Danielle Smith-Boldt

Danielle Smith-Boldt – Designer

Design and typography are my passion. I love to work on both covers and interiors. Self-help and special interest ideas? Bring it on!

Overview

It all began working with my wonderfully supportive father who was a 4-color pressman. As I've traveled through my career over the years, I've had the honor to work with heavy hitters such as Simon and Schuster, SBG, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson, to name a few (some of whom I still work with to this day). Always grabbing that opportunity to move wherever the job called for me--literally from from coast to coast, as well as abroad in some amazing places such as India.


It's tipped over 15 years of freelancing now and I have been loving every minute of creating, designing, and paging over 200 books and counting from start to finish. Every project brings diversity, challenge, and growth opportunity. I am an efficient worker, I enjoy getting to use my imagination at every turn, and I'm comfortable working under tight deadlines. Creativity and design sense, attention to detail, and a strong commitment to my work are some of my greatest loves in life. I bring everything I've learned throughout my career to my clients big or small. Whether it be appeasing large scale clients such as National Geographic, Miata, Future Farmers of America, Chevrolet, Black and Decker, Caterpillar, and Ford or a first time author, I approach each project with the same desire to push that creative design to reach its upmost visual dream while keeping budget in mind. Every client has a financial ceiling. But that doesn't mean the end product doesn't get to turn out looking like a million bucks every time!


With a staff of 2 ridiculously excitable and eager to please dogs...there's nothing stopping us from making your dreams come true. So, all that being said...when do you want to get started?

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Home & Garden New Age Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2006 — Present

Work with many clients of all sizes such as community newspapers, publishing companies, production companies, and smaller independent clients all at the same time and under tight deadlines

Responsible for:
-Creating, designing and paging book series and stand alone projects for both large names such as National Geographic, Miata, Future Farmers of America, Chevrolet, Black and Decker, Caterpillar, and Ford as well as independent authors;
-Maintaining style and consistency throughout large project series;
-Designing and creating books for enthusiasts and hobbyists, self-improvement, how-to, and craft books;
-Production of scholastic schoolbooks and ancillaries as well as creating and controlling master style guides;
-EPUB file creation;
-Designing and creating advertisements and articles for monthly newspapers.

GTS Graphics

Dec, 2000 — Nov, 2006 (almost 6 years)

Led a small team of in house operators and freelancers through the creation of both college and elementary textbook projects for a number of today’s major publishing companies.

Responsible for:
-Created sample page packages according to customer design and specs;
-Set up electronic templates;
-Manipulated and made artwork, tables, charts, and graphs;
-Kept track of and implemented all spec updates and customer changes;
-Checked and corrected all elements of the project to insure proper press ready products.

Houghton Mifflin Company

Sep, 1998 — Apr, 2000 (over 1 year)

-Designed and developed the country’s leading elementary Science and Math textbooks and ancillaries under time pressured constraints in a fast-paced, multi-tasked, environment.
-Combined and manipulated illustrations, photographs, and text to create page layouts while collaborating with editorial staff on textbook content.
-Organized and oversaw the selection of art, stock photos, and location photo shoots.

Portfolio

Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
Miata 20 Years

Larry Edsall

When Mazda introduced the Miata in 1989, driving enthusiasts leapt with joy. The new two-seater roadster convertible offered motorists the look and feel of a classic sports car. Now in its third generation, the Miata is considered the most successful modern sp... read more
Part travel guide, part cookbook, be amazed by a lush portrait of Cuba, from coast-to-coast, and fall in love with a collection of authentic Cuban recipes. In her debut book, Mi Comida Latina, Marcella Kriebel created a new type of cookbook. It combined vivid ... read more
Chevrolet defined American driving culture during the golden age of muscle. See it all here, in The Complete Book of Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars: 1955-1974. Chevrolet didn't invent the overhead-valve pushrod V-8 engine, but without question Ed Cole and Chevy... read more
Beginning with a beautifully crafted Herbal Materia Magicka, this informativeand well researched Witch's magickal herbal will find many uses, both for thestudent and the adept alike. It contains a wealth of knowledge, warmthand wisdom ready to be shared. In pa... read more
Shoal Creek

