Cengage Learning Sr. Designer in Monterey, California


The Senior Designer for National Geographic Learning oversees design execution of core and ancillary pre-K–12 educational print products and digital user experiences. Projects may also include design and art direction for program identity and packaging, interactive media, web sites, apps, ebooks, and graphical user interfaces, as well as the direction of commissioned photography, illustration or digital graphics for media.

The Senior Designer will collaborate closely with Content Development and the Art Director, Interaction Designer (wireframes and user stories), and UX Designer (user experience) throughout the digital design process and work with content development teams across various publishing lists to achieve desired outcomes.

The Senior Designer provides design and art direction to vendors, under the guidance and supervision of the Creative Director and/or Art Director; and is responsible for hands-on art direction and design of print and digital program component prototypes and for selected design during live development. The Senior Designer participates in design reviews of major program and related component product design.

The Senior Designer builds effective, collaborative relationships with editorial, marketing, technology, production, media research, and manufacturing partners and vendors to assure project objectives are met. The Senior Designer builds an understanding of educational publishing market trends and customer needs for the market s/he works in. This position ensures effective design solutions and quality appropriate to product priority, market level, pedagogical imperatives, and budget.


Concepting and prototyping:

  • Translates the “program experience” into visual content for print and digital products

  • Creates prototypes of key components within the overall program concept for stakeholder reviews and approval

  • Creates UI (User Interface) prototypes from wireframes and user stories to offer the required visual solution.

  • Integrates feedback from internal and external customers into revised designs

  • Interprets market research results and ensures designs meet customer needs

  • Coordinates with Media Research to identify photographic and illustrative resources as needed

  • Collaborates with Production and/or PreMedia on best practices and creation of specifications and guidelines for print and digital file handoffs to production vendors

Program planning and management:

  • Works with the Design management to identify needed resources

  • Creates design specs for the program launch

  • Monitors schedules and providing information for status reports

  • Makes decisions that balance quality and budget concerns

  • Escalates design, budget, schedule, and quality issues as appropriate

  • Manages time effectively

Program implementation:

  • Designs new print and digital features and components in live development with a focus on National Geographic Learning high-design attributes; brand consistency; and compelling and engaging user experiences.

  • Proposes illustration and photographic approaches to visual design, and the related art direction of illustrators and photographers as needed.

  • Evaluate the work of outside design vendors and provides feedback to management

  • Participates actively in the thumb nailing process and creation of page layouts and UI screen concepts

  • Works closely with Editorial and Media Research to implement high quality design that supports instructional goals and meets budget goals.

  • Reviews pages or electronic media development at strategic stages

Collaborative development

  • Works with the Design management to implement best practices that support innovation, excellence, and a positive working environment and department culture

  • Actively pursues ways to streamline development processes

  • Collaborates with the Creative Director and Art Director to meet project milestones

Seeks opportunities to utilize the resources of National Geographic and to forward the Society’s mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, media design, or related field or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum 5-years’ experience in graphic design and art direction, with proven experience in UI design

  • Portfolio of work that demonstrates creative problem solving for print and web-based design, original and strategic thinking, and mastery of graphic design.

  • Must possess excellent knowledge of layout, graphic design, composition, pre-press, art, illustration, photography, printing production techniques and standards.

  • Mac OS, with high proficiency in Adobe CC suite of applications; proficiency with Microsoft Office.

  • Is able to adapt quickly to new technology, new processes and procedures, and standards in an environment of continuous improvement

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate art and design strategy to non-design stakeholders; to interpret and translate complex information to teams and individuals; and to report effectively to management

  • Speed: Proactively gets things done quickly, with a high quality of work. Overcomes barriers and continually finds ways to be more efficient.

  • Focus: Identifies core business problems and opportunities; seeks and proposes solutions while avoiding distractions. Persists through achieving deliverables.

  • Collaboration: Committed to helping others be successful; partners with key organizational stakeholders, individuals and teams outside own functional area to promote business alignment.


  • Experience in K-12 Reading and Language Arts, ESL/ELL, Social Studies, or Science curriculum design development.

  • Experience in English Language Teaching (ELT) curriculum design development

  • Working knowledge of XML; HTML5; and CSS

  • Experience with Sketch, Zeplin, and InVision applications

  • Experience with interactive ePub3 design development

  • Experience with tablet and mobile design


Requisition ID 2017-3456

Job Locations US-CA-Monterey

Posted Date 7/12/2017

Job Function Product Development