • rajas, the state of reactivity and excitability; and • tamas, the dull, slow, and stagnant state of mind.The good news is that there are direct ways of bringing these... read more

Eat your way to increased energy, balanced emotions, and an overall state of calm and relaxation. In Ayurvedic medicine there are said to be three main energies that affect our mind: • sattva, the state of contentment and calm; • rajas, the state of reactivity and excitability; and • tamas, the dull, slow, and stagnant state of mind.The good news is that there are direct ways of bringing these... read more

Dandelion and Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

Michelle McKenzie

Dandelion and Quince features plant profiles--from dandelion to quince--for over 35 uncommon vegetables, fruits, and herbs available in today's markets--with over 150 recipes that explore their flavors.This illustrated cookbook celebrates the abundance at farmers' market and local grocery store yet to be discovered by the everyday cook. From mustard and kumquats to nettles, fava leaves, suncho... read more

Dandelion and Quince features plant profiles--from dandelion to quince--for over 35 uncommon vegetables, fruits, and herbs available in today's markets--with over 150 recipes that explore their flavors.This illustrated cookbook celebrates the abundance at farmers' market and local grocery store yet to be discovered by the everyday cook. From mustard and kumquats to nettles, fava leaves, suncho... read more

The Yogi Assignment: A 30-Day Program for Bringing Yoga Practice and Wisdom to Your Everyday Life

Kino MacGregor

An inspirational 30-day yoga and lifestyle program that will challenge your mind, body, and spirit--by one of the most dynamic and high-profile contemporary Ashtanga yoga teachers, Kino MacGregor.“The brave heart of a yogi is defined by actions that make the world a better place.”Live with authenticity, practice patience, let go of negativity—these are some of the core tenets of a yoga lifesty... read more

An inspirational 30-day yoga and lifestyle program that will challenge your mind, body, and spirit--by one of the most dynamic and high-profile contemporary Ashtanga yoga teachers, Kino MacGregor.“The brave heart of a yogi is defined by actions that make the world a better place.”Live with authenticity, practice patience, let go of negativity—these are some of the core tenets of a yoga lifesty... read more

Buddha Bowls: 100 Nourishing One-Bowl Meals

Kelli Foster

Beautiful and inspiring one-dish meals in a bowl! Buddha bowls, occasionally called “bliss bowls,” “nourish bowls,” or “power bowls,” are the ultimate in one-dish meals. You start with a base of whole grains, rice, noodles, or legumes. Then you layer on a generous assortment of cooked or raw vegetables. Finally, you top the veggies with a boost of protein and then a dressing, sauce, or broth. ... read more

Beautiful and inspiring one-dish meals in a bowl! Buddha bowls, occasionally called “bliss bowls,” “nourish bowls,” or “power bowls,” are the ultimate in one-dish meals. You start with a base of whole grains, rice, noodles, or legumes. Then you layer on a generous assortment of cooked or raw vegetables. Finally, you top the veggies with a boost of protein and then a dressing, sauce, or broth. ... read more

Look Closer, Draw Better: Expert Techniques for Realistic Drawing

Kateri Ewing

Capture your subjects on paper like never before. Look Closer, Draw Better will transform the way you see the subjects of your artwork, lighting the way with practical techniques in a range of mediums. Are you looking to make a leap in the quality of your artwork? Are you looking for new perspectives on the art of drawing? Or maybe you want to bring more poetry and presence to your work. Look ... read more

Capture your subjects on paper like never before. Look Closer, Draw Better will transform the way you see the subjects of your artwork, lighting the way with practical techniques in a range of mediums. Are you looking to make a leap in the quality of your artwork? Are you looking for new perspectives on the art of drawing? Or maybe you want to bring more poetry and presence to your work. Look ... read more

DIY Circus Lab for Kids: A Family- Friendly Guide for Juggling, Balancing, Clowning and Show-Making

Jackie Leigh Davis

Produce your own circus! Make your own stilts, juggling sticks, and tightrope, then learn to use them; master the human pyramid; discover how to create your own circus acts and shows; and much more with DIY Circus Lab for Kids. Companion online video tutorials for every prop and skill make learning easy. Veteran circus educator Jackie Leigh Davis takes you, step by step, through the props and ... read more

Produce your own circus! Make your own stilts, juggling sticks, and tightrope, then learn to use them; master the human pyramid; discover how to create your own circus acts and shows; and much more with DIY Circus Lab for Kids. Companion online video tutorials for every prop and skill make learning easy. Veteran circus educator Jackie Leigh Davis takes you, step by step, through the props and ... read more

Real-Life Rules: A Young Person's Guide to Self-Discovery, Big Ideas, and Healthy Habits

Mariah Bruehl

Raise happy, confident, and resilient children--engaging activities that explore the life lessons that make for a well-rounded upbringing.As our children journey into adolescence, their social worlds begin to expand. While we can’t protect them from what other people say or do, or paint them a picture of a perfect world, we can teach them how to handle themselves and difficult situations from ... read more

Raise happy, confident, and resilient children--engaging activities that explore the life lessons that make for a well-rounded upbringing.As our children journey into adolescence, their social worlds begin to expand. While we can’t protect them from what other people say or do, or paint them a picture of a perfect world, we can teach them how to handle themselves and difficult situations from ... read more

Are You an Art Sleuth?: Look, Discover, Learn!

