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Published 2024-02-12

Mid-level Branding & Packaging Designer


Type of job: Remote
Country: United States
City: San Francisco
Company: Design Womb


Description of the offer

When you find yourself in Whole Foods or a specialty grocer do you often look up and realize you’ve been walking the aisles in a dream-like state for over an hour getting way too enthusiastic over a new beautiful package design you had to pick up? Or how about realizing you’re on vacation in a store soaking up all the innovative delicious snacks or beauty products you can’t wait to try while you know you have someone waiting in the car for you?

Yeah, us too.

Welcome to Design Womb.

We are a 13 year old small and intimate, industry-leading full-service branding and packaging design agency that is woman-led and operated. We’re here to propel people & brands forward through the power of brand strategy and design, towards a better, beautiful life.

 

Keep reading if you are aligned with our top values:

• Autonomy

• Resourcefulness

• Fun • Curiosity (Lifetime learner)

• Quality (Details are life)

 

We’re hiring a full-time branding, packaging, and illustrative designer 

The best part? We’ve always been a remote-forward team serving clients across the country for 13+ years. While being local isn’t a requirement it is a “nice to have” for us. We currently keep PST hours with some flexibility around how that would work if you are not on the west coast with us.

This is a salaried full time position.  Compensation is based on experience.  Vacation, benefits and perks are included.

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Let’s deliver big and have some fun while we do it

At Design Womb there is no job too big or small for you, and you’re ready to roll up those sleeves to achieve results to help our clients and our studio succeed. We don’t hold you accountable simply for doing the work, but rather for the results you create for the agency, the client, and yourself. You bring collaborative and enthusiastic “go-get-em” strategic thinking and a positive mindset to the table, and you enjoy developing friendships and relationships with our small team and exciting clients.

For this position you will work directly on creative studio projects primarily focused on branding and packaging, where you will not only brainstorm and develop strategic design ideas and solutions, but prove and execute your concepts and ideas through your design experience, illustration skill set, and industry knowledge required for this position.

Your position may also include participating in brand strategy development, sourcing packaging, basic web design, and designing collateral, signage, or conceptualizing for interior spaces or environments.

You will work on projects for our existing or repeat clients that are seasoned professionals, or dive into exciting new brand launches with new clients in food, restaurant, beauty, cannabis, wellness, personal care, or consumer CPG spaces that are built from the ground up for individuals and companies completely new to the game.

You might be challenged with a line extension design or an established brand’s update or redesign, where there’s a careful strategic solution between the old and the new to solve. We might also need you to dive into a quick smaller project or assist with a production job or researching vendors for a specific package substrate. You’ll be enthusiastic to develop projects and see your work produced and in stores. You’re okay with helping with the small stuff too, all egos checked at the door.

We are a smaller team so to start with, most of the time you will be the one and only right hand human to our CEO and Chief Creative Director. You will interact directly with our 3rd party team of skilled contractors, collaborators, vendors, and clients, but you will report directly to our sole Founder/Creative Director during internal reviews for client work, to collaborate, develop and execute innovative & creative design or implement feedback with open arms, passion, and always on time.

There may be times where we need you to work on internal projects as well, though not a primary focus of this role, the opportunities are likely to arise from time-to-time and enthusiasm to own some and see them through is welcome.

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Attributes:

