A junior designer’s day to day tasks break down broadly into two categories – designing and artworking.
Typically, a junior designer will take on more artworking tasks, and complete them for other designers – i.e. they may not design the front cover, but will get the cover ready for print. This includes adding a spine and back cover, a colophon (the logo of the publisher or imprint), plus barcode and finishes (foil, spot UV varnish, pantones).
The kinds of cover design briefs they are given by the art director will most often be reissues, paperbacks, and small-scale books, whereas a designer will be working on more high-profile titles, as these come with added pressure.
A junior designer needs to have an understanding of how type and image come together on a book cover, as well as a working knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator and an eagerness to learn.
- Lucy Thorne, Junior Designer at Cornerstone