Shannon Pallatta

Shannon Pallatta – Designer

Thoughtful designer with 5 years experience in kids' nonfiction at National Geographic, with cover + interior work in art, poetry, and more.


Hi! My name is Shannon, and I'm a freelance designer with over five years of experience working in the publishing industry. I specialize in designing children's books and magazines for National Geographic as well as poetry and art books for Day Eight publishing and other authors and artists.

I'm passionate about books and driven by curiosity—I believe that fully understanding the book's content is necessary for good design, and love working closely with the authors to best represent their work visually. I value feedback and collaboration on style guides early on to ensure a smooth design process throughout. I love experimenting with concepts and image-making for imaginative covers (my fine arts background allows me to remain open to using many different styles of both digital and analog cover art!), and I am meticulous with typography for interiors. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions—I'm looking forward to reading your work!

Anthologies Middle Grade Picture Books Poetry
Art Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Nature
  • Runner up, Creative Quartlery 56
  • Best in show, American University Design Show

Work experience


Apr, 2020 — Present

Current clients include National Geographic, Day Eight publishing, and other publishers, authors, and arts organizations.

National Geographic Partners

Jun, 2019 — Apr, 2020 (10 months)

National Geographic Partners

Jun, 2018 — Aug, 2018 (2 months)

American University

Aug, 2017 — May, 2019 (over 1 year)

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

May, 2017 — Aug, 2017 (3 months)


May, 2017 — Aug, 2017 (3 months)

Shannon has 3 reviews





Mike D.

Mike D.

Sep, 2023

Shannon is absolutely amazing. She worked with us throughout our project until she understood what we were looking for (two authors) and brought our vision to life. Her knowledge and skill in book design and formatting made the end result a wonderful book that far exceeded our expectations. She was happy to make changes as requested and suggested possibilities we never would have thought of. Sh...
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Shannon P.
Thank you for the kind review, it was wonderful working with you on your book!
Brendan B.

Brendan B.

Aug, 2023

Shannon was great to work with. Extremely responsive throughout the entire process and very receptive to criticism. She met all the expected deadlines and was very accommodating whenever I found extra assets that needed to be added to the art book she was helping me make. Would highly recommend her. :)
Shannon P.
Thank you, Brendan! I really enjoyed working with you (and the content of the book!) and appreciated your thoughtful notes on the design throughout the process!
Aura M.

Aura M.

Jun, 2023

Shannon was wonderful to work with on our book cover design. She was able to create a beautiful cover within the constraints the author requested and was gracious during our feedback cycles. We really appreciated her kindness, patience, and support.
Shannon P.
Aura, thank you for the kind review! It was an absolute joy working with you, and I hope to connect again in the future. :)

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