Rebecca LeGates

Rebecca LeGates - Designer Tick

Fremont, CA, USA

I am a book designer with over 20 years experience in fiction, non-fiction, art and photography, and children's books.

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Overview

I became a book designer through my love of books and all things beautiful. After studying literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz, I discovered the world of publishing. Over my 20 years in the industry, I've worn many hats: marketing assistant, production manager, designer, art director (even "default" IT tech and web designer).

I have also used my book design skills in my personal life, designing photo books for my family and friends. I love photography, and am experienced at Photoshop and Lightroom photo editing. I've talked about book design and printing to my children's classes (dummy! blad!) and have volunteered on the school yearbook for many years.
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Children's Picture Books
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Literature
Non-Fiction
Art
History
Nature
Photography
Works with
WordPress

Work experience

Freelance designer

Self-employed
April, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

Clients include California Institute for Community, Arts, and Nature, identity and website design; Alan Rosenus, website implementation; Camron-Stanford House, exhibit logo design and lamppost banners; Heyday, book design

Designer

Heyday
January, 2007 – April, 2017 (about 10 years)

Designer at Heyday January 2007–April 2017
Responsibilities included creating and implementing cover and interior book designs, catalogs, marketing materials (postcards, brochures, ads, banners); designed issues of print magazine, News from Native California; helped to maintain websites ( managed production and printing of reprint titles; general computer maintenance and IT support.

Art Director

Heyday
January, 2003 – January, 2007 (about 4 years)

Art Director at Heyday January 2003–January 2007
Responsibilities included creative direction for book projects; book design and production (interior and cover design); managing book production workflow; scheduling editorial and production work; coordinating editors and freelance designers; soliciting print bids and communicating with printers; catalog design and production; design and production of other marketing materials; website design, development and maintenance (www.; general computer maintenance.

Production Manager

Heyday
January, 1999 – January, 2003 (about 4 years)

Production Manager at Heyday January 1999–January 2003
Responsibilities included coordinating editors and freelance designers; soliciting print bids and communicating with printers; book design and production (interior and cover design); catalog design and production;
design and production of other marketing materials; website design, development, and maintenance (www.; general computer maintenance.

Sales and Marketing Assistant

Heyday
January, 1997 – December, 1999 (almost 3 years)

Sales and Marketing Assistant at Heyday January 1997–December 1999
Responsibilities included sales calls; preparing sales and press kits for new titles; preparing and designing press releases and ads; designing catalog and other sales material; computer maintenance; interior book and cover design and production; website design and development.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Life after Manzanar

Naomi Hirahara, Heather C. Lindquist

From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lindquist, and Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara comes a nuanced account of the “Resettlement”: the relatively unexamined period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody. Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new ... read more

From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lindquist, and Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara comes a nuanced account of the “Resettlement”: the relatively unexamined period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody. Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new ... read more

Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings

John King

Buildings in cities are remarkable things: they provide not only shelter but touchstones of reference and recall, a language that shapes our sense of place as well as the skyline. In sparkling prose and with full-color photography, Cityscapes looks at fifty buildings that convey a distinct slice of San Francisco. These are the buildings that are defined by bold visual moves and the ones that o... read more

Buildings in cities are remarkable things: they provide not only shelter but touchstones of reference and recall, a language that shapes our sense of place as well as the skyline. In sparkling prose and with full-color photography, Cityscapes looks at fifty buildings that convey a distinct slice of San Francisco. These are the buildings that are defined by bold visual moves and the ones that o... read more

The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy: A San Francisco Story

Elisa Kleven

When Shirley bakes herself a gingerbread treat to bring to school, the last thing she expects is for him to leap out of her lunchbox and begin gobbling everything in sight. A wild chase ensues—on foot and by cable car—through iconic San Francisco neighborhoods including the Mission, Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf. Will Shirley be able to catch the gingerbread boy before he eats ... read more

When Shirley bakes herself a gingerbread treat to bring to school, the last thing she expects is for him to leap out of her lunchbox and begin gobbling everything in sight. A wild chase ensues—on foot and by cable car—through iconic San Francisco neighborhoods including the Mission, Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf. Will Shirley be able to catch the gingerbread boy before he eats ... read more

Running Wild

Elaine Miller Bond

How do you like to move? Do you like to swim like a sea lion, prance like a deer, slither like a snake, or crawl like a turtle? In this board book, photographs of wild animals go hand-in-hand with text that encourages youngsters to skip, dash, dive, and run through the natural world.

