Cover Photo: This header image has a green background with a pattern consisting of stacks of books. In the center, we see three polaroid pictures, one for each designer in the discussion.
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How Do You Design a Book Cover?

A roundtable discussion with the design department of Catapult books.

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What has your professional journey been like, and how did you arrive at design?

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What’s your specific position at Catapult? Can you give us a general overview of your position and/or describe what a standard workweek looks like?



I remember hiding behind a book at certain points in my life when I wasn’t sure what to do  and finding comfort in books being there for me.

Can you take us through your design process, starting with where you go for inspiration when beginning a new project?

What does the book-design timeline look like? At what points in the process do you interact with other departments?

What design tools, digital or analog, do you use the most, and how do you use them?

What would you recommend for folks interested in breaking into the industry and book design as a career?

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Eliza Harris is an editorial assistant for Catapult, Social Media Manager + Assistant Poetry Editor for DIAGRAM, and Director of Communications for The Speakeasy Project. She grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and is now based in Seattle, Washington. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @elizaeharris.