51 reasons to hire chaz

chaz sez…

Here are my favorite testimonials. You can read the rest of ’em below. I really like #51.”

My favorite thing about Chaz is that I can give him a vague descrip­tion of a con­cept or idea, and he is intu­itive­ly able to make it real; to express exact­ly what I was going for…even if I wasn’t exact­ly sure of my end goal. This helps my pro­duc­tiv­i­ty great­ly, because instead of ago­niz­ing over design details, I sim­ply tell Chaz what I want the design to “do”…how I want it to func­tion. He nails it every time with beau­ti­ful, func­tion­al designs.

I was look­ing for a Brilliant Designer and I found it in Chaz. He turned around sev­er­al con­cep­tu­al, suc­cess­ful designs in a remark­ably short peri­od of time. The sub­ject mat­ter was extreme­ly dif­fi­cult to con­vey in imagery, yet Chaz man­aged to “tell a sto­ry” with his designs that com­mu­ni­cat­ed exact­ly what we were try­ing to get across. Communication was out­stand­ing—Chaz lis­tened atten­tive­ly, and it showed in his designs. He also main­tained open com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels while work­ing, which eased my pre-press dead­line anx­i­ety.

If you are seek­ing true pro­fes­sion­al­ism and cre­ativ­i­ty in a design­er, I high­ly rec­om­mend Chaz. I look for­ward to work­ing with him again.”

—Patrick Dougherty
Apollo Publishing


Go with the best, and that’s Chaz! I had shopped around quite a bit and sift­ed through many pro­pos­als for my com­pa­ny brand­ing project. Chaz was by far the most pro­fes­sion­al and most expe­ri­enced indi­vid­ual and I couldn’t be hap­pi­er that I chose to work with him. Before he was even offi­cial­ly hired he spent a great deal of time on the phone with me dis­cussing the project and real­ly get­ting to know what my busi­ness was all about. He’s a great lis­ten­er and very recep­tive to design ideas and then has the abil­i­ty to take your ideas to the high­est lev­el. Chaz worked tire­less­ly to deliv­er an end-prod­uct (on time!) that was way beyond my expec­ta­tions. His atten­tion to detail can­not be matched! He was also great at guid­ing me through the process and explain­ing details through­out that real­ly gave me an appre­ci­a­tion for his thought­ful­ness and exper­tise as a design­er. Without a doubt I will be work­ing with Chaz again!”

and she did…

This is my sec­ond time work­ing with Chaz and I will nev­er go any­where else for text set­ting or graph­ic design. Once again his atten­tion to detail yield­ed fan­tas­tic results that will take the sec­ond edi­tion of my pub­li­ca­tions to a com­plete­ly new lev­el. Do not hes­i­tate for a sec­ond to con­tact Chaz about your par­tic­u­lar project. From start to fin­ish he exhibits first-class pro­fes­sion­al­ism and crafts­man­ship that will not be sur­passed else­where!”

—Jennifer Eklund
Piano Pronto Publishing


The qual­i­ty of the work was excel­lent and Chaz goes over and above to pro­vide you more than you expect­ed. He is a great per­son to work with and I would high­ly rec­om­mend him.”

—Paul Higgins
Think To Act


I had not expect­ed to be able to hire some­one with the expe­ri­ence of Chaz DeSimone. As things would have it, I was able, and I was not dis­ap­point­ed. Hiring Chaz gets you:

1) Decades of expe­ri­ence in the design space,
2) Project after project in the book design space,
3) Marketing exper­tise, book and oth­er­wise,
4) Clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion,
5) Recommendations on how to improve your project across all phas­es, and
6) A final prod­uct above and beyond your own vision.

Specifically, on my project, Chaz:

1) Walked me through the process of being a first time author—this was price­less,
2) Communicated via phone, Skype, and email to make sure we were both on the same page across the project,
3) Provided con­stant progress updates,
4) Made rec­om­men­da­tions across every part of the book—endorsements, fore­word, chap­ters, and all oth­er parts of the inte­ri­or,
5) Designed every part of the book in a very cohe­sive man­ner,
6) Made rec­om­men­da­tions for mar­ket­ing and PR relat­ed activ­i­ties, and
7) MOST IMPORTANTLY: Did things RIGHT rather than just get­ting the project done on a time­line.

My book began as a side-project when I was giv­ing more atten­tion to anoth­er brand I was cre­at­ing. Chaz’s heart for the project, his enthu­si­asm for his call­ing with typog­ra­phy, and his will­ing­ness to go the extra mile time-after-time direct­ed me to give the book a full-time effort. I’m glad it did. I can­not imag­ine work­ing on this project with some­one oth­er than Chaz. And now that I have, I have more, and full, con­fi­dence that my book, along with suc­ces­sive books in the series, will be suc­cess­ful. For any author, and espe­cial­ly for a first time one, you can­not go wrong in hir­ing Chaz DeSimone.”

