The Getty

Publications Designer

Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Publications - 1303-Publications Design and Production
Targeted Hiring Range
$29.54 - $36.92 Hourly
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at Getty

Getty believes diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are essential to our excellence and to the execution of our mission. The Getty community values differences in the pursuit of inquiry and knowledge, mutual understanding, respect, trust, transparency, and cooperation. We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Individuals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

Getty Publications produces award-winning books that result from or complement the work of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The approximately 35 books published each year cover the fields of art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for the general public, children, and specialists. Most books are published in print, and an increasing number are published digitally as well.


As a member of the Design and Production Department within Getty Publications, the Designer will work closely with editors, production coordinators, and other Getty staff and freelancers to produce a wide range of high-quality illustrated art books, including collections-based titles, academic monographs, trade titles, and children’s books, for both print and digital formats.


Getty Publications offers a collegial, family-friendly, and collaborative work environment, where work-life balance is prioritized. We support a hybrid work schedule with some days at our Getty Center offices and some days at home. Staff members can participate in community service, serve on committees on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion and on mentorship and community building, and contribute to the book-acquisition process.



Major Job Responsibilities

  • Work in partnership with authors and editors to understand the unique needs of each project and research book content for design and layout ideas. Work through design treatments to conceptualize and present appropriate solutions for publication projects, including the size and arrangement of images, typographic approach, and page layout.


  • Develop original designs and/or apply formatted template designs for publication projects.


  • Once a design has been approved, work closely with the book team to manage the design process, adhering closely to budget and schedule. This includes preparing a full layout, typesetting, making type corrections, department review, and final review of plotter proofs.


  • Create cover designs for our short-run digital and print-on-demand titles, working alongside our digital team.


  • For select projects, supervise the work of outside vendors for typesetting, type corrections, and diagram / chart preparation.


  • Work closely with production colleagues on the physical aspects of each project, discussing materials and collaborating on color proofing as required. Examine and understand technical production issues that impact the design approach, working together to find practical and cost-efficient solutions.


  • Work jointly with editorial, design and production colleagues to implement corrections and rebranding of reprints.


  • Work with sales and marketing colleagues to design promotional and conference materials as required, including postcards and booth posters. Review and oversee the design of print ads for Getty Publications with freelance designer.


  • Following an established template and working closely with the design team, design the twice-yearly Getty Publications sales catalog with sales and marketing colleagues.


  • Keep informed of new and updated design software; explore, research, and present book design ideas to develop; apply creative design solutions across a wide range of subject matter and book types.


  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design (BA or BFA)
  • 3 to 5 years expertise in book design for print and/or digital platforms, either from work experience or educational training


All employees must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability, or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent organizational and communication skills.


Experience using design industry software including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, and an enthusiasm for learning new things.


Good at prioritizing workload, working to deadlines, and attentive to details.


Strong interest in cultivating a diverse, equitable, and welcoming team environment.


Capable of working by oneself and as part of a team.


Strong interest in bookmaking; knowledge of art history a plus.


Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.