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Senior Designer Position at WE

Overview

Our WE Codeword team is looking for a Senior Designer/Art Director with strong fundamental design, illustration, and UX skills.

We are in need of a super-organized, detail-oriented, tech-savvy art director and designer to work on a variety of projects with a healthy amount of independence. You will be collaborating closely with our team of designers, copywriters, strategists, and account managers, designing a steady stream of visual content for a major tech client. You will be involved in concepting new ideas, producing work, and reviewing work from junior team members.

Responsibilities

  • Providing art direction and creative concepting for large tech brands
  • Producing static and animated visuals for social channels and other digital platforms
  • Pushing the boundaries of collaboration tools & non-design platforms, such as Google G Suite (Docs, Slides, Google Sites), PowerPoint, general CMS tools
  • Communicate with and present work to clients
  • Reviewing design work from other team members

Qualifications

  • 5+ years’ experience in design, advertising or marketing, or digital publishing
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects)
  • Art Direction
  • Vector illustration
  • Layout & typography
  • Motion Design
  • Basic web UX/UI principles, and familiarity with Sketch
  • Powerpoint, Google Docs/Slides, and Keynote

About us

WE Codeword is a fast-growing agency that combines content, media relations and thoughtful creativity to build effective communications programs. We work with the biggest and smallest tech companies in the world, and our clients trust us to launch their startups, run multi-channel campaigns, grow their user bases, and lead comprehensive PR and marketing initiatives. We’re storytellers and brand engineers, and we love big ideas that serve a real purpose. We’re a proud member of the WE Worldwide network.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Equal Opportunity: WE provides equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against an employee or applicant because of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or other legally protected class status.

 

Diversity and Inclusion: WE values a diverse and inclusive workforce and is committed to creating a workplace where everyone thrives. We promote an atmosphere in which diversity of people and ideas are welcomed and valued. Diversity includes differences in race, religion, gender identity or expression, age, lifestyle, ethnic background and sexual orientation as well as differences in experiences and ideas.

Learn more and apply here.

Paid Cultural Research Intern

TaskForce is an independent agency that builds capacity and community for the most influential nonprofits, brands, and people taking on the most pressing challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. We understand the role that creative culture plays in shaping public opinion and policy and invest heavily in creating lasting relationships with the communities and partners we engage with. We work primarily at the intersection of arts/culture and social change and our work has resulted in some of the most highly acclaimed and influential public will campaigns of our time.

We believe we are stronger and most effective with a diverse team leading the charge. We are committed to creating a more inclusive culture for all, starting within our own company. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

TaskForce is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.

TaskForce seeks a recent college graduate interested in digital design trends as it relates to current political and cultural events. The Cultural Research Intern will report to the Team Coordinator & Executive Assistant and provide research support to the team.

Requirements

  • Interest in design trends, politics, and data research
  • Knowledgeable about the digital space including gifs and memes as it applies to non-profits and politics
  • Digital design or political science background is a plus

You will learn about

  • Impact of design in the digital space
  • Using data to generate more impact
  • How data and trends can drive artistic approach

Benefits

This is a remote full time paid internship from January 19-March 15, 2021.

Work hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm EST.

Apply Here.

Paid Full-time Job Opening: CUP Change In Design Fellowship

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is announcing the call for the 2020 CUP Fellowship for Change in Design! Learn more on the Application Page.

The CUP Fellowship for Change in Design is a paid, year-long, full-time, training program designed to promote and support individuals in gaining the skills, contacts, and experience to help them excel in their design careers. The Fellowship is an initiative to support the development of a pipeline of talented individuals from historically under-represented communities into the design fields, and to dismantle the systemic biases that stand in the way of their advancement as leaders in these fields. The 2020 Fellow will be selected through a competitive, juried process and will work with CUP from July 2020–June 2021.

Applications should include:

– A cover letter addressing why you are interested in the Fellowship, what you hope to get out of it, and what your goals are for your career

– A current resume

– A portfolio of your design work. We are looking for your skills to work on a range of visuals and with type. Please describe the context that your projects were completed in and your role.

– A list of 3 references, with contact information

Please send all materials as a single PDF (max 5 MB) to apply@welcometocup.org by Monday, April 13th at noon, EST. Include “CUP Fellowship for Change in Design” in the subject line.

Please note that we will NOT review applications that do not provide all requested materials. No phone calls, please.

