StoryLook Design


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My Background

After 20+ years in a rewarding career working in various creative and design department settings, I made the exciting decision to leave my position as Senior Art Director for Zonderkidz, the children’s book division of Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing, to start StoryLook Design.

A good communicator and listener with an intuitive and genuinely collaborative approach sums up my work style. Creatively inspired by energetic people who are passionate about their projects, their books, their stories, their art—I love to discuss ideas and explore the possibilities in an easy, natural partnership. A calm demeanor and a sense of humor gets me through the good times and the challenges.

I approach each assignment with great enthusiasm for elegant design aesthetics that communicate a clear, consistent concept, while being mindful of organically evolving creativity and new ideas during a project’s development. I take care in handling each stage with outstanding project management skills, with particular sensitivity to the individuals involved in the creative process. It is my nature to be very detail oriented. My work reflects attention to the concept of ‘the design is in the details.’ “The details are not details. They make the design.” –Charles Eames

A few years ago my husband and I sold our house in town and moved to our peaceful lakeside cottage just north of Grand Rapids where we live with our two spoiled cats.


  • AIGA — American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • SCBWI — Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
  • ECPA — Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association
  • Kendall College of Art and Design Alumni Association


  • Kendall College of Art & Design — Visual Communications
  • Grand Valley State University — Graphic Design
  • Davenport University — Business Administration/Accounting