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Ashley Halsey

Ashley Halsey - Designer

Portland, ME, United States

I'm an art director, graphic designer and illustrator that loves book design, typography and the interplay of graphics and text.

Overview

Reviews (2)

I have over 8 years of book design experience. I've worked at HarperCollins on interior layout design of lifestyle books, biographies and cookbooks and at Macmillan Children's books designing full package picture books, chapter books and YA novels. I love the outdoors, baking, making all kinds of things, and I especially love doing work for socially conscious organizations. I'm also an illustrator, specializing in watercolor, and nature in particular. My illustrations have been in numerous books, published by both large and small publishers. My most recent book is Beautiful Songbirds, which features 30 of my watercolors.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Inspirational Literature Romance
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference History Home & Garden Nature

Work experience

Designer

Macmillan Children's Books
September, 2011 – September, 2014 (about 3 years)

Worked on covers and interiors for Feiwel & Friends, Henry Holt, Square Fish and Swoon Reads

Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
March, 2008 – September, 2011 (over 3 years)

Designed book interiors for William Morrow and IT! entertainment and lifestyle books.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

No Dogs Allowed (Ready, Set, Dogs!)

Stephanie Calmenson, Joanna Cole

Kate and Lucie are best friends. Kate is neat and Lucie is messy. Kate wakes up early and Lucie loves to sleep in. But both girls love, love, love dogs! Unfortunately, Kate and Lucie live in apartments where dogs are not allowed. Instead of real dogs, they have dog T-shirts, dog sheets and pajamas, and dog books. But nothing is quite the same as having a real dog.One day, the girls discover sp... read more

Kate and Lucie are best friends. Kate is neat and Lucie is messy. Kate wakes up early and Lucie loves to sleep in. But both girls love, love, love dogs! Unfortunately, Kate and Lucie live in apartments where dogs are not allowed. Instead of real dogs, they have dog T-shirts, dog sheets and pajamas, and dog books. But nothing is quite the same as having a real dog.One day, the girls discover sp... read more

The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life

Maria Menounos

"One stop shopping! Maria shows us girls how to successfully juggle it all while looking fabulous. I love her lazy woman workout and yummy recipes!" —Kim Kardashian"[Maria] is a beautiful, hard working lady who has a will and way to make things work for herself! She has some great tips that are easy to apply and help make your life better" —Heidi KlumAccess Hollywood host Maria Menounos shares... read more

"One stop shopping! Maria shows us girls how to successfully juggle it all while looking fabulous. I love her lazy woman workout and yummy recipes!" —Kim Kardashian"[Maria] is a beautiful, hard working lady who has a will and way to make things work for herself! She has some great tips that are easy to apply and help make your life better" —Heidi KlumAccess Hollywood host Maria Menounos shares... read more

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

Gwendolyn Hooks

Vivien Thomas's greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer... read more

Vivien Thomas's greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer... read more

Placid Girl

Brenna Ehrlich

Punk was created for the malcontents, something that loner and aspiring drummer Hallie understands all too well. Trapped in a boring suburban life – dysfunctional parents included! – Hallie drowns her angst in the angry songs of Haze, a masked musician who has not been heard from in five years. So naturally she’s surprised – and more than a little skeptical – when someone who seems to be Haze ... read more

Punk was created for the malcontents, something that loner and aspiring drummer Hallie understands all too well. Trapped in a boring suburban life – dysfunctional parents included! – Hallie drowns her angst in the angry songs of Haze, a masked musician who has not been heard from in five years. So naturally she’s surprised – and more than a little skeptical – when someone who seems to be Haze ... read more

In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World

Cara Eisenpress, Phoebe Lapine

“A comprehensive and inspiring must-have guide for quarter-life cooks everywhere.”—Merrill Stubbs, author of The Food52 Cookbook“Cara and Phoebe have figured what takes some of us a tad longer to realize. We can cook anywhere, anytime, with anything on any budget.”—Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of Public Radio’s The Splendid Table® from American Public MediaCara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine, cre... read more

“A comprehensive and inspiring must-have guide for quarter-life cooks everywhere.”—Merrill Stubbs, author of The Food52 Cookbook“Cara and Phoebe have figured what takes some of us a tad longer to realize. We can cook anywhere, anytime, with anything on any budget.”—Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of Public Radio’s The Splendid Table® from American Public MediaCara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine, cre... read more

Beautiful Songbirds

Ashley Halsey

Beautiful Songbirds celebrates the beauty of 30 of the most melodious backyard birds found in North America and abroad. Artist Ashley Halsey has created original watercolors of each bird in their natural landscape. Accompanying each lovely illustration is the name of the bird along with an interesting fact. When these gorgeous songbirds sing, it fills us with joy. This feeling of joy and celeb... read more

