Roberta Morris

Roberta Morris - Designer

San Francisco

I provide cover-to-cover design services for all types of books—specializing in children’s books.

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Overview

For over 15 years, I’ve worked as part of a team of writers, editors, production artists and learning technologists on full-scale literacy curriculum for classrooms, providing extensive interior and exterior design work on teacher's manuals, children's books, packaging, and digital media.

I have also worked with many individual authors, helping them to take their books from manuscript to published project—always collaborating and working with the author to bring their vision to life. When working authors, I provide interior text, cover, and even photo retouching services.

As a full-service publishing design professional with solid experience in interior page and cover design, as well as typography and layout, I:
• Have extensive experience in many types of book design, including educational, children's, memoir, magazines, and more.
• Provide full design services for both print and digital books.
• Listen to my clients, incorporating feedback to provide designs tailored to fit their needs.
• Work collaboratively with clients throughout the entire process, from initial briefing to final design, sourcing and managing illustrators and photographers, as needed.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Education & Reference
Fiction
Picture Books

Certifications

  • WIX Webmaster Certification

Awards

  • 2015 Annual Book Show, Publishing Professionals Network
  • 2014, 2015 Inhouse Design Awards, Graphic Design USA
  • 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards, Association of Educational Publishers
  • 2011 Beacon Award, Association of Educational Publishers
  • 2010 Annual Book Show, Publishing Professionals Network
  • 2018 Aquent Design for Good Award Grant

Work experience

Instructor

Art Institute of California—San Francisco
September, 2004 – May, 2005 (8 months)

• Taught students the fundamentals of typography and digital illustration
• Created syllabi, assignments, and test materials; gave lectures and facilitated discussions
• Imparted real-world knowledge of the design industry

Art Director

Center for the Collaborative Classroom
April, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

Directs the integrated design of all print and digital products, including managing employees, contractors, and vendors. Accomplishments and duties:
• Leads the conceptualization and design of Collaborative Literacy—a comprehensive curriculum comprised of three modular products at seven grade levels. This project involves extensive brand, package and text design, as well as media, and online deliverable—all on impossibly tight timelines, including leading a team of six designers and over 20 illustrators for one product component.
• Partners with cross-departmental teams throughout the entire design process, collaborating and coordinating on processes and workflow to facilitate cooperation and efficiency
• Oversees and manages the design of all products: interface, product interiors, packaging, media, and ancillaries—from concept to completion—with great attention to details

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Robert Wadlow: The Unique Life of the Boy Who Became the World's Tallest Man

Jennifer Phillips

Imagine being the tallest person in the world. As a child. You just keep growing and growing and growing...six feet...seven feet...eight feet up. The world is made in miniature and you must constantly endure. The crush of public attention is relentless. Some people are kind, some are mean. All are curious. This may sound like a tale from long ago, but this is the inspirational true life story ... read more

Imagine being the tallest person in the world. As a child. You just keep growing and growing and growing...six feet...seven feet...eight feet up. The world is made in miniature and you must constantly endure. The crush of public attention is relentless. Some people are kind, some are mean. All are curious. This may sound like a tale from long ago, but this is the inspirational true life story ... read more

52 Simple Ways to Get Organized

Claire Tompkins

Change is hard. It’s also stressful. Studies show that even making positive changes is stressful. The way to get around that difficulty and stress is to make really small changes. Getting organized can be a huge, overwhelming project. Maybe you don’t know where to start. Or how to keep going. Or you can’t find the time for such an undertaking. The problem is that you’re looking at the entire p... read more

Change is hard. It’s also stressful. Studies show that even making positive changes is stressful. The way to get around that difficulty and stress is to make really small changes. Getting organized can be a huge, overwhelming project. Maybe you don’t know where to start. Or how to keep going. Or you can’t find the time for such an undertaking. The problem is that you’re looking at the entire p... read more

Patents on the soles of your shoes 2013

Françoise Herrmann PhD

© 2018 Françoise Herrmann The first volume of Patents on the Soles of Your Shoes is a book intended for readers who are seriously interested in inventions and the documents that drive them. From Nike Inc., sole systems with on-board biometric sensors and peek-a-boo windows, to Sanuk® “hoodies” for your feet, via Geox Amphibiox "holey" shoes and Asics® gel soles, this reference book is all abou... read more

© 2018 Françoise Herrmann The first volume of Patents on the Soles of Your Shoes is a book intended for readers who are seriously interested in inventions and the documents that drive them. From Nike Inc., sole systems with on-board biometric sensors and peek-a-boo windows, to Sanuk® “hoodies” for your feet, via Geox Amphibiox "holey" shoes and Asics® gel soles, this reference book is all abou... read more

Woven Pieces

Kubota, Teresita

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Tess Kubota
Thank you Thank you Thank you Roberta. Your patience, understanding, and guidance into launching this book into its final phase is very much appreciated. Love the cover. Love what you did for he interior formatting. All in all, I love the finished product. You are THE BEST and I highly recommend you!

Tess Kubota, May 2020

Roberta Morris
Thank you, Tess! I was my pleasure to work with you on this important project, and am really pleased that you're happy with the finished book!

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Jennifer Phillips
Roberta became a true collaborator in helping me refresh the interior and cover design for a new edition of a previously released children's biography. She listened to my needs, helped me clarify my thinking and generated options for us to work through before landing on the final product. She also was responsive and great with communications. I hope we'll be able to work on a future book projec...
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Jennifer Phillips, September 2019

Roberta Morris
Working with Jennifer was truly a pleasure. She’s highly organized and professional, which really made my job of designing the book easier—and fun. She understands the process, which really helped ...
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Vinay Mallikaarjun
It was such a pleasure to work with Roberta! Her work was exceptional, and as someone who had never published a book before, she made matters so easy! Her communication skills are exceptional and timely--she has a knack for communicating complicated details in manners that the layperson (such as myself) can easily understand. Our project was a curriculum for a Hindu Sunday school, and she was ...
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Vinay Mallikaarjun, July 2019

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