Claire Brown

Claire Brown – Designer

Experienced Publishing Professional Art Director/Graphic Designer with a specialty in and cover design

Overview

I am originally from South Florida, I left sunny Miami to come to New York to follow my dream of being a graphic designer. Shortly, after I arrived be began to work for Warner Books. I was hired as Assistant to the Creative Director. This job was mostly administrative and a stepping stone to becoming a book cover designer. In this role, I became familiar with art contracts, setting up photoshoots and the setting type on the back cover, spine and jacket flaps of dust jackets. Soon after I became an assistant designer and worked my way up to Art Director of the Warner Faith imprint. With Warner Faith, I had my first # New York Times Bestseller cover jacket, with the book Your Best Life Now by author Joel Osteen. After that, the next big project was repackaging the vast backlist of author and spiritual adviser Joyce Meyer along with her front list books. This experience really taught me about branding an author. She has many books on different subjects. These books needed to stand on their own but also fit into a united Joyce Meyer library. I went through thousands of images to find ones that hit a spiritual tone but also were modern and eye-catching in today’s marketplace.

After leaving that role I became an Art Director at the Grand Central Publishing imprint at Hachette Books. In this role, I branched out into many different genres. I worked on repackages of established thriller mystery writers such as James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Carl Hiassen, Brad Metzer, Nelson DeMille, Sidney Sheldon, Sandra Brown. Working with these types of authors is very challenging in that need their covers really need to stand out. Flat PMS inks, embossing the type, creative embossing the art, making a die cut, creating a step back became printing terms that I used on a daily basis. The challenge was to create something familiar and original at the same time. To stay true to my craft as a visual artist and, MAKE IT POP OFF THE SCREEN or SHELF. I also created animations for ebook covers.

From blockbuster fiction I moved on to working on paperback women’s commercial fiction and romance. Most of these projects were for up-and-coming authors, which appealed to me because I felt I could have a real impact on their blooming careers and impact sales. I really gravitate to strong, feminine, smart clean graphic design. These books have very few special effects and are more about making an emotional connection with the reader. I designed covers with women in beautiful regency dresses, men in tartans, kick-ass women in leather, knitting needles paired with martini glasses, expensive shoes and handbags, wedding dresses, dogs, sand castles on the beach, cookies, cake and pie. I was influenced by wonderful women designers like Anne Twomey, Gail Anderson and Louise Fili, who gave me a deeper understanding of typography, design history and color. Some of the successful authors I have worked with are Claire LaZebick, Larissa Ione, Jennifer Haymore, Jillian Medoff, and Kristyn Kusek Lewis.

The combination of my experience with woman’s fiction and spiritual books made me uniquely suited to take on the enormous project of designing the new hardcover book by New York Times Bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks. He was publishing his 20th book and the publisher wanted to give it a fresh look and then go back redesign his 19 previous books with that same fresh look. I developed a branded type treatment and created or found photography for all his books. I imagined I was creating a huge box set of gift books that would be displayed together in one library. I can look at a picture of the sun setting over the ocean and tell you if it’s romantic or religious, a skill very few people have. I had a wonderful time and the books sold really well.
In the last few years my focus has been on self-help, lifestyle, cookbooks, and biography. I designed the bestselling cookbook, It’s All Good, by Gwyneth Paltrow. I have also been the Art director or designer for many of the books in the GOOP imprint. I art directed and designed the cover for Elizabeth Vargas memoir, Between Breaths. Other notable authors designed packages for are Rhoda Janzen, Mireille Guiliano, Amir “Questlove” Thompson, Randy Tamborelli, Andrew Morton and Bill Geist.

The publishing industry has had many challenges through the last few years. Be it an ebook or print, I still love books and they are not going anywhere. I really love collaborating with authors, editors and publishers to help find the right cover for a book. I’m a good listener. I feel a big part of my job is to listen to writers and editors and combine their input with my aesthetic, experience and instincts to find a design solution and create a terrific package.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Humor & Comedy Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Apr, 2019 — Present

Art Direction, Typography, Book Cover Design, Book Interior Design, Branding

Hachette Book Group

Apr, 2007 — Present

Art Direction, Typography, Cover Design

Portfolio

While postpartum depression has become a recognizable condition, THE POSTNATAL DEPLETION CURE is the first book to treat root causes of mommy brain, baby blues, and other symptoms that leave mothers feeling exhausted. Any woman who has read What to Expect When... read more
A Better Man

Leah McLaren

What if the only way you could get out of your marriage was to become the perfect husband? Nick and Maya Wakefield's relationship has been in crisis since Maya left her high-powered legal career to stay home with their now 3-year-old twins. Today she feels inv... read more
In this dark and intriguing paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione, a forbidden romance turns deadly when a slayer is tasked with killing the demon who saved her life. In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . . She's ... read more
Immortal Rider

Larissa Ione

An entertaining and insightful homage to Tom Hanks, America's favorite movie star, from the New York Times bestselling author of the cult sensation The Tao of Bill Murray.Niceness gets a bad rap these days. Our culture rewards those who troll the hardest and w... read more
The author of the bestselling French Women Don't Get Fat shares the secrets and strategies of aging with attitude, joy, and no surgery.With her signature blend of wit, no-nonsense advice, and storytelling flair, Mireille Guiliano returns with a delightful, enc... read more
For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements. In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborelli continues the family chronicle begu... read more
The Lucky One

Nicholas Sparks

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tou... read more
CAUGHT BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE . . . Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his cousin and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . unt... read more
Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIAWhen young Jackie Bouvier receives her second assignment from the CIA, she knows it will go better than her first. She managed to... read more
"This sparkling novel about two sisters is both witty and stylish. Even if you don't have a sister of your own, you won't be able to resist LaZebnik's charming take on modern relationships. Read it!" - Holly Peterson, bestselling author of The Manny When Ava N... read more
Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-... read more
Save Me

Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Daphne Mitchell has always believed in cause and effect, right and wrong, good and bad. The good: her dream job as a doctor; Owen, her childhood sweetheart and now husband; the beautiful farmhouse they're restoring together. In fact, most of her life has been ... read more
Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness... read more
A LADY'S MISSION . . . Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan's dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English Crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace... read more
From New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn comes a sweeping Scottish historical romance between a dashing MacGregor highlander and his English bride.They tried to resist a marriage of convenience . . .As the clan chief's son, Adam MacGregor is duty-bou... read more
Paris to Die For

Maxine Kenneth

Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIAYoung Jacqueline Bouvier's first CIA assignment was supposed to be simple: Meet with a high-ranking Russian while he's in Paris a... read more
In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outsid... read more
It is 1941. While the "war of chaos" rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below.One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr. Keith Simpson asks ... read more
Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it. Lana Biel has always wanted to shake the dust of Vermont off her feet and see the world, one exotic country after another. But when a lighthearted spring fling changes her life forever, she turns to the one ma... read more
The definitive guide to an American classic though the lens of New York Times journalists Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer's culinary friendship.Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer share a passion for meatloaf and have been exchanging recipes via phone, ema... read more
A powerful and heartfelt coming-of-age novel that follows Martin Kelso as he grows up in 1980s New York and faces the magic of first experiences, as well as the heartbreak of hard-won life lessons.Martin Kelso's comfortable world starts to change at the age of... read more
"Whether you view your one-woman ménage as Doom or Adventure, you need a plan, if you are going to make the best of it."Thus begins Marjorie Hillis' archly funny, gently prescriptive manifesto for single women. Though it was 1936 when the Vogue editor first sh... read more
Leaving Sophie Dean

Alexandra Whitaker

Adam and Sophie Dean's good-enough marriage could easily have lasted forever. But Adam succumbs to pressure from his mistress to leave Sophie, and in the course of his carefully prepared farewell speech, Sophie has a revelation: unless she leaves him in the fa... read more
Beloved former ABC 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas reveals her alcohol addiction and anxiety disorder in a shockingly honest and emotional memoir. Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award in the First Book categoryInstant New York Times and USA Today Bestsell... read more
Beloved TV host Bill Geist pens a reflective memoir of his incredible summers spent in the heart of America in this New York Times bestseller. Before there was "tourism" and souvenir ashtrays became "kitsch," the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri-La for middle-... read more
Lacy Eye

Jessica Treadway

A haunting novel about a woman who might have to face the disturbing truth about her own daughter.Hanna and Joe send their awkward daughter Dawn off to college hoping that she will finally "come into her own." When she brings her new boyfriend, Rud, to her sis... read more
When you're in your late twenties and nothing in your life seems to be falling into place, knitting is an awfully seductive way to spend your free time. After all, as long as you're following the instructions, you can knit row after row with the knowledge that... read more
Thirty-four-year-old Manhattan accountant Cat Connelly has always lived life on the safe side. But after her little sister gets married, Cat wonders if she has condemned herself to a life of boredom by playing by the rules. She decides to take a chance for onc... read more
Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy-Award winning actress and bestselling cookbook author, returns with recipes for the foods she eats when she wants to lose weight, look good, and feel more energetic.Last spring, after a particularly grueling schedule and lapse of overi... read more
On paper, Nora's life looks perfect. She's moving in with her boyfriend Dan, she has a stable job and a great group of friends. But she's stuck in what she refers to as "meta-life," the plight of overthinking and secondguessing to the point of self-sabotage. O... read more
One house. Forty strangers. Add vodka and stir . . .Every summer, scores of Manhattan twentysomethings take part in an annual ritual with a camp-like culture distinctly its own: the Hamptons sharehouse. When Rachel and her two best friends buy their shares for... read more
How Lucky You Are

