Mary Susan Oleson

Mary Susan Oleson – Designer

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


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!
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Inspirational
  • Addy Award for best design
  • Benjamin Franklin Award for best cover design

Work experience


Jan, 1998 — Present

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

Afton Historical Society Press

Nov, 1993 — Jan, 2019 (about 25 years)

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


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 so... 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 t... 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 heavyweig... 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... 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... 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 last... read more
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.
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 ... 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 n... 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 su... 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 ca... 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 Co... 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 d... read more
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 cof... read more

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