Ryan Hayes

Ryan Hayes - Designer

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Former Chronicle Books designer, art director, letterer, and illustrator with 10+ years experience.

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I'm a freelance designer looking to help others bring their books to life.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Senior Designer

Chronicle Books
July, 2012 – August, 2018 (about 6 years)

As a senior designer, I art directed and designed 25-30 books and products per year. The projects ranged from books (both children's and adult trade), to games, to products, to stationery. On top of my normal list of projects, I also ideated and developed several projects (from prototyping all the way to the final product).

Designer

Running Press
August, 2007 – June, 2012 (almost 5 years)

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Llamanoes: Dominoes . . . with Llamas!

Chronicle Books

A hilarious herd of llamas star in this laugh-out-loud twist on the game of dominoes. From Llama-nardo da Vinci to Super Llama (it's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . a llama?), kids, families, and llama enthusiasts will have a blast matching heads to tails to complete the chain and win! It's a goofy gift, a boredom-busting game, and a great way to develop matching and fine motor skills, all in... read more

A hilarious herd of llamas star in this laugh-out-loud twist on the game of dominoes. From Llama-nardo da Vinci to Super Llama (it's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . a llama?), kids, families, and llama enthusiasts will have a blast matching heads to tails to complete the chain and win! It's a goofy gift, a boredom-busting game, and a great way to develop matching and fine motor skills, all in... read more

House: First Words Board Books: 5 books inside!

Budding young architects—and their design-minded parents—will love exploring this set of 5 miniature board books, each touring a different room in a stylish, modern house: living room, bathroom, kitchen, garage, and bedroom. Inside, inviting illustrations of familiar, everyday objects are paired with first words, promoting early vocabulary development, pattern recognition, and open-ended, imag... read more

Budding young architects—and their design-minded parents—will love exploring this set of 5 miniature board books, each touring a different room in a stylish, modern house: living room, bathroom, kitchen, garage, and bedroom. Inside, inviting illustrations of familiar, everyday objects are paired with first words, promoting early vocabulary development, pattern recognition, and open-ended, imag... read more

Cider Made Simple: All About Your New Favorite Drink

Jeff Alworth

Cider has become the new "it" drink, with a wide range of styles popping up on restaurant menus and at neighborhood bars everywhere. Sweet, tart, sparkling, still—cider has many wonderful (and sometimes unexpected) qualities. But how to choose? For this gateway guide, author Jeff Alworth traveled to France, England, Spain, Canada, and the United States, asking questions and drinking every vari... read more

Cider has become the new "it" drink, with a wide range of styles popping up on restaurant menus and at neighborhood bars everywhere. Sweet, tart, sparkling, still—cider has many wonderful (and sometimes unexpected) qualities. But how to choose? For this gateway guide, author Jeff Alworth traveled to France, England, Spain, Canada, and the United States, asking questions and drinking every vari... read more

Go-To Notebook with Mohawk Paper, Slate Grey Lined

Chronicle Books

Notebooks made for creatives by creatives.Introducing the Go-To Notebook: the only notebook you'll ever need. When Chronicle Books and Mohawk teamed up to create their ideal notebook, the Go-To was born, made with the highest quality of materials and designed with productivity in mind. Features include:• Superfine paper by Mohawk—the finest printing paper made today, milled in the USA for more... read more

Notebooks made for creatives by creatives.Introducing the Go-To Notebook: the only notebook you'll ever need. When Chronicle Books and Mohawk teamed up to create their ideal notebook, the Go-To was born, made with the highest quality of materials and designed with productivity in mind. Features include:• Superfine paper by Mohawk—the finest printing paper made today, milled in the USA for more... read more

Land Shark

Beth Ferry

The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him...a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don't want turns out to be exactly what you need.

The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him...a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don't want turns out to be exactly what you need.

The Towering Tree Puzzle

Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!

Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!

Curious Constructions: A Peculiar Portfolio of Fifty Fascinating Structures (Uncommon Compendiums)

Michael Hearst

Curious about constructions? Inside this book, you'll come face-to-face with 50 incredible structures, including: a fire-breathing octopus sculpture; the skateboard ramp you'd need to jump the Great Wall of China; a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica; and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos. These and many more fascinating accounts of constructions both fantastically useful ... read more

Curious about constructions? Inside this book, you'll come face-to-face with 50 incredible structures, including: a fire-breathing octopus sculpture; the skateboard ramp you'd need to jump the Great Wall of China; a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica; and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos. These and many more fascinating accounts of constructions both fantastically useful ... read more

Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals

Michael Hearst

Inside this book, you'll find stories of 50 extraordinary people such as:Evel Knievel, who jumped his motorcycle over 14 Greyhound busesThe Iceman, the most well-preserved human, found in the ice after 5,300 yearsSam Patch, who jumped Niagara Falls for $75Helen Thayer, who walked to the North Pole aloneRoy Sullivan, who was struck by lightning 7 timesThese intriguing facts and hundreds more aw... read more

Inside this book, you'll find stories of 50 extraordinary people such as:Evel Knievel, who jumped his motorcycle over 14 Greyhound busesThe Iceman, the most well-preserved human, found in the ice after 5,300 yearsSam Patch, who jumped Niagara Falls for $75Helen Thayer, who walked to the North Pole aloneRoy Sullivan, who was struck by lightning 7 timesThese intriguing facts and hundreds more aw... read more

Read & Ride: Cars & Trucks: 4 board books inside!

