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Michelle Fairbanks

Michelle Fairbanks - Designer

Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Simple, beautiful, fresh graphic design - from book covers to branding, premade book covers to social media banners, bookmarks & more!

Overview

With over 15 years experience, I aim to keep my designs fresh - simple, beautiful, balanced and affordable. Surrounded by nature and a short walk from the beach, all I need to feel inspired is right here!

I try to live by the motto "less is more" and keep my designs simple and unique with that as inspiration ... from branding, book covers, premade book covers, logos, postcards, bookmarks to social media banners/ads and more.

Send me a message and we can chat about a fresh design!

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Horror Humor & Comedy Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Nature Parenting & Families

Certifications

  • Applied Graphic Design diploma from Vancouver Island University

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Booktrope

March, 2015 – May, 2016 (about 1 year)

Over my past year with Booktrope, I've found my niche of book design! Over 70 titles designed and now almost 40 published works! I work with authors in a wide range of genres from concept to file completion.

Graphic Designer

Brentwood College School

September, 2001 – March, 2013 (over 11 years)

As the 1st graphic designer at Brentwood College School, my role was to bring all the visual pieces together and to reflect our branding in a consistent manner. Including ad design, brochures, invitations, signage, letterhead, business cards, the school magazine and yearbook.

Graphic Designer/Owner

Fresh Design

June, 2000 – Present (over 16 years)

From book cover design to branding, pre-made book covers to social media banners/postcard/bookmarks. Send me a message and we can chat about a fresh design!

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Available to Chat

Jacy Sutton

People tell Olivia her online beau may actually be helping her fading marriage. The saleswoman she met at an adult toy party claims satisfaction is about the heat, not the source. Olivia’s therapist suggests her romantic fantasies could stoke the embers of her twenty-plus-year relationship. Even Olivia’s lust interest, Jake, says, “I tell myself I’m good for you.” But Olivia knows the only thi... read more

People tell Olivia her online beau may actually be helping her fading marriage. The saleswoman she met at an adult toy party claims satisfaction is about the heat, not the source. Olivia’s therapist suggests her romantic fantasies could stoke the embers of her twenty-plus-year relationship. Even Olivia’s lust interest, Jake, says, “I tell myself I’m good for you.” But Olivia knows the only thi... read more

The Paris Effect

K. S. R. Burns

Friendship, loss… and a tantalizing trip to Paris in this highly praised debut novel! Amy and Kat had a plan: A secret trip to Paris. Even Amy's husband wouldn't know about it. But when Amy loses Kat, the "friend of her heart," to cancer, she knows the plan, too, has disappeared forever. Or has it? Guided by memories of her friend and dissatisfaction with her own calorie-counting life in Phoen... read more

Friendship, loss… and a tantalizing trip to Paris in this highly praised debut novel! Amy and Kat had a plan: A secret trip to Paris. Even Amy's husband wouldn't know about it. But when Amy loses Kat, the "friend of her heart," to cancer, she knows the plan, too, has disappeared forever. Or has it? Guided by memories of her friend and dissatisfaction with her own calorie-counting life in Phoen... read more

When Songbirds Returned to Paris

E.M. Sloan

When Germany invades France in 1940, Cecily Lefort can’t imagine how the aristocratic comforts of life as a French doctor’s wife are about to disappear. A return to native England eventually leads Cecily back to France, this time as a secret agent. Cecily is one of 13 female Special Operations Executive (SOE) spies who do not survive to tell their story. But a 100-year old family-owned photogr... read more

When Germany invades France in 1940, Cecily Lefort can’t imagine how the aristocratic comforts of life as a French doctor’s wife are about to disappear. A return to native England eventually leads Cecily back to France, this time as a secret agent. Cecily is one of 13 female Special Operations Executive (SOE) spies who do not survive to tell their story. But a 100-year old family-owned photogr... read more

Famished: An Ash Park Novel

Meghan O'Flynn

Starvation Takes Many Forms Ash Park, a run-down suburb of Detroit, might not be the most idyllic place to live, but for Hannah Montgomery, it’s safe. At least, it feels that way until a serial killer starts dicing up women from the shelter where she volunteers. Despite the ever-present tingling at the nape of her neck, Hannah manages to convince herself that the killings have nothing to do wi... read more

Starvation Takes Many Forms Ash Park, a run-down suburb of Detroit, might not be the most idyllic place to live, but for Hannah Montgomery, it’s safe. At least, it feels that way until a serial killer starts dicing up women from the shelter where she volunteers. Despite the ever-present tingling at the nape of her neck, Hannah manages to convince herself that the killings have nothing to do wi... read more

