My name is Nathan Richardson, and I design and typeset books, business forms, pamphlets, software slideshows, and other print and screen media. I also offer group or individual software training for those interested in learning how to use a certain program.

Why Hire Me?

  • Experience. I’ve been designing for over ten years. I have experience as a private designer and as an in-house book designer for a publishing house at Brigham Young University. Samples of my work are available in the Portfolio section; you can email me for further samples.
  • Professional Quality. Books whose interiors and covers I have designed have been distributed and sold nationally through publishers such as the Deseret Book Company. My past clients have included Financial Freedom and the Global International Internship Conference.
  • Customer Satisfaction. I get many repeat customers, who will tell you they got their money’s worth (see the “What Clients Say” quotes in the right-hand column of this website). Several of my clients were referred by past clients who liked my work. Prices are explained in the Prices section.
  • Education. I have a BS in English and editing and an MS in communication disorders from BYU. My coursework included specific training in editing, document design, typography, and oral histories, and many internship hours in typesetting and publication. I learned many industry-standard conventions that often go unaddressed in home-grown publications (such as when to use em-dashes, en-dashes, or hyphens; how to use ellipses in quotations; or how to format references differently in footnotes versus bibliographies). Such details can make all the difference in making your book look professional, easy to read, and appealing to the eye.
  • Breadth. I have designed and laid out a variety of books, such as scholarly studies, family histories, fiction novels, poetry anthologies, religious works, academic books, etc. I frequently design other print media (such as posters, business cards, pamphlets, and logos) and screen media (such as non-linear, interactive PowerPoint slideshows). I provide individual and group software training for those who want to learn to do these things on their own (for a list of software programs I teach, see the Services page).
  • Eye for Detail. Typesetting requires both aesthetic and practical considerations. The text must read clearly, but the information must also remain accurate. I have typeset many scholarly works, such as Hugh Nibley’s The Timely and the Timeless and Susan Easton Black’s Legacy of Sacrifice, so I am familiar with the tone, style, and high expectations of scholarly work, as well as the importance of designing extensive footnotes to be easy on the eyes. In doing so, I have even gleaned such unlikely skills as typesetting Egyptian and Ugaritic transcriptions (!). I know how important it is to maintain the integrity of every number and fact (since reference works are used for the very small details they contain), so I make sure that the writers’ and transcribers’ accuracy makes it all the way to the final product.