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Stacy Wakefield Forte

Stacy Wakefield Forte - Designer

New York, United States

Enthusiastic designer of illustrated books including cooking, craft, gardening, how-to, art, photo and architecture.

Overview

I love creating complicated book interiors with complex type heirarchy and lots of images, charts and tables. I love doing layout. I have designed dozens of photo, art and gift books. I studied book design at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. In my portfolio you will see books I have designed and produced for Artbook|D.A.P., The Taunton Press, Storey Publishing, Fairwinds Press, David Zwirner Books, Rockport Press, Creative Publishing International, Vice Media, Rizzoli, Metropolis Books, and the Timber Press, among others. Available for freelance projects.

Please note: My rates reflect the fact that I work mainly for trade publishing companies and have many years of professional experience and work at a high level. My rates are on the high end for Reedsy. If you are producing a small-run book on a tight budget, I won't be the right designer for you. If you want top notch professional quality and have a budget that allows for fair, market-rate fees, please get in touch! I also only work on print projects, not anything that is exclusively digital.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Calendars Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Design DIY & Crafts Home & Garden Photography Travel

Work experience

Freelance Cover Designer

Akashic Books
December, 2010 – Present (almost 7 years)

I have designed many covers for this publisher of Literary Fiction. I source imagery and collaborate with the editors and authors.

Freelance Illustrated Book Designer

Taunton Press
December, 2008 – Present (almost 9 years)

I have designed many covers and interiors for this great publisher, including cook books, how-to, carpentry, gardening, sewing and craft titles. Titles I've worked on include Scraps by Vera Vandenbosch; Fresh From the Farm by Susie Middleton; The Unplugged Workshop by Tom Fidgen; Cook Fresh Year Round by the Editors of Fine Cooking; and The Stanley Home Repair series.

Freelance Book Designer & Producer

Vice Media
December, 2005 – December, 2012 (about 7 years)

I designed many books for Vice over the years, including Skins & Punks by Gavin Watson; Reincarnated by Snoop Dogg; Neu Sex by Sasha Grey; Dear Diary by Leslie Arfin; Skinema by Chris Nieratko; News, Nudity & Nonsense; The Vice Guide to Travel; Fashion Cats; and The Vice Photo Book.

Freelance Catalogue Designer

D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
December, 2004 – Present (almost 13 years)

I design and produce the 200 page bi-annual catalogue for this prestigious art book distributor and publisher.

Freelance Book Designer

Stacy
December, 2004 – Present (almost 13 years)

Selected projects: Kill City by Ash Thayer (Powerhouse, 2015); Superlight (cover only, Metropolis Books, 2015); How Plants Work (interior only, Timber Press 2014); Landscapes of Change (interior only, Timber Press, 2015); Nudity Today edited by Jesse Pearson (PictureBox 2012); Edible Estates by Fritz Haeg (Metropolis Books, 2009).

Freelance Art Monograph Designer & Producer

Diverse artists, arts groups & galleries
December, 2004 – Present (almost 13 years)

I have worked with artists including Tracey Moffatt, Donald Baechler & Wes Lang, Allyson Vieira, Fritz Haeg, The Brooklyn Museum, Performa Arts, Peter Halley and Bruce Kurland to produce art monographs, catalogues and Artists' Books. In these cases, finding special materials, the best binding and packaging solutions, and excellent, affordable printers is as crucial as great design.

Design Director

Artforum
December, 2002 – December, 2004 (about 2 years)

Design Director

Index Magazine
December, 1999 – December, 2002 (about 3 years)

Senior Designer

SmartMoney Magazine
December, 1998 – December, 1999 (about 1 year)

Associate Art Director

Village Voice
December, 1995 – December, 1998 (about 3 years)

Gift Book Art Director, Publisher & Packager

Evil Twin Publications
December, 1993 – December, 2009 (about 16 years)

I started Evil Twin Publications in the 1990s as a forum for personal zines and small art books. Over time, I developed and produced book packages for larger publishers, including I Hope You Are All Happy Now by Nicholas Zinner (2005) for St. Martins Press; Catholic No.1 Cats by Jesse Pearson & Glynnis McDaris (2004) and Show Dogs: A Photographic Breed Guide by Kate Lacey (2010) for ARTBOOK | D.A.P.; and Please Take Me Off the Guest List by Nick Zinner, Zachary Lipez & Stacy Wakefield (2010) for Akashic Books.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

Susie Middleton

More than a cookbook...it’s also the story of how a farm came to be. Written by the “Queen of Fresh” Susie Middleton, Fresh from the Farm goes beyond traditional “fresh” cookbooks by sharing the engaging tale of one woman’s quest for a simpler life. In between the recipes, Susie shares the story of how she left the corporate world, started a farm on Martha’s Vineyard, and created a satisfying ... read more

