creative direction | graphic design | book design 



I am a designer based in Nashville, TN with 12+ years of experience. Along with identity projects, ads, packaging, and small and large campaigns, I have designed covers and interiors of 50+ books, ranging from trade and academic titles to photo-based fine art books. I've had the benefit of working for small design firms, universities, large corporations, and independent publishing houses which has provided me the opportunity of taking jobs (titles) from initial concept (or edited manuscript) to press-ready files. I currently work as a senior art director for Lewis Communications.

Prior to my career in design I worked in wildlife research, where I trapped black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains, grizzly bears in northern Idaho, and asiatic black bears in Far Eastern Russia. All the while, I kept a foot in the record business by working at a record store through (and after) college, and starting a radio show (The Writer’s Block) at WDVX in Knoxville… and now have a show on WXNA in Nashville (Dustbin Days). I played in a band from 2012 - 2018 (Mic Harrison and The High Score), and I occasionally still pluck strings in my office at the house. But really, I mostly just listen to records while holding a guitar.

I’m very happy to make your acquaintance …

chad pelton at gmail dot com



dustbin days

the forest service