Meet the faculty of the 2015 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We've asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.
Next in our series is Kristine Brogno.
Kristine Brogno is an award-winning art director and designer and is currently the Design Director of Children's Publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She’s had the great honor of working with a broad range of children’s artists — from first-time book illustrators to seasoned veterans, including Carolyn Conahan, Ward Jenkins, Calef Brown, Tom Lichtenheld, Andy Rash, Melissa Sweet, Jen Corace and Meilo So, among many others. When she’s not reviewing sketches and looking for the perfect typeface, you can find her exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her two sons.
What attracted you to children’s books?
The children’s book market is a wide open field of visual creativity. Anything can happen between the front and back covers, and that’s endlessly exciting and inspirational to me.
What’s the best part of your job?
I love collaborating with illustrators – talking through the manuscript, bouncing ideas around, pacing out the book, helping to guide the final art. More often than not, I’m blown away by the skill and talent and smarts of the illustrators I work with, and it always feels like a gift to be able to create books together.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?
Never take feedback personally. It’s all given in the spirit of creating the best book possible.
Come see Kristine at the 2015 Austin SCBWI conference, March 7-8.