—Clayton Brizendine
Shoebox Letters


This gen­tle­man was tru­ly pro­fes­sion­al. I’m mak­ing so much mon­ey with my new bar­be­cue sauce label that I’m just not get­ting the time nec­es­sary to do a review! Superb! Superb! Super! Super! Creativeness is sec­ond to none. His pro­fes­sion­al­ism is beyond out­stand­ing. His seri­ous­ness to details is vir­tu­al­ly unheard of. If you pick this gen­tle­man to do your job you bet­ter get ready for the pro­fes­sion­al that you have been dream­ing of. He per­fect­ly nailed my vision that the oth­ers couldn’t. I was almost ready to give up and just quit until I met this man, this won­der­ful true pro­fes­sion­al with ideas beyond imag­in­able. Will I hire him again? If you can hear me say yes it’s the biggest YES that that this plan­et allows. He was edu­ca­tion­al and fun to work with for the entire process. Kept me informed and abreast with very clear detailed respons­es the whole time the project was in motion.”

—Chef Eric Smith
Formula 2:26 BBQ Sauce


all 51 reasons

1 “Oh my GOSH! I have tears run­ning down my face! Both the logo & the cov­er are beau­ti­ful! Now I know why the uni­verse told me to stop at your site! You are an angel.”

2 “I think you are in a dif­fer­ent league than the peo­ple I have been work­ing with. That is obvi­ous by the obser­va­tions you have shared thus far.”

3 “I was look­ing for a Brilliant Designer and I found it in Chaz. He turned around sev­er­al con­cep­tu­al, suc­cess­ful designs in a remark­ably short peri­od of time. The sub­ject mat­ter was extreme­ly dif­fi­cult to con­vey in imagery, yet Chaz man­aged to “tell a sto­ry” with his designs that com­mu­ni­cat­ed exact­ly what we were try­ing to get across. Communication was out­stand­ing — Chaz lis­tened atten­tive­ly, and it showed in his designs. He also main­tained open com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels while work­ing, which eased my pre-press dead­line anx­i­ety. If you are seek­ing true pro­fes­sion­al­ism and cre­ativ­i­ty in a design­er, I high­ly rec­om­mend Chaz. I look for­ward to work­ing with him again.”

4 “The pages look GREAT! I love them — a cut above.”

5 “I love the look of this..it’s awe­some.”

6 “Everything is shap­ing up so great it’s excit­ing!”

7 “This is absolute­ly beau­ti­ful! I’m so excit­ed to get this up!”

8 “…which thanks to you has a great logo.”

9 “I LOVE LOVE LOVE your art­work!”

10 “The uni­verse sent me! I found you on Google. You were the only web­site out of BUNCHES that my Muse jumped up & down yelling: This One! This one!”

11 “Very appre­ci­at­ed and enlight­ened feed­back, and very gen­er­ous of you to be so help­ful.”

12 “P.S. Good pho­to­shop work on the back cov­er… no more trees!”

13 “I think it’s won­der­ful that you offer more than just design. Your design couldn’t pos­si­bly be as effec­tive if you didn’t also under­stand some­thing about the cre­ative process as it applies to writ­ers AND some­thing about mar­ket­ing. Design alone–for authors–just isn’t good enough.”

14 “I am THRILLED with what you are doing. Absolutely thrilled!”

15 “With your design in place, all the sud­den the site is start­ing to look for­mi­da­ble.”

16 “Wow, Chaz, what won­der­ful info you sent to me! Seems like I need to mail you a check or let me take you to lunch!” (The check will do.)

17 “You are incred­i­bly tal­ent­ed and flex­i­ble.”

18 “Looks great. You should be proud. Please progress with 1,000. Happy with quote.”

19 “One of the things that I love most about you is your pas­sion!”

20 “Keep work­ing your mag­ic, and as always, I sin­cere­ly appre­ci­ate your help with this.”

21 “Your slid­ers make the whole thing sparkle and shine, so thanks again for them!”

22 “I real­ly like your philosophy/​way of design­ing cov­ers.”

23 “I go to my site & just watch the slide show, enthralled! And the let­ter­ings on the mul­ti­verse bub­bles are grand!”

24 “I love the pic­tures! It’s com­ing along absolute­ly great.”

