Anne Twomey is presently a VP/Creative Director of Cover Art for the newly formed Hachette
Book Group USA, formerly Time Warner Book Group, where she oversees the cover designs of over 300 books a year.
Anne studied painting at SUNY College at New Paltz and received a BFA, cum laude. She studied printmaking in Urbino, Italy, at the Academia dell’Arte. She decided to explore book cover design after reading an interview with Bob Scudellari, who was at the time the Creative Director at Random House. She went to SVA at night and studied graphic design and lettering with Milton Glaser and Ed Benguiat. Her new design portfolio landed her a job with George Abrams, the typographer and collector of illuminated manuscripts.
Twenty-five years ago, Anne started her book cover design career at Pocket Books. In the early ’80s she began working on the Washington Square Press literary trade paperbacks and Pocket Books’ new hardcover imprint, Atira Books. After that, she was an Art Director at Warner Book and Executive Art Director at St. Martin’s Press before returning to Warner Books as Creative Director in 2004.
Anne has had the opportunity to design covers for many bestselling and celebrity authors and has worked with some of the most talented photographers, illustrators and designers. She has won numerous awards from the New York Book Show, The Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club, Print, and Creativity. She has also juried shows for The New York Book Show, The Art Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts Magazine.
Anne believes that with digital imaging, desktop publishing, and the web so readily available to the masses, more than ever, typography defines excellence in communication design.