John Hubbard

John Hubbard – Designer

Special Character Book Design : The Special Character You Need. Professional, creative, experienced, collaborative, situational.


An art museum book designer since 1994 with a situational approach to design, a great love and knowledge of typography, color, and printing, I will help translate your ideas into a thought-provoking professional publication. Our collaboration will generate a new euphoria — a third mind juxtaposing ideas to give balanced and engaging form to your content.

Working with museum editors, curators, artists and publication teams has expanded and refined my abilities to organize extensive material on a tight schedule. Originally from Seattle, I learned from a rich history of local art to respect and honor creativity.

“I much appreciate your work. The book looks downright appetizing, while at the same time conveying its complexities." – Mari Shaw, author of Painter and Pataphysician Thomas Chimes

"You have an elegant style that is often the only answer to use." –Art Chantry, designer
Antiques & Collectibles Art Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Design Music Photography

Work experience


Jun, 2012 — Present

My specialty is designing illustrated museum art catalogs, photography books, and elevating music packaging to book form, along with designing record albums, CDs, DVDs, film posters, and other illustrated books.


Aug, 2009 — May, 2012 (over 2 years)

I continued designing books for Marquand Books as a freelance designer while building a client base in Seattle before moving to Finland and creating Erikoismerkki Kirjasuunnittelu.

Marquand Books

Aug, 1994 — Aug, 2009 (about 15 years)

Conceptual design and layout of illustrated books for museums and University presses, revised design and layout to meet the needs of the client, museum and/or publisher, coordinated layout schedules with editorial manager, coordinated book specs and printing schedules with production manager, reviewed color proofs with clients and color house, on-press supervision of books printing overseas, produced a multitude of books under tight deadline to meet exhibition opening dates, designed collateral material for museums and publishers, and hired, trained and supervised design interns.