Brooke DiGiovanni Evans

Now in paperback! From Monet to Renoir and from Boston to Paris, kids search famous paintings to complete a checklist of things to find in each.Are You an Art Sleuth? You probably are.Each of the twenty full-page paintings, drawn from museums around the world, are fun, lively, and full of small details, that can be spotted, counted and checked off a list of things to find. Invite children to s... read more

Now in paperback! From Monet to Renoir and from Boston to Paris, kids search famous paintings to complete a checklist of things to find in each.Are You an Art Sleuth? You probably are.Each of the twenty full-page paintings, drawn from museums around the world, are fun, lively, and full of small details, that can be spotted, counted and checked off a list of things to find. Invite children to s... read more

Sanctuary Line

Jane Urquhart

Alice Munro hails Urquhart's "most compelling depiction of the sense of place in human lives." "Urquhart's writing is poetic, in the sense that it is beautifully compact and restrained when describing the most powerful emotions," says The Times. The author Claire Messud praises her as having "a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a signifi... read more

Alice Munro hails Urquhart's "most compelling depiction of the sense of place in human lives." "Urquhart's writing is poetic, in the sense that it is beautifully compact and restrained when describing the most powerful emotions," says The Times. The author Claire Messud praises her as having "a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a signifi... read more

The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids: 500 Activities to Encourage Creativity in Kids Ages 2 to 12--Play, Pretend, Draw, Dance, Sing, Write, Build, Tinker

Bobbi Conner

Winner of the 2015 Parent's Choice AwardThe perfect starting point for creative play, this is the ultimate book of ideas for arts and crafts, building and tinkering, writing and rhyming, singing and dancing, and more! For parents who don't feel they are creative, this book provides an easy entry point for raising creative kids. Creativity is an essential ingredient for a happy childhood, and t... read more

Winner of the 2015 Parent's Choice AwardThe perfect starting point for creative play, this is the ultimate book of ideas for arts and crafts, building and tinkering, writing and rhyming, singing and dancing, and more! For parents who don't feel they are creative, this book provides an easy entry point for raising creative kids. Creativity is an essential ingredient for a happy childhood, and t... read more

Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing

Karen Benke

Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards—an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides. Put down that smartphone and pick up a pen! Texting and e-mail have taken over our correspondence, but Karen Benke is ready to change that. Through pr... read more

Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards—an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides. Put down that smartphone and pick up a pen! Texting and e-mail have taken over our correspondence, but Karen Benke is ready to change that. Through pr... read more

Alex: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

Pierre Lemaitre

Upon winning the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by saying, "An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader... A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore sev... read more

Upon winning the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by saying, "An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader... A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore sev... read more

The Expo Files: Articles by the Crusading Journalist

Stieg Larsson

Now almost exclusively known as the author of the bestselling Millennium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson was first and foremost a professional journalist and an untiring crusader for democracy and equality.Collected in English for the first time, the articles in this volume explore the human rights issues that formed the ideological foundation of his explosive trio of novels. Before he ever began his c... read more

Now almost exclusively known as the author of the bestselling Millennium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson was first and foremost a professional journalist and an untiring crusader for democracy and equality.Collected in English for the first time, the articles in this volume explore the human rights issues that formed the ideological foundation of his explosive trio of novels. Before he ever began his c... read more

The Woman's Herbal Apothecary: 200 Natural Remedies for Healing, Hormone Balance, Beauty and Longevity, and Creating Calm

JJ Pursell

The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary is every woman’s lifelong guide to herbal remedies for common health concerns. Novice herbalists and advanced practitioner’s alike will learn how to naturally treat the complete spectrum of women’s concerns, including preventative self-care, life transitions, and common feminine ailments. Learn how to prevent, soothe, and heal without resorting to medical remedies... read more

The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary is every woman’s lifelong guide to herbal remedies for common health concerns. Novice herbalists and advanced practitioner’s alike will learn how to naturally treat the complete spectrum of women’s concerns, including preventative self-care, life transitions, and common feminine ailments. Learn how to prevent, soothe, and heal without resorting to medical remedies... read more

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