Sean Ford

Sean Ford - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Professional book designer: focusing on interior design, ebooks, and illustration.

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I'm a professional book designer, focusing on interior designs for print and ebook, as well as cover design, and illustration. I've designed over a thousand titles for authors such as James Patterson, Malcolm Gladwell, and many many others.

I love books and I love to help people make the book they want to share with the world.
Languages
English
Humanities & Social Sciences
Art
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Comics (non fiction)
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Certifications

  • MFA in Comics and Design
  • B.S. from NYU in Studio Art

Work experience

Digital Production Design Manager

Hachette Book Group
January, 2009 – Present (almost 11 years)

I manage a small design team focused on providing interior designs for over 700 titles per year. We work on fiction, non-fiction, etc

Editorial Scheduling Manager

DC Comics
July, 2002 – August, 2006 (about 4 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers--and why they often go wrong.How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach ... read more

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers--and why they often go wrong.How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach ... read more

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell's provocative new #1 bestseller -- now in paperback. Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a pebble and a sling-and ever since, the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should... read more

Malcolm Gladwell's provocative new #1 bestseller -- now in paperback. Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a pebble and a sling-and ever since, the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should... read more

Johnny Cash: The Life (ALA Notable Books for Adults)

Robert Hilburn

The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling StoneIn this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkabl... read more

The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling StoneIn this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkabl... read more

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel

Andrew Sean Greer

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (New York Times Book Review).WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZENational BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of 2017A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for... read more

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (New York Times Book Review).WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZENational BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of 2017A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for... read more

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

Min Jin Lee

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle). NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FI... read more

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle). NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FI... read more

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

Sherman Alexie

The Instant New York Times BestsellerShortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionA searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was... read more

The Instant New York Times BestsellerShortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionA searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was... read more

Watch the Girls

Jennifer Wolfe

Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel featuring a former Hollywood starlet with a devastating secret in this psychological thriller People magazine praises as "fast-paced and involving", from an incredible new voice in suspense.I've been watched all my life. I'm used to being stared at. Observed. Followed.SOMEONE IS WATCHINGWashed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after ... read more

Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel featuring a former Hollywood starlet with a devastating secret in this psychological thriller People magazine praises as "fast-paced and involving", from an incredible new voice in suspense.I've been watched all my life. I'm used to being stared at. Observed. Followed.SOMEONE IS WATCHINGWashed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after ... read more

How Are You Going to Save Yourself

JM Holmes

Four young men struggle to liberate themselves from the burden of being black and male in America in an assured debut "as up-to the-minute as a Kendrick Lamar track and as ruefully steeped in eternal truths as a Gogol tale" (Kirkus, starred review).Bound together by shared experience but pulled apart by their changing fortunes, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of ... read more

Four young men struggle to liberate themselves from the burden of being black and male in America in an assured debut "as up-to the-minute as a Kendrick Lamar track and as ruefully steeped in eternal truths as a Gogol tale" (Kirkus, starred review).Bound together by shared experience but pulled apart by their changing fortunes, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of ... read more

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Sunil Yapa

A Finalist for the PEN/ Faulkner Awardn Amazon Best Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick One of Bustle's "Most Important Books of 2016" Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year in Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Ploughshares, Bu... read more

A Finalist for the PEN/ Faulkner Awardn Amazon Best Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick One of Bustle's "Most Important Books of 2016" Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year in Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Ploughshares, Bu... read more

The Black Book

James Patterson, David Ellis

The "thrilling" #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller (Karin Slaughter): when three bodies are found in a Chicago bedroom, a black book goes missing . . . and the city has never been more dangerous.Billy Harney was born to be a cop. As the son of Chicago's chief of detectives with a twin sister on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Teaming up with his adrenaline-junkie partner, Detect... read more

The "thrilling" #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller (Karin Slaughter): when three bodies are found in a Chicago bedroom, a black book goes missing . . . and the city has never been more dangerous.Billy Harney was born to be a cop. As the son of Chicago's chief of detectives with a twin sister on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Teaming up with his adrenaline-junkie partner, Detect... read more

Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biography

Paul Buhle, Steve Max

A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. DebsEugene Victor Debs led the Socialist Party in the early twentieth-century to federal and state office across the country, helped to pioneer a fighting union politics that organized all workers, and became the beloved figurehead of American radicalism. Imprisoned for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran for president from prison,... read more

A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. DebsEugene Victor Debs led the Socialist Party in the early twentieth-century to federal and state office across the country, helped to pioneer a fighting union politics that organized all workers, and became the beloved figurehead of American radicalism. Imprisoned for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran for president from prison,... read more

Bohemians: A Graphic History

The nineteenth-century countercultures that came to define the bohemian lifestyle spanned both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from Walt Whitman to Josephine Baker, and from Gertrude Stein to Thelonius Monk. Bohemians is the graphic history of this movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities, and covering the rise of Greenwich Village, the mu... read more

The nineteenth-century countercultures that came to define the bohemian lifestyle spanned both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from Walt Whitman to Josephine Baker, and from Gertrude Stein to Thelonius Monk. Bohemians is the graphic history of this movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities, and covering the rise of Greenwich Village, the mu... read more

Sean has 5 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Cori H Spenzich
Sean helped me format a rather experimental book, and did an amazing job. The book looks amazing in both print and ebook. This was my first book, and Sean helped with small issues I ran into along with questions I had throughout. I would highly recommend going with him for book design, and will definitely be reaching out to him on future projects.

Cori H Spenzich, September 2019

Sean Ford
Thanks so much, Cori! I had a great time working on your book. I wish you the best with it and would look forward to working together again. -Sean

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Bruce Rosenfeld
We were extremely fortunate that Sean agreed to take on this project. He started with the interior design; carefully considered our vision and propelled this to a level way beyond. He then did the same with the outer cover for the book. Sean was extremely professional and in working with him for almost one month, there was never a single time that he did not produce a quality item either on o...
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Bruce Rosenfeld, September 2019

Sean Ford
Thank you, Bruce! It was great to work with you! Would be happy to work together again some day. I wish you the best with your book.

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Shagun Karki
Sean is really quick at grasping the essence of the book. His expertise lies in creativity and he has the ability to do grasp the theme of any book. Communication was also good, he was fairly quick at responding, despite the time difference. Overall I highly recommend Sean, it has been great working with him. I hope to work with him again in the future

Shagun Karki, August 2019


Adrian McKoy
Sean was patient and listened to every correction that I needed for my book interior. The communication was outstanding as we worked closely together. If you're looking for looking for a professional with a meticulous eye, then Sean is a great choice.

Adrian McKoy, June 2019


John Stuef
Very nice work and very easy to work with. Sean is a true professional!

John Stuef, April 2019

Sean Ford
Thanks, John! Great to work with you as well.

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