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Associate Designer
Candlewick Press is seeking an Associate Designer to join its award-winning children's book design team. The Associate Designer will be responsible for the design support and pre-press production of Walker Books US and Candlewick Entertainment books in a variety of formats which include: Licensed board books and picture books, graphic novels, middle-grade and young adult fiction, and illustrated non- fiction. The associate designer will directly support the Art Director and will work closely with editors, authors, and illustrators to produce high quality children's books. Candidates must be highly motivated, independent thinkers who love children's books, are attentive to detail, and value teamwork. Having an eye for up-and-coming illustration talent and possessing fine-tuned typography skills is a plus!

- Assist the Art Director with the design of 10-12 books per season
- Produce page layouts and preliminary designs in the planning of titles
- Create paperback conversions from the original hard cover
- Prepare sales materials and supply properly formatted PDFs as needed
- Prepare files for pre-press understanding best practices of book production and knowledge of various printer specifications and materials
- Utilizing understanding of proof-reading marks, make text corrections, print, and route layouts internally
- Attend all weekly meetings with in-house staff, in addition to meetings with authors and illustrators to develop projects
- Help manage schedules and communication with in-house departments
- Work closely with the production department to approve color proofs of book jackets and interiors with attention to the reproduction quality of the art
- Apply Candlewick aesthetic styles and design standards
- Perform other tasks as needed

- Bachelor of Arts degree, design degree, or equivalent
- Proficiency on a Mac platform with expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and Microsoft Office
- Knowledge of typography and typesetting
- Knowledge of color separation and printing methods for both color and black/white processes
- Design portfolio
- A minimum of 2 years prior book design experience

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