Nicole Caputo

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Nicole is the Creative Director of Catapult and Counterpoint Press and 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: Catapult October artist, Hannah Lock, sitting at her desk
“Self-belief gets you quite far as an illustrator”: Hannah Lock, Catapult Artist for October

“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

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

“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 of July

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

“‘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

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
As an artist, “it’s important to make time for friends and sunshine.”: Meryl Rowin, Catapult Artist for April

“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 by Nicole Caputo
Cover Photo: Photograph by Evan Schreiber
“Whatever you want to make, just make it.”: Anja Slibar, Catapult Artist for February

“Don’t focus on what’s popular; focus on what’s there for you to try.”

Mar 01, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Elizabeth Haidle
Art as Therapy and Benign Vengeance: Elizabeth Haidle, Catapult Artist for January

“I’ve wrapped my business model around my kiddo and his schedule and changing needs. That has been a decision I’ve never regretted.”

Feb 01, 2019