Tony Bonds

Tony Bonds - Designer

San Diego, CA, USA

I provide best-selling-quality book and print designs that deploy proven design principles, ensuring the target audience takes notice.

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Overview

In 2008 I began designing books and fell in love with the feeling of making books come to life. In 2012, I founded Golden Ratio Book Design, a firm serving independent authors, publishers, design firms, thought leaders, non-profits, and universities.

I’m passionate about visual storytelling, and I believe that human connection is the key to great design. I work closely with authors to bring their vision of their book to life while ensuring it adheres to industry standards and audience expectations.

For better or worse, many people do in fact judge books by their covers. I provide authors with best-selling-quality designs that strategically deploy proven design principles, ensuring the target audience takes notice.

See my work or request a quote at goldenratiobookdesign(dot)com.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Anthologies
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Romance
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management

Work experience

Owner/Lead Designer

Self-employed
February, 2012 – Present (over 10 years)

Founder of Golden Ratio Book Design and graphic design specialist focused on production of:
-Books
-Annual reports
-Printed materials for special events
-Printed and digital advertising
-Tradeshow artwork creation
-Large scale display graphics
-Catalogs
-Marketing brochures

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Where the Angels Lived

Margaret McMullan

The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son al... read more

The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son al... read more

The Little Trilogy

Anton Chekhov

Fiction. Translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk. Anton Chekhov (1860- 1904) is universally regarded as a master of the short story, and nowhere is his rich contribution to the genre on fuller display than in the so-called Little Trilogy (1898): "The Man in a Case," "Gooseberries," and "About Love." These interconnected stories reflect the entire range of Chekhov's gifts, his ability to h... read more

Fiction. Translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk. Anton Chekhov (1860- 1904) is universally regarded as a master of the short story, and nowhere is his rich contribution to the genre on fuller display than in the so-called Little Trilogy (1898): "The Man in a Case," "Gooseberries," and "About Love." These interconnected stories reflect the entire range of Chekhov's gifts, his ability to h... read more

Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island

Jeffrey Thomas Leong (translator)

This volume renders full the story of Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940. Based upon new translations of the mostly anoynymous poems carved into the men's barracks walls, these words express the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by the detainees, and are a powerful testament to human resiliency and perserverance everywhere.

This volume renders full the story of Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940. Based upon new translations of the mostly anoynymous poems carved into the men's barracks walls, these words express the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by the detainees, and are a powerful testament to human resiliency and perserverance everywhere.

Aftermath Lounge

Margaret McMullan

Fiction. AFTERMATH LOUNGE is a compelling tribute to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Resurrecting the place and its people alongside their heartaches and triumphs, Margaret McMullan creates a riveting mosaic that feeds our wish to understand what it means to be alive in this day and age. "In AFTERMATH LOUNGE each short story, like a homing pigeon, returns to the Gulf Coast to ... read more

Fiction. AFTERMATH LOUNGE is a compelling tribute to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Resurrecting the place and its people alongside their heartaches and triumphs, Margaret McMullan creates a riveting mosaic that feeds our wish to understand what it means to be alive in this day and age. "In AFTERMATH LOUNGE each short story, like a homing pigeon, returns to the Gulf Coast to ... read more

Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry

Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Edited and translated from the Romanian by Martin Woodside. Amidst a history of upheaval, from Roman subjugation to the fall of communism in 1989, Romania's fostered a persevering spirit and a strong poetic tradition. "Every Romanian is born a poet," goes a popular idiom, and OF GENTLE WOLVES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ROMANIAN POETRY aims to bring the very best of the country... read more

Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Edited and translated from the Romanian by Martin Woodside. Amidst a history of upheaval, from Roman subjugation to the fall of communism in 1989, Romania's fostered a persevering spirit and a strong poetic tradition. "Every Romanian is born a poet," goes a popular idiom, and OF GENTLE WOLVES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ROMANIAN POETRY aims to bring the very best of the country... read more

