Ashley Santoro

Ashley Santoro - Designer

Halton Hills, ON, Canada

Canadian Book Designer specializing in Illustration and Lettering. Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, YA, Womens Fiction, and Guided Journals.

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Overview

I'm a Canadian Graphic Designer, who specializes in lettering-based designs and contemporary illustration. I work with clients both big and small, some notable companies are Wattpad, Harlequin Canada and Source Books.
Genres I work in are Romance(contemporary and rom-com), Young Adult, and Self-Help.
This also includes activity books of all kinds and guided journals.

I've always had a passion for book covers and design. I know they say "don't judge a book by its cover" but as a Designer, I always do!

I have a background in Print Design, where I worked in-house for 3+ years through every stage of the printing process. My knowledge of print is used every day. I want to provide everything I can to my clients to make the publishing process seamless and stress-free!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Calendars
Inspirational
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Cozy Mysteries
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Mohawk College - Graphic Design Digital Media Diploma
  • Sheridan College - Media Fundamentals

Work experience

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (almost 5 years)

As a freelance graphic designer, I provide services such as book cover design, interior formatting/typesetting, custom illustration, lettering, and branding to clients of all sizes.
Some notable commercial clients are Wattpad, Source Books, and Harlequin Canada.

Design Specialist

The Printing House
August, 2015 – July, 2017 (almost 2 years)

I started my career at The Printing House, working from Finishing to Print and eventually Design.
My time as a Designer was spent creating business stationery, large format projects and to my surprise book covers for self-published authors.

When designing books I was responsible for everything. Cover, Interior, Jacket, and Illustrations. It was a great learning opportunity and helped me discover my strengths as a Designer.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Olivia, Among Others

Torino, Charlie

Ashley has 70 reviews

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Paul Adams
Ashley has been incredible to work with! She was able to bring my dream cover to life and she was open to feedback, applying it quickly. She was a great collaborator for my first project and I will absolutely reach out to her again for future projects!

Paul Adams, May 2022


Cass Medcalf
Ashley is amazing! I love the work she did on this cover so much!

Cass Medcalf, April 2022


Michelle Tasia
Ashley was amazing to work with. This was my first time having a cover made and she put up with all my changes and lack of knowledge.

Michelle Tasia, April 2022


Roya Naim
Ashley was great to work with and did a fantastic job on the interior of my book! Truly love the outcome!!!

Roya Naim, April 2022


Tyler Kelly
Ashley has been a pleasure to work with! I love her process and openness for feedback. I am very pleased with my cover and would love to collaborate again.

Tyler Kelly, April 2022

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