John Gall (designer)

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John Gall is a graphic designer known primarily for the design of book covers. Gall is vice president and art director for Vintage Books and Anchor Books, both imprints of Random House. He is well known for the minimal wit in his design style and is notable for the sheer number of book covers he has designed. His awards include over 60 AIGA Annual Awards.[1] He has also worked with Alfred A. Knopf, Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Grove Press. Gall has also designed CD covers for Nonesuch Records.

Among the authors for whom Gall has designed several covers are Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo and Haruki Murakami.

Gall was born in New Jersey in 1963. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.[2] His work is featured in By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design by Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger, Less is More: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design by Steve Heller and Anne Fink. In addition to his work as art director and designer, Gall is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Spine Out, Gall's blog [1]
  • Over 100 of the covers art directed and designed by Gall online at the Book Cover Archive [2]
  • Video of Gall online at Barnes & Noble [3]
  • Feature article on Gall online at Step Inside Design [4]


  • Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card, by John Gall, Gary Engel and Steven Heller (graphic design).
  • 2D: Visual Basics for Designers, by Robin Landa, Rose Gonnella and Steven Brower, with foreword by John Gall.