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Catherine Casalino

Creative Director, Book Cover Designer

Catherine Casalino is the principal and creative director of Casalino Design, an independent design studio in New York focusing on book design, print, and branding.

Before starting Casalino Design in 2016, Catherine worked in-house as an art director and designer at Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Grand Central Publishing. She began her career at Rodrigo Corral Design.

Over the past two decades, Catherine’s work has been recognized by numerous design organizations and publications including AIGA, the Type Directors Club, Print, Communication Arts, Eye Magazine, and the New York Book Show. She speaks at area art schools and design talks, and volunteers as a mentor for Alphabettes, a group for women in type.

She has served as competition chair and judge for several international design competitions, including for The Type Directors Club, The Art Directors Club, and the Association of American University Presses.

In 2023, Catherine had the unique opportunity to design book covers for a major film: She designed several book jackets that were used throughout the 2023 Cord Jefferson movie American Fiction. You can read about her creative process of producing covers for a movie in our exclusive Q&A featured on our blog. She also shared all of her designs used in the film in this Instagram post.

Catherine Casalino has created a class on book cover design available from Domestika: Design Thinking For Book Covers and Visual Concepts.

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