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William Riley

William Riley - Designer

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Designer specializing in childrens, humor and gift. Creative and quirky or clean and modern. Love to find the "wink" that gets a cover seen.

Overview

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Calendars Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Humor & Comedy Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Gold Award, 2015 PubWest Book Design Award for Spam Nation. Bronze Award, 2015 PubWest Book Design Award for Even Monsters. Silver Award, 2010 PubWest Book Design Award for PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook.

Work experience

Sr. Graphic Designer

Sourcebooks, Inc.
October, 2007 – August, 2016 (almost 9 years)

Worked as in-house cover and internal book designer for Children’s and Middle Grade, Trade and Humor, Fiction and Gift imprints. Heavy emphasis on originating direction and concept of covers, typography, image compositing, paper and finishing treatments. Experience with licensed products and strict brand guideline adherence.
Daily responsibilities included full book cover layout, photo retouching, manipulation and color correction, preflighting and prepping files for print.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Rocket Science for Babies (Baby University)

Chris Ferrie

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, Rocket Science for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to aerospace engineering. Babies (and grownups!) will learn about the basics of how lift and thrust make things fly. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to ... read more

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, Rocket Science for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to aerospace engineering. Babies (and grownups!) will learn about the basics of how lift and thrust make things fly. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to ... read more

Quantum Physics for Babies (Baby University)

Chris Ferrie

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, Quantum Physics for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the principle that gives quantum physics its name. Babies (and grownups!) will discover that the wild world of atoms never comes to a standstill. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board b... read more

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, Quantum Physics for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the principle that gives quantum physics its name. Babies (and grownups!) will discover that the wild world of atoms never comes to a standstill. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board b... read more

General Relativity for Babies (Baby University)

Chris Ferrie

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, General Relativity for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to Einstein's most famous theory. Babies (and grownups!) will learn all about black holes, gravitational waves, and more. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfec... read more

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, General Relativity for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to Einstein's most famous theory. Babies (and grownups!) will learn all about black holes, gravitational waves, and more. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfec... read more

Optical Physics for Babies (Baby University)

Chris Ferrie

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, Optical Physics for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the principles of linear optics. Babies (and grownups!) will learn the difference between reflection and refraction and why both are necessary to create wonderful things like rainbows. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this ins... read more

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!Written by an expert, Optical Physics for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the principles of linear optics. Babies (and grownups!) will learn the difference between reflection and refraction and why both are necessary to create wonderful things like rainbows. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this ins... read more

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever

Jeff Strand

After producing three horror movies that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it's time they create something noteworthy, something epic. They're going to film the Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz-Justin's crush-as the lead. With o... read more

After producing three horror movies that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it's time they create something noteworthy, something epic. They're going to film the Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz-Justin's crush-as the lead. With o... read more

The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex

Ross Benes

A gripping exploration of the relationship between sex and our society, with a foreword by bestselling author A.J. JacobsWhy do political leaders become entangled in so many sex scandals? How did the U.S. military inadvertently help make San Francisco a mecca of gay culture? And what was the original purpose of vibrators? Find out the answers to all these questions and more as journalist Ross ... read more

A gripping exploration of the relationship between sex and our society, with a foreword by bestselling author A.J. JacobsWhy do political leaders become entangled in so many sex scandals? How did the U.S. military inadvertently help make San Francisco a mecca of gay culture? And what was the original purpose of vibrators? Find out the answers to all these questions and more as journalist Ross ... read more

Nothing Special (Felton Reinstein trilogy)

Geoff Herbach

A Stupid Number of Awards for Geoff Herbach's Stupid Fast • ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults • 2011 Cybils Award Winner, Young Adult Fiction • Junior library Guild Selection • ABA Best Books Hey Aleah, I miss you. Because there's some serious donkey crap going on right now. I'm supposed to be at football camp, but noooo ... Andrew had to go miss... read more

A Stupid Number of Awards for Geoff Herbach's Stupid Fast • ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults • 2011 Cybils Award Winner, Young Adult Fiction • Junior library Guild Selection • ABA Best Books Hey Aleah, I miss you. Because there's some serious donkey crap going on right now. I'm supposed to be at football camp, but noooo ... Andrew had to go miss... read more

