Lisa Vega

Graphic designer

New York, NY, USA
I have been working in publishing as a cover and interior designer for more than fourteen years. I started my career working on 4-color lifestyle books and cookbooks. For the last twelve years I have been working in children's publishing and have designed several New York Times bestselling series, most notably Rachel Renée Russell's Dork Diaries series and Brandon Mull's Beyonder series.

Work Experience

Little Bee Books

Freelance Designer

2019 - Present New York, New York, United States

Small Batch Books

Freelance designer

March 2015 - Present United States

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

senior designer

Senior Designer for Clarion and HMH Books for Young Readers in the New York office. Responsible for creating and designing book covers and interiors for all formats. Oversees each project through the design process from conception to approval to delivery of final materials to production.
Responsibilities include the following:
* Creates appropriate designs for YA, middle grade, nonfiction, and picture books with an eye toward multiple formats. Primary focus is high-end jackets for middle-grade and YA novels.
* Works closely with illustrators and photographers in the creation of cover and interior artwork.
* Works closely with the Art Director to schedule and prepare materials for jacket meetings and sales and marketing needs.
* Ensures all projects are handled properly and on schedule and budget, from issuing agreements to managing approvals to placing files in the appropriate systems.
* Assists Art Director with mentoring other designers.
October 2013 - January 2019 New York, United States

Sterling Publishing


February 2013 - April 2013 New York, New York, United States

Simon & Schuster

Senior Designer

Responsible for all the stages of the jacket and interior design of young adult, middle grade novels, picture book, chapter books, and graphic novels. From hiring illustrators, purchasing stock photos to putting together printer ready mechanicals, color correction and working with prepress production. Also prepared files for E-book production.
Notable titles include: The bestselling Dork Diaries series
as well as the New York Times #1 bestselling Beyonders series.
June 2004 - July 2012 New York, New York, United States

Simon & Schuster

junior designer

Responsible for all stages of jacket and interior design of young adult and middle grade novels, chapter books, and ready-to-reads. As well as picture book and novel paperback conversions.
2000 - 2004 New York, New York, United States

Barnes & Noble Publishing

Freelance in-house designer

Type and Design corrections on lifestyle books and outputting files for print.
March 2000 - June 2000 New York, New York, United States

Smallwood & Stewart

Junior Designer

Designer of cover and interior of 4 color lifestyle books. Scanning and producing printer ready files.
Notable titles include:
Working on the Mary Engelbreit cookbooks.
March 1999 - March 1999 New York, New York, United States



Graphic design

Commercial art and animation major
September 1993 - June 1994 Ithaca, New York, United States

School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

Bachelor of Fine arts, Graphic design major

September 1994 - June 1998 New York, New York, United States


English (Native),


Bookbinders' Guild Of New York 26th Annual New York Book Show

Childrens Hardcover Young Adult Fiction Series: Dork Diaries


Bookbinders' Guild Of New York 26th Annual New York Book Show

Childrens Hardcover Young Adult Fiction: The Crossover



Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Wacom Tablet, Able To Work Under Pressure On A High Volume Of Projects And The Ability To Work Within Budgets And Keep To A Schedule, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Photoshop, Creative Suite 5, Ebook File Prep Including Linking Art And Threading Text, MacOSX, Thorough Knowledge Of Pre-press And Print Production Processes,