Book Designer and Art Worker




Date posted:


up to £25,000


Full Time

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About the role

Wonderbly is a unique, award-winning startup that lives on the intersection of storytelling, engineering, digital and print. We are building a new class of global publishing business that brings millions of people into our superbly high quality products – as co-creators and audiences – and in doing so empower them to build connections with each other.

We’re calling it Personal Publishing and we believe it’s going to be massive.

We write, illustrate, build, design, and sell all of our products directly, and have a terrific team working to produce our wonderful products spanning from Art Directors to Dev Ops. Working together we have sold more than 5 million books in every country in the world, and we’re just getting started! With the work you’ll do here with us, we’d like to think we’re on track towards becoming the UK’s most admired creative company.

Life as Wonderbly’s Story Studio Book Designer and Art Worker

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, highly organised and exceptionally detail-oriented person to join our Story Studio team as a Book Designer and Artworker. They’ll be primarily creating story assets for use in our in-house production processes, creating polished picture-book layouts and working with our award-winning illustrators on new picture book concepts.

We’re looking for the kind of person who’s a wizard with layer comps and brilliant with blending modes. You’re confident with a bezier curve, master of the marquee and the boss of bitmaps. You’re happy to work as a part of a team, of course, as well as working independently to deadlines.

As well as creating assets for our ongoing picture books, part of your role will be to support the Art Director and the team on new book development and concepting, and to be ready to jump into action when the unexpected occurs. Some experience in book design is desirable.

Day-to-day, your role will be to work within the design team and alongside our Producers and Engineers creating Photoshop files for the Wonderbly workflow.

A bit more about what you’ll be doing in the role:

Working closely with our Art Director and Producers on a range of exciting projects, making sure that picture book covers and spreads are designed beautifully and image assets are produced to the specifications of the engineering team.
Artworking creative assets for use in book production, on our website and for photo shoots.
Participating in new book and new product workshops and development, including concepting and mock-ups of covers and page layouts.
From time-to-time you may need to work hours that aren’t typical, so a flexible approach is needed to get the best from the job.
You’ll use the Adobe CC suite on a daily basis, primarily Photoshop and InDesign.

This role would suit someone who likes getting their teeth into technical problem-solving and the mechanics of storytelling, and is confident working across a number of projects at once. We are looking for a colleague who is passionate about books and about storytelling, and eager to share this passion.

You’ll be:

  • Hands on and demonstrate an exceptional attention to detail and a keen eye for consistency, as well as a passion for layout, typography, illustration, graphic design and storytelling.
  • A great team player and all-rounder, able to work within a small team and effectively communicate with stakeholders and senior members of the team
  • Someone with strong artworking skills, keen to maintain and improve Wonderbly’s design standards
  • Excellent at organising stuff, with great communication skills
  • Meticulous at file organisation
  • Able to receive feedback
  • Experienced with the Adobe CC suite
  • Experience working for a publisher or a design or communications agency is preferable, but not essential.

We welcome applicants without a degree qualification. We operate the Rooney Rule.

First and foremost you should join Wonderbly because of the work. We’re on a mission to inspire boundless self belief in every child, everywhere through our beautiful personalised books. We’ve sold a few million books so far and we want to sell hundreds of millions more!

Working at Wonderbly you’ll be surrounded by positive, self motivated people inspired by this exciting mission. You’ll also get to work from our fun, light filled, colourful studio building in East London.

We offer a range of additional benefits beyond the work that will make your time at Wonderbly even more fun:

  • A salary of up to £25,000.
  • Childcare vouchers, health insurance and our cycle to work scheme will keep you and your family in tip-top shape
  • We have showers, secure bike parking facilities and are part of the Cycle To Work scheme
  • Each year you’ll accrue a generous 28 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays
  • We have heaps of snacks, drinks, and comforts in our fully-stocked kitchen
  • Speaking of food; team lunches and breakfasts. We nearly forgot team lunches. Once a week we get together over a delicious free team lunch and spend some tasty quality time together.
  • We offer free team Yoga classes; just one of the many ways we keep centred and calm, despite the (occasional) chaos of startup life.

We are an equal opportunities employer

Our team are committed to providing equal opportunities for employment regardless of of race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, disability, family structure, socio-economic status, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis (it’s the law, but it’s also just the right thing to do).

How to apply:

Application deadline:

6th August 2020

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