Monday, 17 October 2011

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Company:TREND enterprises, Inc
Location: US  - St. Paul, Minnesota
Posted: October 7, 2011
Job Level:Junior Staff


Illustrator/Graphic Designer
For Leading Children’s Learning Company

We are… TREND enterprises, Inc. and We Make Learning FUN! ® For 44 years, TREND has been providing innovative, award-winning learning solutions favored by children, teachers, and parents. From books and flash cards to stickers and classroom decorations, our products brighten classrooms and make learning fun for kids from 3 to 15. We seek dedicated, creative individuals to join our team and deliver the highest quality products to improve the learning experiences of children everywhere. 

You are… an enthusiastic, energetic, creative professional who loves every step of the process, from brainstorming and sketching to presenting concepts and making final tweaks. You’re comfortable working outside the box and generating new solutions to meet evolving needs. You want to be part of a group that appreciates your talents and skills… and with whom you can share the great spirit of pride in knowing that you are helping children succeed. 

A TREND Illustrator/Graphic Designer blends illustration and design disciplines to create concepts, detailed layouts and draw eye-catching, fun and child-friendly visual solutions for use in TREND products, packaging, and promotion initiatives. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide illustration and design solutions for a wide range of projects, including:

Products Sales/marketing support materials
Packaging Merchandising displays
Catalogs Signage
E-mail promotions Trade show exhibits
Web pages Social Media

• Create concepts, illustrations, and detailed layouts incorporating drawings, photography, characters, borders, font treatments, and other design elements to meet visual needs that:
– Are engaging and eye-catching
– Are highly appealing to children
– Provide a unique, fresh design approach 
– Help explain and visualize a written concept or idea
– Enhance a topic or theme and add visual interest
– Are consistent with TREND design styling

• Recommend style, technique, and medium to best meet project needs
• Create rough sketches (thumbnails or storyboards) in traditional or digital formats based on verbal concepts as part of developing design solutions
• Select font styles; possess ability to create custom hand-lettering
• Actively collaborate with creative team colleagues in constructive exchanges that deliver in best-in-class results

Other duties as assigned.

Specific Skills

• Proven ability in illustration and graphic design, preferably experience in creating children’s educational products
• Dynamic portfolio of illustrations appealing to children, as well as graphic design projects including packaging, merchandising, ads, and catalogs
• Advanced layout and design skills including contemporary animation, character development, illustration style, color, and color balance.
• Expert-level proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite 4 or higher: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• Knowledge of and experience in printing processes
• Excellent organization/prioritization skills for working effectively with tight deadlines; flexibility to work extended hours when needed
• Excellent written/verbal communication skills; comfortable presenting and interacting with CEO and executive level management

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