Jillian Rahn

Jillian Rahn – Designer

Versatile book designer with a love of map-making, custom page layout, and beautiful gift packaging.

Overview

Hi! I am a Chicago-based designer with more than a decade of experience in the publishing industry. I love crafting visually stunning book packages that are rooted in market and trend research but stay true to your vision for your book. No detail is too small to be thoughtfully considered—both inside of the book and out!


I design across a variety of genres and formats. Understanding your design expectations, budget, resources, and deadline is critical to providing you an accurate estimate for your publishing project. More on my process below:


➤Cover design: I love to layer hand-lettering, illustration, stock imagery,* and/or beautiful typefaces to create highly-custom covers that are smart, concept-driven, and informed by market research and competitive titles.


➤Book interior design + typesetting: I have typeset hundreds of books in my career—each meticulously crafted to complement the cover design and remain in conversation with the author’s vision. Whether it’s typesetting a 100k-word manuscript or designing an interactive activity book, you can be sure every piece of text is rendered with care.


➤Map illustration + custom spot art: My illustration style is unique to the book and will be tailored to your vision. I love creating supplemental pieces that take a book to the next level: custom maps, data-driven infographics, collaged dreamscapes, or cheeky line art—you name it!


*I will not use AI-Generated imagery in my design work.

Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Calendars Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Poetry
Languages
English

Work experience

Sourcebooks

Oct, 2021 — Present

I provide art direction, cover design, content strategy, and project management for the Adult Nonfiction imprints at Sourcebooks—everything from cookbooks to true crime!

Sourcebooks

Mar, 2018 — Oct, 2021 (over 3 years)

Art direction and design for custom illustrations and highly designed book packaging across a variety of genres and formats.

Sourcebooks

Mar, 2015 — Mar, 2018 (about 3 years)

Book interior design, page layout, typesetting, and illustration for any book that asked to be "more."

Sourcebooks

Jun, 2012 — Mar, 2015 (over 2 years)

Book covers, interior layouts, and general production across a variety of genres and formats.

Jillian has 4 reviews

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Alison A.

Alison A.

May, 2024

I enjoyed working with Jillian. She is creative and helpful; however, she accepted my final payment, then dropped me off the face of the earth and never completed the project.
Maclyn S.

Maclyn S.

May, 2024

Jillian accepted my project to create book cover art and internal chapter illustrations. She told me that the project would take approximately two months to complete. In the beginning, she provided me with two examples of her work. When I asked her for updates, she told me that she would have some illustrations for me in a couple of days. I never heard from her again. I would not recommend Jill...
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tanvi G.

tanvi G.

Apr, 2024

I am so glad I found Jillian. She was able to translate my vision for the cover perfectly and was very helpful in making the small changes I wanted done on the cover to get it right. There was some confusion around the color codes that we fortunately caught in time (helpful hint to others, do a print even if on paper to see how it looks) and Jillian fixed it quickly before the final run. I am a...
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David C.

David C.

Mar, 2024

I had a great experience working with Jillian on the cover design for my book. Right from the start, she was professional and clearly understood my vision. She presented several design options, each tailored to the book’s theme, showing her ability to blend creativity with relevance. Jillian was open to feedback throughout the process, making necessary adjustments to ensure the final design wa...
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