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Jonathan Sainsbury

Jonathan Sainsbury - Designer

Cambridge, MA, United States

A book designer since 1998, I have worked at and freelanced for many publishers, large and small.


I've been a book designer since 1998. In that time, I have worked at and freelanced for many publishers, large and small.

My work has been awarded the AIGA 50 Books / 50 Books, AAUP award, New York Book Show, the New England Book Show, among others., and featured in PRINT Magazine.

For 2016, I am excited to be forging new relationships, and to continue the working with previous clients.

Adventure Anthologies Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Literature
Biographies & Memoirs Comics (non fiction) Music Politics & Current Affairs Sports & outdoor recreation


  • MFA, Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts


  • 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

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.

Art Director / Designer / Owner

6x9 Design

May, 1999 – Present (over 17 years)

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

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