Caroline Teagle Johnson

Caroline Teagle Johnson - Designer

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Caroline Johnson is an art director, designer, and illustrator specializing in book covers with over a decade of professional experience.

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I'm a Brooklyn-based graphic designer with a passion for book covers. I love the challenge of distilling the feeling of a story into a cover design that conveys its mood. I pride myself on my ability to grasp an author's intentions and translate them into a visual experience. As an Art History major I have a deep knowledge of aesthetics and vast visual references to draw upon. I have years of experience working across a wide variety of genres designing eye-catching, effective covers. My published work includes books in the following categories: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Mystery/Thriller, Literary & Commercial Fiction, and Romance. I have a keen eye for images and typography an expert-level skill in digital manipulation. Other strengths include illustration, hand-lettering, and motion graphics.
Biographies & Memoirs
True Crime
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction


  • BA in Art History and Studio Art, College of Charleston

Work experience

Associate Art Director

Penguin Publishing Group
July, 2021 – Present (28 days)

Senior Designer

October, 2018 – July, 2021 (over 2 years)


Penguin Random House
December, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

Book cover design across a diverse list including non-fiction, women's fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, commercial fiction, and memoir. Skills include typography, hand-lettering, digital manipulation/illustration, photo retouching, and image research.

Associate Multimedia Designer

Random House
December, 2012 – December, 2014 (about 2 years)

Book cover design with a focus on eBooks and in-house production of promotional content using video, design, and motion graphics (see my website for examples of video work).

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel

Reid, Taylor Jenkins

American Spy: A Novel

Wilkinson, Lauren

Glow from Within

Vargas, Joanna

Thin Girls: A Novel

Clarke, Diana

Privilege: A Novel

Adkins, Mary

You Feel It Just Below the Ribs: A Novel

Cranor, Jeffrey, Matthewson, Janina

Caroline Teagle has 79 reviews

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David Wilson
I've now had the privilege of working with Caroline on four cover designs and every new design outdoes the previous one. She has a fantastic eye and I trust her design skills, experience and expertise implicitly. I can't say enough good things about her. She's absolutely amazing.

David Wilson, June 2021

Jill Brashear
I love working with Caroline. She is so creative and always makes my visions come to life. Always on time with her work. Always willing to make changes until everything is perfect. Highly recommend her!

Jill Brashear, June 2021

Marissa Farrar
Caroline has been a joy to work with, and I absolutely love my cover. Every time I post it somewhere online, I get so many positive comments from readers, and my pre-orders have already exceeded my expectations, and I'm still over a month out from publication. I've already requested that I can work with her again. Definitely five stars!

Marissa Farrar, June 2021

Frank Burgos
Caroline's professionalism and artistry were beyond my high expectations. She presented two cover options for me that were equally stunning. My fellow writers fiercely debated which I should choose, which shows just how compelling were both covers. I would hire Caroline to design all my covers in less than a heart beat. She should be on your short list of cover artists to consider, if not the o...
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Frank Burgos, May 2021

Gaby Ruiter
I had such a wonderful experience working with Caroline. She provided me with three amazing cover options for my novel, and it was hard for me to pick just one. I was truly impressed. And beyond being talented, she’s professional and a pleasure to work with. I definitely hope to be able to utilize her design services again in the future, and would recommend her to anyone looking for a beautiful...
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Gaby Ruiter, May 2021

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