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The Designer works with stakeholders and the internal team to narrow the visual range, build a visual language, and establish art direction that upholds the brand and strategy of the project. Designers should be able to bring visually compelling concepts to fruition and, by doing so, solve design challenges that bridge the gap between client, audience, and stakeholder. Designers represent and evangelize about the importance of aesthetics and empathetically work with all involved to find and cultivate creative solutions to obstacles. Designers are expected to lead the charge in design and be involved throughout the project cycle. Work includes design tasks such as creating high fidelity comps and documenting design elements in style guides.

Designers are often placed with another designer or a team of designers to work. Teamwork is of the utmost importance, so a Designer should be working closely with teammates in a collaborative manner to make sure all relevant perspectives are brought into the design process. Designers should always champion excellent design, but should know when to be flexible when faced with competing priorities and goals.

Responsibilities

  • Work in partnership with key stakeholders to define visual language and establish art direction that upholds any existing brand guidelines and strategies.
  • Create and improve on a range of artifacts and deliverables throughout the project life cycle, including but not limited to wireframes, Invision prototypes, high fidelity mockups, and style guides.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to facilitate/participate in design workshops to achieve specific outcomes for a particular project goal.
  • Seeks to receive and give feedback in reviews with stakeholders and peers by using empathy along with deep listening skills.
  • Understand limitations and functional range of what is possible within the realm of designing for the responsive web, but also constantly striving to deliver innovative work.
  • Design, develop, modify, and manipulate graphic images, photography, logos, and icons for client and internal web projects.
  • Take a role in developing and refining team processes and workflow efficiencies.
  • Document processes and techniques for re-use on other projects, or improve existing documentation.
  • Understand and provide feedback on client’s existing brand guidelines and strategies.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with project teams, non-delivery departments (Marketing, Sales), and clients.
  • Work within project parameters and priorities as defined by the project lead.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Must possess at least 4+ years of web design experience.
  • Expert knowledge of design elements, the principles of design, and established web design best practices.
  • Continually learn emerging web technologies.
  • In-depth knowledge of typography.
  • Strong skills in visual design/communication skills, deep knowledge of user-centered design, and good usability sensibilities.
  • An excellent portfolio exhibiting good taste and a breadth of interactive visual design skills and experience that spans a multitude of web properties.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and ability to adapt to new design tools such as Sketch app.
  • Intensely collaborative and highly practical, with the ability to handle a wide variety of design challenges.
  • A BA/BS or higher degree in Graphic Design, Interaction/Digital Design, or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and be willing to transfer skills to other team members.
  • Requires strong communication (verbal and written) skills with team members and clients.
  • Ability to manage time across a variety of tasks and projects.

Desired Skills

  • Experience with illustration and vector graphic creation.
  • Experience with branding and identity strategy as well as execution.
  • Understanding or experience with online publishing, open government, or community-based systems and business practices.
  • Knowledge of web-based solutions including data driven websites, portals, web services, content management systems (CMS), contact relationship management (CRM), e-commerce (EC), membership management and online community solutions.

About Us

Phase2 is a digital agency moving industry-leading organizations forward with powerful ideas and executable digital strategies built on open technology. We are experts at building and designing websites, applications, and digital platforms that position our clients to engage with their target audiences in any channel, on any device, wherever they may be.

Our teams of strategists, architects, designers, and developers are creative thinkers with proven technological expertise who craft some of the most influential and transformational experiences in the world. Founded in 2001, we have offices in New York, DC, Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA

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