Black Dog Press

Senior Graphic Design

Based: London
Level: Senior
Salary: £30,000 to £34,000
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 21 December 2018
Twitter: @Artifice Press
Job Listing Added: 06 December 2018

A rare and exciting opportunity for a talented senior graphic designer to join a leading creative publishing group.

About Black Dog Press and Artifice Press
Black Dog Press produces an extensive range of illustrated books that respond to and showcase developments in contemporary art and culture. Black Dog Press is committed to delivering robust critical content, imaginative design and high production values in every title. All books are produced in collaboration with international artists and organisations, and the company works with long-standing distributors to supply its titles to bookshops, galleries and organisations worldwide.


It’s sister company, Artifice Press produces high-quality books on the subjects of architecture, urbanism and design. Artifice works with an international selection of independent studios, larger firms, scholars and institutions within a start-to-finish collaborative module to produce books that transcend disciplinary constraints to address 21st century architecture’s most topical concerns, including: urbanism and the landscape, environmental and ecological concerns, and the arts and culture, as well as science, education and technology


Job description
We require a strong senior graphic designer with experience in book design and a passion for publishing to work across both companies. The designer would be required to work on high-quality, beautifully crafted publications for artists, photographers and architects alike.

The senior graphic designer’s main responsibilities are as follows:
• accept and action design briefs from Publishing Director and clients
• take the lead on graphic design for book projects, from concept to completion
• liaise directly with clients at every stage of the process
• develop design presentations and pitches for the Publishing Director to present to potential clients
• design attractive book covers that immediately engage target readerships and sell the product
• design and update Advance Information sheets to promote books to the trade
• design promotional material for launch events
• design ad hoc materials that might include print advertisements to sell our books or digital banners that might appear in emails or social media feeds to promote publications, campaigns or events
• work closely with the editorial team to make sure all content is ready, designed and approved within the deadline
• take in editorial corrections from annotated PDFs
• check image quality and retouch where necessary
• handle detailed artworking, create print-ready PDFs and check proofs before press
• writing print specifications and liaising with printers throughout the course of a book project
• work alongside the Publishing Director to ensure all projects are produced to the highest standard.

Essential skills and experience
The suitable candidate would be ambitious, creative and capable of working autonomously. Specifically, he/she would require:
• an advanced knowledge of Creative Suite: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
• at least five years’ experience working on high-end books and print publications
• an intuitive understanding of the design styles that appeal to different audiences
• a very strong typographic eye with meticulous attention to detail
• a good knowledge of fonts and which families complement one another
• the ability to work well under pressure and to manage his/her own workload
• the ability to sustain enthusiasm and work to a consistently high standard throughout the course of a long-lead project
• the ability to work as part of a team
• experience in writing print specifications as well as working with printers, web developers and other external suppliers
• the ability to take and give direction on projects
• the ability to represent the company at client meetings and events.

Desirable experience
In addition to the skills and experience outlined above, the suitable candidate would ideally have:
• good understanding of the English language and the ability to understand editorial corrections
• an understanding of web design and web-build processes
• good written communication skills.

How to Apply

Email [email protected] with your CV, PDF of book/editorial design experience (under 10MB) and a cover letter explaining why you think you're right for this position.