The Brooklyn Rail

The Brooklyn Rail is looking for our next designer.

The Designer will work closely with our Publisher/Artistic Director, Managing Editor, and Production Manager to typeset, and correct the Rail’s monthly print publication in collaboration with featured artists, guest editors, guest designers, and section editors. The Rail specifically seeks candidates who are committed to maintaining and contributing to an open and inclusive work environment.

The ideal designer has high standards for typographic excellence, a skilled eye for inconsistencies, and a mind that loves solving problems around editorial systems and content. They are a collaborative problem solver with outstanding communication and time-management skills. This is a steady freelance role that requires an exceptionally responsive individual who believes in the culture and content of the Rail, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a free and independent publication.



  • Flow material into InDesign for ten issues annually in accordance with Rail style, communicating each month with managing editor about hierarchy and order

  • Manage InCopy assignments for the production team’s correction process

  • Package and organize final files for the printer and web production, on call for last minute questions from printer

  • Complete issue layout around the production schedule (generally spanning last 2.5 weeks of the month) while reserving in-person working hours with the managing editor and production manager for the last five days of the production cycle to close the issue near the end of the month

  • Work with Rail team to update styles and processes as needed

  • Be a good Rail citizen, a present member of the community who attends team events and lends a hand when needed to build that community

Our team strives for open communication in the office and on our Slack. We openly collaborate on work over Google Docs and Google Drive, 1Password.



  • Demonstrates a deep love of the arts, print publishing, and editorial design

  • Able to manage time effectively, meet deadlines, and prioritize tasks

  • Has a positive attitude and temperament, with strong ability to function well when under deadline pressure

  • Demonstrates expert typographic skills in InDesign and working knowledge of Adobe Suite

  • Is comfortable managing processes involving many different people with different backgrounds and knowledge

  • Has passion for the mission of the Rail with a strong commitment to supporting artists and diverse creative individuals across New York City

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter & resume to as one PDF, and include a link to your portfolio on your resume. Please address your letter to “Dear Brooklyn Rail.” Write in the subject line: [YOUR NAME]: Designer application. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

The Brooklyn Rail is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining an open and inclusive work environment.

The Brooklyn Rail’s mission is to provide an independent forum for arts, culture, and politics throughout New York City and beyond.

Founded in October 2000, the Rail publishes a journal 10 times a year and distributes it free in print and online. In addition, the Rail further fulfills its mission by curating art exhibitions, panel discussions, reading series and film screenings that reflect the complexity and inventiveness of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape.

Posted on June 30