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SALARY:       dependant on experience + Benefits  

LOCATION:  Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (30 minutes from Euston, London)

We have an excellent opportunity for a Designer who has a passion for children’s books and the publishing industry.


Working at Make Believe Ideas is an opportunity to be part of an exciting story. We have grown year on year with an expanding market and staff team. The company prides itself on its family culture, whilst having links to Scholastic Inc the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.  We believe we are unique in the world of publishing with creative, innovative formats and our speed to market approach. 

Working as part of a team, the ideal candidate will have a proficient knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and will be able to take a job from an idea or sketch through to print-ready artwork. For more senior candidates, there is the opportunity to oversee junior members of the team, discuss and sketch creative ideas, produce layouts for upcoming titles and manage workflow through the studio.


  • Follow a brief and work with other members of the Creative Team on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Work to schedules, ensuring deadlines are met
  • Produce page designs using InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, ensuring the Design Team’s agreed procedures and styles are adhered to
  • Mock up sales and marketing materials to a high standard for new products
  • Work with the Studio Director and Art Director to commission freelance illustrators for specific projects
  • Ensure the timely delivery of print-ready artwork to the Production Team
  • Check and approve proofs and plotters as required by the Production Team in and accordance with agreed schedules
  • Liaise with the Sales and Production Teams, providing creative input and support when required


  • Have a passion for children’s books
  • Have a real design flair and are innovative and creative, with strong awareness of current trends
  • Have an excellent understanding of design principles, such as colour, typography and composition
  • Have a high level of creativity and must enjoy working with others and discussing creative ideas
  • Must be very organised, motivated, able to work well under pressure, with a high attention to detail and excellent time-management skills
  • Will be proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Have three or more years graphic design experience


To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit a Cover Letter, CV and portfolio to for review.


Make Believe Ideas, Berkhamsted
Full-time, Permanent
Children's Publishing, Publisher
Publishing Support, Production, Other Publishing, Sales, Design, Product Management, Digital Production