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Elynn Cohen

Elynn Cohen - Designer

South Orange, NJ, United States

A versatile, creative, collaborative book design professional who designs covers and interiors with a focus on the children's market.

Overview

Reviews (1)

Specialties:
• Book design and art direction, including covers and interiors of picture books, novelty and board books, middle grade fiction, young adult novels, non fiction, coffee table books, adult mystery and poetry.
• Design of marketing materials including print ads, posters, brochures, animated banner ads, packaging and catalogs.
• Have worked with both large and small publishing houses as well as self publishing authors.
• Advanced proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, with training in E-Book creation and Wordpress web design.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Literature Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Certifications

  • BFA from Syracuse University in Illustration

Awards

  • Various books I've designed have been recognized with awards at the New York Book Show, the Society of Illustrators, as a National Book Award Finalist, and with a Quill Award. 

Work experience

Independent Art Director/Designer

Freelance
September, 2005 – Present (almost 12 years)

Independent art director and designer of book jackets and interiors, brochures, catalogs, packaging, ads, posters and marketing materials for a number of different clients, including publishers, toy companies, and a gallery. I have collaborated on design projects with: Apples and Honey Press, Behrman House, Begin Smart Books, Bhuddapus Ink, Blue Apple Books, Bookbinders Guild of New York, Briarpatch Toys, Clarion Books, Dutton (Penguin), FAO Schwartz, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan Kids), Gefen Publishing House, Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin), Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (Macmillan Kids), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hyperion Books (Disney), Luminus Publishing, Marshall Cavendish, Modern Publishing, National Geographic School Publishing, NorthSouth Books, QBS Learning, The Pete Seeger Project, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Puffin Books (Penguin), Scholastic, Sideshow Media, SmartInk, Square Fish (Macmillan Kids), Sterling Publishing and St. Martin's Press.

Senior Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
April, 1988 – April, 2006 (about 18 years)

Design of jackets and interiors for frontlist hardcover books in the children's design department. Involved in all stages of bookmaking from jacket and cover design, creating layouts, choosing type, discussing illustrator choices and artwork styles, and getting materials ready to be printed. Advanced proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Extensive color correcting experience. Worked closely with editors, artists and creative directors. Supervision of freelancers and design assistants.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech

Shana Corey

Acclaimed author Shana Corey and New York Times Best Illustrated, Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning artist R. Gregory Christie deliver a fresh look at President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with the civil rights movement.From prominent leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson to children and teenagers, it was the people speaking out and working fo... read more

Acclaimed author Shana Corey and New York Times Best Illustrated, Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning artist R. Gregory Christie deliver a fresh look at President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with the civil rights movement.From prominent leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson to children and teenagers, it was the people speaking out and working fo... read more

Surf's Up

Kwame Alexander

Surf's up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can shout 'Surf's up!' both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach. Newbery Award Medal Winner, Kwame Ale... read more

Surf's up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can shout 'Surf's up!' both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach. Newbery Award Medal Winner, Kwame Ale... read more

Building Amazing Creations: Sean Kenney's Art with LEGO Bricks

Sean Kenney

A behind-the-scenes exploration of a LEGO master's body of work―for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.Kids love building with LEGO bricks, and so do "professional kids" like Sean Kenney. After twelve years writing code and designing websites for major corporations, Sean pursued his dream of making LEGO art. The New York Times calls his work the "artistic elite" of LEGO building. Today, Sean has fou... read more

A behind-the-scenes exploration of a LEGO master's body of work―for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.Kids love building with LEGO bricks, and so do "professional kids" like Sean Kenney. After twelve years writing code and designing websites for major corporations, Sean pursued his dream of making LEGO art. The New York Times calls his work the "artistic elite" of LEGO building. Today, Sean has fou... read more

The Knights Before Christmas

Joan Holub

'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . . But nothing would stoptheir white-whiskered foe.No matter their efforts,he just would not go!This parody of Clement Clarke Moore... read more

'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . . But nothing would stoptheir white-whiskered foe.No matter their efforts,he just would not go!This parody of Clement Clarke Moore... read more

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

Deborah Heiligman

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himse... read more

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himse... read more

Love and Haight

Susan Carlton

It's 1971, and seventeen-year-old Chloe and her best friend MJ head to San Francisco to ring in the New Year. But Chloe has an ulterior motive―and a secret. She's pregnant and has devised a plan not to be. In San Francisco's flower-power heyday, it was (just about) legal to end her pregnancy.But as soon as the girls cross the Golden Gate, the scheme starts to unravel amid the bellbottoms, love... read more

It's 1971, and seventeen-year-old Chloe and her best friend MJ head to San Francisco to ring in the New Year. But Chloe has an ulterior motive―and a secret. She's pregnant and has devised a plan not to be. In San Francisco's flower-power heyday, it was (just about) legal to end her pregnancy.But as soon as the girls cross the Golden Gate, the scheme starts to unravel amid the bellbottoms, love... read more

Comet in Moominland (Moomins)

Tove Jansson

When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley.

