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 (7 months)

Senior Designer

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


Penguin Random House
December, 2014 – Present (about 7 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 83 reviews

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Sara Henderson
Caroline is fantastic. This is my second book with her and I'm planning on using her for my third next spring. She's creative, knowledgable, skilled, patient and responsive. Highly recommend. You won't regret working with her.

Sara Henderson, November 2021

Kelly Finley
Caroline is a delight to work with. Beautiful work. Professional response. Friendly and prompt communication. She realized my vision quickly, with more drama and elegance than I had dreamed. I am so thrilled with the covers she designed for me. They get an "ohh" from everyone I share them with. She was beyond patient with me in the format process and very fast in her turnaround. A true honor to...
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Kelly Finley, October 2021

Marissa Farrar
Love working with Caroline, and I absolutely adore the covers for this series. I think they're probably my favourites out of the many books I've published. She was a dream to work with, even when I needed something a little different. Highly recommend.

Marissa Farrar, October 2021

Gideon Burrows
Working with Caroline was a dream, and I am deeply satisfied not only by each of the four book cover designs she has created for me, but for sharing the vision I had to create covers which complemented each other and built into a series. Her ideas for 'icons' to represent the theme of each book were fantastic (and much better than mine). She had patience and creativity, and was happy to make sm...
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Gideon Burrows, October 2021

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

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