19 Aug

The Flag That Flew UP



Lovingly written by Scott Renyard, from Juggernaut Pictures and The Green Channel, and beautifully illustrated by Kari Rust, The Flag that Flew Up is a rhyming children’s tale about three children who discover a flag that is flying straight up. Soon after this discovery, the children realize the flag is unhappy and trapped by circumstances beyond its control. The children realize that they can help the flag by blocking the wind that was forcing it to fly up. When they return later, they realize that the flag now gets no wind at all. The children enlist the help of a police officer to have construction tarps removed so that some wind will reach the flag. But this results in too much wind and the flag crashes to the ground. The children soon enlist the mayor and the community to help them. Finally, the flag is moved to a new home in a park where it is able to fly like other flags. The children realize that with perseverance they were able to help the flag overcome his disability and resume more fulfilling existence.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

7.5 × 9.2 inches

34 pages

ISBN: 978-17779157-0-5 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-17779157-3-5 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-17779157-2-8 (eBook/Kindle)


Available in select bookstores or at Amazon.

11 Aug

A Woman’s Type

“I . . . was very impressed by your thorough research as well as the impeccably typeset pages. It is a great honour to be credited in such a beautiful book.”

—Akira Kobyashi, Creative Type Director, Monotype

in email to L E DeGiane

The booklet, A Woman’s Type, is part of Lauren Elle DeGaine’s Master of English Literature thesis at the University of Victoria. In her thesis DeGaine examines the work of ten twentieth-century women typeface designers and the influences that informed their designs. Thesis materials include a letterpress-printed portfolio folder and type specimen pages, along with this 98-page illustrated booklet in which DeGaine discusses the individual biographies and design criteria that inspired her subjects’ typeface designs. In addition the print-based materials, this project encompasses wider accessibility as an open-source document available online. In the spirit of its open-source format and in recognition of women typeface designers, we employed open-source typefaces, PT Serif and PT Sans, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PT_Fonts) designed by Alexandra Korolkova with Olga Umpelova and Vladimir Yefimov.

In an email to Lauren Elle, Akira Kobayashi, Creative Type Director at Monotype commented that the typesetting in this booklet is impeccable.

To see the complete project in its open-source form, click here.

ISBN: 978-1-9990341-1-5 (softcover; saddle stitched)

9 x 12 inches

98 pages; including 17 in colour

11 Aug

A Modern Madness

cover image with a portrait line drawing

A privately published hardcover art book limited to 50 copies, signed by the artist.

A Modern Madness is a quarter-bound hardcover book featuring a selection of Rahel Wosk’s early drawings—made using a variation of the blind contour technique.  This book is a unique collaboration between the artist, and Robert R Reid, who created the original design, and Jan Westendorp, who did the design production, layout, and typesetting. It was printed at Universal Printing and hand bound at Rasmussen Bindery in North Vancouver.

To see other artworks by Rahel Wosk, visit Instagram: @sketchbyrei

ISBN:978-1-7777435-0-5 (hardcover; quarter-bound)

8 x 10 inches

108 pages

11 Aug

My Beaver Basics 1

A unique book to encourage language learning—including words, photos, and sign language—in the endangered Dane-Zaa (Beaver) language



My Beaver Basics 1 follows First Beaver Story as a primary-level illustrated book to encourage Blueberry River First Nations community members to learn and teach their endangered Dane–Zaa (Beaver) Language. Each two-page spread features a Dane–Zaa word with pronunciation guide and English meaning, along with a photo and Dane–Zaa sentence, with the sentence in English following. In addition, each spread includes photos showing the featured word in Dane–Zaa sign language and a description about how to do the signing.

My Beaver Basics 1 started as a school project Sydney Davis undertook to obtain her Adult Graduation Diploma—the Adult Dogwood. Sydney selected the words that were to be included and provided many of the photos. She was assisted by family, friends and schoolmates, and especially Adult Education Teacher Tristan Cox, supported by Keri Taylor, Blueberry River’s Education Manager. Madeline Oker, of neighbouring Doig River First Nation, kindly supplied the sentences written in Dane–Zaa/Dane–Za–Zaage.

Statement on the book’s back cover:

Blueberry River First Nations is located in northeastern British Columbia, Canada and is a member of the Treaty 8 First Nations. We are a proud and unified people who work together as a self-governing nation to ensure an enhanced quality of life for current and future generations. We focus on developing a sustainable, self-reliant and vibrant community that is built on our traditions and forward-thinking values. blueberryfn.com

ISBN: 978-0-9937877-3-7

86 pages; colour throughout

9.25 x 7.5 inches

01 Aug

Wild Horses of the Mind

front cover Wild Horses of the Mind

Equine-themed Wild Horses of the Mind explores the events, connections and demons that defy us during our lives.

Lifelong horsewoman and accomplished poet, Lisa Rawn has been widely published and is the author of four poetry chapbooks.

