Chad W. Beckerman is an Art Director
focusing on design, strategy, and
and images for stories.
His design philosophy is that for every book, whether it’s a series, picture book, or one-off novel, it is the job of design to help create a world in which the reader becomes invested. The book’s package is what first reaches out to the reader, drawing them in to the editorial experience. He set a high-standard design aesthetic for every title his staff or he works on; Chad’s overall goal is to make every book appear entertaining and to make reading a delightful and enjoyable experience for avid and reluctant readers alike.
Chad W. Beckerman thats me! I am an award-winning designer and creative director I oversaw the design of picture books, novels, graphic novels and art and entertainment books under the Abrams Appleseed, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, and Abrams ComicArts imprints. During this time I helped create over 40 NYT bestsellers.
I am now taking this expertise and starting my own design studio! Chad W. Beckerman Art & Design Studio. We specialize in Art Direction, Graphic Novels, Cover & Book Design, Illustration & Photography : Clients include: Wimpy Kid,Inc., Harpercollins/Greenwillow, SmartInk Books LLC, Levine Querido, Lions Forge Comics, FTRF Foundation, and ABRAMS.
I am the designer behind such successful children series as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Questioneers ( Iggy, Rosie and Ada), Origami Yoda, NERDS, Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, Frank Einstein, The Terrible Two, Peter Reynold’s I AM books and Bill Nye’s Jack and Geniuses.
I love working with illustrators! I studied Illustration as an undergraduate at RISD. Helping Illustrators get to there next creative level and seeing them through a story is one of my great joys. I have had the honor of working with a huge array of artists including, Art Spiegelman, John Hendrix, Jillian Tamaki, Isabelle Arsenault, Bryan Collier, Brian Selznick, Dave McKean, Bill Griffth, Jules Fieffer, Joe Sutphin, Henry Cole, Amy June Bates, Jarrett Krosoczka, David Roberts, Dan Santat, Sophie Blackall, Daniel Kirk, Jared Chapman, Mathew Cordell, Cory Godbey, Nikki McClure, Greg Ruth, Eddie Pittman, Ross MacDonald, Charle Santoso, Victo Ngai, Yuko Shimizu, Sterling Hundley, Adam Rex, Jessica Hische, Cannaday Chapman and Jeff Kinney.
ORGANIZATIONS & ACCOLADES
New York Times Bestsellers
Design and art directed +40 New York Times bestselling books
Caldecott, Newbery and Corretta Scott King Honor and Awards
Design and art directed Caldecott Honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Shorty and Newbery Medal honor books El Deafo and Heart of the Samuari
Society of Illustrator Medal Winner
One gold medal and three silver medals for art direction from the Society of Illustrators
Illustration competion judge
Society Of Illustrators Annual 61 and 53
Communication Arts Illustration Annual 54 and 59
American Illustration 32
3x3 Illlustration Annual
SCBWI New York Show Illustration Judge
The New York Book Show
Society Of Illustrators Original Art Show
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
Keynote Speaker 2010–present
2004 • Dissapperaing Act by Sid Fleischman
2007 • Frannie in Pieces By Delia Ephron
Rhode Island School of Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts . Illustration
Yale School of Management Yale Publishing Course
I will be offering after hours picture book consultations and student portfolio reviews! These appointments take place on first come first serve basis over Skype or FaceTime.
Appointments can be booked here at
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Childrens Illustrators: 2013:
100 ScopeNotes Blog:
About the book Minette's Feast by Self Employed Blog
SCBWI 2013 by Laura Golden
Career Cookbook 2006: