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, Jimmy Patterson (Little, Brown), Scholastic, Sterling, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Peaceable Kingdom, and Girl Scouts of America, I art direct and design unique covers and interiors for the adult and children’s markets as well as develop formats, manage and execute book, book-plus and gift projects. My skills also include creating marketing collateral, collaborating with licensors, building schedules, generating budgets, overseeing vendors, manipulating images, color correcting, and typesetting.

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!