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Klutz creates activity books and other great stuff for kids ages 3 to 103. We began our corporate life in 1977 in a garage we shared with a Chevrolet Impala. For those of you who collect mission statements, here's ours: Create wonderful things. Be good. Have fun. 

Klutz is a division of Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books. 

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

 

We are currently seeking a Designer in our Redwood City, California office.

 

As a designer, you will report directly to the Senior Product Director, but will collaborate with the entire Product Development team to drive the creative vision of Klutz through creating packaging, covers, and interior layouts for our books and kits.

 

Everyone at Klutz is responsible for bringing in new ideas and developing them into high-quality, innovative, fun, and accessible products that encourage kids to learn by doing. Our designers work on projects from ideation to production, forming content along with the product managers.

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

• Work collaboratively with all members your project’s team on the development of the project from concept to finish, managing the freelance designers, illustrators, and crafters.

 

• Design packaging, book covers, and interiors for each product, ensuring the graphic treatment is aligned with the brand, appeals to the target audience and serves the content of the project.

 

• Organize and manage multiple projects per season, delivering on time and within the established budget.

 

• In collaboration with the product director, select and hire (or approve the hire of) freelance illustrators and photographers. Manage these contributors or oversee their management to ensure they deliver Klutz-quality art on schedule, within budget, and in the format that best meets Klutz’s needs.

 

• Work with the product director to coordinate or oversee all aspects of photo shoots. This includes, but is not limited to, soliciting editorial input, conceiving photo set-ups, gathering and/or creating props and wardrobe, selecting the best models and locations, and directing photographers to ensure that they deliver terrific, Klutz-quality images that serve the content, align with the Klutz brand, and meet editorial goals.

 • Review separator and printer proofs to ensure that they are accurate and that they meet Klutz’s high quality standards. Ensure that corrections and changes are clearly communicated to the separator/printer or production liaison.

 

• Test and comprehend instructions written by the editor. When necessary take digital reference photos or supply constructive feedback.

 

• Attend weekly meetings to update product team of schedule and all other art related issues pertaining to the title.

 

• Other responsibilities to support the product development team as assigned.

 

WHO WE ARE

 

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company’s Internet Site, http://www.scholastic.com. You can also visit the Company blog at http://www.oomscholasticblog.com.

 

HOW YOU CAN FIT

 

•Strong understanding of print. You should have a passion for typography and color. Any experience with packaging, book cover and instructional design experience is preferred

 

• Excellent organizational and communication skills.

• Superstar Mac skills and design skills using InDesign, Photoshop, and Indesign.

• Detail-oriented and foresee design issues before they become a mistake.

• Capable of sending press-ready files to the printer (includes: creating drop shadows, clipping photos, retouching and color correcting images, and setting up specialty printing techniques).

• Illustration skills a plus (especially vector art).

• Photo shoot experience.

• Hand prototyping experience. Crafty people encouraged.

• Ability to respond effectively, positively and appropriately to creative feedback.

• Experience handling multiple projects simultaneously.

• Stay self-motivated. Able to work independently and as part of a team.

• Passion for kids products, crafts, science, maker movement and DIY preferred

• College degree or equivalent work experience

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Scholastic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our policy is clear: there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran.


Those factors shall not influence the determination of qualifications for a job or other opportunity within the company. Further, all personnel actions (such as compensation, tuition aid, benefits, transfers, promotions, and dismissals, company-sponsored training, social and recreational programs) shall be administered without discrimination. To view the full EOE policy, click here.

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