Ben Ace is a bilingual digital artist who got his start as a book blogger. Eventually, that expanded to independently creating content and working with authors and publicists from publishing houses like Macmillan, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster as well as indie presses and self-published authors. His main mission is to boost marginalized voices through digital storytelling.

He is currently open to full-time work in digital media remotely or in the Greater Philadelphia area. View his portfolio and resume.

He is currently open to bookish partnerships including but not limited to review requests, author interviews, and cover reveals.

Portfolio

  • Spotify Daylist Inspired Book Recommendations
    Inspired by other creators on Instagram posting their own spins on the Spotify Daylist concept, I took a few Daylist titles and paired book recs with them in these graphics.
  • Art Magazine Spreads
    Spring 2023 — DART 301: Typography || As an exercise in making design choices that create a typographic hierarchy, I had to design these magazine spreads using an article chosen by the professor and include all four images and their captions.
  • Late Night La Salle — Brand Style Guide
    Late Night La Salle is a twice-weekly event series put on by La Salle University’s Campus Activities Center. I created this Brand & Social Media Style Guide as an exercise in branding during my time as a graphic designer for the department.
  • Trans Rights Walk Out
    Spring 2023 – DART 268: Digital Photography | In response to a record number of anti-trans bills just a few months into 2023, students from Philadelphia high schools staged a walk out and marched from City Hall to the school district admin building, demanding their safety concerns be heard. I attended the walk out to capture photos of the event for my final project for a photography class.
  • DART 268: Intro to Photography Portfolio
    Spring 2023 – DART 268: Digital Photography || Throughout the semester, I captured photos demonstrating basic concepts of photography related to perspective, motion, composition, and more. This is a partial collection of photos from this intro to digital photography course.
  • Typographic Portraits
    Spring 2023 – DART 301: Typography || Using as little supporting imagery as possible, I had to pick from a list of prompts and design a graphic that displayed my name in a way that conveyed that prompt’s meaning. The purpose of the exercise was to explore how typography choices can tell just as much of a story as the words they’re displaying.

Blog

  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn | REVIEW
    Immediately added to the list of Books I’m Embarrassed Took Me So Long to Read. Y’all were NOT kidding when you say Legendborn by Tracy Deonn was amazing beyond words.
  • We Could Be So Good | REVIEW
    We Could Be So Good is a soft, slow burn romance that explores not only Nick and Andy’s relationship as it shifts from professional to platonic to romantic, but also their relationships with themselves and their communities as these two reconcile their roles as members of the NYC media with their existence as queer people in a time when being publicly out could get you arrested. If a character-driven historical romance with plenty of self-discovery and self-growth sounds like your thing, this might be one to pick up.
  • You Exist Too Much | REVIEW
    Arafat’s You Exist Too Much has gotten plenty of criticism for its unlikeable main character, but that is exactly why it’s an excellent portrayal of the human struggle with trauma.
  • How To Be A Good Savage | RESEÑA
    Sánchez se estrena en inglés con el apoyo de traductores Wendy Call y Shook en esta colección trilingüe que bellamente retrata la manera en que la humanidad va más allá de la lengua. En How To Be A Good Savage and Other Poems, Sánchez explora lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo de existir como mujer indígena por su poesía traducido de zoque y español.
  • How To Be A Good Savage | REVIEW
    Sánchez makes her English debut with the help of translators Wendy Call and Shook in this trilingual collection that beautifully portrays the way humanity transcends language. In How To Be A Good Savage and Other Poems, Sánchez explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of existing as an indigenous woman through her poetry translated from Zoque and Spanish.
  • Man o’ War | REVIEW
    McCarthy captures the worries, the euphoria, and everything in between of the trans coming-of-age experience in Man o’ War. Full of both humor and humanity, this book should be getting more attention than it has been, and I hope you’ll all consider picking up a copy.