Kristyn Kusek Lewis

In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries... read more
From the bestselling authors of The Hell with Love, a fierce, funny, touching collection that takes the sting out of "aging while female."
Henny on the Couch

Rebecca Land Soodak

Kara Caine Lawson has worked hard to become the woman she is-wife, mother and successful shop owner. Having survived a turbulent childhood, Kara understands that life could've just as easily gone another way . . . and even if she isn't gliding through the tria... read more
TWICE TEMPTEDSerena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family's future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin's identity. The... read more
Greek yogurt has quickly become America's favorite health food, its tangy, luscious taste going far beyond a typical breakfast or simple snack. Thanks to its health benefits, this power food has become a staple. Greek yogurt's protein quantity builds muscles a... read more
With his big blue eyes and soulful expression, George was the irresistible runt of the litter. But Dave and Christie Nasser's "baby" ended up being almost five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds. Eager to play, and boisterous to the point of causing ch... read more
Debunk diet myths and make better food choices with this helpful guide that will transform the way you think about nutrition and health.Whether it's a new fad, "detox" diet, news report or a celebrity-endorsed supplement, the constant flow of diet information ... read more
What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were twelve? At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. Bu... read more
A Vogue "Book to Change Your Life in 2018" Pick A Bustle "Best Nonfiction Book of January 2018 to Get You Ready for the Year"From the creator of the Pussyhat Project comes a manifesto for every woman to create her own distinct and original path to joy, success... read more
Thirty million mothers between 40 and 60 years old are about to face childless households for the first time in decades. For some women, it is a lonely and confusing time; but for the vast majority, it's a journey of joy and discovery. Through intensive and wi... read more
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of French Women Don't Get Fat comes a memorable look at the French appetite for oysters, the characters who harvest and serve them, and the compelling reasons why we should all enjoy them.MEET PARIS OYSTERA Love Af... read more
If you asked people to post a status update on their relationship with food, most would say "It's Complicated." We aspire to eat healthfully but find ourselves making hasty food choices driven by stress and convenience. Or we treat ourselves to a decadent dess... read more
"Lush and mysterious...casts its spell from the first page...This is a deeply satisfying novel." - Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Island of DovesThe redemptive journey of a young woman unsure of her engagement, who revisits in memory the events of one sc... read more
Are you as authentically happy as your social media profiles make it seem?When a group of researchers asked young adults around the globe what their number one priority was in life, the top answer was "happiness." Not success, fame, money, looks, or love...but... read more
A spirited homage to Dolly Parton that captures the unique humor, no-nonsense wisdom, flash, and sass of one of America's most iconic stars.One of twelve children raised in a shack in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Dolly Parton grew to become an i... read more
For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. "You have no idea how hard it is to live o... read more
What makes a wife a lover?For Kate, the spark went out of her marriage long ago but her husband doesn't seem to notice. Their role as parents consumes their lives so they need to rekindle the romance they once shared.What makes a woman a mother?For Jo, a high-... read more
MO' META BLUESThe World According to QuestloveMo' Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone's Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals ... read more
From renowned parent expert Caroline Maguire, WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME? is a groundbreaking program that has helped thousands of children struggling with social skills to make friends, find acceptance, and have a happy childhood. Every parent wants their c... read more
The night Donald Trump won the presidency, our author Joel Stein, Thurber Prize finalist and former staff writer for Time Magazine, instantly knew why. The main reason wasn't economic anxiety or racism. It was that he was anti-elitist. Hillary Clinton represen... read more
Which child would you save? A decision no parent can even fathom.Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughte... read more
See Me

Nicholas Sparks

A powerful love story fueled with taut suspense, about an instant connection between two people who are both trying to escape the past, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks.See me just as I see you . . .Colin Hancock is giving his second c... read more
Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty ... read more

Claire has 7 reviews

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Elizabeth L.

Elizabeth L.

Jul, 2023

I had a mock-up of the cover made by an artist friend of mine and Claire was able and willing to work with it well. She provided many options for me to review and provided them to me very quickly. I hope that we may be able to collaborate on future projects!
Maureen C.

Maureen C.

Mar, 2023

Claire came up with a beautiful text arrangement and was very pleasant to work with! I will definitely work again with her! Her attention to detail was spot on as I was also looking for a subtle text for my work.
Ron F.

Ron F.

Nov, 2021

Talented & highly professional
Idelle K.

Idelle K.

Jun, 2020

I was very pleased with Claire's work and her professionalism. People have complimented me on my book cover! Claire listens to my requests and does beautiful work.
Bruce R.

Bruce R.

Jan, 2020

Very professional and responsive.

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