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graphic design &
creative direction by
Jennifer K. Beal Davis

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About

welcome!

My name is Jenny and I design illustrated books, from the front to the back and everything in between. Noted projects include five of Rachael Ray’s New York Times bestsellers, A KITCHEN IN FRANCE by Mimi Thorisson, New York Times bestseller ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Erin Gates, New York Times bestseller BRUNETTE AMBITION by Lea Michele, APARTMENT THERAPY’S BIG BOOK OF SMALL, COOL SPACES, a handful of books for theknot.com, and many more! I also design stationery and gift products including journals, boxed note cards, decks, coupons, and gift tags.

Please take a moment to browse my work, and don’t hesitate to contact me for a quote. I have over 15 years of experience in the book publishing industry designing and managing illustrated book interiors, jackets, and stationery products (see below). I would be happy to discuss your project with you!

 

Biography

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 a small company called Packaged Goods. When that company went under 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 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 April 2012 I signed on as the Art Director of Slice Magazine in addition to my freelance work.  Also 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. Beginning in April of 2015, I signed on as the Contract Creative Director at Monacelli Studio, launching a new applied arts imprint of The Monacelli Press. I’ve designed their branding, identity, the entire first year of titles, and am signed on for the second year!

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), sew, cook, bake, fantasize that I still ride horses (update: I’ve started again!), and mildly obsess about interior design and troll design blogs. I have about a zillion things I’d like to make. I love to create, and most of all I love to create books!

 

Selected Clients
  • Amphoto Books
  • Clarkson Potter/Publishers
  • Crown Archetype
  • Harmony Books
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Monacelli Studio
  • Potter Craft
  • Potter Style
  • Random House
  • Rodale
  • Running Press
  • SLICE Magazine
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Sourcebooks
  • Taunton Press
  • Watson-Guptill
  • Workman