Bledsoe, Lanny

Poems from the Trash

Whitfield, J D

This new edition of the best-selling classic Dressing & Cooking Wild Game is the complete guide to field dressing and cooking great-tasting dishes with big game, small game, upland birds, and waterfowl.Compared to domestic meat, wild game is richer in flavor a... read more
20 easy crochet projects for girl and boy apparel and accessoriesCrochet is cool in elementary school. The kids love the beanies, the retro sweaters, the chunky scarves, the backpack dangles. Moms, grandmothers, and aunts are furiously crocheting for this age ... read more
Geared toward the absolute beginner, Origami 101 contains more than 40 amazing folding projects for the whole family, including models that evolve from one of four basic origami shapes. Have you always been intrigued by origami, but often found the diagrams co... read more
Catch more and bigger fishMore than 50 million freshwater anglers and 22 million saltwater anglers in North America are all looking for ways to tip the odds in their favor for catching their favorite fish species. They need to look no further.Fishing Tips & Tr... read more
The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting is the ultimate reference for fitting test garments and transferring accurate adjustments to patterns. No matter what size or shape you are, wearing garments that fit perfectly makes you look and feel better. Rather ... read more
How-to pro Dennis W. Parks pins down the common challenges of automotive rust repair with clear instructions on how to identify, address, and prevent rust in Automotive Rust Repair and Prevention.Rust repair and prevention are valuable, money-saving skills for... read more
Your one-stop manual for every aspect of DIY motorcycle electrical repair and modification. We've all stood at the front desk of a repair shop at some point, staring at an invoice, gritting our teeth and nursing our injured wallets. All vehicles will inevitabl... read more
BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses contains building plans, information, and tips to help you build and run your own greenhouse from the ground up. Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY... read more
Stylish home décor is so much more than just a few throw pillows or a newly painted wall. Designers and decorators know that a successful home interior employs many mediums for a professional, cohesive style. This book reveals these decorating secrets and show... read more
All the do-it-yourself information you need for your home repairs. BLACK+DECKER The Book of Home How-To is easy to search through, even easier to use.The editors at Cool Springs Press know a thing or two about DIY home improvement and maintenance; we've been w... read more
Our New Jersey

