Mary Susan Oleson

Mary Susan Oleson - Designer Tick

Nashville, TN, USA

I have 25 years experience and a great passion for designing books from cover to cover, including crime & mystery and children's books!

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Overview

Award-winning graphic designer with a great passion for designing books, music albums, ads, and anything beautiful! I have enjoyed working with fine publishing companies, including many books for Abingdon Press, Dunham Books, and Afton Press, creating books for celebrities, politicians, and folks from all walks of life. One of my favorite books was a photographic life of Ronald Reagan, and working with champion boxer Manny Pacquiao. I am also an author, and wrote my first book, I AM A WOMAN, to inspire and encourage women from all walks of life. I have also written a children's book!

I have also enjoyed creating a menagerie of music products, including a tour book for pop superstar Taylor Swift, as well as many album designs for stars of country, rock, and other genres.

Writing a book is no easy feat. I hope that I can ease your mind in creating a design to bring your work into fruition. I look forward to hearing about your project, whether it is a simple cover, or everything in between.

Thank you for viewing my portfolio!

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Inspirational
Poetry

Awards

  • Addy Award for best design
  • Benjamin Franklin Award for best cover design

Work experience

Graphic Designer and Art Director

Self-employed
January, 1998 – Present (about 21 years)

Creating print and web pieces, from books, cover to cover, music albums, ads, magazine layouts, and more!

Senior Graphic Designer

Afton Historical Society Press
November, 1993 – January, 2019 (about 25 years)

I create and design award-winning books from cover to cover, including all photo enhancement.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

I Am A Woman

Mary Sue Englund

I Am a Woman captures the beautiful breadth of the female experience, with all its clutttered, clouded magic. Striking photographs and wise and sometimes surprising quotes of courageous women from all walks of life fill the pages of this lovely linen-bound coffee table book. If you are fighting an illness, struggling through loss, making a life change, or watching your children grow and wonder... read more

I Am a Woman captures the beautiful breadth of the female experience, with all its clutttered, clouded magic. Striking photographs and wise and sometimes surprising quotes of courageous women from all walks of life fill the pages of this lovely linen-bound coffee table book. If you are fighting an illness, struggling through loss, making a life change, or watching your children grow and wonder... read more

Pioneer Modernists: Minnesota's first generation of women artists

Julie L'Enfant

In the early twentieth century Frances Cranmer Greenman, Alice Hugy, Elsa Laubach Jemne, Clara Mairs, Evelyn Raymond, Jo Lutz Rollins, and Ada Wolfe established successful careers as artists in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. They played significant roles in the development of the art schools, galleries, and arts organizations that make the Twin Cities a major cultural center today. Yet their stro... read more

In the early twentieth century Frances Cranmer Greenman, Alice Hugy, Elsa Laubach Jemne, Clara Mairs, Evelyn Raymond, Jo Lutz Rollins, and Ada Wolfe established successful careers as artists in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. They played significant roles in the development of the art schools, galleries, and arts organizations that make the Twin Cities a major cultural center today. Yet their stro... read more

Ralph Rapson: Sketches and Drawings from Around the World

Ralph Rapson

Travel the globe with Ralph Rapson to some of the world's most exotic places. Stroll sun baked Casablanca with its colorful street markets. Climb to the top of Brazil's fabled Sugarloaf Mountain for a bird's eye view of Rio de Janeiro and the white sweep of Copacabana Beach. Visit some of the world's most remarkable cathedrals, mosques, temples, and synagogues. Linger in Paris with its scene-s... read more

Travel the globe with Ralph Rapson to some of the world's most exotic places. Stroll sun baked Casablanca with its colorful street markets. Climb to the top of Brazil's fabled Sugarloaf Mountain for a bird's eye view of Rio de Janeiro and the white sweep of Copacabana Beach. Visit some of the world's most remarkable cathedrals, mosques, temples, and synagogues. Linger in Paris with its scene-s... read more

Minnesota Modern: Four Artists of the Twentieth Century

Moira Harris, Brian Szott, Ben Gessner

MINNESOTA MODERN embodies mid-century Modernism in the work of four brilliant painters. All had studied outside of the region, including Europe, absorbing Modernist advances and trends along the way. All were deeply committed to and lived in Minnesota. They came from different circumstances, with different expressions of their visions. Clem Haupers was born in St. Paul, Elof Wedin in Sweden, C... read more

MINNESOTA MODERN embodies mid-century Modernism in the work of four brilliant painters. All had studied outside of the region, including Europe, absorbing Modernist advances and trends along the way. All were deeply committed to and lived in Minnesota. They came from different circumstances, with different expressions of their visions. Clem Haupers was born in St. Paul, Elof Wedin in Sweden, C... read more

OTHER REALITIES: The Art of Paul S. Kramer

Julie L'Enfant

Paul Kramer is one of the most accomplished Minnesota artists of the second half of the twentieth century. His realist style grows out of his training at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, a center of the American realist tradition as exemplified by such artist-teachers as Raphaelle Peale, Thomas Eakins, and Robert Henri. Yet it is very much his own: honest and unpretentious, yet beaut... read more

Paul Kramer is one of the most accomplished Minnesota artists of the second half of the twentieth century. His realist style grows out of his training at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, a center of the American realist tradition as exemplified by such artist-teachers as Raphaelle Peale, Thomas Eakins, and Robert Henri. Yet it is very much his own: honest and unpretentious, yet beaut... read more

Alone with the Past: The life and photographic art of Roland W. Reed

Ernest R. Lawrence

ROLAND REED'S decision came at the last possible moment. By the dawn of the twentieth century, this country's Native Americans were living on reservations, their old ways of life unalterably changed. Royal W. (Roland) Reed, Jr. (1864-1934) was one of a small number of professional photographers now known as Pictorialists who set out to document this "vanishing" race. Employing new artistic tec... read more