Who Stole My Spandex?: Life in the Hot Flash Lane

Marcia Kester Doyle

Blogger Marcia Kester Doyle tells it like it is and nothing is off limits. Who Stole My Spandex? is a witty selection of stories from Doyle’s madcap world of menopausal pitfalls, wardrobe malfunctions, and a family full of pranksters. This clever compilation includes laugh-out-loud pieces like "Queen of Klutz,” "One Size Fits None," and "Hands off my Egg Roll!" From couples' colonoscopies to n... read more

Blogger Marcia Kester Doyle tells it like it is and nothing is off limits. Who Stole My Spandex? is a witty selection of stories from Doyle’s madcap world of menopausal pitfalls, wardrobe malfunctions, and a family full of pranksters. This clever compilation includes laugh-out-loud pieces like "Queen of Klutz,” "One Size Fits None," and "Hands off my Egg Roll!" From couples' colonoscopies to n... read more

Prosecco & Paparazzi (The Passport Series) (Volume 1)

Celia Kennedy

When fifteen minutes of fame goes horribly wrong… Charlotte Young and her five closest friends ring in the New Year on a ski vacation in the swanky, celebrity-packed French Alps, where her world collides with long-time celeb crush, Des Bannerman—aka “The King of Rom-Com.” Unexpectedly, Charlotte finds herself happily reconciled to an innocent evening of drinking champagne, gambling, and chatti... read more

When fifteen minutes of fame goes horribly wrong… Charlotte Young and her five closest friends ring in the New Year on a ski vacation in the swanky, celebrity-packed French Alps, where her world collides with long-time celeb crush, Des Bannerman—aka “The King of Rom-Com.” Unexpectedly, Charlotte finds herself happily reconciled to an innocent evening of drinking champagne, gambling, and chatti... read more

Between Heartbeats

Donelle Knudsen

Can life change between heartbeats? Diana awakens on her seventeenth birthday in a joyful mood. But at breakfast she is told, during a heated argument with her mother, that the man she has loved as her father is not her father at all. Diana decides to unravel the mystery of her childhood and the reason for their secrets, and travels across the country to visit her step-father. And so, Diana be... read more

Can life change between heartbeats? Diana awakens on her seventeenth birthday in a joyful mood. But at breakfast she is told, during a heated argument with her mother, that the man she has loved as her father is not her father at all. Diana decides to unravel the mystery of her childhood and the reason for their secrets, and travels across the country to visit her step-father. And so, Diana be... read more

The Curious Snowflake: A Parable

James C. Struck

What happens to a snowflake when it falls? To a snowflake, falling may be the scariest thing in the world, but the Curious Snowflake longs to know the truth. She travels throughout the Great Cloud, asking every snowflake she can what happens when they fall, and finds that, while everyone has ideas about it, none of them truly know. Then the Curious Snowflakes falls herself and discovers the tr... read more

What happens to a snowflake when it falls? To a snowflake, falling may be the scariest thing in the world, but the Curious Snowflake longs to know the truth. She travels throughout the Great Cloud, asking every snowflake she can what happens when they fall, and finds that, while everyone has ideas about it, none of them truly know. Then the Curious Snowflakes falls herself and discovers the tr... read more

Misadventures of Princess Sydney: Have Parentals, Will Travel (The Princess Sydney Series) (Volume 2)

Chris Minich

“You’ll have a great time,” said the Parentals. But Princess Sydney knows better! America’s favorite crafty cockapoo reluctantly embarks on summer vacation, along with her bumbling brother, Buddy. She expected chaos, but she she never expected to lose her cool when the trip takes an unplanned turn. Silly boy dogs, leftover pizza, and fair maidens are just a few of the bumps along their travels... read more

“You’ll have a great time,” said the Parentals. But Princess Sydney knows better! America’s favorite crafty cockapoo reluctantly embarks on summer vacation, along with her bumbling brother, Buddy. She expected chaos, but she she never expected to lose her cool when the trip takes an unplanned turn. Silly boy dogs, leftover pizza, and fair maidens are just a few of the bumps along their travels... read more

Eyes like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home

Dane Cobain

Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted. “I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press “Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered... read more

Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted. “I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press “Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered... read more

Snowblind

Don Roff

Mourning his son after a tragic accident, Staff Sergeant Samuel Mulwrey must command his Army Ranger platoon during cold-weather training in the wintry wilds of Alaska. It’s his last chance to pull his troops – and himself – together. After a blinding whiteout separates Mulwrey and three other Rangers from their unit, they seek refuge in what seems like a cheerful, homey chalet nestled in the ... read more

