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 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 within production, visuals, audience development, social media and the WSJ Books editorial team from start to finish.
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