She won Vancouver’s 2015 Pandora’s Collective poetry contest, and was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize.

Wild Horses of the Mind is one of two titles representing our first releases in book publishing.

It is a beautiful and lavishly produced limited-edition chapbook by award-winning BC poet Lisa Rawn.

32 pages, plus cover: accented with antique illustrations; printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell text and cover stock; with stitched and tied binding.

7 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7773102-1-9

$24.99 CAD plus shipping; with a copy of companion title, Between Ocean and Land: $40.00 CAD plus shipping

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01 Aug

Wood Storms Wild Canvas

Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction: 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards

Wood Storms Wild Canvas is an international book award winner! It won the Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction, in the 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. This award’s criteria include three design-related features: first impression, cover design, and interior layout.

The designs for Wood Storms Wild Canvas began in the hands of two graphic designers; first Doug Galbraith, then David Carey, who did a considerable amount of excellent work with Gurdeep Stephens on the initial layouts. I finalized the book’s design by reworking the page layouts, refining the type, completely rebuilding the section on boats, and tweaking the cover design for print output.

You can find out more about the book here

See photos from the book launch at Gurdeep’s blog post

01 Aug

Crossing Quinquarra



When Leannora Lythestone embarks on her journey to the Realms of Quinquarra, she encounters the fractious, contrary royals and a King in need of rescue from chaos. But first, she must traverse the dangerous Dark Passage, find the shape-shifting Grandmère de la Mer, and secure her support.

Echoes of fairy tale and pantomime weave delight into the story as it fashions a setting for the play of the transforming feminine in diverse guises. A pattern emerges of a creative freedom to be garnered from the exploration of the unknown.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting  by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

5.5 × 8.5 inches

218 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7775405-0-0 (softcover)

23 Jul

First Beaver Story



First Beaver Story is a book to foster awareness, pride, and respect for the Dane-Zaa language and traditional Beaver knowledge. It is primarily intended for language and culture education at Blueberry River First Nations, and for the benefit of all generations.

Dane-Zaa Dreamer, Charlie Yahey (1881/1883–1976), influenced and inspired many people of the Peace River area with his cultural knowledge and his language. Author, Trichia Davis, was inspired to retell his creation story for primary-age children in the community of Blueberry River, and for newcomers to have fundamental knowledge of the people and lands they live and work on. In addition to lavish colour photos and text of the creation story, this book includes words and non-speaker pronunciations in Dane-Zaa (Beaver language)—provided by Alvina Davis—to support language revitalization in the community.

Edited and published in collaboration with Blueberry River First Nations and Indigenous Language Revitalization expert, Colleen Austin, ‘Wii Goot (Gamaats Consultants); published by Colleen Austin.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

9 × 7.5 inches


48 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9937877-2-0 (softcover)

22 Jul

Canucks in Khaki

For historian Warren Sommer, Canucks in Kahki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 is the culmination of over 20 years of careful, sometimes pain-staking research. It was published on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and in conjunction with the opening at Langley Centennial Museum of Sacrifice and Sorrow, an exhibition in which Sommer also played vital roles as curator and organizer.

In her endorsement, printed on the book’s back cover, UBC professor emeritus Jean Barman says: “If you read just one book marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Warren Sommer’s gracefully written and evocatively illustrated Canucks in Khaki is it. From the intimacy of the war’s impact on a slice of rural British Columbia to graphic first-hand accounts from the front and not-so-front lines, we relive five heart-wrenching unforgettable years in the history of Canada and British Columbia.”

The design brief for Canucks in Khaki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 comprised of the printed hardcover, dust jacket, endpapers reproducing historic photos, and the interior page design to include 440 photos in black and white. This book also contains an appendix of Langley enlistments in the Great War, endnotes, bibliography, list of photo sources, and index.

Canucks in Khaki is the subject Ormsby Review #105. Ormsby Review in an online partnership with BCBookLook  “. . . for serious writing about B.C.”

To order your copy contact jan@katodesignandphoto.ca

19 Jul

Between Ocean and Land


An accomplished and widely published poet writing from British Columbia, Canada, Lisa Rawn is the author of four poetry books. Lisa was nominated for a Pushcart award and won the 2015 Pandora’s Collective poetry contest.

Part of a two-volume coffee table set of beautiful and lavishly produced poetry chapbooks, Between Ocean and Land roams the  uncharted continent—sometimes delving into the tangle of human life, other times into the vast history beneath our feet.

Between Ocean and Land, and its companion chapbook, Wild Horses of the Mind, represent our first releases in book publishing.

28 pages, plus cover: printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell text and cover stock; with stitched and tied binding.

7 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7773102-0-2

$24.99 CAD plus shipping; or, with a copy of Wild Horses of the Mind: $40.00 CAD plus shipping

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