When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley.

My Life as a Book (The My Life series)

Janet Tashjian

Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he's been labeled a "reluctant reader," his mom has pushed him to read "real" books-something other than his beloved... read more

Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he's been labeled a "reluctant reader," his mom has pushed him to read "real" books-something other than his beloved... read more

Bad Boys

Margie Palatini

Wally and Willy are on the lam again. But as Willimina and Wallanda, they're free and clear . . . or are they? These cleverly disguised wolves think they can fool an entire flock with their womanly wool-wear, but three savvy sheep expose their plan. It looks like another close shave for these baa-aad boys!

Wally and Willy are on the lam again. But as Willimina and Wallanda, they're free and clear . . . or are they? These cleverly disguised wolves think they can fool an entire flock with their womanly wool-wear, but three savvy sheep expose their plan. It looks like another close shave for these baa-aad boys!

Totally Cool Creations: Three Books in One; Cool Cars and Trucks, Cool Robots, Cool City

Sean Kenney

Three books in one! This is the ultimate Sean Kenney collection that includes the classic LEGO model building books: Cool Cars and Trucks, Cool Robots, and Cool City. And as an added bonus there are over twenty-one NEW instructions and model tips included. So whether you want to build an SUV, a skyscraper, or a transformer this is the must-have collection for all LEGO enthusiasts to let their ... read more

Three books in one! This is the ultimate Sean Kenney collection that includes the classic LEGO model building books: Cool Cars and Trucks, Cool Robots, and Cool City. And as an added bonus there are over twenty-one NEW instructions and model tips included. So whether you want to build an SUV, a skyscraper, or a transformer this is the must-have collection for all LEGO enthusiasts to let their ... read more

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

Shel Silverstein

From the legendary creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and The Giving Tree comes an unforgettable new character in children's literature: Runny Babbit.Runny Babbit is Shel Silverstein's hilarious and New York Times-bestselling book of spoonerisms—words or phrases with letters or syllables swapped: bunny rabbit becomes Runny Babbit.Welcome to the world of Runny... read more

From the legendary creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and The Giving Tree comes an unforgettable new character in children's literature: Runny Babbit.Runny Babbit is Shel Silverstein's hilarious and New York Times-bestselling book of spoonerisms—words or phrases with letters or syllables swapped: bunny rabbit becomes Runny Babbit.Welcome to the world of Runny... read more

The Three Gifts: A Story About Three Angels and the Baby Jesus

Michael Storrings (Illustrator) Kathie Lee Gifford (Author)

"One day in Heaven, a long time ago God summoned three angels before Him. He told them to sing of the birth of His son And to take Him three gifts to adore Him."So starts The Three Gifts, a gentle narrative poem that tells the story of the Angel messengers sent by the Lord to deliver three special gifts in celebration of the birth of the Baby Jesus. The last and most exceptional of the gifts c... read more

"One day in Heaven, a long time ago God summoned three angels before Him. He told them to sing of the birth of His son And to take Him three gifts to adore Him."So starts The Three Gifts, a gentle narrative poem that tells the story of the Angel messengers sent by the Lord to deliver three special gifts in celebration of the birth of the Baby Jesus. The last and most exceptional of the gifts c... read more

Rose Red and the Bear Prince

Brothers Grimm

One dark winter evening there came a loud thumping on the cottage door. Rose Red sprang up....When she unbolted the door, a great brown bear thrust his head in.Most girls would be frightened if a bear showed up on their doorstep, but not Rose Red. She loves all animals, and invites the bear into her home. This good deed leads to another, and eventually she rescues her new friend from an evil e... read more

One dark winter evening there came a loud thumping on the cottage door. Rose Red sprang up....When she unbolted the door, a great brown bear thrust his head in.Most girls would be frightened if a bear showed up on their doorstep, but not Rose Red. She loves all animals, and invites the bear into her home. This good deed leads to another, and eventually she rescues her new friend from an evil e... read more

Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol

Bonnie Christensen

You might recognize him from his famous paintings of Campbell's soup cans and coke bottles. But do you know about the artist who created these images? Any Warhol was often sick as a child but found comfort in reading comic books and most especially in drawing. From his early days in Pittsburgh in the 1930s to the height of his glory in the 1960s when he blurred the line between commercial art ... read more

