independent games & design by Nathan D. Paoletta

Selected Freelance Credits

Scroll down for examples of work.



  • Kickstarter Graphics & Playtest Kit Layout for Dreamchaser, by Imagining Games LLC.
  • Layout for Dungeon Grappling, by Douglas H. Cole/Gaming Ballistic LLC.





I also do all of the layout, logo and cover design for my own publications.

Who I Am

I am Nathan D. Paoletta, an independent graphic artist, game designer, small press publisher and narrative design consultant.

The narratives we weave for each other are the subject of my design practice, expressed through visual mediums (graphic design), verbal and tactile mediums (game design), and simple conversation and social interactions.

What I Do

I am always interested in freelance opportunities. Get in touch if you need:

  • Layout for a print or digital publication
  • Graphic design for book covers, posters or advertisements
  • Design and layout for playing card publication
  • A logo or title set for a creative project
  • Creation or optimization of digital files for publication (including PDFs and ebooks)

Additionally, I provide the following consulting services:

  • Early stage ideation to bridge the gap between your idea and how to make it a reality
  • Design consultation to stress-test your design ideas and open your project up to new directions
  • Review of Kickstarter projects and other crowdfunding endeavors

What About You?

I love to work with other independent creators, game designers and publishers. I believe in creator ownership and fulfilling your vision without compromising my design sensibilities. Because I am a publisher myself, I can often help smooth the path to publication, offer advice and recommend resources that compliment the services that I provide. Whether you are starting on your first project or looking for a fresh set of eyes and ideas for an established property, I am ready to help you get your work out into the world. 


Nathan Paoletta is a talented graphic designer, but not just that. He takes time to understand what impact you want out of a design and what emotions you feel that you want others to feel as well. Whether you’re going for something silly and irreverent or deep and cultured, Nathan has your back. - Ryan Macklin (Project: Logo Design for Katanas & Trenchcoats)

"Nathan did an amazing job with one of the trickiest design challenges I've ever inflicted on a layout person - no flash, all punch." - Ron Edwards (Project: Shahida Layout & Cover Design)


Short Bio (feel free to copy for promotional purposes):

Nathan D. Paoletta is a graphic artist, game designer and independent publisher hailing from Chicago, IL. He publishes his own games, including the award-winning World Wide Wrestling RPG, in addition to helping other creators make their visions a reality. He makes bad jokes about pro wrestling on twitter @ndpaoletta and obsesses over The Rockford Files @TwoHundredPod . Find out more at ndpdesign.com.

Selected Examples of Work


Cover design, interior layout, title logo and supplemental card design for Lovecraftesque, a storytelling game by Joshua Fox and Becky Annison. Produced hard- and soft-cover publications as well optimized-for-digital PDF and ebooks. Art by Robin Scott.

Chapter Intro from early in the book - the pages and background deteriorate as the reader goes on.

Chapter Intro from early in the book - the pages and background deteriorate as the reader goes on.

Spread from later in the book, more distressed graphics while preserving readability.

Spread from later in the book, more distressed graphics while preserving readability.


Layout for Undying, a roleplaying game by Paul Riddle. Produced both hard- and soft-cover publications, as well as an optimized-for-digital PDF. Built upon original art direction by John Harper.

Chapter Beginning Spread

Chapter Beginning Spread

Relationship Map for the included starting scenario

Relationship Map for the included starting scenario

Interior spread

Interior spread

The Last Days of Anglekite

Cover design, logo banner design and interior layout for The Last Days of Anglekite, a roleplaying game setting written by Brendon Conway and published by Magpie Games. Art by Juan Ochoa. Published in 6"x9" softcover and PDF.

Interior Spread

Interior Spread

Logo & Icon Sets

A set of icons to represent planes of existence for Sig: The City Between. Written and published by Jason Pitre/Genesis of Legend Publishing.

A multi-use logo design and set of icons for 5 Fires, a game of making art through hip hop. Written and published by Quinn Murphy.


Otter-themed invitation celebrating Arnold & Kelley.

(Also) otter-themed playing card favor back & matching thank-you card celebrating Becca & Rishi.


Card Games & Supplements

A set of supplementary faction-creation cards for the roleplaying game Mars Colony: 39 Dark by Tim Koppang. Printed via DriveThruCards.com.

Plight of the Tuatha Adventure Path

A series of fantasy adventure modules written by William Moomaw and published by Mór Games. Compatible with the Pathfinder roleplaying game. Cover design, interior layout and Path-specific character sheets. Published in 8.5"x11" softcover and PDF.

Spread from custom 4-page character sheet.

Spread from custom 4-page character sheet.

Tears Of A Machine

Title logo, interior layout, play reference sheets, and cover design (with integrated illustration) for this role-playing game written by Russell Collins and published by Robotclaw Games. Illustrations by Jennifer Rodgers. Published in 5.5"x8.5" softcover and PDF. Also, a graphic "access card" with clear and foil reflective elements, a reward for some Kickstarter backers of the game.

Circle of Hands

Cover design, title logo and interior layout for this roleplaying game of mud-and-dung dark fantasy adventure. Written and published by Ron Edwards. Published in 8.5"x11" softcover and hardcover, and PDF.