The Summer Experiment

Cathie Pelletier

Are There Aliens in Allagash?Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marilee can win the State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. And they've got the whole summer to work on it. But in order to win they'll need to defeat their chief competitor, "The Four Hs of the Apocalypse": Henry Horton Harris HelmsbyWhen mysterious lights begin to appear over her hometo... read more

Are There Aliens in Allagash?Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marilee can win the State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. And they've got the whole summer to work on it. But in order to win they'll need to defeat their chief competitor, "The Four Hs of the Apocalypse": Henry Horton Harris HelmsbyWhen mysterious lights begin to appear over her hometo... read more

The Gross Cookbook: Awesome recipes for (deceptively) disgusting treats kids can make

Susanna Tee

Do you want to gross out your friends? Do you like making people laugh? Would you like to throw the best Halloween party? This book is for you!Inside you'll find all the best recipes for foods that LOOK disgusting but are actually DELICIOUS! Pretend you're eating straight from the litter box with Cat Poop cookiesTrick your friends into thinking you had a little accident while cooking with Seve... read more

Do you want to gross out your friends? Do you like making people laugh? Would you like to throw the best Halloween party? This book is for you!Inside you'll find all the best recipes for foods that LOOK disgusting but are actually DELICIOUS! Pretend you're eating straight from the litter box with Cat Poop cookiesTrick your friends into thinking you had a little accident while cooking with Seve... read more

Dead Man Wins Election: The Ultimate Collection of Outrageous, Weird, and Unbelievable Political Tales

Phil Mason

Despite our differences, there's a common thread uniting all of us: absurd political screw-ups happen. Welcome to Dead Man Wins Election, the ultimate collection of bizarre and outright un bel ievable tales from politics at home and around the world. Uncover the least competent politicians, the most outlandish government decisions, the strangest election results, and much more. Former presiden... read more

Despite our differences, there's a common thread uniting all of us: absurd political screw-ups happen. Welcome to Dead Man Wins Election, the ultimate collection of bizarre and outright un bel ievable tales from politics at home and around the world. Uncover the least competent politicians, the most outlandish government decisions, the strangest election results, and much more. Former presiden... read more

The Snatchabook

Helen Docherty

A brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming text about books and the joy of reading in the vein of New York Times bestsellers It's a Book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and Dog Loves Books. Where have all the bedtime stories gone? One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town. It's bedtime in the woods of Burro... read more

A brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming text about books and the joy of reading in the vein of New York Times bestsellers It's a Book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and Dog Loves Books. Where have all the bedtime stories gone? One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town. It's bedtime in the woods of Burro... read more

The Storybook Knight

Helen Docherty

Even dragons love a good story...Leo was a gentle knight in thought and word and deed. While other knights liked fighting, Leo liked to sit and read...When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword―and a pile of his favorite books.But can a story be as mighty as a sword?Praise for The Snatchabook: #1 Indie Next Pick"I dare you to try to read The Snatch-a-book... read more

Even dragons love a good story...Leo was a gentle knight in thought and word and deed. While other knights liked fighting, Leo liked to sit and read...When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword―and a pile of his favorite books.But can a story be as mighty as a sword?Praise for The Snatchabook: #1 Indie Next Pick"I dare you to try to read The Snatch-a-book... read more

The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous Musicians Tell All

Jon Niccum

"WORST GIG is Music Appreciation 225, taught by that cool professor everyone wanted to have beers with after class. One fun nugget after another. It was harder to close than my Twitter app."—Matthew James, McSweeney's "Tawdry tales of concert catastrophes!"—Buzzfeed "Musicians' 'Worst Gig' makes for best read ever."—Salon What is the worst show you've ever played? Sometimes the worst shows ins... read more

"WORST GIG is Music Appreciation 225, taught by that cool professor everyone wanted to have beers with after class. One fun nugget after another. It was harder to close than my Twitter app."—Matthew James, McSweeney's "Tawdry tales of concert catastrophes!"—Buzzfeed "Musicians' 'Worst Gig' makes for best read ever."—Salon What is the worst show you've ever played? Sometimes the worst shows ins... read more

People of Walmart: Shop and Awe

Luke Wherry, Adam Kipple, Andrew Kipple

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