Layout Designer

The Cognella Academic Publishing imprint of Cognella, Inc. is immediately seeking innovative graphic designers to join our fast-moving and close-knit publishing team! Freelance layout designers will partner closely with our Production team to design exemplary books that inspire students in higher education.

We’re looking for talented team players with a keen eye for aesthetics who can interpret project instructions and develop meaningful, functional book templates in InDesign. For each project assignment, we provide a fully developed starter template, comprehensive resources, and competitive pay. Design work is for the book’s interior only, and designers are not expected to typeset the full book.


  • Familiarizing yourself with Cognella’s best practices, culture, workflow, and general publishing standards
  • Reviewing project specs, instructions, and materials
  • Developing a unique and functional design aesthetic that best represents the book’s contents, such as:
    • Developing a cohesive color scheme and use of fonts
    • Designing unique graphical elements
    • Creating and editing master pages
    • Creating and editing paragraph, character, object, and table styles as needed for the book
    • Reviewing the template for functionality and completeness prior to submission
  • Receiving and interpreting feedback from authors or editors as needed
  • Liaising with our Production team at varying points of the design process


  • At least two years of relevant graphic design experience; exposure to book publishing is preferred
  • A strong, working knowledge of Adobe InDesign with experience using master pages and styles
  • Access to Adobe InDesign to work remotely (ability to visit our office in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, California is preferred)
  • A positive, creative, and professional demeanor with an ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

Start date: Immediate

Location: Remote with a preferred ability to visit our office in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, California

To apply: To be considered, please submit a résumé and portfolio of previous work and to All submissions will be held in confidence.


About Cognella

Cognella® is redefining academic publishing by creating teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials in print and digital formats under three imprints: Cognella® Academic Publishing, Cognella® Custom, and Cognella® Active Learning. Cognella also publishes engaging nonfiction titles featuring modern perspectives as Cognella® Press. Learn more at

Cognella was recently awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces designation by the San Diego Union-Tribune. We’re proud to offer Cognella team members a work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and the opportunity to contribute significantly toward the goals of the company.

Cognella, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.

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