Caroline Teagle Johnson

Caroline Teagle Johnson - Designer

Brooklyn, NY, United States

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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 (over 1 year)

Senior Designer

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


Penguin Random House
December, 2014 – Present (about 8 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 92 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

David Wilson
I can't say enough great things about Caroline. Her work is impeccable. Her professionalism is outstanding. Her responsiveness is always quick. And her collaborative spirit is inspiring. She's the absolute best and she's elevated each of my books with her keen design sense.

David Wilson, December 2022

Barbara Fournier
This is the second time working with Caroline Teagle Johnson. I can not say enough that she is a dream designer who seems to know what is going on in the brain we use to create our manuscripts. We give her a few ideas to work with and she delivers perfection. Her formatting skills are also top-notch work. She is caring and considerate, answering any and all questions promptly. I am very grate...
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Barbara Fournier, December 2022

Person Thing
good job

Person Thing, April 2022

Sara Henderson
This is the third project I've worked with Caroline on. Her work is excellent, her communication is solid, and every cover gets comments from the reader community. She's also patient, kind, and doesn't mind answering questions or looking for ways to do little unique things that make my author brain happy.

Sara Henderson, April 2022

Stephanie Bucklin

Stephanie Bucklin, March 2022

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