CUP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fair and inclusive employment practices, and strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas to apply.

Facebook UX/UI Design Event

This event will be catered to those students who are interested in Product/UI/UX Design, Content Strategy, UX Writing career path.
 
Facebook Design is coming to New York City to host an event at the Facebook office, on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 PM. We will have Product Designers, Haley Madigan and Andres Arbelaez hosting a presentation on “Introductions to Design at Facebook”before diving into “What I wish I knew before going into industry.”
There will be a chance to get your work reviewed, so please come prepared with work to show.
There will be food & drinks provided. 
To be selected for this event, please RSVP using the link below. The recruiter will confirm your attendance on October 30th, 2019. Please RSVP soon to guarantee your spot!
Event password: FBNYC19

UX / UI Designer, Solidus Labs

UX / UI Designer – full time, NYC
Market surveillance and transaction monitoring tailored for digital assets
We are looking for a UX / UI designer to play a key role in shaping our ML-based products.
 

The Position

Solidus’ designers provide creative solutions to the rising challenges financial markets are facing in a blockchain-powered ecosystem, using user-focused design methods. From manipulation detection to case management, our product needs to be user-friendly, innovative, and beautifully designed for our clients who combat compliance challenges daily.

A strong candidate should have outstanding design skills and know how to translate complex technological solutions to elegant user interactions. She/He should feel comfortable with research tasks and remain focused on deliverables, while also having exceptional interpersonal skills that are needed when working in close collaboration with developers, data scientists, engineers, and clients.

Required Skills

  • Minimum of 2+ years relevant design experience at a high tech, product-driven company
  • Experience designing digital apps and systems, ideally in the SaaS/B2B space
  • A strong portfolio that showcases work, illustrating involvement in web-based projects
  • Well-versed in design principles, typography, layout, UX, UI, and interaction design necessary
  • Experience in creating wireframes, user flows, process flows and sitemaps
  • Proficient in Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite and prototyping tools (like InVision) is a must.  Abstract version control and Zeplin.io is a plus
  • Strong team player, yet simultaneously able to work on independent initiatives
  • Basic understanding of data analysis and knowledge of HTML / CSS / JS is a plus

If interested, email careers@soliduslabs.com. Please include a resume and a portfolio.

Jiacheng Guo (aka Rex) selected to present at AIGA NY Warm-up on 10/25/2018

Jiacheng (Rex) Guo (class of 2018) has been selected to present at AIGA NY Warm-up on Oct. 25, 2018!!!!

His presentation will be followed by Jon Contino’s talk – Brand by Hand

DATE AND TIME
Thu, October 25, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
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LOCATION
Parsons, The New School
63 5th Avenue
Tishman Auditorium Rm U100
New York, NY 10003
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To find out more and reserve a ticket visit

QC Student Takes Top Honors at Rarebit Animation Festival

Congratulations to Jadxia Carbajal, Christian Dantzler and Jessica Hong for having work selected to screen in the 2018 Rarebit Animation Festival at Queensborough Community College.  Additionally, the jury awarded Jadxia Carbajal’s film Battery, about her personal experience with Type I Diabetes, the top honor and she took home the 2018 Rarebit Award.

Christian Dantzler’s film, Ruptured, was about learning to love while simultaneously navigating childhood society was created using Flash and Photoshop, as well as some traditional pencil on paper techniques.  Both Christian and Jadxia’s films were two-semester projects in Professor Grella’s ARTS 370 Animated Documentary course.

Jessica Hong’s film Ghost Ice Cream is a humorous yarn about a ghost that is in love with ice cream.  Hong, an upcoming senior, created her film in Professor Cowan’s Intro to Animation course.  She is currently working on a film about irrational fears, to be finished in December.

This was the second year for the Rarebit Animation Festival which takes its name from Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, the innovative and often surreal comic strip by one-time Sheepshead Bay resident Winsor McCay (c.1867-1934). Perhaps best known for his popular strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, McCay was a pioneer in the art of animation–his  cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) was one of the very first animated films ever created.

Design Internships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Studio

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA center in Pasadena, California https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/

At the studio we work on a wide variety of design projects from graphics for Mission Proposals to Sculptures + Interactive Displays featuring live mission data, etc. We help the scientists and engineers “visually think through their thinking”.

Here is a link to the studio to give you a better idea.

