Jessica Dacher

art direction + design + production

My love of art and design flourished from an early age. With a background in painting and drawing, a fondness for pattern, bright color and playful imaginations, I naturally found my way to designing and art directing books for children. Now, as a freelance designer and former Senior Children’s Designer at Chronicle Books, I have over twenty years of experience in publishing.


Working with clients like Disney, Scholastic, Sterling, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Peaceable Kingdom, and Girl Scouts of America, I create unique covers and interiors for the adult and children’s markets, develop innovative formats, manage and execute book, non-book, and book-plus projects, work with licensors, generate schedules, create budgets, and oversee vendors. My skills also include manipulating images, color correcting proofs, typesetting, and preparing clean and meticulously organized files. 


As a San Diego based designer, I love spending time on the beach with my two daughters and two pups. When I’m not designing, you’ll find me advocating for animals. 


I’d love to hear about your next project!