Domini Dragoone

Domini Dragoone - Designer

San Francisco, United States

Cover and interior designer with 20 years experience. I use passion and precision to create volumes readers love to spend time with.

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I am booked solid through the end of December 2020, and can not start any new projects until about January 2021. I would love to speak with you about your project if you have a long lead-time, and don't need to publish until the new year. THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST!

I am a book cover and interior designer with twenty years of industry experience. I combine a passion for art history and classic elements with professionalism and precision to create books that are a pleasure for a reader to spend time with.

I consider myself an interior design specialist and am adept at any style of book, from novels to technical non-fiction. I have a special interest in wrangling complex and sprawling interiors—no amount of footnotes or formatting is too much! I'm a quick worker, and a great choice for if you need a fast turn-around.

After spending 10 years as Senior Designer for Perseus Books Group (now Hachette), I have transitioned to full time free-lancing — I would love to bring my talents and expertise to your project! My passion for art, design, and making things with my hands led me to earn a BFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University, where I supplemented my graphic design curriculum with courses including printmaking and calligraphy. Since then, I have worked in publishing, designing book covers and interior pages for over 350 unique titles, as well as taken full advantage of the vibrant arts and music culture my city offers to work in photography.

Cover work is below, and please see the PAGES tab on my personal website to see more extensive examples of my interior design work.
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
LGBTQ (non fiction)


  • BFA in Graphic Design


  • Lambda Literary, Best Book Covers of 2010

Work experience

Freelance Book Cover and Interior Designer

August, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

Clients include: Counterpoint Press, Soft Skull Press, Four Winds Press, Seal Press, Avalon Travel, Bibliomotion, LeafStorm Press, University of California Press, University of Windsor, Red Hill Publishing, and Rosetta Books, as well as dozens of independent authors.

My freelance work is primarily in publishing: designing book covers from concept to completion, designing book interiors, and all related production work (page layout, interior art management, mechanical prep). I'm also adept at content architecture for manuals and other info-packed multi-page documents.

I really enjoy the production side of design work - photo editing and manipulation (Photoshop), complex and detailed page layout (InDesign), working with vector illustrations and logos (Illustrator).

Senior Designer

Perseus Books Group
January, 2005 – December, 2014 (almost 10 years)

At Perseus, I worked on books produced under the Avalon Travel (Moon Handbooks travel guides, Road Trip USA) and Seal Press imprints. Key recent projects included the series re-design of the Moon Handbooks guidebooks, and the complete re-design and interior art overhaul of our Road Trip USA's 6th and 7th editions, as well as layout of all 900+ unique spreads.

Work for both Seal and Avalon included: book cover/full jacket design and mechanical production, interior page design and production on hundreds of books for Seal Press and Moon Handbooks, photo sourcing for covers (trade and travel), interior photo sourcing and coordination (dealing with permissions, copyright issues, stock sites, author submissions, outreach to private organizations), photo editing (re-touching, prep for print production).

I also worked closely with in-house editorial, cartography, marketing, and publicity departments on day-to-day book production; coordinated production needs with our authors (photo and art submissions, design issues); hired, art directed, and managed freelance designers for Seal titles; and worked efficiently with our book printers.

Production Assistant

William-Sonoma, Inc.
July, 2004 – December, 2004 (5 months)

Worked on the Williams-Sonoma Home catalog. Management of all product photography and photo shoot images, file prep for designers, database management, text corrections and other file production, and assisted editors, producers, photographers, marketing, and the buyers on any task needed towards producing the catalog.

Designer, Production, & Comp Artist

Orange Avenue Children's Publishing
September, 2002 – May, 2003 (8 months)

Book cover design and production, comp production for new projects, photography for covers and interiors, photo shoot art direction and styling, tech support, photo editing, illustration editing, package design, production for packaging mechanicals. Worked with all of shapes & sizes of books and book-like objects: boxes, trays, inserts, fold-outs, flash cards, etc.


One Heart Press
September, 2002 – January, 2003 (4 months)

Helped staff and press operators with any task, learned how to operate the press, made photo-polymer plates, learned about letter press paper stock/variances, and all related letter press knowledge.


Primo Angeli:Fitch
July, 2000 – September, 2001 (about 1 year)

Some packaging design work. Responsible for making comps of new/potential packages for client presentations. Digital photo editing in support of design staff. Responsible for documentation photos of the studio's work, and well as managing and digitizing the existing libraries. Assisted staff with small design and production tasks.

Graphic Designer

JC Graphics and Printing
February, 1999 – June, 2000 (over 1 year)

All manner of graphic design and production: logos, post cards, flyers, menus, posters, brochures, etc., for a wide range of clients (large tech companies, restaurant and hotel chains, individual business owners). Learned from the on-site high-volume press operators (offset lithography) about the nuts and bolts of production and making files press-ready.

Domini has 19 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

John Feist
Yeah, some collaborations are successful and some, like this one, are highlight experiences.

John Feist, October 2020

Domini Dragoone
Thanks so much! :)

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Matt Zullo
I worked with Domini on the interior design and cover development of my book, On-the-Roof Gang - Prelude to War and I couldn't be happier with the results. She took the time to learn about me, the book, and what I envisioned for both the cover and the pages. After discussions, she provided me with eight cover options and a recommended option. I went with her option and we batted ideas back and ...
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Matt Zullo, June 2020

Domini Dragoone
Thanks so very much! I really enjoyed working with you on the project, and I'm so happy to hear that I was able to be a good working partner and guide throughout the process. The book looks great. ...
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Tara Whitney
I LOVE my book cover! Domini took the time to understand exactly what I was looking for. She offered me some very thoughtful and unique options as part of the selection process. She has an outstanding creative range and delivered a high quality product. She was a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend working with Domini on your book cover and layout.

Tara Whitney, April 2020

Domini Dragoone
Thanks so much, Tara! I'm happy to hear you are pleased with the process and with the end results :) It was a pleasure to work with you as well, and I hope we can work together on your next projec...
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Ray Gray
Domini's cover art and interior design for my novel, Entangled Passions, were wonderful. Due to my background in print advertising, I focus on the tiniest details to improve expression. Domini responded with grace and professionalism, and the end result truly represented the vision I had for my protagonist. Her response time to my questions or suggestions was phenomenal. As every author knows,...
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Ray Gray, February 2020

Domini Dragoone
Thanks so much!

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Jerome Stewart
I've loved my engagement with Domini. She delivers on quality, value, communications and punctuality. Beyond this, she's made my book better with her bold, creative vision. I look forward to working with her again.

Jerome Stewart, January 2020

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