The ultimate book and playset for vehicle-loving toddlers! Police car, fire truck, taxi, and recycling truck board books vroom and zoom in and out of three play scenes, making sure the community is safe and sound. When playtime is over, all vehicles fit snugly back together inside the larger book for easy storage. Packed with bright art and simple first words, the Read & Ride series is the per... read more

The ultimate book and playset for vehicle-loving toddlers! Police car, fire truck, taxi, and recycling truck board books vroom and zoom in and out of three play scenes, making sure the community is safe and sound. When playtime is over, all vehicles fit snugly back together inside the larger book for easy storage. Packed with bright art and simple first words, the Read & Ride series is the per... read more

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

Phil Bildner

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen be... read more

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen be... read more

Dear Santa: Children's Christmas Letters and Wish Lists, 1870 - 1920

Chronicle Books

This first-ever collection of children's letters to Santa—written between 1870 and 1920—presents more than 100 charming missives, each one yet more endearing. Along with its vintage charm, timeless sentiments, and non-denominational perspective, this heartwarming book is filled with historical discoveries that will delight everyone who loves this holiday ritual. Dear Santa is a celebration of ... read more

This first-ever collection of children's letters to Santa—written between 1870 and 1920—presents more than 100 charming missives, each one yet more endearing. Along with its vintage charm, timeless sentiments, and non-denominational perspective, this heartwarming book is filled with historical discoveries that will delight everyone who loves this holiday ritual. Dear Santa is a celebration of ... read more

Hand-Lettering Ledger: A Practical Guide to Creating Serif, Script, Illustrated, Ornate, and Other Totally Original Hand-Drawn Styles

The ultimate tool for designers and creatives looking to tap into the trend of hand-drawn lettering, this workbook features step-by-step lessons on a range of styles plus more than 120 practice pages, making it the ideal place to learn and perfect this in-demand design skill.

The ultimate tool for designers and creatives looking to tap into the trend of hand-drawn lettering, this workbook features step-by-step lessons on a range of styles plus more than 120 practice pages, making it the ideal place to learn and perfect this in-demand design skill.

Gena/Finn

Hannah Moskowitz, Kat Helgeson

Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaste... read more

Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaste... read more

Drink!: 50 Beer Games

Bob Gurnett

From Beer Pong to raucous newcomers like Edward Fortyhands, this tall boy contains 50 instruction cards for iconic beer games. With the added bonus of a ping-pong ball, this party pack is the cure to all your boredom ails.

From Beer Pong to raucous newcomers like Edward Fortyhands, this tall boy contains 50 instruction cards for iconic beer games. With the added bonus of a ping-pong ball, this party pack is the cure to all your boredom ails.

Vampyre Hearts: A Trick-Taking Game

Forrest-Pruzan Creative

Raise the stakes on the classic game of Hearts in a bone-chilling twist to the trick-taking card game! With the Queen of Vampyres hiding amongst your number, her thirst for Hearts may send everyone to an early grave. Can you strike her down before time runs out? Housed in a gorgeous coffin-shaped box, this set includes a deck of unique illustrated playing cards and rules for standard Hearts pl... read more

Raise the stakes on the classic game of Hearts in a bone-chilling twist to the trick-taking card game! With the Queen of Vampyres hiding amongst your number, her thirst for Hearts may send everyone to an early grave. Can you strike her down before time runs out? Housed in a gorgeous coffin-shaped box, this set includes a deck of unique illustrated playing cards and rules for standard Hearts pl... read more

Cycle City

Alison Farrell

When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen's house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike—whether ... read more

When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen's house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike—whether ... read more

Everything You Need for a Treehouse

Carter Higgins

Featuring beautiful images and a lyrical text with an exquisitely readable cadence, this book gives life and meaning to all the requisite elements of a treehouse, from time, timber, and rafters to ropes of twisted twine that invite visitors to sprawl out on a limb and slide back down again. For anyone who's ever wanted to escape real life and live in a nostalgic dream come true, this poignant ... read more

Featuring beautiful images and a lyrical text with an exquisitely readable cadence, this book gives life and meaning to all the requisite elements of a treehouse, from time, timber, and rafters to ropes of twisted twine that invite visitors to sprawl out on a limb and slide back down again. For anyone who's ever wanted to escape real life and live in a nostalgic dream come true, this poignant ... read more

Fowl Play: A Mystery Told in Idioms!

Travis Nichols

Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop. And once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract them from the truth? Idi... read more

Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop. And once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract them from the truth? Idi... read more

Old MacDonald Had a Truck

Steve Goetz

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a...TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along. Plus, this is the fixed-format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition!

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a...TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along. Plus, this is the fixed-format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition!

Ryan has 2 reviews

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Carolina Maduro
Awesome! Great insights into making the best possible design!

Carolina Maduro, August 2019


Jillian Moore
Ryan is a dream to work with. Super collaborative and quick to respond to requests and detail pick ups. I loved his finished product.

Jillian Moore, May 2019

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