Editorial Positions

Layout Designer

About the Position

Layout designers are responsible for the reader’s first impression of the paper and the overall aesthetic identity that The Daily Californian presents.

Layout designers are tasked with representing editorial content accurately and in a visually appealing way. All designers learn a specific set of Daily Cal style rules, or layout conventions — emphasizing consistency of visual approach and readability. Designers also get the chance to showcase their creativity through creating engaging and innovative spreads.

Designers work with both text and visual elements, making layout design a great way to meet and interact with the entire office — from photographers and reporters to editors and illustrators. Great designers are excellent communicators, flexible in their designs, hardworking, creative and open to the paper’s learning-oriented atmosphere. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign is a requirement, and any knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or web design is a plus.

Application Materials

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Cover letter (PDF)
  • Four sample layouts (PDFs)
  • Interview (invitation only)
  • Design test (invitation only)

Work Requirements

  • Must be available to work on layout design remotely on Tuesday nights and Wednesdays
  • Attend biweekly design meetings
    • Reduced workload option: The Daily Cal understands that some applicants may have disabilities and/ or extenuating circumstances that would prevent them from working a full workload, such as a necessary, paying job that takes up a significant amount of time outside of classes. If this is the case, applicants may choose to apply for a reduced workload position.

Leadership Opportunities

  • After serving as a layout designer, a staffer may go on to become a deputy design editor or the design editor.