Christian Storm

Christian Storm – Designer

Cover/ interior designer for 20+ years. Worked at Penguin, small and university presses worldwide, creating award-winners + best-sellers.

Overview

Hi, I'm Christian and I've been designing award-winning and best-selling book cover and interiors since 2002. While I specialize in mystery/thrillers and YA fiction, I've design books for a while variety of genres, including literary fiction, nonfiction, academic titles and poetry.


Here's more about me:


β€’ πŸ“š Books I've designed have sold more than 6 million copies; been turned into a Netflix series and translated into 31 languages (Thirteen Reasons Why); turned into feature film (Paper Towns); and won awards (Grasshopper Jungle, An Abundance of Katherines, Zorgamazoo and many more).


β€’πŸ§ Former Senior Designer at Penguin, Macmillan and Harper-Collins in New York City


β€’ πŸ’» Worked remotely as self-employed art director and designer since 2010


β€’ ✏️ I'm a former copy editor with a journalism degree, and can help with copy and taglines


β€’ πŸ“Œ Clients have included: Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Disney-Hyperion, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Houghton Mifflin, Sourcebooks, Milkweed Editions, SOHO Press, NYU Press, Stanford University Press, Penn State Press, The Ohio State University Press, and Toronto University Press.


β€’πŸš Former Art Director at Oceanview Publishing where I designed hundreds of mysteries and thrillers


β€’ πŸ“– Able to design not just your cover, but your book interior and eBook, too, for both fiction and nonfiction, digital and print


β€’ πŸ›Ÿ Extensive experience helping new and self-publishing authors


I'm versatile and capable of designing covers in any genre; fast, friendly and easy to work with. I'm based in Florida but I've worked with clients from Japan to Dubai to California.


If you have a cover you need to look amazing, let's talk.


Thanks!


β€” Christian

Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Dystopian Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
Languages
English
Awards
  • Communication Art Design Annual
  • New York Book Show Award (covers and interiors)
  • Print Magazine Design Annual
  • AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show
Certifications
  • Google Professional UX Design Certification

Work experience

Self employed

Jun, 2010 β€” Present

Art directed and designed best-selling and award-winning book covers; clients included: Penguin Random House, Disney-Hyperion, Amazon Publishing, Little Brown, Harper-Collins, and NYU Press

Penguin

Aug, 2005 β€” Jan, 2010 (over 4 years)

β€’ Designed international best-seller β€” Thirteen Reasons Why β€” that sold more than 3 million copies, spent 2 years atop the New York Times Bestseller list, was translated into 31 languages and turned into a Netflix series

β€’ Created multiple other NYT best sellers later turned into movies
Art-directed award-winners and built a multi-series brand success

β€’ Designed best-selling and award-winning jackets and covers for YA and middle-grade novels for 7 imprints in the Young Readers Division.

β€’ Commissioned and art directed illustrators, photographers, and designers, including on-site art directing of photo shoots

Clearlink Media

Aug, 2022 β€” Aug, 2023 (about 1 year)

Revitalized brand of personal finance website to draw younger audience
Initiated 0-to-1 product redesign of website serving 1.1M readers, and creation of new mobile app to reverse business decline, doubling user satisfaction
Drove content strategy and refresh of personal finance newsletters serving 450K readers, creating 3x conversion opportunities

Oceanview Publishing

Mar, 2016 β€” Jul, 2022 (over 6 years)

β€’ Art-directed and designed all book covers for mysteries and thrillers, including audiobooks, and marketing materials

Portfolio

Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design
Made with Reedsy
Rogue For Peace

Johns, Ben

Independently published

Cover Design
Made with Reedsy
What to Eat During the Apocalypse

Stefan, Vladimir

Vladimir Stefan

Cover Design
Grasshopper Jungle

Smith, Andrew

Cover Design
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1

Smith, Alexander Gordon

Cover Design
Cover Design Book Interior Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
The Outsiders

Moore, David W

Cover Design
Paper Towns

Green, John

Cover Design
Cover Design
Liquid Shades of Blue

Polkinghorn, James

Cover Design
The Necklace

Witten, Matt

Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design Book Interior Design
Cover Design
All Who Wander

Clifford, Joe

Cover Design Book Interior Design
Cover Design
Killer Story

Witten, Matt

Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Paradox Lake

Zandri, Vincent

Cover Design
Cover Design
Downfall

Rubinstein, Mark

Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Broken Genius (1)

Murray, Drew

Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
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Cover Design
Cover Design
Perfect: A Novel

Friend, Natasha

Cover Design
Cover Design
Cover Design
Enders

Price, Lissa

Cover Design
Starters

Price, Lissa

Cover Design
Execution: Escape from Furnace 5

Smith, Alexander Gordon

Cover Design
Typography

Christian has 19 reviews

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chris C.

chris C.

May, 2024

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Christian was great to work with, I highly recommend him. He created several great book cover concepts, which made it hard to choose the final winner! He was very responsive to feedback, and made sure that I got the final cover that I was looking for, alongside other assets such as social banners and posts. I hope to work with him again in the future!
Christian S.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Chris. I really enjoyed working on Rugbynomics with you. We ended up with several great choices, which is always great. . . if difficult to choose from! I wish th...
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John A.

John A.

May, 2024

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Christian did the cover design and interior formatting for my novel, and I couldn't be happier with both! The cover design, in particular, was phenomenal! Christian took my basic idea and elevated it to a professional, eye-catching, and intriguing design that was above and beyond my expectations. There were a few (minor) delays along the way, but everything Christian delivered was always WELL...
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Christian S.
Thanks, John! I love the book we came up with together and appreciate your patience when it took me a little longer than expected. So glad you’re happy with the results!!
Vladimir G.

Vladimir G.

Apr, 2024

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Excellent work from Christian. As a first-time author, I had plenty of nerves, ideas and asks from my first cover. He handled everything with aplomb and timely and made sure I had a cover to be proud of! Christian brings his ideas to the table so be ready to be given some useful suggestions, it is worth it in the end. When I started this process I had my own vision and Chris elevated it to s...
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Shawn G.

Shawn G.

Jun, 2024

I can't say enough about the quality of Christian's work and the easy, friendly, confident way in which he approached this project (which I should add is my first self-pub experience after 15 years with a traditional publisher). I had some initial ideas that proved too complicated to implement. Christian suggested a conceptual change, and I immediately saw that it was spot on. The resulting co...
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Christian S.
Thanks, Shawn! I loved working on ROBOT DETECTIVE and how it's turned out. Looking forward to working together again!
BT W.

BT W.

May, 2024

Christian did an amazing job with my book cover! Better than I ever imagined.

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