Maggie Hinders

Maggie Hinders in her studio, Summer 2016

In 1980 Maggie Hinders filled a U-Haul, drove east from the Midwest, and landed in New York City. She studied art and design at SVA, Parsons, and The Art Student’s League. After many twists and turns she found her place as a book designer at Alfred A. Knopf Publishers.

Among the many books whose interiors she has designed are A Monster’s Notes by Laurie Sheck, The Roosevelts by Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward, and James Merrill, Life & Art, by Langdon Hammer. Her focus in book design is working with the editor and author to support the author’s vision through her knowledge of type design and layout.

Painting has always had an important place in Maggie’s life. Her current works are abstracted, large-scale paintings of animals’ faces. They invite the viewer to contemplate the multiple planes of what animal represents in life in and art, particularly portraiture.

She is represented by Chemers Gallery in Tustin, California and her work is in the archive at Pen and Brush Gallery in Manhattan. She is a member of New York Artist’s Circle.

Here are examples of some of her book designs, A Monsters Notes, The Roosevelts,  and James Merrill.

And here is the book she mentioned reading in the interview, The Art of Rivalry

“Kosmik Kitty #5” oil and acrylic on canvas 52 in. x 70 in. 2016

“Caution Dog” oil and acrylic on canvas 52 in. x 70 in. 2017

Page spread from the book interior that Maggie designed. The book is “A Monsters Notes”, by Laurie Sheck