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Associate Designer

FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Director of Production
Employment Status: Full-time


The Associate Designer collaborates with the design, marketing, and editorial departments to produce creative solutions to address the marketing needs of the publishing units. This includes designing promotional materials as well as assisting Senior Designers with mechanical jacket/cover set-up and interior corrections.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Designing marketing materials including posters, postcards, bookmarks, sell sheets, ads, and display materials (such as cartons and displays for mass merchandise deals as well as trade show booths)
  • Organizing and maintaining the design department archives for CRP/TRB
  • Compiling and sending out files for foreign rights deals (which includes doctoring up files to remove images if we don’t have proper permissions)
  • Secures photo permissions for cover and interior images as needed.
  • Setting up cover mechanicals for paperback editions of previously published hardcovers, POD titles, reprints moving to new vendors
  • Inputting corrections to book interiors, jackets, and covers as overflow/back-up for Senior Designers.
  • Create barcodes
  • Biannual catalog layout and production for TRB and CRP
  • Preflighting images for titles being typeset by Nord Compo
  • Optional: Interior illustrations for children’s activity books and other spot illustrations as needed


  • 1-2 years’ experience with book cover design, interior layout/typesetting, and marketing/ad design.
  • Expert in InDesign, Photoshop, Quark, Acrobat, and Illustrator.
  • Goal-oriented with the ability to work on multiple projects while managing various projects.
  • Strong aesthetic skills with the ability to combine various colors, fonts, and layouts.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and collaborate with a team.
  • Physical abilities—fine motor skill and hand-eye coordination.
  • Travel requirements—occasional local book store excursions for market research.

How to Apply

Candidates are asked to submit a portfolio, in addition to a cover letter and resume, to Jessie Jonik at

About the Company

IPG is the original independent distributor of books, ebooks, and audiobooks from publishers around the world, and a top 10 supplier of book content to, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries, and specialty markets, in addition to thousands of retailers globally.

Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading North American distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and as a division of IPG, now distributes products from clients such as Penguin Random House UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China; Allen & Unwin; The History Press UK; Amberley Publishing; HarperCollins UK; Pan Macmillan; and John Blake. IPG acquired International Specialized Book Services (ISBS) a premier distributor of over sixty publishers of academic, scholarly and professional publishers in April of 2018. Continuing its trajectory of growth in August of 2018, IPG acquired Midpoint Trade Books, a full-service book distribution company that was founded in 1996, located in the Flatiron District of New York City, Midpoint’s distribution clients are made up of independent book publishers from across the US, the UK, Australia and Canada.

With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, children’s, and general nonfiction and fiction titles.

·         Designing marketing materials including posters, postcards, bookmarks, sell sheets, ads, and display materials (such as cartons and displays for mass merchandise deals as well as trade show booths)