Category Archives: Layout and Design

A Murder is Announced Commission

murder-4x6-full-bleed-cardJust finished this poster for my friend’s theater production in Orange County. I think it has a cool, retro vibe.

It’s set up like an old 4-color press, but of course there are more than 4 colors. I just wanted to evoke the style.

Also, though it was overused in the mid- to late 1990s, there’s nothing better for a murder mystery than vintage typewriter font.

Book Design for ‘Soundcheck’

Soundcheck by Jennifer Blanchard; cover design by Adam Maxwell Townsend
Soundcheck by Jennifer Blanchard; cover design by Adam Maxwell Townsend

My good friend and client Jennifer Blanchard, who is an author and writing coach, commissoned a cover design and illustration from yours truly. The following is a description of her debut novel “Soundcheck” as it appears on the bookcover and on her website:

As a rising star in the music industry, Mandy Simon seems to have it all: a killer knack for spotting talent, a promotion on the horizon, and a secret office romance with Miles Anderson, the marketing director at her company.

But her troubled past causes Mandy to break things off with him. When the decision backfires, she comes up against an ultimatum that puts her dream job at risk. And she finds herself fighting for success–and love–in ways she never imagined.

You can purchase the ebook or a paperback editon from Amazon; please do! I read the draft and it looks great. Waiting for my copy in the mail so I can read the final edition with my cover and all.

In the meantime, you can check out more of my illustration and design work here.


The two images in this post are 11″X17″ posters I digitally illustrated and designed in Adobe Illustrator. The event, a production of the iconic 1996 play, “The Vagina Monologues,” brought in hundreds and raised more than $5,000 for charities that help prevent violence against women.

My favorite design work includes posters, and I value  good working relationships with printers to get the best prices and print quality I can find.

This is one of two poster designs used to advertise VDay San Clemente 2011. The theatrical production of “The Vagina Monologues” brought in more than $5,000 to help prevent violence against women.

See a complete illustration and design portfolio in my Flickr set slideshow below.