Junior Designer - Trade, Reference & Kids

London, United Kingdom Full-time

At Lonely Planet we live to travel. Everything we do is designed to inspire and enable travellers to get out there, connect with the world and have great experiences. Across all areas of Lonely Planet, we look for talented people who share our passion.

We have a great opportunity for a Junior Designer - Trade, Reference & Kids to join our team based in our London office. This role is offered as a permanent full-time role reporting to the Senior Designer, Trade & Reference.


Responsibilities of the role

The Junior Designer will assist the Senior Designers with the creation, development and delivery of Lonely Planet’s Illustrated Non-fiction, Reference and Kids lists for publication globally. First-class design skills and a proven track record in print production and layout tasks are pre-requisite for this role.

Main duties will include layout and design of illustrated non-fiction books for both children and adults; creation of sales materials; picture & illustrator research; commissioning and supervising freelance design, illustration and picture research as needed; assisting with pre-press tasks such as image processing, pdf creation, proof checking and reprint corrections.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

What we’re looking for

Book Design

  • Input and feedback on development of Trade, Reference & Kids lists
  • Develop awareness of traveller and publishing trends and a detailed knowledge of competitor products
  • Design and layout books as scheduled, under the supervision of a Senior Designer
  • Work with Production Controller to ensure printing needs are booked and budgeted correctly
  • Liaise regularly with freelance resources throughout design and layout to ensure a quality product
  • Review illustrations, images and layout to ensure they meet the brief and quality standards
  • Conduct image research as needed
  • Prepare images for print, including cropping, converting and sharpening
  • Prepare sales materials (catalogues, blads & sales kits)
  • Provide the Publisher, Commissioning Editor or Senior Designer with visibility over costs and any variances to budget as they arise
  • Ensure the timely delivery of all production and prepress activities to schedule
  • Maintain/oversee the upkeep of all files to required standards of file management
  • Make reprint corrections as needed
  • Check page and printer proofs and implement corrections where required
  • Assist with various design tasks, as requested


Key Skills


  • Passion for travel
  • Previous print design experience, ideally in illustrated book publishing
  • Excellent InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop and Illustrator skills
  • Knowledge of book production processes from concept to publication
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Deadline oriented, with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure
  • Lots of enthusiasm


  • Relevant qualifications


What’s in it for you              

This is an exceptional opportunity to work for a growing team in a globally loved brand in a truly global company, with offices in the UK, US, Australia, China & India.

I’m In!

Please ensure you submit a cover letter detailing your salary expectations along with your CV telling us why you’d like to join our team by 23rd of June 2017.