Katie Craig is an award-winning designer, an art director, photographer and illustrator. She has shown her natural affinity for clean, dynamic design in publishing, exhibit design, book design, marketing, and public spaces. Her strength lies in using the power of emotion to make brands more engaging. She has been the art director of ESPNHS Magazine (ESPN for high school girls), design director for Orion Magazine, an art director at Wondertime magazine, design director of Hasbros’ Gameland (an interactive children’s museum exhibit), creative director of kidstir.com and founder of ktcraig design at katiecraigdesign.com. Her work has been included in The World’s Best Publication Designs and she has received kudos from The Society of Publication Designers, The Society of Illustrators, and the New England Museum Association.
MELISSA FALCON FIELD
Melissa Falcon Field earned her BFA in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and her MFA in fiction writing
from Texas State University. She has been a recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Writer-in-Residence appointment and attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She teaches fiction and nonfiction writing at the Madison Writer's Studio and spends summers along the coast of Maine. What Burns Away is her debut novel and was described by The Milwaukee Sentinel as "a rare mix of well-written literary fiction with the suspense of a spy novel." Her second novel, a domestic suspense set along the shores of Maine's Casco Bay, is coming soon.
Alexis Melnicki earned her bachelors in film and digital media from UC Santa Cruz and her masters in interior architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Her well-rounded background in design disciplines started as a desire to understand the intersection of two-dimensional and three-dimensional practice and has led to a career in website development, graphic design, and commercial interior design. Her love of art and composition is coupled with a passion for new media and evolving technology that results in unique expressions in online presence and branding identity with holistic functionality.
Alvaro Villanueva meant to be a writer but found himself telling stories through shape and color instead. Working his way through NYU as a temp for a literary agency, he found himself doing more typesetting than copywriting and became fascinated with the space where design meets narrative. His work with publishers ranges from the highly literary, like the work he's done for McSweeney’s, to cookbooks and educational material. His greatest hits include the more than 100 covers he produced for The Believer magazine and Paul Madonna’s All Over Coffee books for City Lights. He has design awards from AIGA (2009, 50 Books/50 Covers) and Utne (2004, Best Design, magazine).