Since its founding in 1952, Basic Books has shaped public debate by publishing award-winning works of non-fiction in history, science, sociology, psychology, politics, & current affairs. Seal Press is devoted to publishing titles that inform, delight, & support women of all ages & backgrounds. The imprints seek a creative & ambitious Junior Designer to assist the Creative Director & Designer with all tasks relating to design & production of approximately 70 titles per year. Possibility, depending on experience, of also designing jackets for paperback & hardcover titles.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Handling & designing all Publicity & Marketing materials (ads, catalogs, galleys, etc.)
- Designing & formatting flaps/back ads for both hardcover & paperback titles
- Ensuring all covers are uploaded onto proprietary database
- Responsible for researching/commissioning art & photos, as well as handling billing & invoices
- Work closely with audio book department to convert Basic Books/Seal Press covers to audio book format.
- Organize & archive both digital & physical files
- Possibility of designing jackets depending on level
- Mechanical routing maintenance & scheduling
- Working with designer on other art department needs (database updates, spreadsheet updates upkeep of filing, etc.)
- Follow up with vendors on billing (purchase of stock photography, commissioned art, etc.)
- Attending jacket concept/title meetings pending completion of other job requirements
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Creative Director
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Bachelor’s degree in art/design preferred
- Open to entry-level candidates; 1-2 years of experience in publishing art department preferred; interest in nonfiction books required.
- Must be proficient in Macintosh operating systems: InDesign, Photoshop, & Illustrator
- Working knowledge of PowerPoint a plus, but not necessary
- Strong communication skills (verbal & written) with the aptitude to communicate effectively
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize & manage time effectively