My name is Jenny and I’m a Creative Director in publishing, designing and managing illustrated books, from the front to the back and everything in between. Noted projects include Reese Witherspoon's #1 New York Times bestseller WHISKEY IN A TEACUP (Creative Direction and design), New York Times bestseller ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Erin Gates, A KITCHEN IN FRANCE by Mimi Thorisson, New York Times bestseller BRUNETTE AMBITION by Lea Michele, APARTMENT THERAPY’S BIG BOOK OF SMALL, COOL SPACES, and many more! I also design textiles and home goods that can be found at Spoonflower under JennyKate.


I was born and raised in coastal Massachusetts and was lucky to have parents who always supported my artistic endeavors. I received my BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and my first job out of college was as a Photo Editor for Packaged Goods. A year later I was hired by its parent company and became the Photo Shoot Coordinator/Junior Designer for Rockport Publishers, Fairwinds Press, and Quarry Books. A year after that I took a position as a Designer at Clarkson Potter/Publishers (a division of Crown/Random House) and packed up and moved to New York City. I was promoted to Senior Designer and spent a total of almost seven wonderful years designing and managing projects on the Potter, Potter Craft, and Potter Style lists.

I left my position in the summer of 2010 (after having a baby!) to set up my design studio in Philadelphia, PA. In 2012 I was an Art Director at Random House, overseeing Watson-Guptill, Potter Craft, and Amphoto Books for four months while their AD was on maternity leave. From 2012 to 2022 I was the Creative Director of SLICE Magazine. From 2015 to 2022 I was the Contract Creative Director at Monacelli Studio, as we launched a new applied arts imprint of The Monacelli Press. In 2023, I rejoined Random House as the Creative Director for Random House Illustrated Books, a newly formed division which includes Harmony/Rodale, Random House Worlds, Inklore, Waterbrook & Multnomah, and Ink & Willow. We create a diverse mix of books and products spanning cookbooks, licensed books, gift books, children's books, and gift products, and I could not love it more!

When I’m not designing, I dote on my husband and our two children, take photographs with my Hasselblad (and my Canon, and my Olympus, and my iPhone), cook, bake, fantasize that I still ride horses, and mildly obsess about interior design and frequent design blogs and IG accounts. I have about a zillion things I’d like to make. I love to create, but most of all I love to create books!