My work as a graphic designer—grounded in love and respect for the art of typography—has always been in the service of reading. My objective is to produce beautiful print or digital design that makes reading pleasurable, clear, and worthwhile.

Freelance design and art direction   2015– present
Clients include Yale University Press, SUNY Press, and the Horvitz Collection. I have been awarded fourteen New England Book Show and BookBuilders West Awards, five New England Museum Association Awards, five American Association of University Press Awards, and my work has been featured in Print’s Regional Design Annual.

Vern Associates, Inc., Co-founder and Creative Director   1994–2015
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Full-service illustrated-book packager working with trade and university publishers as well as corporate, institutional, and nonprofit clients, preparing and producing award-winning publications, from concept to bound book.

Clients include: Abbeville Press • Henry Holt Company • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • International House New York • John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, Boston • Liberty Mutual Group • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy • Little, Brown and Company • MIT Press • Millennium Partners • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston • Northeastern University Press • Peabody Essex Museum • Princeton University Press • Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study • Riverdale Country School • Trinity Church in the City of Boston • UMass Amherst • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Addison-Wesley Publishing Company Reading, MA
Art Director, Jackets and Covers

Macmillan Publishing, New York, NY
Senior Designer

Gerstman + Meyers (package design studio), New York, NY

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (BFA)


The Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) 31st annual New York Book Show, 2017

New England Museum Association (NEMA) Publications Competition Award
2008, 2012, 2013

New England Book Show
1991–1995, 1997–1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013

American Association of University Presses Design Awards
1995, 2004, 2006, 2013, 2017