Vann Baker

Vann Baker - Designer

Duluth, GA, United States

I love book design. I have over 30 years experience in design for print. I apprenticed with two printing companies early in my career.

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Overview

I would love to work with authors and publishers who are looking for affordable book cover design and someone, knows printing inside and out, who also understands branding and the importance of marketing.

I am a graphic designer with over 30 years of experience with design for print. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University. I worked as a graphic artist for the University Printing Services while working on my degree, creating publications, books, brochures, newsletters.

I was an early adopter of digital design, starting in 1987 with my first Macintosh and QuarkXpress. I have been working with Photoshop since 1991. I made the switch to InDesign and Adobe Illustrator in 2003.

I have worked with a wide range of clients over the years creating marketing materials, publications and books. In 1995, I taught myself HTML and began creating websites. Since then worked for several companies in many different roles as graphic artist, Art Director and project manager, creating graphic and feature-rich websites. In 2003 I started my own design company, Design-First, which provides marketing services for print and web.

With Elegant Book Design, I am returning to my first love, which is design for print. I love the fact that with print design I can exercise more control over what the viewer sees. My work with website design has given me insight into how to design for the thumbnail-driven online world.


Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
March, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

Involved in all aspects of book cover design, from discovery to concepts, revisions, pre-press and final printing files.

Graphic Designer

Design-First
February, 2003 – March, 2016 (about 13 years)

As the owner of Design-First, I worked closely with my clients to develop marketing materials, publications and websites to achieve and exceed marketing goals. Created direct mail, logos, brochures, annual reports, books, ads and more. Created websites using Joomla!, Drupal, Bigcommerce and Wordpress,

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