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/thestudio/

We are often looking at portfolios for freelancers and internships. The studio doesn’t currently hire interns but other departments often ask us for recommendations.  It would be great to connect with any graphics / illustration /environmental or industrial design students that might be interested in internships. Or alumni /graduates that are interested in freelance opportunities.

There currently is a Systems Design Internship opportunity for Early Mission Formulation. This a hands-on opportunity, fast paced and geared towards design thinking, industrial / product design.

As for interest in the studio can email here: studio.questions@jpl.nasa.gov

Any interested students should apply at the link below for either Summer or Year Round Internships.

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/intern/apply/

Alumni Interview: Ginine Gordon

Below are excerpts from a conversation between Queens College Design graduate Ginine Gordon (Class of 2017), and Assistant Professor Ryan Hartley Smith about entering the job market after graduation, and advice for current and prospective Design Majors.

Ginine Gordon

RHS: Hi Ginine, thanks for doing this! What are you doing professionally now that you’ve graduated?

GG: I am an Art Director [at Ogilvy, an NYC advertising agency].

RHS: Entering into the professional field of design is extremely competitive and it can be difficult for recent graduates to balance supporting themselves, making new work for their portfolio, and networking / applying for jobs. How has this process been going for you?

GG: I knew the design industry was a highly competitive field and it would be difficult to find a job. I can’t stress enough how fortunate I am to have been a part of the One Club internship program. Professor Weinstein and Justin [from the One Club] found an agency that was the perfect fit for me, and I’m fortunate the agency has kept me on the team long term.

RHS: How would you describe the work you’re making now?

GG: I love the work I’m doing now. I enjoy the challenge it brings. Plus, I get to make gifs for a living, how many people can say that?

(c) Ginine Gordon

RHS: What are your professional goals for the near future? How do you plan on achieving them?

GG: I want to experience many different kinds of projects. I plan on developing my skills at multiple agencies as a senior Art Director or a Creative director. I want to be able to grow and evolve on more than one team.

RHS: Did you participate in an internship while at Queens College? If so, what was it? How did you get it? And what was the experience like?

GG: Yes, I completed two internships while at Queens College, both under the One Club. During my last two semesters, I submitted my design portfolio and resume into a competition headed by Professor Weinstein. The One Club then selected 7 students to intern at big agencies. I was fortunate enough to be chosen both times. My first internship at BBDO was a culture shock experience.The environment was faster-paced than I expected, but, it gave me a great taste of the advertising world. My second internship, which was at the agency I currently work for, was even better. I was able to get a lot of great feedback on my book. I was eventually scouted by a Creative Director. He said he always liked to pass my desktop to see what I was working on, including my book. I thanked him and gave him my card. The next day I was told he wanted to hire me on his team. In one word, it was awesomeness times two.

(c) Ginine Gordon

RHS: What was your favorite Design course at QC and why?

GG: My favorite design course was book design with Natalya Balnova (yes this is a shout out). It was one of the first times I had a professor kick me into high gear. There was no sugar coating in class. We also had a chance to make great projects for our books. My advice for students considering a major in design is to understand this is not the “easier” courses. This major will take a lot of time to master (I’m not even one yet!). But, it is worth it. It’s not a major that is not really grade focused (although you should always aim for that A!), but more about the quality of the work that you produce. Half-a**ing is not welcome.

(c) Ginine Gordon

RHS: What advice do you have for students who are considering pursuing a major in Design?

GG: One Club, One Club and if I forgot to mention, One Club. It’s the go-to place for a chance at internships with big companies. Professor Weinstein is always posting new internship opportunities on her website. A clean resume and portfolio are a given, and it should be on your personal website. I’m not going to tell you what your professors have probably been telling you forever, but it is important.

(c) Ginine Gordon

RHS: What advice do you have for QC Design majors who are beginning to search for internships and their first Design industry job(s) after graduation?

GG: I would definitely apply to more internships during my time there. I would have also taken more After Effects courses. I found that in this business, most art directors don’t know how to use After Effects and most clients like motion in their work.

(c) Ginine Gordon

RHS: Where can we see your portfolio (website, behance, anything else you want to share…)?

GG: My website is ginine-gordon.squarespace.com. I also actively make gifs for Ibmblr from time to time, so you van see my work there as well. Make sure to also check out Art with Watson, the Josephine Baker portrait. I was an art director on that team.

RHS: Thanks Ginine!

GG: Happy Designing!

(c) Ginine Gordon