  • You value results and practicality. At the end of the day, as a designer it’s not always just about a “pretty design” to you, you realize clients are in business to make money and to sell products, so our beautiful design has to stand out and deliver results. 
  • You have exceptional attention to detail in both design and managing your schedule, organization, and following up.
  • You’re ready to jump in at any or all of the stages involved in taking an idea to market from the get-go. No egos, no hesitations, no attitudes. We’re a brand incubator that can take an idea to market through branding and design, so you have to be ready to cozy up with any step of the way.
  • You’re capable of working in an array of design “styles”(check out our work!), find enjoyment in doing so from one project to another, can digest and take feedback well (not personally), and do not hold anything too precious about your work, but definitely find pride in what you do.
  •  You’re enthusiastic about the food, beauty, cannabis, personal hygiene, and wellness spaces. The names Ollipop, Graza, Safely, Hu Kitchen, Goodles, or Malk don’t leave you googling them, and you know the meaning of a dieline or The Dieline in our industry without being totally puzzled.
  • You catch yourself nerding out about fonts, foundries, and lettering, and know that subtle differences in different typefaces and letterform personalities make all the difference in your own work.
  • You want to create new, fresh, future-forward work and you don’t get bogged down with personal aesthetic preferences, what’s trending, or trying to duplicate what everyone else has been doing.
  • You are knowledgeable about and understand how critical the importance of information and visual hierarchy is, and how it might impact brand experience and buying decisions.
  • You want to grow and would excel as an in-house designer at a small and intimate agency (that’s also very successful). You love the idea of finding your “work home.” We’re looking for people that want to stick around and become part of the family, helping us grow new offerings. If you want to freelance next year, or are looking to quickly check a box on a certain industry experience to move on quickly you would be better suited to join our contractor pool below, or to sign up for our newsletter with more to come on learning opportunities. https://designwomb.typeform.com/to/qlnncs9u
  • You 100% agree that communication is King/Queen. You aren’t shy, and can be clear and direct, ask questions, and even laugh a little. You don’t take yourself too seriously, and can take feedback and share it well. You have 0% beef or fear of working on your own with vendors, teams, and clients directly, and you like making things happen.
  • You are open and collaborative on processes and flow of how an agency might work. You respect systems in place such as an internal review cadence, and are also open to sharing insights to improve on them if you see the opportunity. This could involve sketching in early phases of design or working digitally quickly depending on the situation.
  • You are organized. Following a file naming scheme, or flushed out process or system isn’t going to send you into a spiral, and you are detailed with your email and your schedules. Extreme bonus if you dork out and love this king of stuff.
  • You are good at your own time management and meeting deadlines that you are comfortable setting on your own working with a team or a client. You have demonstrated the ability to prioritize and multi-task with ease and enthusiasm and you are experienced to know your own limits, speed, and scheduling capabilities.
  • You are decisive, and can approach things with a subtle sense of urgency while remaining calm. You value the best solution over the easiest one and can work with discretion on confidential projects.
  • You can host a virtual video meeting, pick up your phone to knock out a problem, or lead a call like there’s no tomorrow. You know how to collaborate with excellent verbal and written communication skills both in person and digitally and completely comfortable doing it. We are a remote-forward agency. This is a non-negotiable.
  • You can work remotely or in person and remain productive in both scenarios, and you don’t have a problem with facilitating project work for clients that are spread across the country while working remotely with them.
  • Since this is a remote role, you enjoy and are okay working primarily solo/independant without an office. You don’t expect or require constant interaction and appreciate deep work time.
  • You have great interpersonal skills, and strive off of establishing relationships and building rapport with clients, and vendors. You enjoy getting to know your teammates on a friendly personal level and like a good story or laugh.
  • Dogs don’t freak you out.

     

Required Skills

  • Minimum 2-3+ years of graphic design with some packaging design experience at a creative agency, studio, or design shop.
  • Brainstorming and developing creative directions, design strategy, and “big ideas.”
  • Branding, identity, logo design, and iconography.
  • Illustration or or other artistic illustrative skills, and experience digitizing this type of work.
  • Developing and delivering creative agency presentations (live or recorded).
  • Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills. (non-negotiable)
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities at once, or shift gears and remain flexible as deadlines may change or changes come in.
  • Packaging design knowledge and CPG experience.
  • Selecting, sourcing, and discovering fonts with an excellent typographic eye and strong layout skills. Hand lettering skills are a bonus.
  • Ability to execute mockups for packaging using sourced templates and/or photoshop skill sets.
  • Hands on print production experience. You know what a dieline is and know how to work with one from start to finish and/or you have experience sending things to commercial printers.
  • You know what the different Pantone books are and use them frequently.
  • Very Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Illustrator and Photoshop, alongside other beneficial digital design tools such as iPad illustration skills, Procreate, etc.
  • Strong computer skills and general familiarity using tech and organizational tools we use in-house such as Basecamp, Dropbox, Google Drive/G Suite, Slack, Loom, Miro, etc.
  • Experience working in a creative agency or studio setting.
  • You aren’t afraid to speak up and ask questions.
  • The ability to facilitate your own work environment at a home office meaning you have the latest technology and equipment that will allow you to get started with executing the skills in this job listing. Some perks included.
  • Leading or participating in internal and external meetings, either on the phone, a video conference, or in-person if applicable.
  • Collaborative team player mentality with go-getter/self-starter approach. Humble, flexible with feedback,  but ultimately the ability to generate your own work, take ownership of things, and lead a project without a lot of hand holding is a must.

Preferred Skills (but not required)

  • You live in California, San Francisco, the Bay Area, or the West Coast. (though not required!)
  • Experience sourcing packaging vendors or suppliers and collecting bids and samples.
  • Website design or other digital experience (you may be doing some of this at times.)
  • Hand lettering or custom logotype design skills.
  • Art Direction of photography (planning and execution/on-set).
  • Photography or other related passions to design or the industries we work in.
  • Experience working with industry specific detailed nutritional fact panels, ingredient lists, certifications, or  FDA, USDA, or TTB regulations.
  • Following these required guides and learning or reading up on regulations for packaging doesn’t scare you. (If you have very specific experience with these things, make sure you tell us, but it’s not required, though it will be a part of your role.)
  • You’re knowledgeable and curious about AI and how the tools of the future will enhance your work and work flow. (We’d love to hear what you’ve been experimenting with!)

     

*We have paused applications on our form, check back soon.

When Applying

Have your portfolio URL, LinkedIn URL, resume (PDF), and any relevant documentation such as a cover letter, or other supporting documentation (PDF)  ready upon start. Instructions are provided.

For more about Design Womb: designwomb.com

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Design Womb is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. U.S. Applicants. Must be legally allowed to work in the U.S.to apply.


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