How do you like to move? Do you like to swim like a sea lion, prance like a deer, slither like a snake, or crawl like a turtle? In this board book, photographs of wild animals go hand-in-hand with text that encourages youngsters to skip, dash, dive, and run through the natural world.

Living Wild

Elaine Miller Bond

Where is your favorite place to be? Is it a hole in the ground, the bloom of a flower, or a little blue spot in the sky? In the latest board book from the author of Running Wild, photographs of animals in their natural habitats show young readers the varied and wonderful places that creatures including foxes, butterflies, and songbirds call home.

Where is your favorite place to be? Is it a hole in the ground, the bloom of a flower, or a little blue spot in the sky? In the latest board book from the author of Running Wild, photographs of animals in their natural habitats show young readers the varied and wonderful places that creatures including foxes, butterflies, and songbirds call home.

ABC Oakland

Michael Wertz

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland's unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz's bold, w... read more

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland's unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz's bold, w... read more

Discovering Nature's Alphabet

Krystina Castella, Brian Boyl

If you stand in just the right place, at just the right time, you are going to see some pretty amazing things. Like the three tall branches leaning against one another, creating the letter A. Or the spines of a cactus forming the letter F. And it looks like that bent, twisting tree trunk makes the bars of the letter K with that straight trunk in the foreground. Discovering Nature's Alphabet is... read more

If you stand in just the right place, at just the right time, you are going to see some pretty amazing things. Like the three tall branches leaning against one another, creating the letter A. Or the spines of a cactus forming the letter F. And it looks like that bent, twisting tree trunk makes the bars of the letter K with that straight trunk in the foreground. Discovering Nature's Alphabet is... read more

Discovering Nature's Alphabet

Krystina Castella, Brian Boyl

If you stand in just the right place, at just the right time, you are going to see some pretty amazing things. Like three branches leaning against one another, creating the letter A. Or the spines of a cactus forming the letter F. Discovering Nature's Alphabet, Heyday's best-selling ABC title, is now available as a board book so that babies and toddlers can enjoy letterforms in nature. Full of... read more

If you stand in just the right place, at just the right time, you are going to see some pretty amazing things. Like three branches leaning against one another, creating the letter A. Or the spines of a cactus forming the letter F. Discovering Nature's Alphabet, Heyday's best-selling ABC title, is now available as a board book so that babies and toddlers can enjoy letterforms in nature. Full of... read more

Discovering Nature's Hidden Alphabet

Krystina Castella, Brian Boyl

With imagination and a little practice, you can find the shapes of the alphabet all throughout the natural world. New from the coauthors of Heyday's best-selling Discovering Nature's Alphabet, this adventurous ABC picture book takes readers on a rollicking quest through bamboo groves, across vast deserts, and to the edge of the ocean in search of each letter. Every featured photograph contains... read more

With imagination and a little practice, you can find the shapes of the alphabet all throughout the natural world. New from the coauthors of Heyday's best-selling Discovering Nature's Alphabet, this adventurous ABC picture book takes readers on a rollicking quest through bamboo groves, across vast deserts, and to the edge of the ocean in search of each letter. Every featured photograph contains... read more

Room to Breathe: The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula

With San Francisco and Silicon Valley just down the road, the hills and valleys of the San Francisco Peninsula would have been teeming with residential development had it not been for a group of visionaries who forty years ago created the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. More than two hundred miles of trails bring hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists through 60,000 acres of redwo... read more

