Johns Hopkins University Press publishes 125 to 140 new titles/year. The book designer for this position is responsible for creating and adapting 30+ text designs, some of which involve rethinking standardized templates, or series designs. About a quarter of titles require custom text designs that should reflect the tone of the content presenting it with clarity and freshness to meet marketing and editorial expectations. Occasionally text typesetting would be a possibility.
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About 20 to 30+ strong cover or jacket designs are expected in a timely manner. Usually 3 submissions per title are standard but sometimes more. In addition, several rounds of adjustment are possible, often on critical titles to meet the marketing, editorial and author’s approval. This position involves writing instructions for typesetters and close collaboration with the books production staff and their vendors. Close collaboration with editors and marketing staff is also a given, along with active, knowledgeable participation at cover and launch meetings.
Must work within the Press budget, schedules, subject of the work, the author’s intentions and the publishing intentions of the Press. Excellent communication skills essential. Candidate needs the ability to listen, interpret, and verbalize design concepts and elements to all levels of the organization. Includes complete preparation of materials for composition, printing and or binding. Checking proof of all stages for adherence to specifications and Press standards of quality.
BFA or similar graphic arts training and education required
Skills/knowledge: thorough knowledge of type and typesetting systems including the Adobe Suite, book production procedures and techniques, proficiency on Macintosh computers.
Related work experience: 5 years book design experience required, preferably in a university press environment
Generally works independently
Classified Title: Book Designer Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC Starting Salary Range: $50,700 - $69,780 annually Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10000123-Books Design and Production Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers
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