Today we have an interview with Anne Twomey and Nicole Caputo, the founders of She Designs Books, an organization that looks to promote, support and celebrate female designers in books. And happy birthday to She Designs Books, which turned 1 earlier this this month!
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About She Designs Books
She Designs Books was launched in January 2018 as an organization with a mission of celebrating women designers in book publishing. We feature books and covers by women designers on social media and host gatherings and educational talks to connect, support, lift and create community.
Named by Net Galley as an Instagram Account to Follow.
Featured in 1 of 23 Book Cover Designers to Follow on Instagram, September 2018
Nicole Caputo is an award-winning New York graphic designer specializing in book and book cover design. She is the Creative Director of Counterpoint Press, the Art Director of Catapult and is co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. Her former role was VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group.
Design awards include the One Show, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, Art Director's Club, Bridgeman Images Best Trade Cover of 2018 and the Publishing Professionals Network.
Her work appears frequently in Spine Magazine and has also been celebrated by Lit Hub, Electric Literature, Paste Magazine, Washington Post and The Casual Optimist. She has been published in Graphic Design Solutions, 5th Edition by Robin Landa as well as other prestigious publications, including Communication Arts, How magazine, Print magazine, the Type Director's Club and Art Director's Club annuals. Nicole has been a guest speaker at the NYU Center for Publishing and is serving as part of the jury for the Association of University Presses 2018 Book, Jacket and Journal Show along with the ADC One Show for Creativity 98th Annual Awards for 2018.
Nicole authored the foreword to Book Cover Designers, by Matthew Goodman, published by Schiffer Publishing, which features more than 500 book cover designs and 50 of today's top designers discussing their process for creating the perfect book cover. She also interviews artists and illustrators for Catapult Magazine as part of the monthly Catapult Artist program which she initiated in October of 2018.
Nicole was featured as 1 of 23 book cover designers to follow on Instagram by Bookriot.
Anne Twomey is an award-winning book cover designer and presently Creative Director of Celadon Books, a new division of Macmillan Publishing. Previously, she was V.P. Creative Director Grand Central Publishing at Hachette Books. She is co-founder of She Designs Books.
She has worked as a designer and Art Director of 12 Books, St. Martin’s Press, Warner Books and Simon & Schuster.
She has won numerous awards from the New York Book Show, The Type Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club, PRINT Regional Design, Creativity, AIGA’s 50 books / 50 covers and Communications Art’s Design Annual, Photo District News. She has juried shows for The New York Book Show, The Art Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine and Typography 29.
She has served on the Board of The Type Directors Club.
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