Associate Art Director

New York
May 21, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Amy Brundage
Full Time
The Associate Art Director is responsible for the design of the print and digital formats of fiction book covers and interiors for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. This person will be responsible for seeing each project through the design process, including conception, approval, and production.

•Work directly with Senior Novel Art Director, Editorial, Sales, Marketing, and authors to conceptualize cover designs
• Create designs that are appropriate for both physical and digital versions of the book, and can translate into multiple formats.
• Oversee the development of enhanced digital books (e-books and apps), and provide all necessary assets.
• Work closely with illustrators and photographers in the creation of cover and interior artwork.
• Create select advertising and promotional materials for key titles on an as needed basis.
• Work closely with the Senior Novel Art Director to schedule and prepare materials for jacket meetings, as well as Sales and Marketing meetings.
• Work with Senior Novel Art Director to determine appropriate budgets and scopes of work for each title.
• Assist in overseeing the design process within the department, as well as greater departmental initiatives.
• Ensure all fiction covers are uploaded onto proprietary database (The Vault) and archive documents appropriately.
• Manage schedules of books to make sure key marketing and sales dates are met, as well as the creation of sales materials.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Novel Art Director or Department Head

• Bachelor’s degree in art/design preferred
• Minimum of 5-7 years experience in book publishing design required – experience in children’s books preferred.
• Ability to execute a broad range of designs that are appropriate for various age groups and genres (Chapter Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult), as well as literary and commercial markets.
• Knowledge of typography, illustration, and photography
• Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator required; working knowledge of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Muse, and After Effects a plus)
• Ability to attend to details and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
• Ability to manage in-house and out-of-house freelancers
• Ability to take direction yet maintain intuition
• Ability to stay current on top of new print and digital design trends
• Solid print production experience required. (Experience with digital production preferred)
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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