Beautiful Songbirds celebrates the beauty of 30 of the most melodious backyard birds found in North America and abroad. Artist Ashley Halsey has created original watercolors of each bird in their natural landscape. Accompanying each lovely illustration is the name of the bird along with an interesting fact. When these gorgeous songbirds sing, it fills us with joy. This feeling of joy and celeb... read more

The Book of Storms (The Book of Storms Trilogy)

Ruth Hatfield

Eleven-year-old Danny O'Neill has never been what you'd call adventurous. But when he wakes the morning after a storm to find his house empty, his parents gone, and himself able to hear the thoughts of a dying tree, he has no choice but to set out on a quest to find answers. He soon learns that the enigmatic Book of Storms holds the key to what he seeks . . . but unraveling its mysteries won't... read more

Eleven-year-old Danny O'Neill has never been what you'd call adventurous. But when he wakes the morning after a storm to find his house empty, his parents gone, and himself able to hear the thoughts of a dying tree, he has no choice but to set out on a quest to find answers. He soon learns that the enigmatic Book of Storms holds the key to what he seeks . . . but unraveling its mysteries won't... read more

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Bedtime Math Series)

Laura Overdeck

Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives. We all know it's wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often we hear the phrase, "I'm just not good at math!" For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds mat... read more

Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives. We all know it's wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often we hear the phrase, "I'm just not good at math!" For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds mat... read more

The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet: Smart, Simple, Science-Based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

Barbara, PhD Rolls, Mindy Hermann

Based on Volumetrics, named the Most Effective Diet of 2011 by The Daily Beast, The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet by Dr. Barbara Rolls with Mindy Hermann offers smart, simple, science-based strategies for losing weight and keeping it off. In this beautiful full-color combination diet plan and cookbook, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Volumetrics provides new findings, user-friendly ... read more

Based on Volumetrics, named the Most Effective Diet of 2011 by The Daily Beast, The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet by Dr. Barbara Rolls with Mindy Hermann offers smart, simple, science-based strategies for losing weight and keeping it off. In this beautiful full-color combination diet plan and cookbook, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Volumetrics provides new findings, user-friendly ... read more

Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales)

James Preller

Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home Sweet Horror isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale. Meet Liam Finn, who's just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn't . . . Bloody Mary is here. Called back from the dead by a game, she's just dying to talk.

Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home Sweet Horror isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale. Meet Liam Finn, who's just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn't . . . Bloody Mary is here. Called back from the dead by a game, she's just dying to talk.

Jumped In

Patrick Flores-Scott

Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest―Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit and Sam get... read more

Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest―Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit and Sam get... read more

Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better

Wendy Suzuki, Billie Fitzpatrick

A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide—a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately useful takeaways that bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory, and cognitive abilities.Nearing forty, Dr.... read more

A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide—a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately useful takeaways that bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory, and cognitive abilities.Nearing forty, Dr.... read more

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

Julie Paschkis

All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's poems and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal world.

All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's poems and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal world.

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters (Grimbaud)

Kimberly Karalius

This whimsical, fairy tale of a novel stars fascinating, quirky characters, a dash of magical realism, and a unique setting sure to charm the hearts of readers young and old. Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita's famo... read more

This whimsical, fairy tale of a novel stars fascinating, quirky characters, a dash of magical realism, and a unique setting sure to charm the hearts of readers young and old. Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita's famo... read more

Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura's real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustra... read more

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura's real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustra... read more

With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life

Ken, PhD Dychtwald, Daniel J. Kadlec

“Ken Dychtwald maps out where success intersects with meaning—and he provides the tools to help you find your own unique crossing.”—Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success A New Purpose, written by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., and Daniel J. Kadlec, redefines the American view of success, employment, retirement, and living a significant life. By providing both the inspiratio... read more

“Ken Dychtwald maps out where success intersects with meaning—and he provides the tools to help you find your own unique crossing.”—Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success A New Purpose, written by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., and Daniel J. Kadlec, redefines the American view of success, employment, retirement, and living a significant life. By providing both the inspiratio... read more

Ashley has 2 reviews

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Elvira DiBrigit

Ashley designed the cover and interior of my non-fiction, full color book. It looks beautiful and unique! She was gracious and timely with each revision request that I made. She listened to my input and yet was not hesitant to give me her opinion. She was often right, and I'm so glad I had her wise counsel. I highly recommend Ashley for any design project.

, June 2017


Adeline Pang

Ashley is communicative and open. Any misunderstandings get smoothed out quickly; necessary changes are made in a timely way. Lots of firsts for me here, as I'm also a first-time Reedsy user, and it has been an easy initiation. I've also enjoyed the warm, friendly energy that comes through in our conversations, while really appreciating the professionalism that's kept throughout. Although our c...

, December 2016

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