Position Description
Press Duke University Press
Production and Design
Book Designer, Duke Univ. Press


Duke University Press is seeking a Book Designer to join the Editing, Design and Production Group. The Book Designer is responsible for the design of text and covers for 30 to 40 projects per year, from visual concept to print and e-publication.

If interested in applying please go to https://www.dukeupress.edu/Careers/jobDetail.php?jobId=284 and follow directions on left side of the webpage to submit the required electronic application, including your résumé and cover letter, before close of the position At Noon on Monday, Dec. 4th.

Major Job Responsibilities:

 I. Design

  1. Evaluate mss for structure and presentation in print and electronic formats; review cast offs and ms files.
  2. Design interior text, write specs, and supply sample layouts to compositors as needed; review page proofs.
  3. Responsible for cover, case and jacket designs for assigned titles.
  4. Work internally with editorial and marketing on cover ideas, externally with rights-holders and authors for images and approvals.
  5. Create digital mechanicals for press according to printer templates; work with production and print vendors on print specs, special finishes, trims, paper, and schedule.

II. Production

  1. Manage multiple and overlapping projects.
  2. Monitor, meet, and accelerate schedules as needed for multiple book projects simultaneously.
  3. Work with EDP production specs and suppliers for optimally prepared files for print and e-publication.

III. Competencies

  1. Strong and versatile portfolio demonstrating knowledge of typography, design, writing thorough composition specifications, and logical thinking; good technical knowledge of typesetting, pre-press including halftone sizing and adjustment, and black-and-white and color printing.
  2. Excellent skills required in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign; strong understanding of InDesign paragraph and character styles.
  3. Proven project management ability; self-directed and deadline-oriented.
  4. Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly.
  5. Strong verbal and written skills.


Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.  Prefer B.A. or B.F.A. in graphic design, or 2 years of related experience.


Prefer at least 1 year of book design.  Prior MS Office work with FTP clients, and font management software. Excellent training in and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.  Basic HTML/CSS knowledge preferred.  Mac and PC proficiency a plus.


Work generally requires one year graphic arts or related experience to acquire knowledge or skill in the methods and techniques used in complex design and layout of books, as well as an ability to analyze and interpret art needs of manuscripts and other publications. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

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