Ilona: My Life with the Bard

Jana Juranova

Fiction. Women's Studies. Translated from the Slovak by Julia and Peter Sherwood. ILONA: MY LIFE WITH THE BARD is a fictionalized biography of Ilona Nováková (1856- 1932), wife of Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav (1849-1921), one of Slovakia's most revered poets. By reconstructing the minutiae of Ilona's everyday domestic routines and envisioning her thought processes, Jana Juráňová paints a vivid an... read more

Fiction. Women's Studies. Translated from the Slovak by Julia and Peter Sherwood. ILONA: MY LIFE WITH THE BARD is a fictionalized biography of Ilona Nováková (1856- 1932), wife of Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav (1849-1921), one of Slovakia's most revered poets. By reconstructing the minutiae of Ilona's everyday domestic routines and envisioning her thought processes, Jana Juráňová paints a vivid an... read more

Stomach of the Soul

Sylva Fischerova

Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Czech by Sylva Fischerová, Stuart Friebert and Andrew Jan Hauner. Sylva Fischerová's newest volume, STOMACH OF THE SOUL, features an ample selection of award- winning poetry written by a poet whom Ilya Kaminsky refers to as "one of the few European poets who are a great fun to read, without compromising the truth, without selling out the magic," w... read more

Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Czech by Sylva Fischerová, Stuart Friebert and Andrew Jan Hauner. Sylva Fischerová's newest volume, STOMACH OF THE SOUL, features an ample selection of award- winning poetry written by a poet whom Ilya Kaminsky refers to as "one of the few European poets who are a great fun to read, without compromising the truth, without selling out the magic," w... read more

Ocosingo War Diary: Voices from Chiapas

Efrain Bartolome

Literary Nonfiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Kevin Brown. Efraín Bartolomé, a poet from Chiapas, lived through the entire beginning of the Zapatista uprising in 1994. His family, like many in the village of Ocosingo, received death threats from the Zapatista guerrillas who demanded they join them at risk of being declared enemies of the Revolution. This book, equa... read more

Literary Nonfiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Kevin Brown. Efraín Bartolomé, a poet from Chiapas, lived through the entire beginning of the Zapatista uprising in 1994. His family, like many in the village of Ocosingo, received death threats from the Zapatista guerrillas who demanded they join them at risk of being declared enemies of the Revolution. This book, equa... read more

Athanor & Other Pohems

Gellu Naum

Poetry. Translated from the Romanian by MARGENTO (Chris Tanasescu) and Martin Woodside. One of Romania's most important poets and a key figure in the surrealist movement, Gellu Naum remains almost entirely unknown to English speaking audiences. Sampling some of Naum's best work from a unique literary career spanning over more than 60 years, this collection offers a long overdue introduction to... read more

Poetry. Translated from the Romanian by MARGENTO (Chris Tanasescu) and Martin Woodside. One of Romania's most important poets and a key figure in the surrealist movement, Gellu Naum remains almost entirely unknown to English speaking audiences. Sampling some of Naum's best work from a unique literary career spanning over more than 60 years, this collection offers a long overdue introduction to... read more

How Much Land Does a Man Need

Leo Tolstoy

Fiction. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk. Foreword by Brian Evenson. Calypso Editions presents a new translation of this frequently overlooked classic. In HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED, originally published in 1886, Tolstoy departs from the realist mode of his great novels—War and Peace and Anna Karenina—and adopts the markedly oral narrative style of skaz, a la... read more

Fiction. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk. Foreword by Brian Evenson. Calypso Editions presents a new translation of this frequently overlooked classic. In HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED, originally published in 1886, Tolstoy departs from the realist mode of his great novels—War and Peace and Anna Karenina—and adopts the markedly oral narrative style of skaz, a la... read more

While Everything Slipped Away From Me

Erika Lutzner

While Everything Slipped Away From Me is a story about grief, love and loss. It speaks of unbearable tragedy. This is a collection of lyrical poems about the aftermath of 9/11. How can one go on when one loses the love of one's life? This collection delves into that question. Perhaps out of grief something beautiful can grow. "In this beautiful and heartbreaking collection, Lutzner reflects up... read more

While Everything Slipped Away From Me is a story about grief, love and loss. It speaks of unbearable tragedy. This is a collection of lyrical poems about the aftermath of 9/11. How can one go on when one loses the love of one's life? This collection delves into that question. Perhaps out of grief something beautiful can grow. "In this beautiful and heartbreaking collection, Lutzner reflects up... read more

City that Ripens on the Tree of the World

Robin Davidson

Poetry. Robin Davidson's CITY THAT RIPENS ON THE TREE OF THE WORLD is a cycle of twenty-seven poems emerging out of her time in Kraków, Poland, and conceived as a response to poet Ewa Lipska's figure, Mrs. Schubert, a kind of European "every woman" of modernity. The cycle addresses Lipska's poems, Droga pani Schubert (Dear Mrs. Schubert), as a polestar for Davidson's own verse. Through the cre... read more

Poetry. Robin Davidson's CITY THAT RIPENS ON THE TREE OF THE WORLD is a cycle of twenty-seven poems emerging out of her time in Kraków, Poland, and conceived as a response to poet Ewa Lipska's figure, Mrs. Schubert, a kind of European "every woman" of modernity. The cycle addresses Lipska's poems, Droga pani Schubert (Dear Mrs. Schubert), as a polestar for Davidson's own verse. Through the cre... read more

Froth: Poems

Jaroslaw Mikolajewski

Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk. "At the start of this book you will find one of my favorite poems from contemporary Poland, 'My Wife's Spine.' 'And when my wife's pregnant / her spine is a bough of an apple tree,' Jarosław Mikołajewski begins, innocently enough, and then: 'On nights of animal love / it is the zipper in a suitcase / that won't close, eve... read more

Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk. "At the start of this book you will find one of my favorite poems from contemporary Poland, 'My Wife's Spine.' 'And when my wife's pregnant / her spine is a bough of an apple tree,' Jarosław Mikołajewski begins, innocently enough, and then: 'On nights of animal love / it is the zipper in a suitcase / that won't close, eve... read more

Use

Derick Burleson

Poetry. "Burleson sees what we all see, or are willingly blind to, or cannot bear to see: that we are here for only a moment, that we are meaningless in the very same instant that we are nearly godlike with meaning."—Zinta Aistars"Burleson's poems are engaging because he reaches out to his audience, and the audience he imagines is as lively as any poet could hope to have. The respect which he ... read more

Poetry. "Burleson sees what we all see, or are willingly blind to, or cannot bear to see: that we are here for only a moment, that we are meaningless in the very same instant that we are nearly godlike with meaning."—Zinta Aistars"Burleson's poems are engaging because he reaches out to his audience, and the audience he imagines is as lively as any poet could hope to have. The respect which he ... read more

The Moonflower King

Anthony Bonds

Fiction. When Ash Moone learns that his twin brother Oscar's botched suicide attempt has left him confined to a wheelchair, Ash is forced to leave his life as a writer in Brooklyn for the family's dilapidated emu ranch in a remote East Texas town. At first a reluctant caretaker, Ash must confront the once-familiar faces that inspired his first book, but soon learns the terrible and devastating... read more

Fiction. When Ash Moone learns that his twin brother Oscar's botched suicide attempt has left him confined to a wheelchair, Ash is forced to leave his life as a writer in Brooklyn for the family's dilapidated emu ranch in a remote East Texas town. At first a reluctant caretaker, Ash must confront the once-familiar faces that inspired his first book, but soon learns the terrible and devastating... read more

the vanishings & other poems

Elizabeth Myhr

Poetry. "I marvel at the beauty, fragility and longing of these poems with their lost masterpieces, the house one can't find or can't get into, the orphans, the telephone that rings and rings. Not that the poems regret a lost love or any particular past. They knock at some door of mystery, which, because we exist in bodies, we simply can't open. the vanishings is deeply thought provoking, untr... read more

Poetry. "I marvel at the beauty, fragility and longing of these poems with their lost masterpieces, the house one can't find or can't get into, the orphans, the telephone that rings and rings. Not that the poems regret a lost love or any particular past. They knock at some door of mystery, which, because we exist in bodies, we simply can't open. the vanishings is deeply thought provoking, untr... read more

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