More than a cookbook...it’s also the story of how a farm came to be. Written by the “Queen of Fresh” Susie Middleton, Fresh from the Farm goes beyond traditional “fresh” cookbooks by sharing the engaging tale of one woman’s quest for a simpler life. In between the recipes, Susie shares the story of how she left the corporate world, started a farm on Martha’s Vineyard, and created a satisfying ... read more

The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop

Tom Fidgen

Unplugged – no power tools needed! For the growing number of woodworkers who are opting out of power tools and returning to hand tools, The Unplugged Woodshop is a refreshing concept and a welcome change. Written by custom furniture maker and hand tool expert Tom Fidgen, this new book promises to be as successful as his first book, Made by Hand.Handcrafted projects with a distinctly retro look... read more

Unplugged – no power tools needed! For the growing number of woodworkers who are opting out of power tools and returning to hand tools, The Unplugged Woodshop is a refreshing concept and a welcome change. Written by custom furniture maker and hand tool expert Tom Fidgen, this new book promises to be as successful as his first book, Made by Hand.Handcrafted projects with a distinctly retro look... read more

Superlight: Rethinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth

Phyllis Richardson

One of the most powerful design philosophies of recent years has been architect Glenn Murcutt's dictum that buildings should "touch the earth lightly." Ever since the Industrial Revolution, architects have sought to liberate our houses from their solid foundations, but now climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given fresh impetus to finding lightweight solutions for our dw... read more

One of the most powerful design philosophies of recent years has been architect Glenn Murcutt's dictum that buildings should "touch the earth lightly." Ever since the Industrial Revolution, architects have sought to liberate our houses from their solid foundations, but now climate change, new materials and restricted land use have given fresh impetus to finding lightweight solutions for our dw... read more

Show Dogs: A Photographic Breed Guide

The American Kennel Club recognizes over 160 breeds of dogs in seven categories: Hound, Working, Sporting, Non-sporting, Terrier, Toy and Herding. Thousands of Americans own purebred show dogs, and year round, local kennel clubs host events at which judges evaluate how closely individual dogs conform to breed standard. Ribbons and trophies are bestowed and points are accumulated. The ultimate ... read more

The American Kennel Club recognizes over 160 breeds of dogs in seven categories: Hound, Working, Sporting, Non-sporting, Terrier, Toy and Herding. Thousands of Americans own purebred show dogs, and year round, local kennel clubs host events at which judges evaluate how closely individual dogs conform to breed standard. Ribbons and trophies are bestowed and points are accumulated. The ultimate ... read more

Scraps: Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch

Vera Vandenbosch

From stash to treasure. Scraps: Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch! is bursting with fashionable, fantastic and unique projects to make, share or keep from fabric scraps–30 in all–for jewelry, accessories and home décor. Create gorgeous projects from your heaping troves of fabric scraps like: Old T-shirts Outgrown jeans Cuttings from sewing projects Leftover gift ribbons Style on the cheap.... read more

From stash to treasure. Scraps: Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch! is bursting with fashionable, fantastic and unique projects to make, share or keep from fabric scraps–30 in all–for jewelry, accessories and home décor. Create gorgeous projects from your heaping troves of fabric scraps like: Old T-shirts Outgrown jeans Cuttings from sewing projects Leftover gift ribbons Style on the cheap.... read more

Skins & Punks: Lost Archives, 1978-1985

Gavin Watson

“The world Watson depicts is so skillfully captured, giving an undeniable pull to these pictures….” —FHM What started off as a small collection of photographs the 14-year-old Gavin Watson would take of his family and friends in Wycombe, middle England, in the 1970s and 80s would grow into one of the most important and influential photographic youth culture books of the last 20 years. Skins, pu... read more

“The world Watson depicts is so skillfully captured, giving an undeniable pull to these pictures….” —FHM What started off as a small collection of photographs the 14-year-old Gavin Watson would take of his family and friends in Wycombe, middle England, in the 1970s and 80s would grow into one of the most important and influential photographic youth culture books of the last 20 years. Skins, pu... read more

Donald Baechler & Wes Lang: Skulls and Shit

The artists Donald Baechler and Wes Lang have maintained a dialogue for many years built on mutual curiosity, respect and even mild competition. The contrast in their work is apparent, but their individual meditations on a single image―the skull―provides a bridge between two distinct minds separated by a generation.

The artists Donald Baechler and Wes Lang have maintained a dialogue for many years built on mutual curiosity, respect and even mild competition. The contrast in their work is apparent, but their individual meditations on a single image―the skull―provides a bridge between two distinct minds separated by a generation.

