Janet Raty (say it like 'Lady'), owner of Carousel Charts LLC, holds a BFA from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, and Leadership MAS from Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.
She sat on curriculum committees, developed curriculum and taught on the university level for over five years. She lead field study groups to England, Los Angeles and New York City. Her illustrations are published in several Fairchild books. She designed and illustrated national historical markers for four states and has Art Director and Team Lead managerial experience.
Much of her career focused on computer-deliverable instructional design, marketing and strategy. Her experience includes successful writing, infographics, communication, user interface design and keyword optimization in web design and coding.
Janet delivers strategic leadership and vision crafted from classic multimedia training to advanced technology marketing and communication.
Carousel Charts counted cross stitch books are designed predominantly by Janet. Most are sold through local needlework shops through traditional distribution. Some popular Carousel Charts designs eventually become available for direct sales and different distribution channels, with ISBN investment through Smashwords and carouselcharts.com.
How do you approach cover design?
I hold a degree in Art and Design and worked as an Art Director and Creative Director. Cover design is branding and used as thumbnail recognition across all sales catalogs. Intended audience perceptions and accurate portrayal of content is the start point as I approach cover design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 - *Religion library* Greatest and longest selling content for all the expected and many unexpected reasons. Depth and breadth of humanity.
2 - *Wikipedia/Google* Online library to start any research.
3 - *https://www.nlm.nih.gov* Medical research
4 - *facebook.com* Human nature, trends
5 - *Childcraft Volume 2 "Storytelling and Other Poems, Field Enterprises Inc., copyright 1954" Poetry and illustrations. Of course, this is where I learned when a panther whispers "if you will give me a kiss, I'll turn your sorrow to bubbling bliss!" then the answer of the niece to the Empress of China will always be "No! Really? Well, I don't mind!" for her to become a Queen to the Golden King, "Crown and sceptre, and everything!"
This counted needleart pattern book is a TREAT to cross stitch with a clever and fun homonym mind-teaser TRICK game that will delight Halloween guests of all ages for years after the stitching is done. Four Weeks Dye Works flosses specified with DMC, Anchor, and Sullivan equivalents given for black, white, orange and green. 72x72 Model shown on 28ct Cobblestone Cashel linen. Aida not recommended.