Notch Design
Design + Illustration | Derek Thornton


This is a page all about me.

Photo on film by  Tim Park

Photo on film by Tim Park

Derek Thornton:
Lead Design / Owner

My love for design started with a love for art, a passion that quickly developed into design, illustration, and writing music. I’ve always had a passion for print design most of all. There’s just something about designing a piece that doesn’t stay on a screen, but also becomes something you can touch and feel. What drives me most are new ideas, and the art of making something out of nothing.

I loves spending time with his wife, Kortnie, and our three kids. If I’m not with them you will probably find me playing progressive metal on my drop tuned, baritone guitar.

Email me using the button below, or feel free to give me a call. I look forward to chatting with you soon!


Recognition / Awards:

  • Graphis 2020 (honorable mention)

  • AAUP: 2018, and AUP: 2019

  • New York Book Show: 2018

  • Bridgeman Images Cover Design Award: 2017

  • AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers: 2016

Derek’s favorite things!

Guitar: ESP Eclipse
Band: Architects (UK)
Food: Any Asian Noodle dish
Desert: Dutch Apple Pie
Print Special: Neon Pantone
Color: Black
Person: Jesus Christ