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Design Assistant, Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing Co. k

New York, NY

Nov 22
Job Description

Workman Publishing’s children’s department is growing! We’re a small, creative, collaborative team of editors and designers focused on creating innovative nonfiction for children ages 0–14. We ideate books ranging from board books to complex novelty formats to graphic novels. We’re looking for a Design Assistant to help us track projects and develop books from the idea stage to prepping files for the printer. This is an entry-level position with a lot of growth potential.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

-You’re an organized, detail-oriented designer
-You’re a team player who can work independently and collaboratively
-You have strong communication skills
-You’re excited to learn more about developing children’s books, design, and illustration

What you’ll do:

-Support the design department with layout assistance
-Help research illustrators for new projects
-Track incoming art and schedules
-Make art corrections in Illustrator and Photoshop
-Check and package files for the printer
-Participate in our weekly team meeting to brainstorm new books


-This is an entry-level position. Previous industry experience is welcome but not required.
-BFA degree in design or a related field
-A portfolio that shows great design and type skills—hand-lettering and illustration skills are a big plus.
-Intermediate skill level in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop

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 identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any of the other fascinating characteristics that make each of us wonderfully unique. With a role at our company, you’ll be part of an amazing team! We invite you to explore our career options below, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Application Details

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Workman Publishing Co.

Workman Publishing Co., Inc., is an independently owned family of publishers, including
Workman Publishing, Workman Audio, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press. Workman also partners with The Experiment, duopress, Erewhon Books, Familius, and Future House Publishing. Workman publishes award-winning children’s books, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, and books on gardening, country living, and humor, as well as gift books, fiction, and the bestselling calendar line in the business. The company is headquartered in New York City’s Greenwich Village, with additional offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; North Adams, Massachusetts; and Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit