Maya Tatsukawa

Maya Tatsukawa - Designer

Boston, MA, USA

A book designer specialized in children's publishing

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Overview

Hello, I'm Maya!
A petite maker of charming things looking to bring a small smile or laugh.

I specialize in children's publishing, with experience designing board books & picture books to middle-grade & YA novels.
I love looking for the right fonts to match the narrative of the book and adding small details to make the book unique but still clean and easy to read.
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I am available if you are looking for the following services*:
Picture Book: Interior & Cover Design, Art Direction
Illustrated Middle Grade: Interior & Cover Design, Art Direction
Middle Grade/YA: Interior Design Only

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

*Please note that all projects will require a minimum of 1~3 months depending on the complexity & current stage your project is in.
Languages
English
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

associate designer

Candlewick Press
February, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

illustrator & designer

Self-employed
July, 2014 – Present (about 6 years)

Clients: Chronicle Books, Penguin, Illustoria

junior designer

Dial Books for Young Readers
September, 2013 – August, 2016 (almost 3 years)

interior design for middle grade and young adult novels
art direction, interior & jacket design for picture books

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Zig and the Magic Umbrella

Sylvie Kantorovitz

Fans of Oliver Jeffers will love this wondrous and playful story of an ordinary boy who becomes a heroShy, quiet Zig is trapped inside on a gray, rainy day when he sees a bright red umbrella blow by. He grabs the handle and--woosh!--off he goes to a faraway land where he meets a little yellow bird who desperately needs his help. Can Zig and his magic umbrella save the birds from the hairiest, ... read more

Fans of Oliver Jeffers will love this wondrous and playful story of an ordinary boy who becomes a heroShy, quiet Zig is trapped inside on a gray, rainy day when he sees a bright red umbrella blow by. He grabs the handle and--woosh!--off he goes to a faraway land where he meets a little yellow bird who desperately needs his help. Can Zig and his magic umbrella save the birds from the hairiest, ... read more

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

April Genevieve Tucholke, A.G. Howard

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best thriller and horror writers in YAA host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and ... read more

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best thriller and horror writers in YAA host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and ... read more

Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra de Winter and Bram Broen

Eve Yohalem

A tale of pirates, mutiny, and friendship on the high seas, perfect for fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleIt’s 1663 and there is an extra passenger on board a Dutch merchant ship setting sail for the East Indies. Twelve-year-old Petra has stowed away to escape her abusive father. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bra... read more

A tale of pirates, mutiny, and friendship on the high seas, perfect for fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleIt’s 1663 and there is an extra passenger on board a Dutch merchant ship setting sail for the East Indies. Twelve-year-old Petra has stowed away to escape her abusive father. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bra... read more

The Clockwork Crow

Fisher, Catherine

Sandcastle

Tsarfati, Einat, Tsarfati, Einat

Embassy of the Dead

Mabbitt, Will, Knight, Taryn

I, Cosmo

Sorosiak, Carlie

Maya has 1 review

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Communication & Punctuality

Paul Ian Cross
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Maya on my picture book, Ayami's Origami. Maya designed both the cover and book interior and Alison (who illustrated the book) and I are over the moon at the result. I'm incredibly excited about what Alison, Maya and I have created together and I can't wait for the book launch in 2019. I can't recommend Maya enough. I will be working with Maya again, and...
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Paul Ian Cross, September 2018

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