The Moving Images of Tracey Moffatt

Catherine Summerhayes

The Moving Images is the first comprehensive monograph on the film work of the Australian-born, New York-based artist Tracey Moffatt, revealing and discussing in depth her working methods and practice. Storyboards, film stills, film notes and on-location photographs are reproduced, from Moffatt's early work of the late 80s to her most recent. Moffatt's work in film and photography is character... read more

The Moving Images is the first comprehensive monograph on the film work of the Australian-born, New York-based artist Tracey Moffatt, revealing and discussing in depth her working methods and practice. Storyboards, film stills, film notes and on-location photographs are reproduced, from Moffatt's early work of the late 80s to her most recent. Moffatt's work in film and photography is character... read more

Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda

Andy Capper, Vice Media, Gabi Sifre

documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad featuring the members of Iraq’s only heavy metal band—Acrassicauda—and their daily struggle to survive and rock on even as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. Acrassicauda (Latin for a deadly black scorpion) is Iraq’s only heavy metal band. Inspired by groups like Metallica, Slayer, and Slipknot, the band began writing and playing metal in 2001, perf... read more

documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad featuring the members of Iraq’s only heavy metal band—Acrassicauda—and their daily struggle to survive and rock on even as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. Acrassicauda (Latin for a deadly black scorpion) is Iraq’s only heavy metal band. Inspired by groups like Metallica, Slayer, and Slipknot, the band began writing and playing metal in 2001, perf... read more

Fashion Cats

Takako Iwasa

In the bestselling tradition of Stuff On My Cat and I Can Has Cheezburger, comes a truly pioneering title in Haute Cature, in which two supermodel cats don the latest in Japanese cat fashion.Prin and Koutaro are two cats who don’t get out of bed for less than the best catnip and 10,000 American dollars. They aren’t just cute, they are extraordinarily cute and know how to make Haute Cature look... read more

In the bestselling tradition of Stuff On My Cat and I Can Has Cheezburger, comes a truly pioneering title in Haute Cature, in which two supermodel cats don the latest in Japanese cat fashion.Prin and Koutaro are two cats who don’t get out of bed for less than the best catnip and 10,000 American dollars. They aren’t just cute, they are extraordinarily cute and know how to make Haute Cature look... read more

Nudity Today

Nudity Today explores the nude photography of ten young artists roughly between the ages of 20 and 30, including Tim Barber, Jerry Hsu, Sandy Kim, Maggie Lee, Nicole Lesser and Jordan Bennett. It examines the new moods and outlooks in photography engendered by the heady era that witnessed the explosion of the snapshot aesthetic, the birth of digital photography and the proliferation of online ... read more

Nudity Today explores the nude photography of ten young artists roughly between the ages of 20 and 30, including Tim Barber, Jerry Hsu, Sandy Kim, Maggie Lee, Nicole Lesser and Jordan Bennett. It examines the new moods and outlooks in photography engendered by the heady era that witnessed the explosion of the snapshot aesthetic, the birth of digital photography and the proliferation of online ... read more

Segmented Turning: Design*Techniques*Projects

Dennis Keeling

Segmented turning―turning an object from a glued-up blank--allows turners to design and create patterns and visual effects in turned pieces. In addition to design skills, segmented turning demands precise woodworking and turning skills. In Segmented Turning, professional turner Dennis Keeling shows step-by-step all the basic techniques for closed segmented, open segmented, and ornamental segme... read more

Segmented turning―turning an object from a glued-up blank--allows turners to design and create patterns and visual effects in turned pieces. In addition to design skills, segmented turning demands precise woodworking and turning skills. In Segmented Turning, professional turner Dennis Keeling shows step-by-step all the basic techniques for closed segmented, open segmented, and ornamental segme... read more

Quilt Love: Simple Quilts to Stitch and Treasure

Cassandra Ellis

Every quilt tells a story. But when scraps from personal items are incorporated--a baby blanket, a vintage T-shirt, Dad's favorite tie--that quilt becomes a cherished keepsake. "Quilt Love "offers today's quilters a modern twist on free-form, scrap, and patchwork quilting by combining a welcome blend of quilting technique and pattern ideas for incorporating fabric mementos into quilts large an... read more

Every quilt tells a story. But when scraps from personal items are incorporated--a baby blanket, a vintage T-shirt, Dad's favorite tie--that quilt becomes a cherished keepsake. "Quilt Love "offers today's quilters a modern twist on free-form, scrap, and patchwork quilting by combining a welcome blend of quilting technique and pattern ideas for incorporating fabric mementos into quilts large an... read more

Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley

Contents: Illustration and handwritten text. follow to the spot which would give each poet a unique sound. So after the posts had been raised and some time had passed, one didn't have to look at the fence to determine where the sound of the bird was coming from or the time of day. This process of arriving at knowing the time by the sound of the post could be accelerated by using different mate... read more

Contents: Illustration and handwritten text. follow to the spot which would give each poet a unique sound. So after the posts had been raised and some time had passed, one didn't have to look at the fence to determine where the sound of the bird was coming from or the time of day. This process of arriving at knowing the time by the sound of the post could be accelerated by using different mate... read more

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