Books of
the Year 

Illustrations by
Jean-Manuel Duvivier

Art Director/Assistant Visuals Editor:
Gil Fontimayor
Artist Representation: Rapp Art

Before the end of each year, The WSJ Books section publishes its Books of the Year reading guide in the Weekend paper and online. A month prior to publication, the WSJ Books team and I huddled together to select an illustrator who could create textured characters and tight vignette compositions. French artist Jean-Manuel Duvivier fit the bill! His illustrations appears in WSJ Books’s digital products (website, newsletter and social feeds).

Working one-on-one with Jean-Manuel, I provided him art direction on character conceptualizaion, color palette, typography usage, space and style. I handled the creative brief, negotiated budget and provided feedback on sketches leading up to Jean-Manuel’s final executions. After color processing and cropping the illustrations, I placed them into print page layouts and within engaging online article templates our in-house developer team created. 

Cross collaboration occurred with the WSJ audience development and social media personnel as well as the books editorial team and on-site color correction staff throughout the production timeline.
Desktop view of’s “Who Read What” reading guide—titles read by notable personalities

 A selection of Jean-Manuel’s sketches

Print cover of the WSJ Books of the Year reading guide

A print spread of WSJ’s Fiction Books of the Year