Laura Duffy

Laura Duffy - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Random House cover designer specializing in NON-FICTION| FICTION | HISTORICAL | MEMOIRS. I will provide you with a stunning cover.

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Overview

My two decades as an Art Director working with some of the most talented editorial, marketing, and publicity professionals at Random House and Simon & Schuster, get passed on to my clients as I work towards creating a stunning book cover design that will stand out in a crowded marketplace.

While at Random House I had the pleasure of working on projects for many high-profile clients such as Mindy Kaling, Barack Obama, Carol Burnett, Deepak Chopra, Tim Ferris, Patti LuPone, Condoleezza Rice, Jean Auel, Jillian Michaels, Joe McGinniss, Alice Hoffman, and Chris Bohjalian.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Economics
History
Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Graphic Designer | Art Director

Self-employed
August, 2012 – Present (over 10 years)

Print and digital design/production of book covers (traditional and eBook), as well as promotional
material, presentations, corporate identity, print ads, web site development, marketing campaigns
including photo research, editing and manipulation for clients on a national level.
Clients include: Teachers College Press, Springer/Demos Health Publishing, Judge Judy Sheindlin,
Sourcebooks Publishing

Senior Art Director • Lead Art Director Image Books

Random House
October, 1996 – August, 2012 (almost 16 years)

Designed and managed over 40 book jackets and covers a year from concept and design to final production. Responsibilities included hiring outside designers, illustrators, and photographers, photo research, organizing and directing photo shoots, attending press runs and over-seeing in-house freelance designers. Highly skilled at photo retouching and manipulation.

Specific projects: Ryan O’Neal, Tim Ferris, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, Patti LuPone, Mindy Kaling, Jean Auel, Carol Burnett, Jillian Michaels, Joe McGinniss, Suzanne Somers, Alice Hoffman, Deepak Chopra, Chris Bohjalian, Bryan Batt

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Powerless

O'Handley, Jeff

Love the Dark Days

Mathur, Ira

Tunnel of Mirrors

Arfin, Ferne

Foster Girl, A Memoir

Georgette Todd

Georgette Todd's mother was shot in the head when she was a small child. Her father was never in the picture and with hardly any available or "appropriate" family members willing to care for Georgette and her baby sister, both girls had no choice but to enter foster care. And that's when life really spun out of control for the Todd sisters. In "Foster Girl, A Memoir," Georgette relives the mos... read more

Georgette Todd's mother was shot in the head when she was a small child. Her father was never in the picture and with hardly any available or "appropriate" family members willing to care for Georgette and her baby sister, both girls had no choice but to enter foster care. And that's when life really spun out of control for the Todd sisters. In "Foster Girl, A Memoir," Georgette relives the mos... read more

The Surprising Power Of Not Knowing What To Do: Discovering Creativity and Compassion in a Time of Chaos

Cone Ph.D., Jay Gordon, Rinzler, Alan, Tilley, Leslie, Duffy, Laura, Cohen, Elina

Do Black Lives Matter To God: Black Characters of Purpose in Scripture

Jefferson D. Edwards

Political and religious leaders—past and present—have shaped the thinking of society to see blacks and people of color as inferior. As a result, cultural, social, political and religious groups devalued the importance of blacks. This negative mindset has existed for centuries in the Western hemisphere and has escalated to even higher levels today.Do Black Lives Matter to God? takes us on a his... read more

Political and religious leaders—past and present—have shaped the thinking of society to see blacks and people of color as inferior. As a result, cultural, social, political and religious groups devalued the importance of blacks. This negative mindset has existed for centuries in the Western hemisphere and has escalated to even higher levels today.Do Black Lives Matter to God? takes us on a his... read more

The Evolved Masculine: Be the Man the World Needs & the One She Craves

Destin Gerek

Every Crisis Has an Answer.The public spotlight showcasing what not to do or be as a man has a new level of severity, but few role models are lighting the way forward. Drawing on his 20-year career as a sexuality and leadership coach for men, Destin Gerek brings the full tour de force of his extraordinary lived experience as the Erotic Rockstar and acclaimed professional expertise to create in... read more

Every Crisis Has an Answer.The public spotlight showcasing what not to do or be as a man has a new level of severity, but few role models are lighting the way forward. Drawing on his 20-year career as a sexuality and leadership coach for men, Destin Gerek brings the full tour de force of his extraordinary lived experience as the Erotic Rockstar and acclaimed professional expertise to create in... read more

Everyone Needs a Larry: Love with a Twist of Cancer

Greenhut Tollin, Jennifer, Tollin, Larry

The Prisoner's Apprentice

Richards, Cheyenne

girls in search of cover: part one

Mshana PhD, Pamela Mariva

Beyond The Utmost Bound: A young man's adventure in search of freedom

Joseph Clinton

To Find Yourself...Disappear.On the evening of high school graduation, an outcast teenager leaves his small country town on a quest to find himself when he comes face to face with an evolutionary roadblock that has derailed most of humanity. With the help of an eighty-year-old American Indian Zen philosopher, an ex-marine cowboy, a reverend river guide, a Hopi D.J., an Iranian dancer, a ten-ye... read more

To Find Yourself...Disappear.On the evening of high school graduation, an outcast teenager leaves his small country town on a quest to find himself when he comes face to face with an evolutionary roadblock that has derailed most of humanity. With the help of an eighty-year-old American Indian Zen philosopher, an ex-marine cowboy, a reverend river guide, a Hopi D.J., an Iranian dancer, a ten-ye... read more

Laura has 30 reviews

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Donna Balon
I was delighted Laura accepted my project because her portfolio was so impressive. Every book cover she designs is unique and eye catching. We spoke for thirty minutes about the cover design concept, and soon after I received the first draft. Laura was patient and receptive to the refinements. She designed an attractive and enticing cover. Thank you, Laura!

Donna Balon, October 2022


Katie Love
Laura Duffy is a talented designer, expert communicator, and a fun collaborator. I knew right away I was in great hands. She's extremely knowledgeable and incredibly gracious. I will definitely call upon her talents again! Thank you, Laura!!!

Katie Love, September 2022


Nina Heide
Thank you so much Laura for the work you do for me. I’m very satisfied with all parts of the process. This was my second time using you and I guess not the last.

Nina Heide, June 2022


K Schachter
Laura is great. The first thing I noticed is that she responded promptly - a habit that continued throughout the job. She asked the right questions and listened to the answers. And I loved that she sat down and read my book all the way through. Maybe all designers do this, but I'm new to book publishing, so I wasn't sure if that would happen. I can imagine that some designers would read a ...
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K Schachter, June 2022

Laura Duffy
Thank you so much for this amazing review! Working with you was very much a pleasure for me as well.

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Robert Rietz
I'm a retired actuary, not a right-brained thinker, but I had a concept for a book cover. It turns out that the concept was good but Laura presented a much better interpretation of that concept that I had anticipated. We Emailed ideas back and forth for a final tweak and she again blew my expectations out of the water. Laura has very good listening and client management skills, and excellent...
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Robert Rietz, May 2022

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