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Interactive Designer

ABOUT HOOK:

Hook partners with leading brands & advertising agencies to design and develop spectacular digital content for desktops and mobile devices. We've launched 800+ projects for over eighty popular brands and have contributed to some of the most awarded campaigns of the decade. We work with clients such as Google, YouTube, Toyota, Microsoft, Best Buy, and Old Spice. Our competencies range from amazing motion, with some of the best ads on the internet, to massive digital launches such as the award winning YouTube 10th Anniversary, Smarty Pins and YouTube #DearMe. Whether it is prototyping for quick releases, or partnering with Google Creative Lab for massive product launches like the Big Web Quiz and Photowall apps for the Chromecast, we are focused on solving our clients' challenges with the most fun and exciting digital solutions on the web.

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

Hook is a creative company that aims to make technology more accessible to brands and their audiences.  To accomplish the goal, we need the help of Interactive Designers.

Interactive Designers are visual designers with a strong background in technology.  They combine strengths in visual design and user interface architecture to support the concepting and development of creative digital campaigns for brand and agency clients.  Working alongside Conceptual Creatives and Visual Designers, they are primarily responsible for experimenting with and establishing successful interfaces for multi-screen projects through the combination and application of basic User Experience and User Interaction design skillsets.

To accomplish this task, Interactive 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, aesthetically compelling, and technically impressive experiences that delight audiences while exceeding client-set success metrics.

Where Conceptual Creatives (like Art Directors) aim to invent strategic creative solutions to marketing challenges, Interactive Designers set out to bring those solutions to life with insightful visuals and thoughtful interfaces.  A great Interactive Designer exists more as a creative partner than an executional wrist.  They are perceived as an invaluable resource, able to contribute visuals that are creative, clean, functional, and on-brand with minimal internal course correction.  They nimbly support projects from concepting and pitching through to development and delivery.
 

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 visual and interface design.

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.
 

Required Skills and Qualifications

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

Proven ability to articulate your creative thinking

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 Ann Arbor, MI 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 and link to your portfolio. If you do not send a portfolio, you will not be considered for this position.  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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