Illustration ©2000 Peter Reynolds, from JUDY MOODY, by Megan McDonald
Senior Designer
This is a creative position focusing on design, premedia, and administrative aspects of bookmaking for Candlewick Entertainment, a mass market imprint, working closely with the Group Art Director in producing high quality, character driven, and branded children’s books from various media. As an integral part of Candlewick Entertainment, this position is primarily responsible for design of the bulk of the imprint's list of 12-15 projects per season including the creation of book programs from TV, film, and app style guides; media conversion; and some art direction of original art. Book formats include but aren't limited to picture books, board books, novelty, readers and chapter books.

- To design books from concept through print including participation in format discussions, application of licensor style guides, and presentation of branded covers to internal sales and marketing teams as well as external licensors
- Convert animation files of various origins into print ready eps or tiff files; innovate ways to do so in streamlined processes; create and organize image libraries
- Work to Candlewick design standards, applying styles and protocols
- Understand and work with various printers specifications, materials, and appropriate formats
- Prepare digital files for printing
- Review color proofs with production managers, paying close attention to reproduction quality
- Monitor market trends and competitor activity

- Bachelor of Arts degree, design degree, or equivalent required
- Experience of working in mass market / tv / film tie-in children’s books a plus
- Knowledge of animation formats and conversion of those image files to print
- Knowledge of color separation and printing methods for both color and black and white processes.
- Design portfolio is required.

- Expert Mac user in Adobe Creative Suite including proven Photoshop skills, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Acrobat is essential
- Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills.
- Work well under pressure and with extremely tight deadlines
- Ability to juggle multiple projects from concept through production.

Reports to Group Art Director
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter (noting salary requirements when applying for a full-time position) via e-mail to, referencing "Senior Designer"
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