More than a cookbook, Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration demystifies the scientific concepts that inform the methods of food preservation in an easy to understand way. Taking Julia Child as her inspiration, certified Mas... read more
Book by Gamwell, Lynn, Tomes, Nancy
A classic documentation of site-specific and multi-media installation artwork, Blurring the Boundaries surveys twenty-five years of the genre's finest accomplishments. Included are James Turrell, Vito Acconci, Terry Allen, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Anish Kap... read more
One of the finest private collections of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art in America is owned by James and Marilynn Alsdorf. This catalogue provides an opportunity for individuals other than scholars and specialists to view the works of art. Assembled... read more
Comprehensive volume on the leading sculptor of influential Bay Area figurative movement.
Another Africa is a book that fuses photographs, poetry, and text to create a view of present-day Africa that moves beyond the stereotypes commonly held by most westerners: an open-air ethnographic museum, a continent in constant turmoil, a vast expanse of bea... read more
The paintings of Jacob Lawrence tell stories. Stories of enslavement and freedom, of human migration and renaissance, of struggle and of triumph. A collection of these stunning paintings provides the backdrop for this exceptional biography which tells the stor... read more
Published in conjunction with an exhibit organized by the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington. Wolffe discusses the early work of the painter who burst from a regional following in the Pacific Northwest to art-world celebrity when he was 31 years ol... read more
When Sigmund Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams in 1900, he began the modern study of a phenomenon that has fascinated human beings for thousands of years. At the same time he opened a new realm, the unconscious mind, to filmmakers and artists who we... read more
Published in conjunction with the March 1999 exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum of 72 selections from the Wright collection of contemporary art. Rather than offering a summary history of postwar art told through the examples that the Wrights have acquired, t... read more
Crossroads, a catalogue of the collection of the Experience Music Project, is a fresh, accessible, and strikingly designed look at the history and future of rock'n'roll. Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, Experience Music Project is a museum dev... read more
Constructing his art in the same improvisational spirit as the Abstract Expressionist painters, Lipton used innovative techniques and materials, and created metal works that dealt with issues of the post-war world, from nature and flight to the theories of Car... read more
Modern Japanese painting executed in traditional media and formats, or nihonga, developed in post-Meiji Restoration Japan to distinguish traditional art from Western-style oil painting. "Modern Masters of Kyoto" presents more than 80 examples of nihonga from K... read more
Arthur Tress's career can be seen as a long fantastic voyage - from early photojournalism into the realm of surrealism, eroticism and minature worlds. This retrospective is an overview of Tress's career. As the title implies, Tress's work is full of fantasy - ... read more
This two-volume set, including Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence and Jacob Lawrence: Paintings, Drawings, and Murals (1935-1999), A Catalogue Raisonne, is the definitive publication on the work of artist Jacob Lawrence. The result of six years ... read more
Henry Darger, who died in 1973, was a secretive Chicago janitor who has since been recognised as one of the supreme self-taught artists of the 20th century. His work depicts a turbulent world of good and evil and often proves disturbing. This volume catalogues... read more
The preeminent private collection of American folk art now becomes public. Showcasing more than 400 outstanding works that comprise the Ralph O. Esmerian gift to the American Folk Art Museum in New York, this sumptuous volume celebrates American folk art in al... read more
Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) is the most renowned American art critic of the twentieth century and the first to treat New York modern artists as an independent school. In the work of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and sculptor David Smith, Greenberg saw ... read more
Son of the renowned photographer Imogen Cunningham, Rondal began helping his mother with her work at the age of five. At seventeen he became Dorothea Lange's apprentice, and in the late 1930s he began working for Ansel Adams. Intimately associated with the gre... read more
Twelve days after the onset of the American Civil War in April of 1861, Frederic Edwin Church, the most successful American landscape painter of his day, debuted his latest “Great Picture”—a painting titled The North. Despite favorable reviews, the painting fa... read more
Lateral Thinking assesses the artistic achievements of the 1990s, concentrating on work by 40 contemporary artists from North, South, and Central America, Cuba, Africa, China and Europe. These include Matthew Barney, Vanessa Beecroft, Roman de Salvo, Zhang Hua... read more
With Joseph and Charles Eaton As Told to J.R. Morris At age fourteen, Doris Eaton was the youngest performer in the Ziegfeld Follies, appearing with such legends as Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Will Rogers, and Marilyn Miller. With two sisters and two brothers a... read more
For the ardent baseball fan, what sets the sport apart - what makes it "the perfect game" - are the treasured memories it evokes of a time gone by. This nostalgic visual history celebrates more than 150 years of baseball's - and America's - past. Beginning in ... read more
Despite being institutionalized for schizophrenia at age thirty-one, Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) achieved artistic greatness in his cell at Waldau Mental Asylum near his native Bern, Switzerland. He has had a profound influence on modern art ever since; André Bre... read more
The first comprehensive overview of the paintings, drawings, prints, and sketchbooks of Lobdell, San Francisco Bay area teacher and important figure in the development of West Coast abstract expressionist painting.
A quiet country town nestled at the foot of Washington's Blue Mountains with one high school and a population of just under 30,000 is the unlikely home of a world-class art organization, the Walla Walla Foundry. On one particular day, curious onlookers outside... read more
Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980) was an African-American self-taught artist, evangelist, musician, and poet who used her diverse talents as a vehicle for and extension of her profound religious faith. Morgan's life and art combine the African-American tradit... read more
"Treasures of Japanese Ceramics" celebrates the 120th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawa'ii. It presents a wide range of exceptional Japanese ceramic ware from a number of institutions in Japan, representing a broad time span, different aesthetics, an... read more
An American artist of worldwide renown, Ellsworth Kelly has consistently returned to nature as a subject throughout his extraordinary career. Kelly began making prints in 1964; shortly thereafter he created his first suite of plant lithographs. To date he has ... read more
From its vantage point in Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum commands a rare view of the American West. In half a century it has grown from a Hall of Fame honoring the American cowboy to a world-class institution housing extraordinary... read more
"Masterworks of Chinese Lacquer from the Mike Healy Collection" presents a wide range of exceptional Chinese lacquerware representing a broad time span and multiple techniques. The lacquers range in date from the later Han dynasty (1st-2nd century ce) to the l... read more
Manuel Neri's work with the artists' book is almost certainly his least known. The number of these projects has been few, four so far, all produced in very limited numbers. Until now, these books have been scarcely documented, at least in comparison to Neri's ... read more
The year 2006 marked the 400th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest portrait painters that ever lived, the Dutch seventeenth-century master, Rembrandt. Although Rembrandt is among the most important artists in western history, and perhaps our greate... read more
Hilda Morris

