Graphic Designer

Contrast & Co. is seeking a passionate, dedicated, and highly engaged individual to join our growing team. The ideal candidate brings a carefully honed capacity with writing and content deliverables of all shapes and sizes, has worked in a creative or agency environment, and most importantly of all, has the vision, drive, and determination to help us build something truly transformative.

The position at a glance.

Our graphic designers are charged with executing a variety of design needs for our clients. Sometimes they work with brands we’ve created; other times the engagement involves building designs and concepts off of existing brands. Regardless of the approach, under the guidance of an Art Director, the Graphic Designer applies design best practices to the creative challenge ahead of them to realize a deliverable that meets conceptual, aesthetic, and brand requirements.

The intangibles.

So, what does it take to succeed here? Glad you asked.

You must be passionate about design.

First and foremost, you are hungry. You are pursuing greatness, and refuse to accept mediocrity in anything that you do. The best designers in the world design because they need to, and that is exactly the person we are determined to find. Quite simply, we want someone who bleeds creativity. Someone who daydreams in pixels and goes to sleep with fresh ideas still racing through their heads.

You must possess exceptional design talent.

Beyond passion and drive, you must be an exceptionally strong designer. You must possess a full understanding of the principles of graphic and production design, and the instincts to know when the rules should be trampled. You must understand the nuances of typography, color, contrast, and proportions, and have the ability to consistently weave poetry from perplexity. In short, your work has to be as beautiful as it is smart.

You must be organized and fast.

Our industry favors the fleet, and we need a designer who brings real speed to the table. Someone with the ability to intuitively understand a creative problem and conceptualize ideas immediately. In order to do that, you must know the tools of the trade. You need true mastery of Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft products, and others—not just the basics. You should know features and shortcuts like the back of your hand, and have the ability to push these programs in ways their creators never imagined. Your files and your work must be clean and organized.

You must be comfortable wearing many hats.

We’re a small team, so you have to be comfortable diving headfirst into new challenges. There aren’t always uniform templates for the projects we tackle, so we want someone eager to design pretty much anything. On Monday morning, you may be designing a case study, and by Tuesday, you are conceptualizing an email design system. There will be days when you may be a strategist, a researcher, and a designer all in the same meeting. Point is, things change daily here, which is exactly how we like it.

You must have a great attitude.

When it comes to personality, we want a true team player. We want someone who collaborates well in high-pressure environments. Someone with the confidence to know when to defend their ideas, but the humility to recognize the strength and perspectives that others can offer. Someone who can at once effectively mentor and elevate the others that surround them. This will be a critical role within this budding agency, and you must be equipped to handle your responsibilities with grace and poise. You need to be highly detail-oriented, responsible, and reliable.

Finally, you need to be curious. This industry moves far too quickly for us to ever become complacent. We need someone who is constantly seeking what’s next—someone with a disdain for the status quo, and a thirst for the undiscovered.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or equivalent experience
  • Proven work experience as a Designer or similar role
  • Portfolio of design projects
  • Comprehensive knowledge of digital design platforms including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft, and more
  • Experience with additional creative tools such as Figma, Miro, and others is a plus
  • Client-facing and articulate
  • Detail-oriented, responsive, and organized
  • Good time-management skills
  • Great attitude—open to design feedback and constructive criticism
  • Ability to be in our Annapolis, MD, offices a few days a week is preferred, though not required

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop creative design solutions for a multitude of mediums during brand strategy, activation, and integration phases
  • Realize conceptual explorations by Creative and Art Directors in tangible formats
  • Advise Project and Account managers on design best practices, and collaborate with fellow Designers
  • Present and defend your design choices both internally and externally
  • Expand the agency’s offerings through explorations into different mediums
  • Execute client changes and requests to designs in timely, efficient manner

If you are interested in this position, please complete the form below and include your resume as well as a link to your online portfolio. We look forward to speaking with you!

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