Book Designer
Responsibilities will include but not limited to:
  • Conceptualize and execute the design of book interiors, jackets and covers across all genre (including bilingual and foreign editions; as well as imprint titles when specified) under the supervision of the Executive Creative Director (ECD) and/or the Executive Art Director (EAD) or AD.
  • Follow Candlewick’s aesthetic, design standards and house styles.
  • Contribute to the illustrator and photography selection process through active awareness and interest in photographers, artists, art styles; as well as picture book design and contemporary fiction cover design.
  • Attend Illustrator Search Meetings and contribute to the discussion taking into consideration current trends and the Candlewick aesthetic.
  • Work closely with art directors, illustrators, editors and production controllers throughout the bookmaking process from development to printed books.
  • Manage schedules and communication/art direction with illustrators.
  • Provide color mock ups of book jackets and interiors for presentation. Present covers at weekly covers meetings.
  • Plan and pace picture books, working through sketch dummy stages to final layouts.
  • Proactively circ all stages of book layouts following pub list schedules.
  • Collaborate with graphic production and production to identify potential art repro issues and discuss book formats regarding what size, shape, material best suits each project, budget, and the market.
  • Establish and adhere to schedules from design concept, through associated sales materials to final files for production and archiving.
  • Approve color proofs of book jackets and interiors with attention to the reproduction quality of the original art. Attend press checks.
  • Maintain a current sense of design trends and familiarity with target audiences to understand consumer needs and preferences.
  • Advocate for the illustrator in regards to how their art is represented and reproduced; as well as being responsible for the proper treatment and handling of the art.
  • Attend all relevant meetings related to the design and production of assigned projects.
  • Provide a monthly status report when requested.
  • Follow workflow systems, bookmaking processes and department protocols.
  • Attend pub meetings and report on status of projects.
  • Follow guidelines for creating PDF's to be accessed at key stages by the sales, marketing and the foreign rights departments.
  • Initiate artist payment requests at key stages in the bookmaking process.
  • Proficient in macOS and Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat)
  • Proficient in InDesign text tools and typography for complex in-house page composition.
  • Deadline oriented, ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of book production processes from conception to publication.
  • Proficient knowledge of typography and typesetting.
  • Advanced art direction skills.
  • Solid problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and accept constructive criticism.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Advanced knowledge of four-color and black & white printing processes
  • Scanning and color correcting.
  • Comprehensive design portfolio is required
  • Book publishing or related experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for book design, typography and children’s book illustration.
  • Possess a positive, team player attitude.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, design degree or equivalent preferred but not required.
    This is a full-time position based in our Somerville office with eventual eligibility for hybrid work. A comprehensive benefits package is offered including medical, dental, life and disability insurance; flex spending and 401k plans, voluntary benefits, generous paid time off and much more!
  • To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing "Book Designer"
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