Founded in 1941, Sky & Telescope, the world’s leading magazine for advanced amateur astronomers, is seeking an Art Director to lead print publication design and creative vision in its Cambridge, Mass., office. The Art Director will provide art direction, conceptualize layouts for features and departments, commission freelance artists and illustrators, and work collaboratively with prepress in producing this highly regarded brand as well as S&T’s annual SkyWatch publication and Observing Calendar. Reporting to the Editor in Chief, the Art Director will work closely with editors and other members of the design team on a daily basis as well as with off-site production staff, freelancers, and stock agencies.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as team leader in S&Ts small but vibrant art and design department.
- Design and lay out all print magazine publications, including covers, averaging a 3-week schedule per issue year-round
- Work collaboratively and iteratively with editors on design of features, columns, and departments
- Manage and approve editorial deadlines to work in synch with production deadlines
- Research, acquire, and contract as necessary for photographs, artwork, illustrations, and other imagery
- Oversee all aspects of magazine production, from image processing to file management to working in tandem with production to finalize issues
- Create and update templates with styles and palette for all print publications
- Manage and keep expenses within annual art budget
- Excellent design and art direction skills, including talent in visual storytelling
- Deadline-oriented and able to work efficiently and diplomatically in a fast-paced publishing environment
- Highly organized, flexible, and self-motivated
- Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills, especially working with passionate, geeky science types
- Ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts for design and layout
- Deep familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
- Experience with a modern media company’s production processes and systems, including content management systems
- Brainstorming and commissioning photography, illustrations, and other creative work
- Impeccable attention to detail, plus ability to quickly learn house style and systems
- Work experience with science and interest in astronomy both a plus
Education: Requires minimum of 5 years’ experience in print publication art direction and design. Undergraduate or graduate degree(s) in graphic design or related area preferred.
Portfolio: Should demonstrate a clear understanding of solid design fundamentals such as type, color, hierarchy, use of white space, accessibility, and scalable design
Salary: Salary range available upon request
Deadline to submit application: October 20, 2017
Summer Intern, 2018
Sky & Telescope, the world-renowned astronomy magazine, is accepting applications for its summer editorial internship. Interns work onsite with the S&T staff in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they help produce content for both the magazine and S&T’s website, www.skyandtelescope.com. Work may include writing and editing news or stargazing stories, producing multimedia content, or pursuing other independent projects, according to interns’ skills and interests. Interns will also be steeped in the day-to-day efforts that go into publishing a monthly magazine.
Ideal applicants will have a background in professional or amateur astronomy and a demonstrated ability to explain science with accuracy and approachability. Although directly mentored by editors, interns operate as full-fledged staff members, so a strong work ethic and willingness to take initiative are must-haves.
The internship lasts for 10 weeks, with a negotiable start date. The internship is paid, but interns must arrange their own housing.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, up to three writing samples, and contact information for two references to Editor in Chief Peter Tyson at editors_at_skyandtelescope.com.
Application Deadline: March 6, 2018
Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.