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Visual Designer

ABOUT HOOK

Hook is a Digital Production Agency. We are a creative company that exists to make technology more accessible to brands and their audiences. We have offices in Ann Arbor, MI and Los Angeles, CA. We are a team of dedicated developers, motion artists, designers, producers, and quality assurance people. We are passionate about our work and believe you will be too, which you can see at byhook.com.

JOB SUMMARY

Visual Designers are aesthetics experts that focus on the creation and refinement of polished art assets through a variety of modern digital techniques and mediums (Typography, 3D, Illustration, Digital Drawing/Painting, Photography, Retouching, etc).  Working alongside Conceptual Creatives and Interactive Designers, Visual Designers are accountable for delivering creatively approved art elements (such as key art, look-and-feel, illustrations, and look-and-feels) for brand campaigns.

To accomplish this task, Visual designers function organizationally within the Design Department (reporting to the Director of the Design Department) while operating within project-based teams alongside Creative and Technology in order to develop thoughtful and inspiring visuals that delight audiences and exceed client expectations.

Where Conceptual Creatives and  Art Directors aim to invent strategic creative solutions to marketing challenges, Visual Designers set out to bring those solutions to life with smart and inspiring visuals that excite clients, audiences, and internal development teams.  A great Visual Designer exists more as a creative partner than an executional wrist - contributing critical thinking and insights born from their specialized expertise.  They are perceived as an invaluable resource, able to contribute visuals that are creative, clean, functional, and on-brand with minimal internal course

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop insightful, aesthetically compelling, and functional design concepts that support creative ideas toward to goal of solving client challenges.
  • Lead the creation of production-ready comps and assets that support multiple screen sizes and formats.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with both Creative and Technology staff, ensuring that visual designs meet the requirements of both departments.
  • Support client-facing conversations focused on the development of visual assets.
  • Maintain and promote an internal awareness of industry design trends and standards with a strong focus on processes and tools.
  • Mentor and support junior design staff toward the goal of accelerating skill progression through a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3+ years’ experience designing for the web and mobile
  • Formal design training
  • Expert knowledge of Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Savvy in latest design and technology trends
  • Proven experience in a technology, advertising, or design agency
  • Must have an intricate emotional connection to the Internet and understanding of how people use it
  • Have a portfolio with work (personal projects welcome) that demonstrates a deep understanding of digital design or interactive experiences
  • Is a design fundamentalist that knows the rules, but knows how to bend and break them to create innovative solutions
  • Embraces challenges and new methods of thinking
  • Simultaneously thinks about the big picture and the micro-level details
  • Be unafraid to ask for feedback as you’re consistently striving for improvement
  • Interpersonal skills and boundless optimism

HOW TO APPLY

This is a full-time position at our San Francisco, CA embedded office. We're of a close-knit group of people who love the internet and want to create phenomenal work. Company benefits include health, dental, matching 401k, paid vacation and holidays, and more.

Qualified applicants should include a resume.  No agencies, please.

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however only those who are considered for an interview will be contacted.

 

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