Jonathan Sainsbury

Jonathan Sainsbury - Designer Tick

Glastonbury, CT, USA

A book designer since 1998, I have worked at and freelanced for publishers, large and small. Looking forward to working you.

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Overview

Jonathan Sainsbury is an award-winning graphic designer with two decades experience specializing in book cover design. Client list includes Atria Books, Da Capo Press, Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Harry N. Abrams, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knopf, Pantheon, Pegasus Books, Penguin Random House, Picador, Shambhala Publications, Simon and Schuster, Smithsonian Books, St. Martins Press, VeloPress, and W. W. Norton. He has designed CD booklets, film posters, identities, branding, logos, social media marketing, and more.

His work has been in many prestigious publications, including COMMUNICATION ARTS, HOW magazine, PRINT magazine, among significant design blogs such as The Casual Optimist.

Awards include the AIGA 50 / 50 Covers, AAUP, Bookbuilders of Boston's New England Book Show, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.

Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Horror
Literature
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Music
Sports & outdoor recreation

Certifications

  • MFA, Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Member of Connecticut Art Directors Club
  • Past member of the Type Director's Club, AIGA NY, AIGA Boston

Awards

  • PRINT Magazine Design Annual 2009
  • AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers 2012
  • AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers 2006
  • AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show 2006
  • 26th Annual New York Book Show - Best Covers 2011
  • Publishing Professionals Network (AKA Bookbuilders West) 2013
  • National Gold Ink Award - Pewter 2012
  • New England Book Show - Best Nonfition Book Award 2015

Work experience

Art Director / Designer / Owner

Self-employed
May, 1998 – Present (over 20 years)

A design studio specializing in book jacket and book interior design.

Art Director

Da Capo Press / Lifelong Books — Perseus Books Group / Hachette Int'l
August, 2010 – February, 2016 (over 5 years)

Worked with international personalities (actors, musicians, comedians, and chefs), arranged and directed photoshoots, which included hiring photographers, stylists, and managing budgets. Other areas of my work at Da Capo are music, history, memoirs, biographies, lifestyle titles that include cookbooks, diet, fitness, and relationships.

Art Director

Pantheon and Schocken Books [Knopf Group / Random House]
May, 2007 – March, 2009 (almost 2 years)

Designed award-winning book jackets. Managed all aspects of the imprint. Hired and directed designers, illustrators, photographers, and researchers. Worked directly with international level authors, executive editors, and publishers, Sonny Mehta and Janice Goldklang.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Song and the Silence: A Story about Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright

Yvette Johnson

In this “beautiful, evocative” (Booklist, starred review) memoir, Yvette Johnson travels to the Mississippi Delta to uncover the moving, true story of her late grandfather Booker Wright, whose extraordinary act of courage would change his and, later, her life forever.“Have to keep that smile,” Booker Wright said in the 1966 NBC documentary Mississippi: A Self-Portrait. At the time, Wright was ... read more

In this “beautiful, evocative” (Booklist, starred review) memoir, Yvette Johnson travels to the Mississippi Delta to uncover the moving, true story of her late grandfather Booker Wright, whose extraordinary act of courage would change his and, later, her life forever.“Have to keep that smile,” Booker Wright said in the 1966 NBC documentary Mississippi: A Self-Portrait. At the time, Wright was ... read more

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno: Stories

Yasutaka Tsutsui

This collection of marvelously off-kilter short stories – the American debut of acclaimed Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui – portrays the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide and throw the lives of ordinary men and women into disarray.In “The Dabba Dabba Tree” Tsutsui describes the hilarious side effects of a small conical tree that, when placed at the foot of on... read more

This collection of marvelously off-kilter short stories – the American debut of acclaimed Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui – portrays the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide and throw the lives of ordinary men and women into disarray.In “The Dabba Dabba Tree” Tsutsui describes the hilarious side effects of a small conical tree that, when placed at the foot of on... read more

Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

John Doe, Tom DeSavia

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. John Doe of the legendary band X and co-author Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors ... read more

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. John Doe of the legendary band X and co-author Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors ... read more

Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Justin Martin

Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from... read more

Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from... read more

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

S. C. Gwynne

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all. S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful... read more

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all. S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful... read more

The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition: A Cutting-Edge Plan to Fuel Your Body Beyond ""the Wall""

Matt Fitzgerald

Every year, roughly 2 million people participate in marathons and half marathons in the United States, and, no matter what level they are, every one of these runners has likely hit “The Wall,” running out of muscle fuel in the final miles and slowing down precipitously. This setback and other common running disappointments are nutritional (or metabolic) in nature. In The New Rules, renowned fi... read more

Every year, roughly 2 million people participate in marathons and half marathons in the United States, and, no matter what level they are, every one of these runners has likely hit “The Wall,” running out of muscle fuel in the final miles and slowing down precipitously. This setback and other common running disappointments are nutritional (or metabolic) in nature. In The New Rules, renowned fi... read more

Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

Tony Iommi

Black Sabbath is currently on The End Tour which they have proclaimed as their final concert tour Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath dubbed The Beatles of heavy metal by Rolling Stone Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi s humor intelligence and warmth He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his... read more

Black Sabbath is currently on The End Tour which they have proclaimed as their final concert tour Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath dubbed The Beatles of heavy metal by Rolling Stone Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi s humor intelligence and warmth He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his... read more

Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart

Trista Sutter

Trista Rehn was a pediatric physical therapist moonlighting as a Miami Heat dancer when she heard about casting for a new reality show—one guy getting to know twenty-five girls in the hope of finding a fiancée. As improbable and crazy as it sounded, Trista took the chance—and had her heart broken on the very first season of The Bachelor. But the next season, as the first Bachelorette, her fair... read more

Trista Rehn was a pediatric physical therapist moonlighting as a Miami Heat dancer when she heard about casting for a new reality show—one guy getting to know twenty-five girls in the hope of finding a fiancée. As improbable and crazy as it sounded, Trista took the chance—and had her heart broken on the very first season of The Bachelor. But the next season, as the first Bachelorette, her fair... read more

Roberto's New Vegan Cooking: 125 Easy, Delicious, Real Food Recipes

Roberto Martin

Do you suffer through the same old salads because you want to eat more veggies? Are you trying to use less processed junk when you cook but find yourself thinking, "I don't have time for that"? If you're hungry for good food and a good time in the kitchen, chef Roberto Martin has the answers—and he's here to demonstrate that cooking delicious meals with whole foods doesn't have to take a whole... read more

Do you suffer through the same old salads because you want to eat more veggies? Are you trying to use less processed junk when you cook but find yourself thinking, "I don't have time for that"? If you're hungry for good food and a good time in the kitchen, chef Roberto Martin has the answers—and he's here to demonstrate that cooking delicious meals with whole foods doesn't have to take a whole... read more

Hell from the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack

John Wukovits

On April 16, 1945, the crewmen of the USS Laffey heroically withstood twenty-two kamikaze attacks at Okinawa in what the US Navy called "one of the great sea epics of the war." Using scores of personal interviews with survivors, the memoirs of crew members, and the sailors' wartime correspondence, historian John Wukovits breathes life into this nearly forgotten event and makes the ordeal of th... read more

On April 16, 1945, the crewmen of the USS Laffey heroically withstood twenty-two kamikaze attacks at Okinawa in what the US Navy called "one of the great sea epics of the war." Using scores of personal interviews with survivors, the memoirs of crew members, and the sailors' wartime correspondence, historian John Wukovits breathes life into this nearly forgotten event and makes the ordeal of th... read more

The Adventure of the Missing Detective: And 19 of the Year's Finest Crime and Myster: Plus complete coverage of the year in mystery and crime fiction (Year's Finest Crime & Mystery Stories)

From traditional mystery stories with devious doings and a plot full of clues to terse thrillers with edge-of-the-seat climaxes to the nail-biting tale of psychological suspense, no field of popular fiction can match contemporary crime writing in diversity, excitement, cunning, or satisfaction. In this stunning collection of the year's best offerings in the genre, armchair detectives, suspense... read more

From traditional mystery stories with devious doings and a plot full of clues to terse thrillers with edge-of-the-seat climaxes to the nail-biting tale of psychological suspense, no field of popular fiction can match contemporary crime writing in diversity, excitement, cunning, or satisfaction. In this stunning collection of the year's best offerings in the genre, armchair detectives, suspense... read more

Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Freddie Mercury and Queen

Mark Blake

Queen's success in the 1970s was accompanied by a taste for musical and non-musical excess. Is This the Real Life? draws on eyewitness testimonies--former producers and managers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends--to create a complete picture of one of the world's most ambitiously driven rock bands at work and at play. Revealing Queen's complex dynamic, Blake also explores how Freddie Mercury's se... read more

Queen's success in the 1970s was accompanied by a taste for musical and non-musical excess. Is This the Real Life? draws on eyewitness testimonies--former producers and managers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends--to create a complete picture of one of the world's most ambitiously driven rock bands at work and at play. Revealing Queen's complex dynamic, Blake also explores how Freddie Mercury's se... read more

Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I'm Not Supposed to Tell

John Popper, Dean Budnick

Hailed by many as the world's greatest harmonica player, John Popper has redefined the instrument. As the lead singer and principal songwriter of Blues Traveler, Popper has performed for more than 30 million people over 2,000 live dates and composed such radio staples as "Hook," "But Anyway," and "Run-Around," the longest-charting single in Billboard history. He has appeared with Eric Clapton ... read more

Hailed by many as the world's greatest harmonica player, John Popper has redefined the instrument. As the lead singer and principal songwriter of Blues Traveler, Popper has performed for more than 30 million people over 2,000 live dates and composed such radio staples as "Hook," "But Anyway," and "Run-Around," the longest-charting single in Billboard history. He has appeared with Eric Clapton ... read more

My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

Joseph Madison Beck

The story of Foster Beck, the author’s late father, whose defense of a black man accused of rape in 1930s Alabama foreshadowed the trial at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird.As a child, Joseph Beck heard the stories―when other lawyers came up with excuses, his father courageously defended a black man charged with raping a white woman.Now a lawyer himself, Beck reconstructs his father's role i... read more

The story of Foster Beck, the author’s late father, whose defense of a black man accused of rape in 1930s Alabama foreshadowed the trial at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird.As a child, Joseph Beck heard the stories―when other lawyers came up with excuses, his father courageously defended a black man charged with raping a white woman.Now a lawyer himself, Beck reconstructs his father's role i... read more

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