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Senior Designer

Senior Designer

Highlights for Children, a family media brand that has been nurturing children with high-quality, innovative products for more than 70 years, reaches more than two million children every month throughout the world.  Our wide variety of “Fun with a Purpose” magazines, books, and digital products are dedicated to helping children become their best selves – creative, curious, caring and confident.

Over the past few years, the company has enjoyed exciting, explosive growth in the retail marketplace.  As a result, the continued development of a dynamic, robust Highlights presence across the retail landscape is now a key strategic initiative – through publishing, product development and licensing initiatives.  We are looking for an experienced Senior Designer who can help drive the growth and diversification of this business through a combination of innovative design solutions and savvy art direction.  Join the team of passionate, inspired professionals who are bringing Fun With A Purpose to life in new ways through exciting product development initiatives.

We have an immediate opening for a highly experienced, creative Senior Designer.

The Senior Designer will deliver innovative, market-savvy, brand-aligned design for a line of puzzle books, puzzle pads, educational workbooks, book plus merchandise, and multiple novelty formats

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement design for new products and formats with tight timeframes, under the direction of the Creative Director
  • Commission and art direct illustration and puzzles of all types for content bank that spans multiple product lines
  • Design and art direct interiors and covers for existing series and product lines as well as new product lines and formats in collaboration with Editorial department and Creative Director
  • Collaborate with Sales and Editorial to deliver fresh, visually-appealing product that meets the needs of buyers and customers
  • Prototype new formats as needed for use in sales pitches to potential buyers
  • Develop knowledge of retail landscape and competition from other publishers in order to deliver design that speaks to marketplace and sales channels
  • Create design that aligns with brand guidelines and sensibility
  • Create collateral materials such as sales sheets, product pitches, display banners and headers, retail advertising, etc.
  • Commission original artwork as needed and find new design and art talent when necessary

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None.

Education and Experience:

  • 5-8 year demonstrated design and art direction experience in children’s novelty/book plus/retail publishing
  • Previous experience working with branded publishing
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent skills in the Adobe CS Suite with ability to learn our existing software systems (K4 and the DAMS)
  • Experience with MS Office including Powerpoint
  • BFA or equivalent required

Qualifications:

  • Strong communication skills, well organized, proficient in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Must be self-motivated/self-directed and able to manage a large workload in a fast-paced environment, delivering design and other materials on tight schedules.

 

 

 

 

 

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