John Alves

John Alves - Designer

New York, NY, USA

I’m an experienced graphic designer specializing in book covers. I design for high visual impact.

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I’m passionate about my projects and enjoy the challenge of finding just the right way to express an idea visually.
Most recently I worked at Dover Publications for 18 years as a cover designer.

I start each project by doing extensive research on the subject matter, whether it is fiction or nonfiction. My goal is to bring together image and typography in a composition that reflects the book in a unique and eye-catching way. I take clients' suggestions seriously, and I also use my creative discretion and professional experience to offer them alternative directions so that we can find the best way to showcase their book in a crowded marketplace.

I have extensive experience with thousands of covers for both e-books and print, in a variety of genres such as, math & science, self-help, art instruction, classics, fiction & nonfiction, all types of children's books, fine art and many others.

Besides books I’ve also worked on ads both print and web, catalogs, posters, flyers, app logos, logos, branding, packaging etc...

Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Action & Adventure
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
DIY & Crafts
Humanities & Social Sciences

Work experience

Cover Designer

Dover Publications
July, 2002 – February, 2020 (over 17 years)

◗ Created original book cover designs for a variety of genres (literature, history, inspiration, music, art history, art instruction, adult coloring books, children’s books, math, science)
◗ Researched, conceptualized, designed a minimum of three covers for each title, showcasing a variety of creative directions
◗ Produced original logos and graphics for Ixia Press imprint and the best-selling series Dover Evergreen Classics, How to Draw, Color Your Own, Dover Language Guides, Thrift Study Guides, and A First Book of…
◗ Maintained awareness of current marketplace trends
◗ Consistently delivered high-quality materials on time, within budget, under tight deadlines
◗ Collaborated with all stakeholders to ensure success of each book
◗ Performed quality control, including color corrections and file modification
◗ Streamlined workflow through naming and archiving of jobs

Portfolio (38 selected works)

Botchan (Dover Books on Literature and Drama)

Soseki, Natsume, Sasaki, Umeji

Travels in Arabia

Burckhardt, John Lewis

Canoeing in the Wilderness

Thoreau, Henry David

Dreams and Ghosts

Lang, Andrew

Revelations of Divine Love

Norwich, Julian of, Oakes, Kaya

Tao Te Ching

Tzu, Lao

Art Nouveau Ornamentation

Stoll, Christian

The Art Spirit

Henri, Robert, Ryerson, Margery A.

Hell's Cartographers

Aldiss, Brian, Harrison, Harry, Bester, Alfred, Knight, Damon, Pohl, Frederik, Silverberg, Robert

Riceyman Steps

Bennett, Arnold

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations

Library of Congress, Billington, James H.

Border Worlds (Dover Graphic Novels)

Simpson, Don, Simpson, Don, Bissette, Stephen R.

Civil War Adventure (Dover Graphic Novels)

Dixon, Chuck, Kwapisz, Gary

Mark Twain at Your Fingertips: A Book of Quotations

Twain, Mark, Harnsberger, Caroline Thomas

John has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

remo perini
I must admit that I thought I could generate a book cover as good as anybody. Lesson learned: Nope. Its all in the nuance. John's experience allowed him to quickly identify the most eye-catching element of my story and render it into an unquestionably excellent cover, which receives numerous compliments like, "good cover", and "i like your cover". I plan to continue working with John for the ...
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remo perini, April 2022

Sjur Linberg
John did a masterful job of creating a book-cover that reflected the story within.

Sjur Linberg, April 2022

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