Book Designer

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

567454035 Press Books Publictn Design

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Job Information

Job Summary:

  • The Book Designer is responsible for the design of approximately 40 book projects per year, mostly print and some electronic. This includes the interior and jacket design of monographs in all disciplines; trade books; illustrated books in art/architecture, science, and anthropology.

  • Text design for new manuscripts, including preparation of typographic specifications and layouts, which includes the implementation of interior design templates and the review and approval of all stages of proofs throughout the typesetting and printing process.
  • Cover design, including preparation of comprehensive sketches and cover mechanicals in Adobe InDesign, hiring of illustrators, original illustration as appropriate, image research and negotiation of related permissions and fees
  • Coordinate projects that are assigned to freelance designers
  • Typeset books using Adobe InDesign, with print-ready PDFs and valid ePubs as final deliverables.
  • Assist with departmental tasks (e.g. maintaining design library; assisting with design department archive; maintaining template program) at discretion of Design + Production Director.

  • Excellent typographic sense and skill required.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current typesetting and graphics arts processes required.
  • Demonstrated conceptual and design ability required.
  • Experience with Macintosh platform required.
  • Competence with Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator required.
    Quark XPress, Oxygen, preferred.
  • Ability to work creatively within limited budgets required.
  • High degree of organization and the ability to handle a number of overlapping projects required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in relating to peers and superiors required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Two years of experience in art/graphic design required.
  • Monograph, trade, and illustrated book design experience with portfolio of typographic and illustrated text and jacket design examples strongly preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe PhotoShop required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Note: When applying all required documents, including cover letters and references, MUST be uploaded under the resume/CV section of the application.


Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 5/9/2018
Application Due: 6/20/2018
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