John Cheek

John Cheek - Designer Tick

Lancaster, PA, USA

I have spent a majority of my life visually absorbing all that surrounds me. You never know from where your inspiration may come.

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Overview

As a Creative Director it was my responsibility to take the lead in all aspects of the creative process from concept to execution. This includes leading and directing the overall look, feel, and execution of 200+ titles annually, from cover concept to published work along with any ancillary promotional materials. This unique background allows me to offer a high level of experience and knowledge taking any book or project from concept to completion including yours!

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles
Architecture
Art
Design
Entertainment
Fiction
Children's Picture Books
Christian
Fantasy
Works with
WordPress

Awards

  • GD USA Book Awards

Work experience

Creative Director

Schiffer Publishing
June, 2000 – May, 2018 (almost 18 years)

I spent nearly 18 years first as a designer and the last 10 as Creative Director for a publisher. I have designed hundreds of books and covers.

Freelance Graphic Designer

Self-employed
May, 2000 – Present (over 18 years)

Provide a variety of services from corporate identity to website design and more all while creating a polished brand that stands out in the marketplace.
 Logo design
 Business cards
 Invitations
 Direct mailings
 Website design
 Website development
 Corporate identity
 Trade Show Displays
 Promotional materials for businesses and non-profits

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories

Richard Bell

Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life. Their penetrating gaze captures the ethos of the endeavor of war. Intimate memories offer glimpses into the horrifying, and at times awe-inspiring, reality of war. The faces of these vete... read more

Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life. Their penetrating gaze captures the ethos of the endeavor of war. Intimate memories offer glimpses into the horrifying, and at times awe-inspiring, reality of war. The faces of these vete... read more

Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery's 101 Uses for Moonshine

Chris Burnette, Elise Coulter Burnette

Treat yourself to a tongue-in-cheek―but very practical―glimpse intothe world of moonshine, from its history and American heritage to itsuses and creation today. These 101 ways to interact with moonshine are wide-ranging and include practicalhousekeeping hints (glass cleaner, anyone?), medicinal uses, recipes, and more. Coulter & Payne is a farm-to-bottle distillery―that is, it not only makes s... read more

Treat yourself to a tongue-in-cheek―but very practical―glimpse intothe world of moonshine, from its history and American heritage to itsuses and creation today. These 101 ways to interact with moonshine are wide-ranging and include practicalhousekeeping hints (glass cleaner, anyone?), medicinal uses, recipes, and more. Coulter & Payne is a farm-to-bottle distillery―that is, it not only makes s... read more

Denim Branded: Jeanswear's Evolving Design Details

Nick Williams

Most take for granted that a pair of jeans is not considered complete without patches, rivets, buttons, and other trims. The existence of such design elements is not questioned because they are seen as the standard. Nick Williams's book is exclusively dedicated to denim branding and deconstructs every element that goes into branding a pair of jeans. These elements are a jeans' identity, its so... read more

Most take for granted that a pair of jeans is not considered complete without patches, rivets, buttons, and other trims. The existence of such design elements is not questioned because they are seen as the standard. Nick Williams's book is exclusively dedicated to denim branding and deconstructs every element that goes into branding a pair of jeans. These elements are a jeans' identity, its so... read more

Pigments of Your Imagination: Creating with Alcohol Inks

Cathy Taylor

Discover magic! Join the vibrant, prismatic world of luminous alcohol inks. Mercurial, versatile, inexpensive, and wildly colorful, alcohol inks are one of the newest mediums to hit the art community. Pigments of Your Imagination is your essential guide for working with alcohol inks, from choosing which inks to use for each project to learning how to maximize your artistic potential with a wid... read more

Discover magic! Join the vibrant, prismatic world of luminous alcohol inks. Mercurial, versatile, inexpensive, and wildly colorful, alcohol inks are one of the newest mediums to hit the art community. Pigments of Your Imagination is your essential guide for working with alcohol inks, from choosing which inks to use for each project to learning how to maximize your artistic potential with a wid... read more

Paul Yandell, Second to the Best: A Sideman's Chronicle

Norm Van Maastricht

Unassuming late guitarist Paul Yandell described his career not as one of celebrity but as sideman, the musician that audiences hear while they're focused on the star. From his humble beginnings as a poor Kentucky farm boy learning to play to taking the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, he ultimately gained the trust and confidence of two of America’s finest musicians, Jerry Reed and the incomparab... read more

Unassuming late guitarist Paul Yandell described his career not as one of celebrity but as sideman, the musician that audiences hear while they're focused on the star. From his humble beginnings as a poor Kentucky farm boy learning to play to taking the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, he ultimately gained the trust and confidence of two of America’s finest musicians, Jerry Reed and the incomparab... read more

Remodel Success

Monica D. Higgins

Most homeowners are uninformed and ill-prepared for big-ticket remodels. The knowledge they do have often comes from reality-TV home makeover shows that gloss over the ingredients essential to success. This book by a construction management pro gives homeowners increased confidence in making remodeling decisions, and peace of mind. Learn the six biggest mistakes people make when building a rem... read more

Most homeowners are uninformed and ill-prepared for big-ticket remodels. The knowledge they do have often comes from reality-TV home makeover shows that gloss over the ingredients essential to success. This book by a construction management pro gives homeowners increased confidence in making remodeling decisions, and peace of mind. Learn the six biggest mistakes people make when building a rem... read more

Dick Allen, The Life and Times of a Baseball Immortal: An Illustrated Biography

William C. Kashatus

Baseball star Richie "Dick" Allen forced Philadelphians to address the racism that existed in their city during the 1960s. While his candid opinions challenged the white baseball establishment, Allen’s tape-measure home runs earned the admiration of younger fans and fellow players, both black and white. The admiration, as well as Allen’s reputation as “Baseball’s Bad Boy,” continued after he l... read more

Baseball star Richie "Dick" Allen forced Philadelphians to address the racism that existed in their city during the 1960s. While his candid opinions challenged the white baseball establishment, Allen’s tape-measure home runs earned the admiration of younger fans and fellow players, both black and white. The admiration, as well as Allen’s reputation as “Baseball’s Bad Boy,” continued after he l... read more

Mindfulness Matters: A Guide to Mastering Your Life

Pax Tandon

Get the insider's scoop on how to attain a fully flourishing life. Encompassing deep dives into mind, body, and spirit, you will be introduced to the science of positive psychology, engage with the practice of mindfulness, learn how to build an optimally efficient body, and commit to an elevation of your spirit. This is flourishing in action! Whether struggling with anxiety or depression, sear... read more

Get the insider's scoop on how to attain a fully flourishing life. Encompassing deep dives into mind, body, and spirit, you will be introduced to the science of positive psychology, engage with the practice of mindfulness, learn how to build an optimally efficient body, and commit to an elevation of your spirit. This is flourishing in action! Whether struggling with anxiety or depression, sear... read more

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