Designer/ Senior Designer

New York
May 22, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
Ms. Lindsay Pryor
Design, Publishing
Full Time
The Designer or Senior Designer 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. The job title will be matched to the candidate’s level of professional experience.

The Designer or Senior Designer will:

Work directly with the 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 design and management of novel interiors which includes creating sample pages, preparing files to go to the compositor, and typesetting files in-house as needed.
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 into proprietary database (The Vault) and archive documents appropriately.
Manage schedules of books to make sure key marketing and sales milestone 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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Bachelor’s degree in art/design preferred
Minimum of 3-7 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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