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.
From 2003 to 2004 she was Creative Director at Time Inc. Custom Publishing, where she designed and consulted on publications for the New York Stock Exchange, Microsoft, Citigroup and Gallup. Her recent projects include design of the book "Last Letters Home: Voices of Americans from the Battlefields of Iraq" (Life Books, 2005) based on the HBO documentary. Carin'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 every major design publication. 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. She has won hundreds of awards, including a silver medal from the Art Directors Club, and she has twice received the publishing industry's prestigious Literary Marketplace Award. Most recently her book design for the School of Visual Arts Senior Library 2004 won a Gold Pencil from the One Club and was included in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) 50 Books/50 Covers of 2006. Carin began a two-year term as president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA/NY) in 2006; she served on the chapter's board from 2002 to 2004. She has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 1999 and serves on its board. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 1983. She is the author and designer of "Catalog" (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2001) and is currently at work on a second book titled "Home."