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Mary Jane Gavenda

Mary Jane Gavenda - Designer

Yardley, PA, United States

Freelance designer since 1993 specializing in well-crafted books

Overview

I have been a graphic designer for many years creating annual reports, corporate identity, and collateral pieces, but it is book design that is my true passion. I relish the prospect of selecting and kerning type for readability, as well as designing a layout and cover that makes one want to pick it up. I love working with authors and “book people.” I listen closely to what they want to say with their volume then execute something that will satisfy or exceed both of our expectations.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Design Education & Reference History Life Sciences Mathematics & Statistics Photography

Certifications

  • BA English, Villanova University
  • Certificate in Design Thinking, Stanford University

Awards

  • PROSE Award for best Anthropology/Archaeology title

Work experience

Principal

Publications Management
January, 1993 – Present (over 24 years)

My design business with a particular expertise in book design for scholarly publishers. Skilled in cover design, complex interior layouts, multi-photo layouts, artwork retouching, color correction, print and project management.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer

Jerry L. Ross

From the age of ten, looking up at the stars, Jerry Ross knew that he wanted to journey into space. This autobiography tells the story of how he came not only to achieve that goal, but to become the most-launched astronaut in history, as well as a NASA veteran whose career spanned the entire U.S. Space Shuttle program. From his childhood in rural Indiana, through education at Purdue University... read more

From the age of ten, looking up at the stars, Jerry Ross knew that he wanted to journey into space. This autobiography tells the story of how he came not only to achieve that goal, but to become the most-launched astronaut in history, as well as a NASA veteran whose career spanned the entire U.S. Space Shuttle program. From his childhood in rural Indiana, through education at Purdue University... read more

Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars

Jerry L. Ross, Susan G. Gunderson

This nonfiction picture book is a childrens version of NASA astronaut Jerry L. Rosss autobiography, Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASAs Record-Setting Frequent Flyer, designed for ages 712. Told in friendly first-person narration, it represents how Ross followed his dream from rural 1950s northern Indiana to Purdue University and then outer space.The thirty-two-page book is ill... read more

This nonfiction picture book is a childrens version of NASA astronaut Jerry L. Rosss autobiography, Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASAs Record-Setting Frequent Flyer, designed for ages 712. Told in friendly first-person narration, it represents how Ross followed his dream from rural 1950s northern Indiana to Purdue University and then outer space.The thirty-two-page book is ill... read more

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How You & Your Dog Can Lose Weight, Stay Fit, and Have Fun (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond)

Phil Zeltzman, Rebecca A. Johnson

A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk, and never judgmental. When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash. As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70 percent of Americans and 50 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, resulting in staggering health care costs and suffering. The causes, consequences, and treatment f... read more

A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk, and never judgmental. When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash. As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70 percent of Americans and 50 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, resulting in staggering health care costs and suffering. The causes, consequences, and treatment f... read more

Unleashed Fury: The Political Struggle for Dog-friendly Parks (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond)

Julie Walsh

The question of whether dogs should be allowed off the leash in public places has become a major political issue in cities and suburbs across the United States. In the last two decades, leash-law disputes have burst upon the political scene and have been debated with an intensity usually reserved for such hot-button issues as abortion and gun rights. This book investigates what has changed in... read more

The question of whether dogs should be allowed off the leash in public places has become a major political issue in cities and suburbs across the United States. In the last two decades, leash-law disputes have burst upon the political scene and have been debated with an intensity usually reserved for such hot-button issues as abortion and gun rights. This book investigates what has changed in... read more

Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond)

Abigail Perdue, Randall Lockwood

A collaboration between an attorney and an animal protection advocate, this work utilizes the extremely controversial and high-profile “crush video” case, US v. Stevens, to explore how American society attempts to balance the protection of free speech and the prevention of animal cruelty. Starting from the detailed case study of a single prominent ruling, the authors provide a masterful survey... read more

A collaboration between an attorney and an animal protection advocate, this work utilizes the extremely controversial and high-profile “crush video” case, US v. Stevens, to explore how American society attempts to balance the protection of free speech and the prevention of animal cruelty. Starting from the detailed case study of a single prominent ruling, the authors provide a masterful survey... read more

The Derveni Krater: Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork (Ancient Art and Architecture in Context)

Beryl Barr-Sharrar

This beautifully illustrated book represents the first full publication of the most elaborate metal vessel from the ancient world yet discovered. Found in an undisturbed Macedonian tomb of the late 4th century B.C., the volute krater is a tour de force of highly sophisticated methods of bronze working. An unusual program of iconography informs every area of the vessel. Snakes with copper and s... read more

This beautifully illustrated book represents the first full publication of the most elaborate metal vessel from the ancient world yet discovered. Found in an undisturbed Macedonian tomb of the late 4th century B.C., the volute krater is a tour de force of highly sophisticated methods of bronze working. An unusual program of iconography informs every area of the vessel. Snakes with copper and s... read more

Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia (Ancient Art & Architecture in Context)

Betsey A. Robinson

The Peirene Fountain as described by its first excavator, Rufus B. Richardson, is “the most famous fountain of Greece.” Here is a retrospective of a wellspring of Western civilization, distinguished by its long history, service to a great ancient city, and early identification as the site where Pegasus landed and was tamed by the hero Bellerophon. Spanning three millennia and touching a fourth... read more

The Peirene Fountain as described by its first excavator, Rufus B. Richardson, is “the most famous fountain of Greece.” Here is a retrospective of a wellspring of Western civilization, distinguished by its long history, service to a great ancient city, and early identification as the site where Pegasus landed and was tamed by the hero Bellerophon. Spanning three millennia and touching a fourth... read more

The Athenian Agora: Site Guide (5th ed.)

John McK. Camp II

This definitive guide to the archaeological remains in the civic and commercial center of ancient Athens is an essential companion to the interested visitor, as well as to students of the topography of the classical city. A large-scale map provides an overview of the site, keyed to descriptions and plans of every monument still visible from the majestic Temple of Hephaistos to the utilitarian ... read more

This definitive guide to the archaeological remains in the civic and commercial center of ancient Athens is an essential companion to the interested visitor, as well as to students of the topography of the classical city. A large-scale map provides an overview of the site, keyed to descriptions and plans of every monument still visible from the majestic Temple of Hephaistos to the utilitarian ... read more

Perspectives in Bioethics, Science, and Public Policy (Purdue Studies in Public Policy)

In this book, nine thought-leaders engage with some of the hottest moral issues in science and ethics. Based on talks originally given at the annual Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science, the chapters explore interconnections between the three areas in an engaging and accessible way. Addressing a mixed public audience, the authors go beyond dry theory to explore some of the difficult... read more

In this book, nine thought-leaders engage with some of the hottest moral issues in science and ethics. Based on talks originally given at the annual Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science, the chapters explore interconnections between the three areas in an engaging and accessible way. Addressing a mixed public audience, the authors go beyond dry theory to explore some of the difficult... read more

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