Book Designer- Timber House Press

Job Title: Book Designer
Job Number: 16642
Department: Art Department
Supervisor: Creative Director
FSLA Status: Exempt
Job Class: Full-time position
Work Hours: 8:30–5 Monday–Friday
Location: Portland, Oregon


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Design, lay out, and produce book interiors, including: design and market research; book design, type specifications, and layout; page revisions and text corrections; and preparing books for delivery to the printer.
• Research, design, and produce book covers and jackets.
• Prepare and present your own work at critiques and design meetings.
• Productively encourage, receive, and synthesize criticism of your work, and the work of your team, from a variety of stakeholders, both locally and from our parent companies in New York and Massachusetts.
• Manage freelance designers for cover design, interior design, layout and production.
• Build and maintain a pool of freelance designers, illustrators, and photographers.
• Manage art and illustration programs, including budgets, illustration development, and commissioning and managing freelance illustrators.
• Research art, typography, illustrators, photographers, and designers.
• Collaborate with editors, designers, marketing and production staff throughout the book development and creation process.
• Other tasks as required.

Education/Skill Requirements:
• At least 3 years of professional experience in book design and production, including the ability to prepare electronic files for press
• Demonstrated skills and experience in the design, structuring, layout, and production of professionally printed, bound, and manufactured books.
• Proven skills in Adobe Creative Suite applications—expert level in InDesign and Acrobat, high proficiency in Illustrator, and a working understanding of Photoshop and Bridge. Fluency in MS Excel and Word also preferred.
• Extensive experience working with typography and typesetting in a publishing environment.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Our books are written, read, and depended upon by experts in their fields. As such, our work requires an unfailing dedication to accuracy and procedure—and all of the checklists, style guides, and quality assurance checks that such rigor demands.
• An interest in plants, gardening, and/or natural sciences is recommended, but not required.

Physical Demands:
• Must have close visual acuity
• Cannot be color blind
• Must be able to stand, bend, lift, and stoop
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
• Must be able to sit or stand in one location for extended periods of time

Timber Press is a publisher located in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to share the wonders of the natural world by publishing books from experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history. Grow with us!

The Timber Press art department builds beautiful, essential books for gardeners, landscape professionals, scientists, foragers, hikers, and plant lovers. We invite the reader to explore the natural world, whether in the garden, in the wild, or in the pages of a well-designed book.

About The Company:
We are seeking a curious, hard-working, and thoughtful book designer to join our art department. The ideal candidate will be a courteous collaborator who is also able to work independently, set goals, and meet deadlines; self-motivated and reliable, yet able to ask for help when needed; calm and productive under pressure; and able to manage multiple projects with shifting deadlines and priorities.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, your annual salary requirements, and work samples to

Work samples may be submitted as a PDF of less than 10 MB, or as a link to an online portfolio.

We cannot personally respond to each inquiry. However, you will receive an auto-generated email reply to let you know that your application has been received.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on 14 November, 2016.

Please, no phone calls.


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