So much of the look and feel of Machine Quilting Unlimited is due to the talents of our “graphics guy”, Jonathan Miller of JLM Graphics. Jonathan has designed the cover and layout of the magazine for quite a few years now, and his artistic eye and layout skills are much appreciated.
I asked Jonathan to share a little bit about himself with our readers, and here’s what he said: “I might describe my work as “freelance publication design and production”. I come from a print production background, rather than a design background. Deb and I own a home in Sanbornville, New Hampshire and Deb’s parents live with us. We love to be outside exploring New Hampshire and Maine on foot or bike. We are both avid runners, with Debbie just completing her first marathon this past Sunday. I run and race distances from 5k to 50 miles on the roads, trails and mountains. I was just certified as a running coach and am currently working on Personal Trainer certification.”
And how did he get started in the printing business? “In high school, actually. It was part of the industrial arts program and I discovered that I really enjoyed it. After high school, I took various jobs at small printing companies doing paste-up and bindery. Eventually I was trained to use page layout software which was just catching on at the time (PageMaker in 1990).”
We’re always delighted with the layout and design of the magazine. I particularly appreciate how he can pull together a variety of images to create a cohesive whole, as he did in this recent article about surface design by Linda Griepentrog.
Jonathan has a special knack for creating our covers. It requires careful color selection, as the text needs to show up readily over the selected image without being too distracting. I genuinely look forward to what he comes up with for every issue! We’re so thankful to have such a talented and easy going member of our team.