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Domini Dragoone

Domini Dragoone - Designer

San Francisco, CA, United States

Cover and interior designer with 10+ years experience. I use passion and precision to create volumes readers love to spend time with.


****I will be on vacation until November 4th, and I am unable to respond to new queries or start new projects until after that time. Thanks for your interest in my work!****

I am a book cover and interior designer with over ten 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. Cover work is below, and please see the PAGES tab on my personal website to see examples of my interior design work.

After spending 10 years as Senior Designer for Perseus Books Group, 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 200 unique titles, as well as taken full advantage of the vibrant arts and music culture my city offers to work in photography.

I have a special interest in wrangling complex and sprawling interiors—no amount of footnotes or formatting is too much!

Anthologies Classics Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Literature Poetry Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Computers & Internet Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Economics Education & Reference Health & wellbeing History LGBTQ (non fiction) Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Social & Behavioral Sciences Travel


  • Lambda Literary, Best Book Covers of 2010

Work experience

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.

Freelance Book Cover and Interior Designer

Domini Dragoone

August, 2004 – Present (about 12 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 Press, 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).

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.

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