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Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a creative and experienced book design manager to work with the Blizzard Books team in Irvine, California. Blizzard Books is part of the Story & Franchise Development group which supports Blizzard Entertainment’s universes through a variety of media, including animation, cinematics, illustrations, novels, comics, and more, working with internal as well as external talent.

The book design manager will work closely with the editorial supervisor, senior producer, and art manager to provide graphic design vision for the title list, spearheading cover and interior design direction, composing unique branding for new series, and working with manufacturing on developing unique formats and cover special effects. As the graphic design lead of the group, they will play a major part in creating epic published products that grow Blizzard’s publishing program in a bold new direction.

The book design manager will also interface heavily with Blizzard’s licensing and game teams and will be the day-to-day contact for everything involving the design elements of book projects. The ideal candidate will have exceptional creativity and the ability to oversee the development of multiple projects across multiple formats at once, providing design guidance from the strategic level down to the fine details.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develops high-quality cover and interior designs for internal projects

  • Works closely with external partners on cover and interior design direction

  • Interfaces with art directors on various game teams for all design-related approvals

  • Designs 6-8 books a year internally, including comics/graphic novels, anthologies/prose novels, coffee table books, and in-world lore books

  • Designs 6-8 digital comics or short stories, including the localization of these projects into regions worldwide

  • Supports sales team on solicitation materials and A+ content for retailer websites

  • Source, hire, and direct out-of-house book designers for specialized projects

  • Knowledgeable of current trends and maintains an extensive network within the comics/publishing industry

  • Shepherds design work, keeps projects on a timely schedule and meets deadlines

  • Works collaboratively with the editorial and game teams, as well as the book art manager

  • Must have excellent communication and problem-solving skills; be able to work with minimal supervision

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 5 years of design experience

  • Book cover and interior design experience across multiple formats

  • Experience working with manufacturing, including releasing files and collaborating with pre-press

  • Preference given to those with a background in licensed publishing

  • Preference given to those with a knowledge of Blizzard IPs and interest in the gaming industry

  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and adapt to a fast-paced, iterative environment

  • BFA degree or equivalent experience

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us!

Blizzard Entertainment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

This role is anticipated to be assigned as a hybrid work model position, with some work on-site at an Activision Blizzard office and some work remote. However, we understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore other possible options, including remote work arrangements

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $29.81 - $55.14 Hourly. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

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