Creative Designer

Job title: Creative Designer
Contract type: Freelance
Location: Portland
Discipline: Creative
Remote: Yes
Reference: 415428
Contact name: Alexandra Wolfsberger
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Primary Job Purpose:

The designer creates innovative branded communication, materials and experiences that support and enhance our client's marketing vision. The design team is made up of knowledgeable and savvy individuals who stay current on design best practices, always on the lookout for new and interesting trends. The design team marries its passion for graphic design (typography, brand, illustration) with strong conceptual work and strategic partnership. The designer works on a variety of projects from high-level, long-term conceptual work to quick-turn templates.

As active members of the Creative Studio, they bring inspiration and brilliance to every project and deliver their best work every time. This team consists of a tightly knit group of individuals with strong communication skills and the ability to think beyond the obvious. Always willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work, the designer thinks strategically, works collaboratively, and creates inspiring, well-crafted, on-brand outcomes that over-deliver. This team works closely with colleagues in other departments – from print to digital to environmental – and is expected to deliver projects that are strategically built and beautifully implemented.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong portfolio demonstrating graphic design with a focus on illustration, typography, layout and design for both digital and non-digital environments.
  • Proficient in conceptual and strategic design thinking.
  • Strong branding ability required.
  • Specialized knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite required, firm understanding of Sketch and Figma a plus.
  • Excellent people skills and flexibility in dealing with changing schedules and multiple points of view.
  • Able to manage and maintain several design projects at once and work independently as required.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Able to present well to key stakeholders and take critical feedback with grace.
  • Able to articulate design choices and present work.
  • Able to implement and support senior staff and creative studio, and the greater strategy of the team.
  • Agency background is a plus
  • Able to apply strategic, conceptual and thoughtful design practice that supports marketing strategies for print, digital and environmental applications.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to design for mobile and web applications.
  • Understanding of print production and methods.
  • Designer would have a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field and 3+ years of experience in graphic design or equivalent combination of education and experience.

General Functions and Outcomes:

  • Maintains proficiency in current tools and practices, while investigating new methods.
  • Creates and produces small-scale projects with review from the senior level, also supports senior staff on larger, complex projects.
  • Works to implement and improve strategic and conceptual skills as well as their craft.
  • Collaborates effectively with multiple business partners, colleagues in the creative studio and across numerous departments to create enticing and innovative collateral.
  • Develops, implements, and communicates consistent styles across print, digital and environmental design that accurately addresses marketing concepts.
  • Works with core team of other creatives to strategically translate concepts into insightful, compelling communications and content that drive awareness, understanding, engagement and action – on brand.
  • Acts as a consultant, developing sensible solutions for the consumer within the pre-stated requirements.
  • Works on projects that stretch and grow them into senior level while creating and producing mid-scale projects, multiple projects at a time and is able to manage their time efficiently.
  • Carries out exceptional strategic programs with any eye for quality while fostering strong relationships with internal and external teams, orchestrating creative development and production objectives, and delivers on the vision of the marketing team.
  • Conceives brilliant strategy in partnership with leads, knows which concepts and design principles will work to marry company/brand/product positioning and objectives with best-in-class print, interactive, and digital experiences.
  • Prepares and completes flight checks on all files before going to print/production services. 
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