Lovely Sophie Gordon is flying the nest after two years to be a designer at Bloomsbury. We’ve hugely enjoyed having her here, and we wish her the very best of luck in her new role. We’ll miss her.
So now we are on a quest, and we’re still growing (we’re publishing nearly 100 books this year), so rather than replace Sophie directly (Sophie’s an assistant designer), we have decided that we need someone who can work really independently as we’re working on so many new projects, so we have decided we need a designer.
We would like to find someone hard-working, creative, clever and good at communicating, who’s got great taste in illustration and design (or, at least, taste that matches and complements ours!) and a strong interest in and understanding of visual storytelling of all kinds. They also need to be willing to muck in with goodwill: the team is phenomenally busy.
This is a full-time role and the successful applicant will be based in our crowded but lively office in Borough (near London Bridge, Borough and Southwark tube stations, and 15 minutes’ walk from Waterloo).
Candidates will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in graphic design, probably exclusively in children’s publishing. Proficiency in Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator programmes, excellent proven book design and typographic skills, and a love of children’s book illustration are essential, along with good written and spoken communication skills, and the ability to work to a deadline.
The successful candidate will design and manage full-colour illustrated book projects (including picture books, novelty books, activity books and the exciting new non-fiction that we are working on for our partnerships with the National Trust and The British Museum) from initial layouts all the way through to production, supporting the illustrator or the author/illustrator throughout the creative process.
The designer will report to the Head of Design but will work closely with other members of the Nosy Crow team, particularly the editorial staff, to produce child-focused, parent-friendly, high-quality books.
If you think this sounds like you, and you would like to apply for the role, please send a CV and application letter, along with digital samples of your design work, to Stephanie Amster via email ([email protected]) by midnight on 26 February 2016. If you have a bit more or a bit less experience than we are asking for (but a minimum of a year of hands-on illustrated children’s book design experience) then do still apply: it’s more important, in the end, for you to be the right fit than that you have exactly the right level of experience, and we can be flexible about the role level for the right person.