Designer - Interiors

HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY USA

Work at HarperCollins Publishers

Duration: Full-Time

HarperCollins Publishers is seeking a Designer to join the Design Department, working in an exciting, fast-paced environment on fiction, non-fiction, offsets and paperback conversions, for mainly the Mariner imprint with opportunity to work on other imprints within the department. The Designer will be responsible for all stages of interior book design for assigned titles from manuscript to bound books and will work on projects of all levels of complexity with a focus on general books/adult trade. This position reports to the Design Director.

Hybrid (NYC) or remote location status will be considered.


  • Designs mostly 1/color interiors with opportunity to work on 4/color interiors. Prepares and routes layouts for approval.
  • Creates tight desktop templates for composition group to page books downstream. Reviews page proofs at various stages.
  • For illustrated titles: full desktop composition, inputs text corrections, and handles all stages of book production for assigned titles.
  • Designs 1/color and 4/color photo inserts; binding die mechanicals / spec case materials; and endpapers.
  • Manages art program for assigned titles under supervision (as needed): evaluates digital images for good print quality; reviews and marks-up 1/color and 4/color proofs to ensure best print quality.
  • Collaborates with design managers on design concepts. Works closely with editors, production editors, production, and composition teams. Opportunity to work directly with authors.
  • Commissions independent contractors (mapmakers and illustrators); negotiates fees, generates graphic artist contracts, and processes invoices, as needed.
  • Meets deadlines, monitors components, keeps accurate records, and tracks budgets.
  • Works on offsets from outside publishers as well as paperback conversions.
  • Traffics files via our RSuite workflow system and other file transfer systems.
  • Accesses, downloads, and archives files utilizing our Digital Access Management System.
  • Assists with work overflow.
  • Learns Harper’s various procedures and systems. Training will be provided as needed.


  • Minimum 3 years of design experience required working on interior book design
  • Must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in desktop publishing working with InDesign on a Macintosh computer
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator a plus
  • Project management skills: detail-oriented, well-organized with an ability to handle multiple projects at various stages simultaneously
  • Must be a team player
  • Experience working closely with editors and authors a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. That’s why cover letters are strongly preferred.

HarperCollins Publishers is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter on our website:

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at


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