Mid-level // Design Department

What does a Designer do?

Book designers are a crucial part of the publishing process. They work across a variety of different formats, including book covers and they may also produce marketing materials such as flyers and posters.

They work with a range of different illustrators and publishing brands. It is a varied and exciting role for a highly organised and creative individual.

What is a Designer good at?

  • Creativity; a passion for design and books, and can use their design and typography skills to interpret the brief in a unique and effective way
  • Organisation; managing lots of different projects means you need to be really good at juggling different tasks and being on time
  • Cooperation; collaborate effectively with lots of different people across a range of projects 
  • Artworking; skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge and Photoshop

Who does a Designer work with?

A designer will report into the Art Director and work closely with colleagues in the production and marketing teams.

How do I become a Designer?

You can start off as an art assistant or junior designer and work your way up. You can also build a portfolio of your work and apply for publishing jobs from outside of the industry. There are lots of great university degrees and non-university courses that will help you build your portfolio.

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