Steve Greer

For all the popular stereotypes of crowded turnpikes and industrial wastelands, New Jersey is in reality one of the most beautiful and diverse states in the nation. From sweeping countryside to vibrant urban centers to the celebrated Jersey Shore, the Garden S... read more
Explore the history, quirks, and stories behind signals with gorgeous period and contemporary photography.Railroad signals are the link between the steam era and modern railroading. Designed for reliability and durability, signals can survive for decades. In f... read more
Take hold of the ultimate reference resource on one of the world's most loved and respected sports cars. Porsche's 911, one of the most iconic sports cars in the world, is also one of the most sought-after collectible sports cars. Potential buyers, collectors,... read more
Complete data on over 50 years of America's original pony car.Ford's Mustang is America's most popular pony car. Whether you're a collector, historian, or armchair enthusiast, you need all the specs and details that in sum define each Mustang year and model. F... read more
Western Experience 7th Edition
Learn to identify the butterflies you see, and find out what to plant in your garden so they visit you at home!Butterflies are likely the most popular insects in the entire insect class. With their large, brightly colored wings and beneficial pollinator roles ... read more
From the editor of the nation’s premier birding magazine, a no-nonsense, no-fluff quick guide to the birds you see every day. Of all the classic American pastimes, perhaps none is as widely accessible as watching birds. Our unusually vast, diverse environmenta... read more
This volume is a comprehensive how-to book about all aspects of knitting. This book is a reference for all knitting techniques, beginning with the basics of how to knit. A large section of the book is devoted to showing different stitch patterns, arranged in s... read more
Masterpiece quilts and Master quilters--both are honored in The Quilters Hall of Fame. The book profiles more than forty of the quilting world's most influential people--from early twentieth-century quilt designer Ruby McKim to quilt curator Jonathan Holstein ... read more
This classic illustrated reference is now fully updated with revised profiles, additional diagrams, and more than a dozen new railyard profiles. Railyards are the epicenter of modern railroad operations sprawling multi-acre facilities, featuring miles of track... read more
This handsome volume offers a library of outdoor projects for do-it-yourselfers in one compact place. Boasting a hefty 560 pages of detailed how-to information and an attractive price point, this is one project book you do not want to miss out on. This guide s... read more
BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses contains building plans, information, and tips to help you build and run your own greenhouse from the ground up. Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY... read more
Learn how to make your own solar-powered appliances and additions to your home with the step-by-step instructions you'll find in this updated edition of DIY Solar Projects! Put the sun to work in your home with the new, expanded edition of the popular 2011 tit... read more
Welding is a skill that any do-it-yourself enthusiast needs in his or her arsenal. How to Weld is the perfect introduction for newbies and an excellent refresher for veteran welders--a work so comprehensive that most readers won’t need any further instruction.... read more
Since its introduction in 1997, the Porsche Boxster has earned a reputation as one of the world’s greatest sports cars, as well as a huge, loyal following of devoted drivers. This book is aimed at those owners of Boxsters who want to improve their machines whi... read more
Descended from the F4F Wildcat (and sometimes called the Wildcat’s “big brother”), the Grumman F6F Hellcat debuted with the Pacific Fleet in mid-1943 and soon was taking on Japanese Zero fighters. Over the next two years, the Hellcat proved to be the most succ... read more
This book is a comprehensive how-to book about all of the most popular cake decorating techniques, including piped frosting, fondant, and hand modeled figures. For each technique, there is an overview of the tools and materials used and complete instructions w... read more
A girl’s gotta have a passion--why not a motorcycle? Like a love letter from the wild side of life comes this book from “chrome cowgirl” Sasha Mullins. A primer for women who ride, or want to, or might simply like to jumpstart their lives, the book covers the ... read more
In a decade that featured such legendary hurlers as Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, and other Hall of Famers, no pitcher won more games than Juan Marichal in the 1960s. His unique, high-kick pitching style was imitated by kids from New York to San Fran... read more
For this book, Frank Raczon dug up the dirt and constructed the only modern history of the world's heaviest machinery. So many things differentiate the Caterpillar brand from its competitors that it can be difficult to know where to begin. From its trademark C... read more
The when-to and how-to schedule for growing, caring for, and maintaining your Peach State garden!Never garden alone! The Month-By-Month Gardening series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you'll know what to do eac... read more
Gardening is now the favorite leisure pastime in America. Homeowners are realizing the health benefits derived from gardening and the increase in their home's property value. This book contains easy-to-use advice on the top landscape plant choices. It also rec... read more
The BLACK+DECKER Codes for Homeowners 4th Edition is a DIY-friendly guidebook to building codes that shows you just the information you need for the codes that actually impact today's homeowners. Get those home projects you've been putting off done—and up to c... read more
Whether you want to raise a dairy barn full of milkers, meat goats for market, a herd of Angoras for mohair fiber, or a few Pygmies as pets, this is the book for you. Goats are more popular than ever. The expert, hands-on advice in this new edition of Voyageur... read more

Danielle has 56 reviews

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Lanny B.

Lanny B.

Apr, 2024

Danielle is a joy to work with. I don't know what I want half the time and she is very patient and understanding. I have worked with her on ten books and have never had a problem. She is very good to work with.
Danielle S.
Thank you so much, Lanny. It's always a delight to work with you. Can't wait to see what you have for us in the future! :-)
Lanny B.

Lanny B.

Oct, 2023

It has always been a pleasure to work with Danielle. I've worked with her on nine books and have never had a problem. She is always on time and very professional.
Danielle S.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Always a pleasure :-)
Lanny B.

Lanny B.

Nov, 2022

Danielle is always a pleasure to work with in every area. This is the eighth cover we've worked together on and they've all been great. I couldn't ask for anyone better.
Danielle S.
You are always an absolute joy to collaborate with!
Nicholas H.

Nicholas H.

Nov, 2022

Always a pleasure working with Danielle! She has great ideas for every aspect of your project and provides honest opinions on how the final product should look and is extremely easy to work with. This is the second project I've work with Danielle on and hopefully more to come!
Lanny B.

Lanny B.

Oct, 2022

It's always a pleasure to work with Danielle., she's very cooperative and helpful. This book isn't finished as I'm having to rewrite it.
Danielle S.
The pleasure is always mine! :-)

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