Brian Chojnowski

Brian Chojnowski - Designer

Chicago, IL, USA

Designer, photographer, and illustrator with 17 years experience – a dad with 6 years experience. Let's get your book looking hot.

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Overview

My studio is in my home just outside of Chicago where I've had my own business for 10 years working for a wide range of clients. During this time, I've worked for Quentin Tarantino, Maria Semple, Larry King, Mika Brzezinski, and Megan Amram for publishers like Scribner, W.W. Norton & Company, and Weinstein Books (don't judge me for that last one!).

The best thing about designing for books is diving into the book itself, absorbing as much as possible, then trying to pair all the ideas down into one simple visual solution that accurately, and immediately represents the book. Whether that solution is with photography, illustration, or just beautiful typography, it should be apparent that me (as the designer), and you (as the author) worked closely together with clear communication to reach a solution that is both visually appealing, and representative of the book.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Humor & Comedy
Literature

Awards

  • AIGA: 50 Books/50 Covers
  • AIGA’s Regional Design Exhibition
  • Communication Arts Design Annual
  • Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual

Work experience

Art Director / Designer

Self-employed
February, 2008 – Present (over 11 years)

Designer

VSA Partners
January, 2007 – February, 2008 (about 1 year)

Designer

Doyle Partners
June, 2002 – December, 2006 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the World

Tom Folsom

The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the World

The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the World

Eleven: A Novel

Mark Watson

Xavier Ireland is the assumed name of a radio-show host with a devoted following of listeners riveted by the sleepless loners who call in throughout the night to seek his advice. Off the air, he leads a low-key life of avoiding his neighbors, playing Scrabble, and maintaining an awkward friendship with his cohost, Murray. But his life begins to change when he meets a cleaning lady named Pippa,... read more

Xavier Ireland is the assumed name of a radio-show host with a devoted following of listeners riveted by the sleepless loners who call in throughout the night to seek his advice. Off the air, he leads a low-key life of avoiding his neighbors, playing Scrabble, and maintaining an awkward friendship with his cohost, Murray. But his life begins to change when he meets a cleaning lady named Pippa,... read more

Batting Stance Guy: A Love Letter to Baseball

Gar Ryness, Caleb Dewart

Batting Stance Guy never expected he would become a YouTube celebrity, racking up more than two million views, landing profiles in The New York Times and USA Today, and even scoring an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. But when a friend and neighbor started capturing this man’s unusual talents with a video camera, that’s what happened. With uncanny precision, Batting Stance Guy... read more

Batting Stance Guy never expected he would become a YouTube celebrity, racking up more than two million views, landing profiles in The New York Times and USA Today, and even scoring an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. But when a friend and neighbor started capturing this man’s unusual talents with a video camera, that’s what happened. With uncanny precision, Batting Stance Guy... read more

Science...For Her!

Megan Amram

Megan Amram, one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment,” Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter,” and a writer for NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, delivers a politically, scientifically, and anatomically incorrect “textbook” that will have women screaming with laughter, and men dying to know what the noise is about.In the vein of faux expert books by John Hodgman an... read more

Megan Amram, one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment,” Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter,” and a writer for NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, delivers a politically, scientifically, and anatomically incorrect “textbook” that will have women screaming with laughter, and men dying to know what the noise is about.In the vein of faux expert books by John Hodgman an... read more

Did You Just Eat That?: Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, the Five-Second Rule, and other Food Myths in the Lab

Paul Dawson, Brian Sheldon

Is the five-second rule legitimate? Are electric hand dryers really bacteria blowers? Am I spraying germs everywhere when I blow on my birthday cake? How gross is backwash?When it comes to food safety and germs, there are as many common questions as there are misconceptions. And yet there has never been a book that clearly examines the science behind these important issues―until now. In Did Yo... read more

Is the five-second rule legitimate? Are electric hand dryers really bacteria blowers? Am I spraying germs everywhere when I blow on my birthday cake? How gross is backwash?When it comes to food safety and germs, there are as many common questions as there are misconceptions. And yet there has never been a book that clearly examines the science behind these important issues―until now. In Did Yo... read more

Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the Independent Film

Marshall Fine

In the world of independent film making John Cassavetes stands apart. Among filmmakers and film buffs, Cassavetes is revered, almost as a god. A major star of live television and a serious actor, he stumbled into making his first film, Shadows, and created a template for working outside the Hollywood system that would produce some of the most piercing and human films of the last thirty years i... read more

In the world of independent film making John Cassavetes stands apart. Among filmmakers and film buffs, Cassavetes is revered, almost as a god. A major star of live television and a serious actor, he stumbled into making his first film, Shadows, and created a template for working outside the Hollywood system that would produce some of the most piercing and human films of the last thirty years i... read more

Courage: Portraits of Bravery in the Service of Great Causes

Gordon Brown

From the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: eight fascinating portraits of men and women whose lives define the meaning of courage--Edith Cavell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Raoul Wallenberg, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and Nelson Mandela, Dame Cicely Saunders, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Bringing his personal reflections to these intimate portraits, Brown illuminates the common thre... read more

From the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: eight fascinating portraits of men and women whose lives define the meaning of courage--Edith Cavell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Raoul Wallenberg, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and Nelson Mandela, Dame Cicely Saunders, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Bringing his personal reflections to these intimate portraits, Brown illuminates the common thre... read more

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