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I'm a Brooklyn-based graphic designer specializing in book design, with a strong awareness of typography and branding. My work is infused with creativity and ingenuity, while always maintaining a high level of technical production. 

When I'm not designing books at RandomHouse, I look for new and exciting freelance projects.

My favorite things include my fat cats, distressing type, Wawa, and a nice pair of white sneakers. 

Email me: ray@rayshappell.com

Call me: (732) 788-6102



RandomHouse Children’s Books – Delacorte, Knopf, and Crown YA Imprints | Senior Designer | New York, NY
April 2014 – Present
Concept and design of jackets for teen/young adult novel series, collaborating with photographers and illustrators, creating custom typography and branding, and creating press-ready mechanicals.
Series: The Illuminae Files, Otherworld, Blood Rose Rebellion

HarperCollins Children’s Books | Senior Designer | New York, NY
December 2006 – April 2014
Concept and design of jackets for teen/young adult novel series, design and typesetting of interiors, managingphotoshoots, collaborating with illustrators, creating custom typography and branding, and creating mechanicals.
Series: Dorothy Must Die, I Am Number Four, Carrier of the Mark, Everneath, Wings

Freelance | Brooklyn, NY
2005 – Present
Ongoing various projects — identity, branding, book design and layout, production.
Clients: Disney-Hyperion, Bloomsbury, W.W. Norton, Quercus, Egmont USA, MergeLeft Artist Agents, Ring Finger Studio, Mast Books, Teach for America

McGarryBowen | Graphic Artist | New York, NY
February 2006 – December 2006
Creating mechanicals, photo comping and retouching, and production for the advertising agency.
Clients: Verizon, Chase, Reebok, Wall Street Journal, Disney

Pratt Institute, Office of Publications | Freelance Graphic Designer | Brooklyn, NY
October 2004 – February 2006
Magazine and catalog design and layout, illustration, hand-lettering, photo retouching, and production.


Pratt Institute | B.F.A Communications Design | Brooklyn, NY
May 2004
Dean’s List, Internship Scholarship Award        


Proficient in Mac, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, FileMaker Pro, HTML, and Final Cut Pro. 
Excellent organization, pre-press, photo-retouching, color correction, production, and archiving skills.


Pratt Institute | Design Procedures I & II | Fall 2011–Spring 2014


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