25 “Chaz DeSimone? Look at any dic­tio­nary under “genius” and you’ll find descrip­tions of his abil­i­ty with graph­ics and lay­outs. Wikipedia says: excep­tion­al intel­lec­tu­al abil­i­ty, cre­ativ­i­ty, or orig­i­nal­i­ty, typ­i­cal­ly to a degree that is asso­ci­at­ed with the achieve­ment of unprece­dent­ed insight. Yep. But, nowhere do you find genius defined with “kind,” “help­ful,” “gen­er­ous.” He added those him­self. I’m thrilled with the book cov­er and web­site he designed. But, I’m even more pleased to be able to call him Friend.”

26 “You are So wonderful…thank you!”

27 “Stunning! LOVE it! You’re #1 in my book.”

28 “My favorite thing about Chaz is that I can give him a vague descrip­tion of a con­cept or idea, and he is intu­itive­ly able to make it real; to express exact­ly what I was going for… even if I wasn’t exact­ly sure of my end goal. This helps my pro­duc­tiv­i­ty great­ly, because instead of ago­niz­ing over design details, I sim­ply tell Chaz what I want the design to “do” … how I want it to func­tion. He nails it every time with beau­ti­ful, func­tion­al designs. Highly rec­om­mend­ed!”

29 “I’m glad you’ve adopt­ed this as your baby. I’m hap­py about that alone. I like the fact that you’ve tak­en own­er­ship of the thing and that you’re proud of this.”

30 “Thanks for the mas­ter­piece.”

31 “The work is great, Chaz. I expect­ed great, and you haven’t dis­ap­point­ed.”

32 “Chaz…my good­ness! I LOVE it!!! WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Now I wan­na buy these prod­ucts. This real­ly show­cas­es them well.”

33 “I love the idea for the illus­tra­tion to be embossed to look like pas­tel paper. Thanks for the tips on the copy as well. The com­mas are my fault, and no-one both­ered to tell me it was a bad idea, except you!”

34 “These are bril­liant thanks!”

3544 “When I post­ed my project on Elance, I had not expect­ed to be able to hire some­one with the expe­ri­ence of Chaz DeSimone. As things would have it, I was able, and I was not dis­ap­point­ed. Hiring Chaz gets you:

1) Decades of expe­ri­ence in the design space,
2) Project after project in the book design space,
3) Marketing exper­tise, book and oth­er­wise,
4) Clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion,
5) Recommendations on how to improve your project across all phas­es, and
6) A final prod­uct above and beyond your own vision.

Specifically, on my project, Chaz:

1) Walked me through the process of being a first time author—this was price­less,
2) Communicated via phone, Skype, and email to make sure we were both on the same page across the project,
3) Provided con­stant progress updates,
4) Made rec­om­men­da­tions across every part of the book—endorsements, fore­word, chap­ters, and all oth­er parts of the inte­ri­or,
5) Designed every part of the book in a very cohe­sive man­ner,
6) Made rec­om­men­da­tions for mar­ket­ing and PR relat­ed activ­i­ties, and
7) MOST IMPORTANTLY: Did things RIGHT rather than just get­ting the project done on a time­line.

My book began as a side-project when I was giv­ing more atten­tion to anoth­er brand I was cre­at­ing. Chaz’s heart for the project, his enthu­si­asm for his call­ing with typog­ra­phy, and his will­ing­ness to go the extra mile time-after-time direct­ed me to give the book a full-time effort. I’m glad it did. I can­not imag­ine work­ing on this project with some­one oth­er than Chaz. And now that I have, I have more, and full, con­fi­dence that my book, along with suc­ces­sive books in the series, will be suc­cess­ful. For any author, and espe­cial­ly for a first time one, you can­not go wrong in hir­ing Chaz DeSimone.”

45 “Egads….you are amaz­ing, quick, and thor­ough.”

46 “Thanks so much Chaz! I loved the poster and appre­ci­ate all your amaz­ing thoughts, inspi­ra­tion and sup­port.”

47 “Way cool! thanks Chaz! you make it look like mag­ic.” (Feels like mag­ic, it comes so nat­ur­al. Trust me, though, I suck at every­thing else.)

48 “I’m afraid to give ideas because it will con­fuse most design­ers. But you’re the type that real­ly under­stands com­plex­i­ty so you can’t real­ly get con­fused. But you’re part of that 2%. Not a lot of peo­ple real­ly have that.”

49 “I real­ly, real­ly, real­ly, appre­ci­ate your help. You’re an angel for this book stuff.”

50 “The qual­i­ty of the work was excel­lent and Chaz goes over and above to pro­vide you more than you expect­ed. He is a great per­son to work with and I would high­ly rec­om­mend him.”

51 “You’re a genius!”