Nicole Caputo

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Nicole is the Creative Director of Catapult, Counterpoint Press and Soft Skull Press. She is also the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group. 

Awards include a  Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The  One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.

Instagram: @nlcaputo Twitter: @NLcaputo


Cover Photo: Sara Wong sits on a porch, surrounded by plants. Sun and shadow fall on her as she draws her in notebook.
Cover Photo: Kim Salt sits at her desk at work
The Challenges of Distilling Metaphor into Art: Kim Salt, Catapult Artist for November 2019

“Always meet your deadlines, do good work, and be easy to get along with.”

Nov 27, 2019
Cover Photo: Catapult October artist, Hannah Lock, sitting at her desk
“Self-belief gets you quite far as an illustrator”: Hannah Lock, Catapult Artist for October 2019

“Refrain yourself from throwing things away. Even if you think you’re going nowhere with what you’re creating.”

Oct 30, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of the author's work desk, covered in different art tools and swatches of bright colors, as well as the work in progress of one of her illustrations for Catapult.
“Look at everything!”: Celia Jacobs, Catapult Artist of September 2019

Learning to apply my curiosity wherever it’s needed has made my illustration career more fun and maybe more successful, too.

Sep 30, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Alexandra Bowman
“People will always need art in their lives.”: Alexandra Bowman, Catapult Artist for August 2019

“Working for myself is all about balance. Although illustration is my career and passion, I still need to have a life outside of art-making.”

Aug 30, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Lindsay Stripling
Trust the Process: Linsday Stripling, Catapult Artist for July 2019

I think what I love about illustration is that there are so many ways to challenge myself.

Jul 31, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Sarah Robbins
Make What You Love and You Will Be Found: Sarah Robbins, Catapult Artist for June 2019

“‘Illustrator’ is just the easiest catch-all for many jobs—which again, I’m rather restless so it’s worked out great that I never get bored!”

Jun 28, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Sirin Thada
Stirring Ideas to Life: Sirin Thada, Catapult Artist for May 2019

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me that had been there all along.”

May 31, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Meryl Rowin
“It’s important to make time for friends and sunshine.”: Meryl Rowin, Catapult Artist for April 2019

“In college, I think there was this idea floating around that a real illustrator worked all night—and if they weren’t, they were half ass-ing it. [Now,] I like to give my brain some time to absorb and to rest in equal measure.”

May 03, 2019
Cover Photo: Flexibility, Distillation, and Immersion: Ellen Weinstein, Catapult Artist for March 2019 by Nicole Caputo