Nicole Caputo

Nicole Caputo - Designer

New York, NY, United States

Award-winning book cover designer who has designed thousands of covers for a wide range of genres; several becoming bestsellers.

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Overview

Nicole Caputo is an award-winning book cover designer and currently the VP, Creative Director for Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, in New York City. She has art directed and designed hundreds of book covers for various publishers, including Simon and Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins, MacMillan, and Workman Publishing.
Nicole has been a guest speaker at the NYU Center for Publishing. Mostrecently shehas been asked to write the foreword and contribute her work to a forthcomingbook,tentativelytitled Cover Designers, to be published by Schiffer Publishing in Fall 2015. Her designs are also featured in Graphic Design Solutions, 5th Edition as well as other prestigious publications, including Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Print magazine, the Type Director's Club and Art Director's Club annuals. She has been recognized by the One Show, AIGA/NY, HOW Magazine International Design, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, the London International Creative Competition, Communication Arts Magazine, Type Director's Club, Art Director's Club, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Computers & Internet
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
DIY & Crafts
Economics
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
History
Law
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Nature
Parenting & Families
Photography
Politics & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Sports & outdoor recreation
Technology
Travel
Fiction
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Romance
Science Fiction
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • HOW Magazine International Design Awards 2011, 2013
  • Publishing Professionals Network (4) Certificates of Excellence 2013
  • Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 2012, 2013
  • New York Book Show 2012, 2013
  • One Show Design Merit Award 2012
  • 5 National Gold Ink Awards: 2006-2012
  • London International Creative Competition 2011
  • Communication Arts Magazine 2011
  • AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers: 2007, 2011
  • Type Director's Club: 2003, 2007, 2010
  • Art Director's Club: 2003, 2004
  • STEP Design Magazine: 2003, 2007, 2009

Work experience

VP, Creative Director

Basic Books / Perseus Books Group
July, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

Provide a central, creative voice for the Basic Books' brand and ensure continuity and consistency across all platforms

Conceptualize, design and oversee the creative development through final deliverables across all platforms, including book covers and jackets, catalogs, infographics, advertising, marketing materials, social media, website, and blog

Ensure that the department's priorities are aligned with the imprint's objectives and the work produced is profitable and of the highest quality

Art direct, manage and lead creative staff through concept and execution

Oversee the development of talent and plan growth opportunities for staff members

Oversee budgeting, invoicing, licensing, prepress and production

Select freelance designers, art direct, manage and lead them through concept and execution

Selecting photographers, commissioning artwork, and overseeing photo shoots

Report to the Publisher and attend editorial board meetings regularly

Art Director

Basic Books / Perseus Books Group
October, 2006 – July, 2013 (almost 7 years)

Recognized by ten prestigious design competitions with twenty-four awards for outstanding book jacket and cover design

Provide a central, creative voice for the Basic Books' brand and ensure continuity and consistency across all platforms

Conceptualize, design and oversee the creative development through final deliverables across all platforms, including book covers and jackets, catalogs, advertising, marketing materials, social media, website, blog and new logo

Continue repositioning of Basic Books' brand with new colophon, website, science blog and catalog design to reflect and attract an audience interested in serious nonfiction by leading intellectuals, scholars, and journalists

Ensure that the department's priorities are aligned with the imprint's objectives and the work produced is profitable and of the highest quality

Art direct, manage and lead creative staff through concept and execution

Oversee the development of talent and plan growth opportunities for staff members

Oversee budgeting, invoicing, licensing, prepress and production

Select freelance designers, art direct, manage and lead through concept and execution

Selecting photographers, commissioning artwork, and overseeing photo shoots

Report to the Publisher and attend editorial board meetings regularly

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