Bruce Guenther

One of the premier sculptors of her generation in the Northwest, Hilda Morris (1911-1993) lived her artistic life in the center of the region's circle of avant-garde painters, sculptors, poets, and musicians. This is the first book to document her half-century... read more
“Utilizing the way in which scientists and computers see our world, drawing on images based on sonar views of the ocean floor, to aerial and satellite views of the land, I have started to create artworks that translate that technological view into sculptural f... read more
Recordings made between the 1920s-'50s compiled by Rob Millis and Jeffrey Taylor of the Seattle-based experimental band Climax Golden Twins from their collections of rare 78rpm records and design ephemera. Deluxe 144-page clothbound, full-color book with two C... read more
Award-winning photographer Dorothy Monnelly captures the yet-unspoiled beauty of one of the last natural ecosystems in the Northeast. In this collection of 57 large format, black and white photographs, the salt marsh is a solemn force rendered dramatically wit... read more
Northwest artist Frances Blakemore had a lifelong love affair with Japan. She first went to Japan in 1935 and spent most of her adult life in Tokyo. Her experience with Japan encompassed the entire period from pre–World War II militarism to postwar modernizati... read more
The ten symbols of longevity - rocks, water, clouds, sun, pine trees, turtles, deer, cranes, bamboo, and fungus - represent a ubiquitous theme in the Joseon-period (1392-1910) visual culture of Korea. This volume examines a large ten-panel folding-screen lands... read more
Although it remains underappreciated in the West, calligraphy in Korea and throughout East Asia has traditionally been viewed as the highest of the visual arts, more valued than painting or sculpture. Contemporary Korean calligrapher Jung Do-jun's bold and han... read more
Inspiring Impressionism explores links between Impressionists and the major European art-historical movements that came before them, demonstrating how often beneath the Impressionists’ commitment to capturing contemporary life there lay a deep exploration of t... read more
In this striking publication, relief sculptures and related drawings by Manuel Neri are beautifully presented. The extensive body of work shows a grounding in a long sculptural tradition that underscores Neri's significance as a sculptor of international renow... read more
Martín Ramírez

Brooke Davis. ANDERSON

Martin Ramirez (1895-1963), the great self-taught draftsman of the twentieth century, left his native Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico, in 1925 to find work in the United States and support his wife and children back home. Political struggles in Mexico and the eco... read more
There used to be a time when designers were trained in the history of composition. Now you just buy a fuckin' piece of software and now you've become a designer."Art Chantry . . . Is he a Luddite?" asks a Rhode Island School of Design poster promoting a Chantr... read more
After experiencing early commercial and critical success, painter Thomas Chimes (1921–2009) became a hermit, spending the rest of his life in his hometown of Philadelphia, painting idea-based portraits like no others. Painter and Pataphysician Thomas Chimes ex... read more
Literati painting, or bunjinga, flourished in Japan after its early 18th-century introduction from China. This book magnificently illustrates and examines an important collection of literati and shin nanga artworks, including outstanding examples of paintings,... read more
S'abadeb, The Gifts captures the essence of Coast Salish culture through its artistry, oral traditions, and history. Developed in conjunction with the first extensive exhibition of the art and culture of the Coast Salish peoples of Washington State and British... read more
Artists in late 19th-century France produced some of Europe's most celebrated and revolutionary works of art. Among those innovators are Edgar Degas, Jean-Louis Forain, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who captured the renowned dancers of Paris in paintings, pas... read more
Making the past vividly present once again, Grammy winner Dust-to-Digital unveils Take Me to the Water, a revelatory examination of baptismal rites and music. Comprising a beautiful hardcover book and a CD featuring rare, vintage songs and sermons recorded bet... read more
Hardcover: 110 pages Publisher: Washington State University Museum of Art; First Edition edition (2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0975566253 ISBN-13: 978-0975566251 Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
Set against the backdrop of a year on the road with The Fray, 'The Fray: There & Back', presents a visually intimate, never before seen look at The Fray's rise to success, as seen through a unique collection of one hundred and twenty photographs. From naps cau... read more
Speak For The Trees

Andria Friesen

Seventy-six painters, sculptors, photographers, glass and conceptual artists from Ireland to Argentina, Korea to the United States, have come together in an inspiring book to answer a call by Dr. Seuss (in his 1971 classic, The Lorax) to: "Speak for the trees,... read more
"The site is the result of a careful study of the river-banks, and commands so many views of varied beauty, that all the glories of the Hudson may be said to circle it."―H. W. French, Art and Artists in Connecticut, 1879In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed up the rive... read more
This eye-popping book offers a visual history of the psychedelic sensibility. In pop culture, that sensibility is associated with lava lamps, album covers, and "teashades," but it first manifested itself in the extreme colors and kaleidoscopic compositions of ... read more
With the advent of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, art became accessible to Japan’s burgeoning merchant classes. Though a uniquely Japanese art form, the prints reveal interests in celebrity, fashion, entertainment, and travel that have a universal human appeal, reg... read more
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent over twenty-five years investigating the workings of the human body. While his paintings were widely known in his day, only a few friends and associates had any intimation of the extent of his medical research. Leonardo's "A... read more
Recorded interviews of over 1,000 people in the Appalachian Mountains lay the foundation for this 360 page biography detailing the life of Brother Claude Ely, the religious singer-songwriter and Pentecostal-Holiness preacher from southwestern Virginia, perhaps... read more
Trimpin, the sound sculptor and composer, has received MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; been the subject of a full-length documentary film and a profile in The New Yorker magazine; been included in hundreds of shows, performances, and new music festivals;... read more
Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hofmann brings together the man, the schools, the painting, the ideas, and the teaching. Jed Perl of The New Republic calls this book "enormously important... nothing less than the missing chapter in the history of the pe... read more
The Artist's Touch, the Craftsman's Hand presents a selection of the most historically important and visually compelling Japanese prints from a collection of more than 2,500 works spanning the late 17th century to the present day. Many are extremely rare and a... read more
Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting accompanies the first comprehensive exhibition of artwork by Xu Beihong hown outside Asia. It highlights a selection of 61 Chinese ink paintings, oil paintings, drawings, and pastels from the Xu Beihong Memorial M... read more
American folk art and decorative arts from the early years of the Republic are telling indicators of family traditions, aesthetic values, and household customs of the young nation. Showing us how creative and consumer cultures from the old world were transform... read more
Born in Kyoto in 1947, Fukami Sueharu belongs to a generation of ceramic artists in postwar Japan who devoted themselves to the creation of sculptural ceramics, free from traditional forms. He is internationally known for his polished, razor-sharp, minimalist ... read more
A full documentation of the work by artist, Beth Van Hoesen.
i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces brings together a collection of early photographs related to music, a group of 78rpm recordings, and short excerpts from various literary sources that are contemporary with the sound and images. It is a somewhat ... read more
This award winning book is a modern photo essay on the Gospel of John, creatively combining brilliant photographs of contemporary Israel, with the Apostle John's complete Gospel from the 1611 King James Version of the Holy Bible. Photographed during the summer... read more
Ancestral Modern explores the extraordinary transformation in Australian Aboriginal art that began in the 1970s. Instead of making art primarily for each other-whether painted or inscribed on rock walls, on the ground, on bark, or on bodies as part of ceremoni... read more
Leonardo da Vinci was a pioneer in the study of the human body. Intent on exploring and explaining every aspect of anatomy and physiology, he performed over thirty dissections of humancadavers and many more of animals. He is also among the greatest draftsmen e... read more
The career path of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), one of the world's most recognizable artists, was anything but typical. Focusing on the early stages of van Gogh's artistic development, Becoming van Gogh illustrates the artist's efforts to master draftsmanship... read more
What defines a masterwork of calligraphy? Out of Character, a collaborative effort from leading Chinese and U.S. scholars, tries to answer this question by focusing on fifteen calligraphic masterpieces. Supporting these masterworks are an additional twenty-fiv... read more
The Artist's Hand celebrates two complementary and necessary aspects of the art world, the hand of the artist and the role of art institutions, through the Washington Art Consortium's collection of American prints and drawings. The book chronicles the history ... read more
Mark Adams was born in Fort Plain, New York. He studied at the School of Fine Arts, and with Stanley William Hayter at the New York branch of Atelier 17. Adams developed an interest in the tapestry medium through visits to the Cloisters and other tapestry coll... read more
Exhibition catalog. A visually engaging examination of the human condition, as seen through the eyes of ancient Greeks. Showcases works from the collection of the British Museum, including such star pieces as the Discus Thrower (Discobolus), one of the most fa... read more
Castiglione: Lost Genius

