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3 Nov 2021

Full-Time Designer/Senior Designer, Workman, Kids

Jodi_Donovan – Posted by Jodi_Donovan New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Workman Publishing’s children’s department is seeking a creative Designer/Senior Designer who will be responsible for developing innovative non-fiction trade and curriculum books for children. Our books include board books, novelty, middle grade, graphic novels, activity books, and workbooks.

Working with a small, collaborative team of editors and designers, this designer will be responsible for shepherding a list of 10–15 books each year. We ideate many of our projects in-house, so this process includes intensive conceptualizing, artist research and art direction, scheduling, approval, and production. It’s a terrific opportunity for a creative designer. The goal of our books is to make learning exciting for kids, and we use design and illustration to create an immersive experience in each book.

Essential duties:

  • Work with the art director and editorial team to identify opportunities for new titles
  • Work with the art director to develop concepts and sample pages, including illustrator research
  • Design and lay out complex book interiors, including novelty components such as stickers and posters
  • Work closely with illustrators to create cover and interior artwork within the production schedule
  • Trouble shoot and problem-solve when necessary to keep books on schedule
  • Work with the art director, editorial, and sales team to develop cover designs
  • Manage a list of 10–15 titles per year



  • At least 4 years of experience, including initial concept generation
  • BFA in graphic design or a related field
  • A portfolio showing idea-generation and design—hand-lettering or illustration skills are a big plus
  • Idea person who can imagine many possible approaches for a design
  • Collaborative person with excellent communication skills
  • Excellent type skills are essential
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to stick to a schedule and problem-solve


And a little about us:

We are publishers of award-winning children’s books, including the Brain Quest, Indestructibles, and Big Fat Notebook series. We also publish gift books, fiction, humor, cookbooks, and parenting/pregnancy guides, as well as books on gardening and country living.

Workman Publishing is steadfast in its commitment to innovation, creativity, inclusion, and excellence. Our focus is to create a diverse and supportive environment, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All are welcome, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any of the characteristics that make each of us wonderfully unique. With a role at our company, you’ll be part of an amazing team!

Applicants must reside in the New York City area and be available to work in our Manhattan office on request.


How to Apply

If this sounds like a job you'd excel at and enjoy, please send your cover letter (tell us what you're reading!), résumé, and portfolio to We apologize in advance, but not all applicants will receive a response

Job Types: Full-Time.

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