Carin Goldberg was born in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union School of Art. She began her career as a staff designer at CBS Television, CBS Records and Atlantic Records before establishing her own firm, Carin Goldberg Design, in 1982.
Over the following two decades Carin designed hundreds of book jackets for all the major American publishing houses, including Simon & Schuster, Random House, Alfred A. Knopf, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Harper Collins, Doubleday and Hyperion, and dozens of album covers for record labels such as Warner Bros., Motown, Nonesuch, Interscope and EMI. The breadth of her work covers artists as diverse as Kurt Vonnegut and Susan Sontag, Dvorák and Madonna. Her book jacket for the 1986 reissue of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” has become an icon of postmodern design. In recent years her image making has expanded to publication design and brand consulting for clients including AR and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
Carin Goldberg’s work has appeared in landmark surveys such as “Graphic Design in America” at the Walker Art Center (1989), “Mixing Messages” at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (1996), and “By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005), and she has been featured in Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Adweek, and many major design publications. She has lectured and exhibited internationally, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; the Cooper-Hewitt, New York; and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, China.