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Book Design for Duane Vorhees

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Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, 1533 We recently completed the design for a new book of poetry, Memories Linked Like Oases, by Duane Vorhees for Hog Press, and imprint of Culicidae Press. This is Duane Vorhees’ fourth book with Hog Press.  Idea In this case the author wished to use a skull on the […]

Poster for International Festival of Women Composers


We recently completed the poster for the 27th International Festival of Women Composers. Over the last two decades we have designed most of these posters, and they are accessible online at the Margaret Zach International Women Composers Library. The poster above emerged out of the desire to celebrate the countries-of-origin for the performers (Australia, France, […]

Book Design for Hurliman Poetry

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Currently working on the interior and cover for Dean S. Hurliman’s new book of poetry titled Through Weathered Trees, to be published this Spring through Zanzara Press, and imprint of Culicidae Press. Dean had suggested sage green for the cover and a view up into a clump of trees with birds flying overhead. The result […]

Logo Design for Culicidae Press


We recently completed the design of a new logo for Culicidae Press, one of our major clients. The company was looking to refresh its logo, which was based on a vesica piscis the owner had found in the book Finegans Wake by James Joyce. Rather than try to reference that design we decided to focus […]

Cover Design for Derrick Drisdel’s Keys To Life, Volume 1

We were tasked by Zanzara Press, an imprint of Culicidae Press, to design the interior and cover for Derrick Drisdel’s new book titled The Keys to Life, Volume 1, a catalogue of insights/life experiences (or keys) the author learned initially from his father, and later began to collect during his life to share with the […]

Design for New Edition of Phases

polytekton was hired to design the second edition of Diana Brantley’s book of poetry titled Phases, to be published in May 2022. We also designed the first edition, published originally in 2011 via Culicidae Press. Below are three different versions. The author already made her choice (final version above). Unlike the first edition, we simplified […]

Cover Design for The Many Faces of Venus

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We were recently hired by Zanzara Press to design the new edition of Ev Cochrane’s The Many Faces of Venus, which had been originally published in 2001. For our design we started with one of the most recognizable icons of Venus, Sandro Botticelli’s La Nascita de Venere or The Birth of Venus. Finding other representations […]

Book Design for Angels in the Snow

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We just completed the design of the late Doug Larche’s book Angels in the Snow, a novelization of the Berlin Wall musical drama of the same name. We were contacted by Doug last February to take on the design of Angels in the Snow, and by the end of August 2021 the book was ready […]

Independent Book Design for Routledge

We are happy to share that polytekton was hired recently as an independent graphic designer by ISU Landscape Architecture Professor Emerita Mira Engler to design her latest book, titled Landscape Design in Color: History, Theory, and Practice, 1750 to Today, which has been accepted for publication by Routledge, a self-described “global publisher of academic books, […]

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