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Andrew Hess

Andrew Hess - Designer

Mercer Island, WA, United States

Book designer/illustrator with 20+years of experience & dozens of titles, specialist in juvenile, romance, science fiction, non-fiction

Overview

I am an award-winning book designer with more than 20 years of experience, and have worked for domestic and international publishers (including Scholastic, Disney, and Silver Dolphin), and independent authors worldwide.

Genres include fantasy, science fiction, romance, crime/mystery, and mid-grade/young adult/teen in fiction; and science and juvenile titles in non-fiction.

While working with traditional publishers is exciting, I enjoy collaborating with independent authors as well, creating a more personal and mutual vision of how to hook potential readers with just a glance.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Fantasy Romance Science Fiction Thriller Urban Fantasy Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences

Certifications

  • Web Design Certificate
  • Associate of Arts, Graphic Design

Awards

  • Parents' Choice Award - Face Off Air Hockey (2008)
  • Parents' Choice Award - SmartLab Amazing Animal Challenge (2008)
  • Parents' Choice Award - Uncover a Tiger (2007)
  • iParenting Media Award - Fossil Detective Woolly Mammoth (2006)
  • National Parenting Publications, Gold Medal - Robotic Hornet (2005)
  • Parents' Choice Award - Uncover Race Car (2003)

Work experience

Art Director / Book & Packaging Designer / Illustrator

becker&mayer!
October, 2000 – May, 2008 (over 7 years)

Art director and graphic designer for in-house creative team, responsible for art direction, design, and project management of innovative books, packaging, and products for kids ages 5-18, specializing in non-fiction science.

Lead Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Web Master

Pacific Science Center
September, 1991 – October, 2000 (about 9 years)

Designed and illustrated a wide range of print/web collateral for one of the premiere family science museums in the country, including creating and managing the design/graphics of the museum's entry onto the world wide web.

Art Director / Designer / Illustrator

Self-employed
May, 1991 – Present (over 26 years)

Art direction, design, and illustration of books, packaging, ad campaigns, identity packages, web sites, and wide range of programmatic materials, including posters, newsletters, advertising, and flyers for local, out-of-state, and international clients

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Greatest Game

Malcolm Little

The Megastate. A worldwide utopia of the 2040s, realized by the hyper-efficient Soteira, an AI overseeing future humankind. Society in the Megastate is peaceful, enlightened, proficient. Or perhaps that’s merely the surface.Enter Luther Scotian, Seattle PD detective, cynical about life in a so-called paradise. As the security of the Megastate starts to fray, one of the AI overseer’s top agents... read more

The Megastate. A worldwide utopia of the 2040s, realized by the hyper-efficient Soteira, an AI overseeing future humankind. Society in the Megastate is peaceful, enlightened, proficient. Or perhaps that’s merely the surface.Enter Luther Scotian, Seattle PD detective, cynical about life in a so-called paradise. As the security of the Megastate starts to fray, one of the AI overseer’s top agents... read more

SMARTLAB: Amazing Animal Challenge!

Ben Grossblatt

From armadillos to zebras, the latest title from the award-winning Challenge series is packed with 1,000 trivia questions covering all the quintessential animals and animal topics kids can t get enough of. Kids use the game component to answer randomly chosen questions, and the automatic score-keeping function shows who knows the most about the animal kingdom.

From armadillos to zebras, the latest title from the award-winning Challenge series is packed with 1,000 trivia questions covering all the quintessential animals and animal topics kids can t get enough of. Kids use the game component to answer randomly chosen questions, and the automatic score-keeping function shows who knows the most about the animal kingdom.

Fossil Detective: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dennis Schatz

Here’s a book children can literally dig into! At an excavation site in Montana, young readers hunt for fossils — and clues — to solve a 75-million-year-old mystery. What killed the Tyrannosaurus Rex they’ve discovered? This all-inclusive kit gives readers the chance to extract fossils and bones included with the book. After digging up the bones, children can assemble the mighty meat-eater’s s... read more

Here’s a book children can literally dig into! At an excavation site in Montana, young readers hunt for fossils — and clues — to solve a 75-million-year-old mystery. What killed the Tyrannosaurus Rex they’ve discovered? This all-inclusive kit gives readers the chance to extract fossils and bones included with the book. After digging up the bones, children can assemble the mighty meat-eater’s s... read more

Uncover a Tiger (Uncover Books)

Paul Beck

The cats have certainly earned their stripes in this Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner! Tigers are the largest member of the cat family. In fact, some males grow more than 10 feet long. Tigers can eat 100 pounds of meat in a single day and, like people’s fingerprints, no two tigers share the same stripe pattern. Young readers uncover the secrets of this magnificent predator, layer by la... read more

The cats have certainly earned their stripes in this Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner! Tigers are the largest member of the cat family. In fact, some males grow more than 10 feet long. Tigers can eat 100 pounds of meat in a single day and, like people’s fingerprints, no two tigers share the same stripe pattern. Young readers uncover the secrets of this magnificent predator, layer by la... read more

SMARTLAB: Face Off Air Hockey

Ben Grossblatt

Fake left shoot right SCORE! Discover why air hockey is the fastest table sport in the world. Kit includes a snap-together mini air hockey table with a blower motor pucks and paddles—everything kids need to throw down a championship game ofair hockey. Not only will kids revel in the thrill of competition they'll also learn about the science and physics behind this popular fast-paced sport. Inc... read more

Fake left shoot right SCORE! Discover why air hockey is the fastest table sport in the world. Kit includes a snap-together mini air hockey table with a blower motor pucks and paddles—everything kids need to throw down a championship game ofair hockey. Not only will kids revel in the thrill of competition they'll also learn about the science and physics behind this popular fast-paced sport. Inc... read more

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