John Kicksee

John Kicksee - Designer

Toronto, ON, Canada

With over 20 years of experience as a book designer, I have enjoyed working with major publishers and authors throughout North America.

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I am freelance graphic designer and illustrator located in Toronto. I have relished the challenges of the design industry for over 20 years experience as a book cover designer, working with major publishers such as St. Martins, Harlequin and Sourcebooks. I take great pride in my knowledge and accomplishments as an award-winning designer and as an expert on the Mac creative platform. Quietly self-confident, my approach to every project is always thorough, exploring every direction to satisfy the requirements of my clients.
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Sole Proprietor

Kix By Design
October, 2005 – Present (over 13 years)

• Principal—Design, Illustration and Art Direction.
• Designs and illustrates mass-market/trade/Hardcover book covers.
• Conceptualises and creates designs for various type of sales and marketing collateral including ads
(for print and web), web banners, flash animated ads catalogues, flyers, brochures.
• Manages all administrative tasks including, purchasing, bookkeeping and scheduling and invoicing.
• Clients include St.Martins Press, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., Sourcebooks, Flux Books, Llewellyn World
wide-Midnight Ink, Maple Tree Press, CSPI Women’s Press, North York Aquatic Club.

Senior Desgner/manager

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
October, 1990 – October, 2005 (about 15 years)

• Senior Designer and Manager— Managed 7 in-house designers & 2 freelance designers.
• Managed workflow within the Design department to stay in line with production schedules.
• Evaluated performance of the team members.
• Designed and illustrated mass-market/Trade/Hardcover books
• Conceptualised and created designs for various type of sales and marketing collateral including ads
(for print and web), banners, flashes catalogues, flyers, brochures, shelf talkers, POP materials
and postcards

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