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

Derek’s love for design started with a love for art, a passion that quickly developed into design, illustration, and writing music. He’s always had a passion for print design most of all. There’s just something about designing a piece that doesn’t just stay on a screen, but also becomes something you can touch, and feel. What drives Derek most are new ideas, and the art of making something out of nothing. He loves spending time with his wife, Kortnie, and their three kids. If Derek’s not with them you will probably find him playing progressive metal on his drop tuned, baritone guitar.

Shoot me an email below. I look forward to working with you!

Recognition / Awards:

  • AAUP: 2018, and AUP: 2019

  • New York Book Show: 2018

  • Bridgeman Images Cover Design Award: 2017

  • AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers: 2016

My favorite things!

Guitar: ESP Eclipse
Black (I know it’s a shade)
Band: Architects (UK)
Food: Any Asian Noodle dish
Desert: Dutch Apple Pie
Print Special: Neon Pantone
Person: Jesus Christ