Timothy J. Standring

Painter and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–64) was one of the most technically superb and innovative artists of the Italian Baroque. Although he is best known for his evocative etchings that reveal a mastery of light to rival that of Rembrandt... read more
For My Daughters

Dorothy Darling Kerper

• A beautiful pairing of a mother's poetry, written for her daughters, with photographs inspired by the poems, taken by her daughter, Dorothy MonnellyRenown landscape photographer Dorothy Monnelly discovered a box of her mother's poems in the attic of their ho... read more
Marissa Roth's "Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet" is a visual poem of seventy-two color photographs of her impressions of Tibet, arranged in a continuous sequence reflecting the colors of Tibetan prayer flags. The photographs were shot with s... read more
Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40 is the first comprehensive publication to document and situate Portland’s nonprofit Blue Sky Gallery within the national photography scene, charting its four-decade history from upstart artists’ colle... read more
This publication is part of a series of monographs from the Beijing-based gallery Ink Studio, featuring significant contemporary artists who work with Chinese brush and ink. Impulse, Matter, Form presents Chinese artist Zheng Chongbin (born 1961), whose work s... read more
Throughout her six-decade career, Camille Patha’s painting has oscillated between the figurative and the abstract. Patha began painting gestural abstraction in the 1960s then deliberately explored various painting styles, including hard-edged abstraction and s... read more
Robert Davidson has been a pivotal figure in the Northwest Coast Native art renaissance since he erected the first totem pole in nearly a century in his ancestral Masset village in 1969. For over forty years he has absorbed the bedrock art traditions of Haida ... read more
In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy is the first comprehensive publication to document the richly diverse collecting activity and profound impact of the cultural patronage of Portland’s most distinguished post-war patro... read more
For four decades, Roger Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces have addressed sociopolitical issues of Asian America. He does this through a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books, American Pop Art, and traditions of Japanese wood... read more
Few regions of the country produced such a distinctive group of artists with such a particular view on the modern world as did the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s and 1940s. Capitalizing on their particular geographical position at what was a modern art outpost... read more
An unparalleled study of a company that promoted and popularized American fine art prints, ceramics, and textiles throughout the 20th century > The Associated American Artists was a commercial enterprise best known for publishing prints by Thomas Hart Benton, ... read more

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Dawn W.

Dawn W.

Feb, 2024

John is very responsive and truly a pleasure to work with. He is extremely personable and adaptable. He is able to provide creative direction and feedback to offer exchange of ideas for my book cover and book format typesetting. It was so lovely to get to know more about John and his life as a creative. He helped me crunch deadlines and stay on-top of things throughout the chaos of my daily lif...
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John H.
A rare pleasure to work with a talented author who has created their own publishing company and taken on the monumental task of self-publishing their own work. Dawn knew what she wanted but was op...
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Susan R.

Susan R.

Oct, 2020

November 2020 I selected the ever-patient and idea-welcoming John Hubbard to collaborate with me again, and as always, he stepped up and delivered. My confidence in his creative skills, technical ingenuity, and steadfast resolve, along with his calm mannerism under pressure, will keep me going back to him for future work. Thank you, John!
Susan R.

Susan R.

May, 2020

As a first-time author, the process of turning thoughts into words and words into a book has been a fascinating journey, and although writing is a solitary activity, it was heartening to know that my book cover and book interior designer, Mr. John Hubbard, was just a few keystrokes away. His sharp eye for design and typography, precision, wit, and steadfast commitment to his work, made our seam...
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Xenia T.

Xenia T.

Oct, 2018

I am very grateful for John's creative input, his vision and the enthusiasm with which he embraced the project. These are the memories I will carry with me and the quality of his work shines through in the book.
Ann S.

Ann S.

Jul, 2018

John not only does beautiful work, he's delightful to work with. He bent over backwards to get to the heart of my need and to execute a suitable design. He has a very pronounced style of his own, which is why I wanted him for this job: deep knowledge of typography, exquisite font selection, and classic page design. He gave me an elegant model book that my press will use for a variety of self-p...
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