Atom Studio is looking for a skilled full-time (30 hours a week) graphic designer to work from their own home, in the areas of brand identity and website design. We are open to both contract and employee arrangements. The role could grow to 40 hours a week, if that's something you're into.
Does this sound like you?
- You are a seasoned graphic designer, and you care deeply about the quality of the design work you put out. You get excited about the possibilities in clients’ design projects.
- There is a 'good enough' standard, but that standard is high. You know that sometimes it takes a few tries to find success. You don't wait for inspiration to strike, you go out and seize it. You're not content if your work looks too much like someone else's, or too much like something you've designed in the past.
- With at least 2, preferably 5 years of design experience, you have a firm understanding of design principles, and when you break them, it's on purpose.
- You are a passionate design nerd. You put time into carefully checking on the quality of your work, and of others you work with, such as printers and web developers.
- Available during regular business hours, for between 30 and 40 hours per week.
- Must have your own space to work in, and must live in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba.
- Must have your own Mac computer capable of running the latest versions of Adobe Creative Suite, and Chrome browser.
- Must be able to join Google Meet calls with audio, and video when required.
- Minimum 2 years of post-school design experience, preferably 5.
- Brand identity design experience.
- Print design experience, using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
- Some UI design experience for websites. If you're not super strong in this area (yet), that's okay.
If everything above sounds like you, read on.
What you'll get to do:
- Report to the creative director, and communicate regularly with other team members and clients.
- Review, interpret and clarify design briefs from the Atom Studio team and clients.
- Through research, create mood boards, and competitive analysis boards, to help guide the design direction.
- Create design concepts for brand identity, logos, websites, and print projects, based on a brief. Also, frequently make changes to existing design items.
- Explore and demonstrate a brand concept by showing how it could be reflected on various materials such as homepage hero, digital ads, business cards, and swag.
- Present designs with a clear rationale for your decisions.
- Adjust your designs based on feedback from the creative director and client.
- Create brand guides or brand boards that communicate the correct use of a brand identity.
- Help our long-term clients with routine projects that fit with their existing brand.
- Perform frequent production work. This means preparing print files to specification, and preparing website designs for handoff to a developer.
- Provide feedback to other team members from a design perspective, as well as catch quality issues in their work.
- Learn new software, tools, techniques or skills as required by our ever-changing industry.
- Help improve and maintain Atom Studio's marketing website and materials.
- Familiarize yourself with Atom Studio's processes, follow them, and provide feedback for improvement as needed.
- Track your hours in our time tracking software (Harvest).
- Maintain our project files and keep them organized, based on our current best practices.
You're a good fit for this role if:
- You are aware of current design trends, but you don't necessarily follow all of them.
- You love learning new things, embrace new challenges, and are excited about a dynamic role where you don't have clear boundaries where your job as a designer starts and ends.
- Your favourite tool at the beginning of a project is your sketchbook.
- You care about the goals a client has for a given design project. Sure, you want to create a great design, but you also want it to meet the purpose. Because of this, you're a good listener, and you ask lots of questions. You're not afraid to push back on a client request if you think it will hurt the goals of the project.
- You're comfortable jumping into projects quickly (but with a sufficient brief), and you have the courage to work under the pressure of deadlines.
- You can budget your time to match the budget of a project.
- You're reliable, and if you say you're going to have something done by a certain date, you do. In cases where this isn't possible, you give lots of notice.
- You're responsive, but you also block out time for deep work, and don't let distractions like email or Slack prevent you from delivering.
- You enjoy getting feedback and constructive criticism on your work, and you enjoy communicating what you think could be better about our processes and our work. When confronted with negative feedback from the client, you focus on calmly solving the problem in a creative way, not getting exasperated or discouraged. You see design as a collaborative endeavour, not a solitary one.
- You understand that following a process is essential to delivering good design work, and you're always trying to improve on that process.
- Even though you dislike Microsoft Office and tools like it, you don't mind using them once in a while to deliver a client's needs. Don't worry, we keep this to a minimum.
- Enjoy production work, and always want to learn how to get better at it. You don't mind getting asked to make small changes to existing designs.
- Are willing to do calls and exchange emails directly with clients.
You’ll be successful here if:
- You maintain a positive outlook and excitement for the possibilities in a project.
- Have an ability to read between the lines with client feedback.
- Have the bravery to try a bunch of things that might not work, to find the thing that does work, while still meeting deadlines and budget.
- Are good at blue-sky thinking, but also ensuring all the details are correct.
- You are organized, can juggle multiple projects at once, and naturally stay on track.
- Can handle stress and tight deadlines on occasion.
- Love working from home or remotely.
- When you see an opportunity to exceed the expectations of the project, you act on it.
- You communicate openly, let us know what you need to do your job well, and ask for help when you need it.
These skills are not required. But if you have any of them (or others not listed here), let us know!
- CSS / HTML / Wordpress
- Motion graphics / animation
- Photo retouching
- Videography / video editing
- Anything else? What are your hidden talents?
About Atom Studio
The human brain looks for differences. Atom Studio designs brand identities and websites that find and demonstrate what makes organizations different, so that people understand and take notice. We do this by following an intelligent process of brand strategy discovery, and taking careful but courageous steps in translating it to a brand identity or website.
Our clients span nonprofits, small businesses, and large corporations.
Our team is small (just 6 people) but powerful. We all work remotely, which allows us to focus when we need to and hang out with our pets. We use Slack and Google Meet to stay connected, and even though we don't see each other in person as often as we'd like, we have good times on the journey together. We are based in Calgary, but frequently work with clients and partners in other cities.
You can learn more about us at atomstudio.ca.
In short, your job is to help the Atom Studio team ideate, design, and deliver amazing work that meets the purpose of our clients, and pushes them towards a higher standard in visual design. And – to have fun doing it. We don’t expect a perfect fit for this role. What we do expect is a passion for, and and skills in, excellent graphic design.
How to apply
Applications must include the following:
- A resume that speaks to your experience, skills, and any bonus skills that aren’t listed in this job description. Obviously, this resume should be designed nicely.
- A link to a strong online portfolio that demonstrates your range of design skills. Please don’t attach portfolio items directly (links only).
- A cover letter that includes:
- How you will fit in this job specifically. We know what’s a fit for us and want to know if this is a fit for you. Share why we would be lucky to have you on the team, and why you’re excited about this opportunity.
- Your preference on working contract vs. employee. If you don't know, that's okay, we can discuss.
- Your compensation requirements, on a per-month basis, assuming 30 hours a week. If you feel more comfortable providing a range, that’s fine.
Sorry, we’ll only have time to contact applicants moving on to the next stage. Looking forward to hearing from you, and we really appreciate you taking the time to apply.
We don't have a specific deadline. We'll take the time needed to get the right fit. However, once we have a certain number of qualified applicants, we'll remove this job posting so we can focus on assessing candidates. Our suggestion is that if you're interested, you should apply as soon as possible.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
- Do you live in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba?
- Do you have at least 2 years of post-school design experience?
- Please provide a link to your online portfolio here, even if it's also in your resume.
- What is your preferred compensation (provide a range if you like)?