Taylor Roy

Taylor Roy – Designer

Experienced designer (+ avid reader) previously of Chronicle Books | thoughtful layout + covers | Booking for Feb 2024+

Overview

Whether you're looking for a traditional, timeless design or a more creative look and feel—I'd love to hear about your book project!
I enjoy working directly with authors to craft their books, while I also partner with brands on a variety of print, layout and brand design work as an independent designer.

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Book design: I offer polished typography, inventive organization of information, plus playing with creative content. My skills are suited for both fiction and non-fiction, traditional long-form manuscripts, poetry, and interactive journal books.
If we work together on a print book, I can also assist in converting it into a reflowable, reader-friendly ebook version.

Cover design: My specialties incorporate typography, photography, thoughtful graphics, or clever visuals (but I don't offer painterly illustrations).

My process: Relies on clarity and communication—truly understanding your ideas and messages in order to relay that through visual and logical hierarchy. More technically, my files and design development are orderly and detailed, so that the final product is consistent, clear, and accurate. I will outline each phase with my quote, and offer quick communication throughout.

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I'm a visual designer with an eye for detail and heart for good. After a lifetime of admiring all things on paper, I have applied this passion while working professionally for independent magazines, Chronicle Books publishing house, and creative agencies. I have accrued over 8 years of experience and expertise.

I am typically booking projects 1 month in advance. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Services
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs Career Guides Entertainment Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Humor & Comedy Poetry
Languages
English
Certifications
  • Chronicle Books Design Fellowship

Work experience

Gershoni Creative Agency

May, 2018 — Sep, 2019 (over 1 year)

Designs for projects of all scales and mediums, including marketing pieces, annual reports, packaging, labels, logos, brand identity systems, and websites.

Chronicle Books

Jan, 2016 — Mar, 2017 (about 1 year)

Worked on titles mainly within Lifestyle and Art, across several formats including journals, stationary sets, kits, and hardcover books. Continued with occasional freelance work.

Portfolio

Cover Design Book Interior Design
This book is a collection of poems written in free form, sonnet, Ottava Rima, Canzone, Ghazal and other forms.
Typography Book Interior Design
Strange, outdated laws from each of the 50 U.S. states—some overturned, some still on the books, and some merely the stuff of legends—are depicted with sly wit by Olivia Locher. Incisive, iron... read more
Cover Design Book Interior Design
Typography Book Interior Design
Corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) professionals — whether they work at banks, in corporate development groups, or integration teams — often complain that their industry is falling behin... read more
Book Interior Design
From the astounding to the downright unbelievable, this little volume of mind-blowingly tiny artworks showcases the talents of 24 artists from around the globe. Makers, crafters, art enthusias... read more
Cover Design Book Interior Design
From Pixar's upcoming film Incredibles 2, this making-of book is a dive back into the beloved world of the Incredibles. The Art of Incredibles 2 explores Pixar's highly anticipated sequel thro... read more
Book Interior Design
Quirky, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, this engagement calendar offers a weekly dose of humor from beloved New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author Roz Chast.
Book Interior Design
From the comedian behind the popular parenting blog The Ugly Volvo comes a refreshing spin on the baby milestone book. Instead of a place to lovingly capture the first time baby sleeps through... read more
Book Interior Design
This unique, colorfully chic sketchbook by PANTONE offers space to sketch one drawing a day for an entire year, allowing users to watch the evolution of their drawings over time.
Cover Design Book Interior Design

Taylor has 3 reviews

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Susan M.

Susan M.

Oct, 2022

Taylor created two unique, beautiful designs for the interior of my poetry book. She also organized and described to me a schedule for her that included multiple deadlines, and she consistently met those deadlines. She was always professional and prompt in her communication with me. The final gorgeous product reflects her diligence and attention to detail. I'm impressed with her work. The entir...
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Taylor R.
Susan is a wonderful author to work with. She made very thoughtful decisions on how to present her work, and communicated those choices clearly and punctually. Our project sailed along smoothly tha...
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Scott I.

Scott I.

Jan, 2022

Taylor was great to work with on my project. She was prompt, organized, and delivered as expected.
Diana L.

Diana L.

Jul, 2021

Taylor was so lovely to work with. She was very communicative from the start. She laid out a schedule and always hit our milestones on time. Because she's so creative, she was super fun to collaborate with and she brought so many great ideas to the table. She really understood my book and delivered an interior layout design that really complemented it and brought it to a different level.

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