Mourning his son after a tragic accident, Staff Sergeant Samuel Mulwrey must command his Army Ranger platoon during cold-weather training in the wintry wilds of Alaska. It’s his last chance to pull his troops – and himself – together. After a blinding whiteout separates Mulwrey and three other Rangers from their unit, they seek refuge in what seems like a cheerful, homey chalet nestled in the ... read more

Bipolar Goggles

Joan Jessup

Bipolar Goggles is the stunning memoir of one woman’s “coming out bipolar.” Joan Jessup recalls her shape-shifter journey in movie-like scenes: losing her mind to abusive Husband No. 1, manic rap-loving mom of five to Husband No. 2, hell on wheels NASCAR queen with Husband No. 3, run-away bride to Husband No. 4, and moonstruck mother of a “sensory” child with Husband No. 5. What’s her regret? ... read more

Bipolar Goggles is the stunning memoir of one woman’s “coming out bipolar.” Joan Jessup recalls her shape-shifter journey in movie-like scenes: losing her mind to abusive Husband No. 1, manic rap-loving mom of five to Husband No. 2, hell on wheels NASCAR queen with Husband No. 3, run-away bride to Husband No. 4, and moonstruck mother of a “sensory” child with Husband No. 5. What’s her regret? ... read more

Finding Motherhood: An Unexpected Journey

Jill M. Murphy

“My plan was simple. I would get married, have kids, and live happily ever after. However, life doesn’t always follow the path we plan for ourselves.” When Jill Murphy became pregnant at the age of seventeen, she was faced with some difficult decisions. Unsure of how to be the mother she knew her child deserved, Murphy chose adoption for her baby. Years later, after she married the man of her ... read more

“My plan was simple. I would get married, have kids, and live happily ever after. However, life doesn’t always follow the path we plan for ourselves.” When Jill Murphy became pregnant at the age of seventeen, she was faced with some difficult decisions. Unsure of how to be the mother she knew her child deserved, Murphy chose adoption for her baby. Years later, after she married the man of her ... read more

The Last Wife of Attila the Hun

Joan Schweighardt

Two threads are flawlessly woven together in this sweeping historical novel. In one, Gudrun, a Burgundian noblewoman, dares to enter the City of Attila to give its ruler what she hopes is a cursed sword; the second reveals the unimaginable events that have driven her to this mission. Based in part on the true history of the times and in part on the same Nordic legends that inspired Wagner’s Ri... read more

Two threads are flawlessly woven together in this sweeping historical novel. In one, Gudrun, a Burgundian noblewoman, dares to enter the City of Attila to give its ruler what she hopes is a cursed sword; the second reveals the unimaginable events that have driven her to this mission. Based in part on the true history of the times and in part on the same Nordic legends that inspired Wagner’s Ri... read more

Crazy Southern Irish Girl: Two Book Bundle

Kimberly J. Dalferes

Humor writer Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes dishes on a wide variety of topics–from days of her youth spent blissfully on the shores of Florida’s beaches to menopause and empty nests–in her nonfiction collection Crazy Southern Irish Gal Two-Book Bundle. In both titles: I Was In Love With a Short Man Once and Magic Fishing Panties, Dalferes’ crazy Southern Irish gal perspective inspires her illustra... read more

Humor writer Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes dishes on a wide variety of topics–from days of her youth spent blissfully on the shores of Florida’s beaches to menopause and empty nests–in her nonfiction collection Crazy Southern Irish Gal Two-Book Bundle. In both titles: I Was In Love With a Short Man Once and Magic Fishing Panties, Dalferes’ crazy Southern Irish gal perspective inspires her illustra... read more

BabyFat: Adventures in Motherhood, Muffin Tops, & Trying to Stay Sane

Pauline M. Campos

It’s a memoir. Please don’t call it a mom-oir. That sh*t’s just patronizing. This is the book that wrote itself in Pauline M. Campos’ head when she realized that her baby had become a toddler and the expiration date on her socially acceptable baby weight had worn out. The Latina Magazine #Dimelo advice columnist and Aspiring Mama blogger gave herself a one-year-or-bust deadline, then embarked ... read more

It’s a memoir. Please don’t call it a mom-oir. That sh*t’s just patronizing. This is the book that wrote itself in Pauline M. Campos’ head when she realized that her baby had become a toddler and the expiration date on her socially acceptable baby weight had worn out. The Latina Magazine #Dimelo advice columnist and Aspiring Mama blogger gave herself a one-year-or-bust deadline, then embarked ... read more

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