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Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch - Designer

Shelter Island, United States

A one-woman design studio on Shelter Island specializing in book cover design for publishing houses and independent authors around the world


Reviews (3)

Kathleen Lynch has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years. She began her career as a book cover designer in New York city, working as both designer and art director before opening her studio on Shelter Island. Work includes book cover design, interior design and logo and branding. Kathleen has designed thousands of book covers and won acclaim from AIGA, Print, the New York Book Show and the AAUP, also having serving as a judge for both the NYBS and the AAUP. Her work combines a love of books, a passion for typography and an eye for the unusual. Clients include major publishing houses, university presses, independent houses, and many successful self-published authors.

Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Design Health & wellbeing History Photography
Christian Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Poetry


  • AAUP
  • The New York Book Show
  • Print Regional Design Annual

Work experience

Owner/Art Director/Designer

Black Kat Design
October, 2006 – Present (over 11 years)

Work includes book cover design, book interior design, logos and branding. Clients include (partial list) Algonquin Books, Baker Books, DaCapo, Encounter, Flatiron, Grand Central, Johns Hopkins University Press, Penguin Random House, Oxford, Shambhala, Simon & Schuster, Unbridled Books, wwnorton and numerous self-published authors.

Art Director

Oxford University Press
May, 1996 – October, 2006 (over 10 years)

Kathleen has 3 reviews


Randy Meyers

Kathleen was perfect for me. Talented artist. Pushed me to get in touch with my own ideas. Taught me pieces of the publishing process that I needed to know. I am publishing a novella on my own--all my work has been with a publisher, so I had lots of holes in my knowledge base which Kathleen helped me fill. Most importantly, I adore the cover!

, May 2018

Alexandria Blaelock

Kathleen listens, creates on-point concepts, and responds quickly and clearly. Her care and attention to detail made a potentially difficult process smooth and easy. I'm charmed and delighted by the final cover.

, October 2017


Very easy to work with and through. She took the time to read the MS, consult with me on concepts and over delivered on what she had promised. I had a tough decision picking just one cover.

, July 2017

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