Kelly Carter

Kelly Carter - Designer

Wilmington, DE, United States

I love how a good design can change something from mundane to engaging. Fantasy, thrillers, historical and fiction really get me going.

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Overview

I’m a graphic designer and art director who has been designing publications, as well as logos and other design work for over 20 years. Through my career I've produced for lifestyle magazines, as well as more specialized such as produce industry. I've styled and directed photo shoots and then taken the images and created appealing covers and interior features.

My favorite projects to work on are books and think that I bring a creative and conceptual approach to my design work. I excel at taking an idea or a concept, sourcing and/or creating the perfect imagery and then pairing it with engaging and apropos typography.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Poetry
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Print Design Annual
  • Ad Club of Delaware
  • City Regional Magazine Association Awards

Work experience

Creative Director

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

I am the Creative Director for my husband's digital marketing agency where I work on everything from logos to publications to marketing materials. I also design book covers and have over 15 years in the publishing industry. I usually am involved in a project from initial client meetings, to conceptualizing and design, working with client edits and feedback and then seeing the project through to production and delivery.

Creative Director

Delaware Bride
January, 2004 – March, 2013 (about 9 years)

Plan, design and layout of monthly magazines. Consistently redesign overall look to update and streamline appearance. Direct all photography and routinely meet with editorial staff and publisher to plan stories and visuals.

Creative Director

Delaware Today
May, 1995 – March, 2013 (almost 18 years)

Plan, design and layout of monthly magazines. Consistently redesign overall look to update and streamline appearance. Direct all photography and routinely meet with editorial staff and publisher to plan stories and visuals.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Dark Associations

Marie Sutro

Following the discovery of her protege's mutilated corpse, SFPD Detective Kate Barnes vows to capture the infamous serial killer known as The Tower Torturer. Famous for revisiting history's darkest forms of cruelty on his victims, the sick psychopath has emerged from the shadows after years of silence. As young women close to Kate disappear, the killer taunts the detective, torturing his victi... read more

Following the discovery of her protege's mutilated corpse, SFPD Detective Kate Barnes vows to capture the infamous serial killer known as The Tower Torturer. Famous for revisiting history's darkest forms of cruelty on his victims, the sick psychopath has emerged from the shadows after years of silence. As young women close to Kate disappear, the killer taunts the detective, torturing his victi... read more

Firebrand

Aaron Barnhart

1848. The Bondi family is leaving for a better life in America. But 15-year-old August doesn’t want to go. He’s found his life’s purpose in Vienna, fighting on the barricades against a tyrant king. But in America, August discovers a new cause after confronting the evil of slavery. Though he loves his life of freedom, the young firebrand ultimately heads to Bleeding Kansas and casts his lot wit... read more

1848. The Bondi family is leaving for a better life in America. But 15-year-old August doesn’t want to go. He’s found his life’s purpose in Vienna, fighting on the barricades against a tyrant king. But in America, August discovers a new cause after confronting the evil of slavery. Though he loves his life of freedom, the young firebrand ultimately heads to Bleeding Kansas and casts his lot wit... read more

Strange Is the Night

S.P. Miskowski

Over cocktails an executive describes to a friend the disturbing history of a strangely potent guardian angel. A young mom tries to perfect and prolong her daughter’s childhood with obsessive parenting. A critic’s petty denouncement of an ingénue’s performance leads to a theatrical night of reckoning. A cult member makes nice for a parole board hearing years after committing an infamous crime.... read more

Over cocktails an executive describes to a friend the disturbing history of a strangely potent guardian angel. A young mom tries to perfect and prolong her daughter’s childhood with obsessive parenting. A critic’s petty denouncement of an ingénue’s performance leads to a theatrical night of reckoning. A cult member makes nice for a parole board hearing years after committing an infamous crime.... read more

Girl Submerged, Surging Tides: Book 1: A steamy love story about transcending abuse and evolving towards empowerment.

Avara Yaron

Sirena’s life is crumbling. Vivid dreams and watery emotions mystify her, threatening to drag her down. She finds herself unemployed, gaining weight, and sinking into depression. It doesn’t help when she discovers her live-in boyfriend has been harboring a devastating secret. Sirena’s agent finally calls with a cinematography job in remote Indonesia. Far from home, a cataclysmic event brings t... read more

Sirena’s life is crumbling. Vivid dreams and watery emotions mystify her, threatening to drag her down. She finds herself unemployed, gaining weight, and sinking into depression. It doesn’t help when she discovers her live-in boyfriend has been harboring a devastating secret. Sirena’s agent finally calls with a cinematography job in remote Indonesia. Far from home, a cataclysmic event brings t... read more

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