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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.

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.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Fantasy Humor & Comedy Literature Romance Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen
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

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 (almost 4 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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