With San Francisco and Silicon Valley just down the road, the hills and valleys of the San Francisco Peninsula would have been teeming with residential development had it not been for a group of visionaries who forty years ago created the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. More than two hundred miles of trails bring hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists through 60,000 acres of redwo... read more

The Shirley Letters from the California Mines, 1851-1852

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe

The Shirley Letters, written from the mining camps in 1851 and 1852, are something valuable and rare—a portrait by a woman of an era dominated by men. They offer a vivid picture of gold rush life, from accounts of “murders, fearful accidents, bloody deaths, a mob, whippings, a hanging, an attempt at suicide, and a fatal duel” to bars lined with “that eternal crimson calico which flushes the wh... read more

The Shirley Letters, written from the mining camps in 1851 and 1852, are something valuable and rare—a portrait by a woman of an era dominated by men. They offer a vivid picture of gold rush life, from accounts of “murders, fearful accidents, bloody deaths, a mob, whippings, a hanging, an attempt at suicide, and a fatal duel” to bars lined with “that eternal crimson calico which flushes the wh... read more

Bracing for Disaster: Earthquake-Resistant Architecture and Engineering in San Francisco, 1838–1933

Stephen Tobriner

For the past one hundred and fifty years, architects and engineers have quietly been learning from each quake and designing newer earthquake-resistant building techniques and applying them in an ongoing effort to save San Francisco. Bracing for Disaster is the first history of seismic engineering in San Francisco. In the language of a skilled teacher, Tobriner examines what really happened in ... read more

For the past one hundred and fifty years, architects and engineers have quietly been learning from each quake and designing newer earthquake-resistant building techniques and applying them in an ongoing effort to save San Francisco. Bracing for Disaster is the first history of seismic engineering in San Francisco. In the language of a skilled teacher, Tobriner examines what really happened in ... read more

A Is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC

Analisa Tripp

This alphabet board book welcomes youngsters of all cultures into the abundant world of Native California. Beautiful illustrations of animals, plants, and cultural objects show off the spectacular diversity of California's indigenous cultures and environments. Sturdy enough to withstand any toddler's grasp, A Is for Acorn/i> is a playful, loving introduction to California's oldest and most abi... read more

This alphabet board book welcomes youngsters of all cultures into the abundant world of Native California. Beautiful illustrations of animals, plants, and cultural objects show off the spectacular diversity of California's indigenous cultures and environments. Sturdy enough to withstand any toddler's grasp, A Is for Acorn/i> is a playful, loving introduction to California's oldest and most abi... read more

Adopted by Indians: A True Story

Thomas Jefferson Mayfield

This book gives younger readers a close-up view of traditional California Indian life and early California. Thomas Jefferson Mayfield kept a wonderful secret for almost sixty years: the secret of his childhood among the Choinumne Indians of California's San Joaquin Valley. For twelve years he played and slept alongside Choinmune children, he hunted and fished with them, ate their food and wore... read more

This book gives younger readers a close-up view of traditional California Indian life and early California. Thomas Jefferson Mayfield kept a wonderful secret for almost sixty years: the secret of his childhood among the Choinumne Indians of California's San Joaquin Valley. For twelve years he played and slept alongside Choinmune children, he hunted and fished with them, ate their food and wore... read more

The Raccoon Next Door: Getting Along with Urban Wildlife

Gary Bogue

The Raccoon Next Door is a guide to help us identify and get along with the neighborhood raccoon and all our other wild neighbors. Author Gary Bogue presents stories, anecdotes, and sound advice for coexisting with the common creatures you might encounter in your backyard. Chuck Todd's illuminating illustrations bring the animals to life in vivid detail. The species discussed in the book inclu... read more

The Raccoon Next Door is a guide to help us identify and get along with the neighborhood raccoon and all our other wild neighbors. Author Gary Bogue presents stories, anecdotes, and sound advice for coexisting with the common creatures you might encounter in your backyard. Chuck Todd's illuminating illustrations bring the animals to life in vivid detail. The species discussed in the book inclu... read more

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