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Nicole Caputo

Creative Director

Nicole currently serves as the Vice President and Creative Director at Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press. She is also the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization dedicated to celebrating women in book design. Her impressive career also includes a tenure as VP and Creative Director at Basic Books (Hachette Book Group).

Nicole’s remarkable work has been honored with numerous accolades, including an ADC Silver Cube, and commendations from prestigious entities such as AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, The Type Directors Club, and Communication Arts Magazine. A comprehensive list of her awards, publications, jury and panel participations can be found on her dedicated awards page.

Her freelance studio takes pride in collaborating with a broad spectrum of clients, from renowned publishers and local organizations to independent authors. Among her clientele are Algonquin Books, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare, and major publishing houses such as Farrar Straus and Giroux, Grove Atlantic, and Penguin Random House.

Nicole’s insights and expertise in design are accessible through various podcasts and videos, where her voice resonates with budding designers and book enthusiasts alike. Notable appearances include Belletrist Studio Sessions, Slow Stories Podcast, and LitHub and Reading Women podcast’s episode “She Designs Books: Anne Twomey and Nicole Caputo Celebrate Women in Book Design.” She also features in the Spine Magazine Podcast, Episode 5: “She Designs Books.”

Nicole has contributed to diverse publications and platforms. Highlights include her foreword in Matthew Goodman’s Book Cover Designs (February 2016), her innovative take on color usage in LitHub‘s “How to Use Red, White, and Blue on a Book Cover,” and her insights in Electric Lit’s pieces on book cover evolution and design processes.

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