You might recognize him from his famous paintings of Campbell's soup cans and coke bottles. But do you know about the artist who created these images? Any Warhol was often sick as a child but found comfort in reading comic books and most especially in drawing. From his early days in Pittsburgh in the 1930s to the height of his glory in the 1960s when he blurred the line between commercial art ... read more

El Barrio

Debbi Chocolate

Join a young boy as he explores his vibrant neighborhood. The city shimmers with life—at once a party, a waltz, and a heartbeat. El Barrio is his sister preparing for her quinceañera, his grandfather singing about the past, and his cousins’ stories from other lands. The city is alive with the rhythms of the street. Told in lyrical language and through bold, colorful illustrations, this celebra... read more

Join a young boy as he explores his vibrant neighborhood. The city shimmers with life—at once a party, a waltz, and a heartbeat. El Barrio is his sister preparing for her quinceañera, his grandfather singing about the past, and his cousins’ stories from other lands. The city is alive with the rhythms of the street. Told in lyrical language and through bold, colorful illustrations, this celebra... read more

Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends

Yumi Heo

Lady Hahn is a seamstress, and her seven friends are the tools she uses to sew―Mrs. Ruler, Newlywed Scissors, Young Bride Needle, Young Bride Red Thread, Old Lady Thimble, Young Lady Flatiron, and Little Miss Iron. When Lady Hahn's friends start boasting about how important they are, Lady Hahn turns her back on them. But it's not long before she realizes how much she needs her friends as every... read more

Lady Hahn is a seamstress, and her seven friends are the tools she uses to sew―Mrs. Ruler, Newlywed Scissors, Young Bride Needle, Young Bride Red Thread, Old Lady Thimble, Young Lady Flatiron, and Little Miss Iron. When Lady Hahn's friends start boasting about how important they are, Lady Hahn turns her back on them. But it's not long before she realizes how much she needs her friends as every... read more

Hello Mr. Hulot

David Merveille

Meet Mr. Hulot—he's always in the middle of the action! Created and played by French comic actor and filmmaker Jacques Tati, Mr. Hulot is a beloved charater in France. David Merveille’s comic strip style illustrations depict 23 captivating scenes with a page turn that builds suspense for each surprise ending. From buying a snow globe on a warm summer day—shaking it—and causing the sky to snow,... read more

Meet Mr. Hulot—he's always in the middle of the action! Created and played by French comic actor and filmmaker Jacques Tati, Mr. Hulot is a beloved charater in France. David Merveille’s comic strip style illustrations depict 23 captivating scenes with a page turn that builds suspense for each surprise ending. From buying a snow globe on a warm summer day—shaking it—and causing the sky to snow,... read more

The Last Track: A Mike Brody Novel

Sam Hilliard

Mike Brody, the man you want when the one you love is missing.After an asthmatic boy witnesses a murder and goes missing in the Montana wilderness, police turn to Mike Brody, a former Special Forces operative and master tracker with psychic abilities. But as Mike and a local officer follow their elusive quarry deeper into the woods, the killer begins a hunt of his own…Some say his gift is supe... read more

Mike Brody, the man you want when the one you love is missing.After an asthmatic boy witnesses a murder and goes missing in the Montana wilderness, police turn to Mike Brody, a former Special Forces operative and master tracker with psychic abilities. But as Mike and a local officer follow their elusive quarry deeper into the woods, the killer begins a hunt of his own…Some say his gift is supe... read more

The Blossom Shoppe

Caroline Brickley, Katherine Brickley

In a town that is totally gray and where everything is done in the same exact way, Poppy and Posie Blossom have always had a little trouble fitting in.Alongside their mother, the two sisters run their beloved family flower shop. Though Poppy, Posie, and Mama Blossom love their shop more than just about anything, to the rest of the town, flowers are just frivolous!When Mama Blossom shocks Poppy... read more

In a town that is totally gray and where everything is done in the same exact way, Poppy and Posie Blossom have always had a little trouble fitting in.Alongside their mother, the two sisters run their beloved family flower shop. Though Poppy, Posie, and Mama Blossom love their shop more than just about anything, to the rest of the town, flowers are just frivolous!When Mama Blossom shocks Poppy... read more

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ann sutton

Elynn was amazing to work with and we are so lucky to have found her through reedsy. She truly went above and beyond to make our book look beautiful and appealing to our audience, with sincere concern and attention to our story and its meaning so that it was reflected in the design. Elynn also helped us to navigate our way through the publication process, as this was our first time publishing ...

, June 2017

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