Devin Watson

Devin Watson – Designer

Award winning designer/illustrator with over 12 years exp. working with the top publishers. I have covered thousands of books in all genres.

Overview

Hi, I am Devin. I have designed hundreds of award winning covers for literary fiction, history, music, humor, food, science fiction, mystery, thriller, sports, reference and horror. And every other cross genre in between.

And I love books!
I have worked in a range of styles switching often between fiction and nonfiction titles.

I have both knowledge and ability to design in a wide range of styles appropriate to the time period or style of the novel/work of non-fiction. My abilities as an illustrator also extend my capacity to design for a wide range of genres.

I find a copasetic relationship with the authors ideas, and create striking covers that not only communicates the authors ideas but also make the cover attention grabbing and ultimately something people will want to pick up and read (and of course buy).

Most notable projects include Best Selling Authors:

Ernest Cline Armada
Sylvain Neuvel Themis Files
Tom Sweterlitsch Gone World
Mur Lafferty Six Wakes
Zachary Mason Void Star
Ken Liu Invisible Planets
Paul M. Levitt Stalin's Barber
Norman Van Aken No Experience Necessary

Please contact me for more work examples catered to your specific project!
Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Fantasy Literary Fiction Science Fiction Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Music
Languages
English
Awards
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2009
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2010
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2011
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2012
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2014
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2015
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2017
  • Washington Book Design Awards 2018
  • Baltimore Advertising Awards 2015
  • Baltimore Advertising Awards 2016
  • Baltimore Advertising Awards 2018

Work experience

Self-employed

Feb, 2019 — Present

Book Designer

HZDG

Jan, 2016 — Feb, 2018 (about 2 years)

Senior Designer Art Director

Siquis Limited

Jun, 2014 — Jan, 2016 (over 1 year)

Senior Designer Art Director

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

Nov, 2008 — Jun, 2014 (over 5 years)

Senior Designer Art Director

Portfolio

For more than thirty years, journalist and author Martin J. Smith has traveled the American West, chasing offbeat stories that often are bizarre, always compelling, and at times profound. His journey through that oft-idealized and misunderstood landscape has m... read more
More than twenty years after its publication, Peter Singer's Ethics into Action continues to inspire new generations of activists through its portrayal of Henry Spira and the animal rights movement. With a new preface from the author, this edition celebrates t... read more
Avraham Bahar leaves debt-ridden and depressed Albania to seek a better life in, ironically, Stalinist Russia. A professional barber, he curries favor with the Communist regime, ultimately being invited to become Stalin’s personal barber at the Kremlin, where ... read more
One of the most colorful parts of American History is the time of train robberies and the daring outlaws who undertook them in the period covering from just after the Civil War to 1924. For decades, the railroads were the principal transporters of payrolls, go... read more
No Experience Necessary is Chef Norman Van Aken's joyride of a memoir. In it he spans twenty-plus years and nearly as many jobs - including the fateful job advertisement in the local paper for a short-order cook with "no experience necessary." Long considered ... read more
Great blue herons, yellow birches, damselflies, and beavers are among the talismans by which Bill Roorbach uncovers a natural universe along the stream that runs by his house in Farmington, Maine. Populated by an oddball cast of characters to whom Roorbach ("T... read more
This collection of essays explores the social and cultural aspects of steampunk, examining the various manifestations of this multifaceted genre, in order to better understand the steampunk subculture and its effect on-and interrelationship with-popular cultur... read more
Modern-day Rome: Two American archaeologists suddenly die in an underground passageway in the Roman Forum leading to the buried rooms of Emperor Nero's Golden Palace. The Italian authorities conclude the deaths were caused by a devastating and highly contagiou... read more
On November 12, 1971, Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one, robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine. He escaped with $110,000; at the time,... read more
Just as George Plimpton had his proverbial cup of coffee in the NFL as the un-recruited and certainly unwanted fourth-string quarterback for the Detroit Lions, so, too, did Will McGough immerse himself in a sport he had no business trying. Like Plimpton, whose... read more
Joshua Davis and Bruno Tropeano, two guys right out of college, felt that something was amiss. People in Maine created some of the best of everything in the world — higher education, ships, television doctors, winter boots. But the gelato of which they dreamt ... read more
The path to an adventurous life seems straightforward: Crush at an outdoor sport; amass a legion of followers who drool at your hero shots on Instagram; host TED talks exhorting people to live their best life, brah. But there is another way: the way of the Wil... read more
Why do we sometimes refer to a left-handed pitcher as a “southpaw?” Why are major league pitchers normally limited to 100 pitches per game? Why was Jack Roosevelt Robinson the first African-American ever to play as part of an official lineup for a team in Majo... read more
16 scenes for two to six (or more) players5-10 minutes in lengthStudent actors will love playing a wide variety of characters:· Comical monsters· Socially awkward robots· Powerful wizards· Courageous superheroes· Mad scientists· Charismatic talking dogs· Adven... read more
Whether in a temperate, tropical, arctic, or subarctic region, you might find yourself alone in a remote area with little or no personal gear. This thoroughly revised new edition of the classic U.S. Army Survival Handbook provides the information you need to s... read more
Denunciation became so commonplace under Stalin that people regarded it as their patriotic duty to spy on others and even expose members of their own family. The original Bolsheviks, for reasons of ideological purity, put great store in transparency. But under... read more
The Amazing Spider-Man. The Incredible Hulk. The Invincible Iron Man. Black Panther. These are just a few of the iconic superheroes to emerge from the mind of Stan Lee. From the mean streets of Depression-era New York City to recipient of the National Medal of... read more
The shocking undead discovery of a military historianZombies remain popular – from The Walking Dead to Ash vs. Evil Dead, they just won’t go awayA gifty, zombie collector’s itemAuthentic military design with 150 illustrations Unearthed from a dusty Army archiv... read more

Devin has 4 reviews

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Joe G.

Joe G.

Aug, 2021

Devin was an absolute pleasure to work with! Exceptional quality work, great communication, and very dependable ... Perhaps most importantly, Devin possesses a personal touch - he listened to my thoughts on the cover design, took the time to understand my book, was willing to educate me on the cover design process, and was flexible when I ran into a few personal health challenges that kept me f...
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Mike Y.

Mike Y.

Jul, 2021

Devin knocked it out of the park! He was very quick with communication and was very open to ideas and changes, even the small things. Highly recommend!
Drew R.

Drew R.

Mar, 2021

Creative collaboration can be a daunting thing when you are dealing with a labor of love like a book and it's cover. Devin's talent, professionalism, and genuine desire to create great work was off the chart. He listened to my initial thoughts, gave me incredible options, and responded to every message throughout a smooth process. I couldn't be happier with his work and attention to detail. He ...
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Sue A.

Sue A.

Feb, 2020

Devin was such a pleasure to work with, and he really picked up the book's strengths and my creative ideas for the cover. I will 100% be working with him again in the future.

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