ROLAND REED'S decision came at the last possible moment. By the dawn of the twentieth century, this country's Native Americans were living on reservations, their old ways of life unalterably changed. Royal W. (Roland) Reed, Jr. (1864-1934) was one of a small number of professional photographers now known as Pictorialists who set out to document this "vanishing" race. Employing new artistic tec... read more

Minnesota's Capitol: A Centennial Story

Leigh Roethke, Tim Pawlenty, Karal Ann Marling

Minnesota’s Capitol is an educational and entertaining look at the house that Minnesota built. Replicated in butter sculpture and picture postcards by creative and enterprising citizens, the Capitol building in St. Paul was the pride of the state and the envy of the nation when it opened in 1905. For one hundred years the Capitol has been the hub of government and an enduring symbol for an eve... read more

Minnesota’s Capitol is an educational and entertaining look at the house that Minnesota built. Replicated in butter sculpture and picture postcards by creative and enterprising citizens, the Capitol building in St. Paul was the pride of the state and the envy of the nation when it opened in 1905. For one hundred years the Capitol has been the hub of government and an enduring symbol for an eve... read more

Christmas on West Seventh Street

Jerry Fearing

A NOSTALGIC LOOK back in words and cartoons to a simpler, more innocent time, when, to a ten-year-old kid, the author's neighborhood in St. Paul, was the center of the universe---especially at Christmas.

A NOSTALGIC LOOK back in words and cartoons to a simpler, more innocent time, when, to a ten-year-old kid, the author's neighborhood in St. Paul, was the center of the universe---especially at Christmas.

The 25,000 Mile Love Story: The Epic Story of the Couple Who Sacrificed Everything to Run the World

Serge Roetheli

The 25,000 Mile Love Story is a love story-but not a love story in the traditional sense. It is not just about a man and woman; nor is it just about a husband and wife. There are many people who can write that story. Instead, this is a love story that has lasted a lifetime-a love for the world's roads and all the people who inhabit them. You will follow Serge Roetheli through his childhood as ... read more

The 25,000 Mile Love Story is a love story-but not a love story in the traditional sense. It is not just about a man and woman; nor is it just about a husband and wife. There are many people who can write that story. Instead, this is a love story that has lasted a lifetime-a love for the world's roads and all the people who inhabit them. You will follow Serge Roetheli through his childhood as ... read more

Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny

Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich, David N. Bossie

February 6, 2011 marks the 100th birthday of President Reagan. The impact of his leadership is still evident. This unique photographic collection honors his life and legacy. Throughout the many chapters of his life, Reagan never failed to display the character, integrity, and optimism that helped him become one of our greatest leaders ever. In addition to the more than 150 photographs, the aut... read more

February 6, 2011 marks the 100th birthday of President Reagan. The impact of his leadership is still evident. This unique photographic collection honors his life and legacy. Throughout the many chapters of his life, Reagan never failed to display the character, integrity, and optimism that helped him become one of our greatest leaders ever. In addition to the more than 150 photographs, the aut... read more

Nicole's Diary: Running the World... Losing Our Marbles

Nicole Roetheli

Two years after having linked Ushuaia (Argentina) to Fairbanks (Alaska) while covering more than 24,000 kilometers, with him running and her at the handlebars of a motorcycle, Serge and Nicole Roetheli of Valais (Switzerland) took to the road again in February 2000 for a world tour lasting more than five years. At the end of their crazy adventure, they had traveled some dizzying distances40,91... read more

Two years after having linked Ushuaia (Argentina) to Fairbanks (Alaska) while covering more than 24,000 kilometers, with him running and her at the handlebars of a motorcycle, Serge and Nicole Roetheli of Valais (Switzerland) took to the road again in February 2000 for a world tour lasting more than five years. At the end of their crazy adventure, they had traveled some dizzying distances40,91... read more

Pacman: My Story of Hope, Resilience, and Never-Say-Never Determination

Manny Pacquiao

Pound for pound, Manny is the best boxer in the world, but even more important than holding that distinction, Manny has connected with the people of his home country, the Philippines, to the point where he is almost like a god. --Lennox Lewis, former heavyweight boxer and HBO commentator Pacman is Manny's miracle story - his autobiography. Born and raised in an impoverished village in the Phil... read more

Pound for pound, Manny is the best boxer in the world, but even more important than holding that distinction, Manny has connected with the people of his home country, the Philippines, to the point where he is almost like a god. --Lennox Lewis, former heavyweight boxer and HBO commentator Pacman is Manny's miracle story - his autobiography. Born and raised in an impoverished village in the Phil... read more

Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus

Mike Slaughter

Clearly, something is not working. Despite the church’s place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for pot lucks than for solving world hunger. It’s time for churches to get over the cruise-ship mentality of being a ... read more

Clearly, something is not working. Despite the church’s place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for pot lucks than for solving world hunger. It’s time for churches to get over the cruise-ship mentality of being a ... read more

Mermaids & Martinis: Turn Your Party Into A Memory

Hilary Pereira

Don't host a party--host a memory. Everyone loves to throw the perfect party—the one all your friends talk about. Today, everyone is searching for ways to save and still do the things they love in a big way, and almost everyone is craving creative ideas and solutions to celebrate their lives in a big way--on a tiny budget.

Don't host a party--host a memory. Everyone loves to throw the perfect party—the one all your friends talk about. Today, everyone is searching for ways to save and still do the things they love in a big way, and almost everyone is craving creative ideas and solutions to celebrate their lives in a big way--on a tiny budget.

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