Job: Oxford University Press, "We are seeking a Fonts Specialist"


  • Nick ShinnNick Shinn Posts: 1,333
    Contemporary equivalent of Type Director?
  • Yes, but without the three-martini lunches, so I suppose it's a lowercase "d." What's the world come to?
  • Text of the ad, for posterity:

    Fonts Specialist/Senior Designer

    About us

    Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford, which furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

    The Global Academic Business publishes books, journals, and digital resources for the research, professional, and higher education markets.
    We are an award winning global Design team with staff located in Oxford, New York, Toronto, and Delhi. Our projects are diverse and intellectually rewarding. We work independently and collaboratively in a stimulating intellectual environment.

    About the role

    We are seeking a Fonts Specialist to work closely with the Creative Director and the book design team to ensure elegant and accurate typographic rendering of our varied Academic content in print and digital environments. 

    Key responsibilities include:

    • Specialized typographic knowledge: an emphasis on understanding of non-standard character requirements in ancient languages, linguistics, and science. 
    • Font and permissions knowledge: understanding Font End User License Agreements and influencing the Press’ interpretation and implementation of them.
    • Digital and ebooks: collaborating with various stakeholder groups, including third-party suppliers, to establish processes and best practices to ensure font legal compliance in digital products/ebooks.
    • Supplier management: identifying appropriate suppliers to source fonts or font development/creation to meets OUP requirements. Working with pre-press suppliers to ensure font compliance throughout the workflow. 
    • Text design: designing and modifying text design specifications to ensure fonts used are compliant and meet content needs.

    About you

    You: Love typography! Have elite typographic skill. You understand the typographic issues related to setting world class scholarly content in areas as diverse as Ancient languages, linguistics, and science, and love coming up with effective solutions.

    Ideally you will have:

    • Degree-level qualification (or equivalent) in Graphic Design, with a specialism in Typography
    • Excellent knowledge of design software on Apple MAC including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, plus Standard Office software (MAC/PC)
    • Experience in text design and writing text specifications
    • Ebook experience a plus
    • Ability to teach/mentor, and /or train new and inexperienced staff as well as key stakeholders in Editorial, Marketing etc.
    • Excellent communications skills, cultural literacy, and ability to work well with other functions in large organization
    • Experience in developing processes and implementing them
    • Able to project manage and pro-actively progress team initiatives/projects to conclusion and on schedule.

    Salary: Competitive salary

    Recruiter contact details: Claire Schmid [email protected]

    Closing date: 01/02/2015

  • Note the part where it says: "Font and permissions knowledge: understanding Font End User License Agreements"

    Apparantly, most EULA's are still not understandable for the layman...
  • This is a lot more than a type director position. Understanding of Unicode and OpenType text processing is important, as well as the licensing component.

    I've been doing some consulting on font-related things for OUP in recent months, but they really need somebody full-time.  :)
  • Nick ShinnNick Shinn Posts: 1,333
    Well yes, one would expect today’s type director to know Unicode, OpenType and licensing!
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