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Join our team! We’re looking for an Intermediate Designer

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Hyphen is looking for an intermediate graphic designer with the interest and skills to help us with both concept design and production design. This role involves working closely with Hyphen’s founders to assist in moving the team, our clients, and our community forward.

We believe in creative as a force for good. Want to join us?

Who we are looking for

On the Hyphen team, versatility is essential. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds and industries – finance, manufacturing, NGO, environmental, travel, real estate, technology, and education – so our team and our work need to be fluid and flexible. For this role, we are looking for a multi-faceted graphic designer who is comfortable in corporate communication design, brand and identity, and web design. This designer should be able to jump between a range of styles according to the need; from corporate to kitsch, grunge to swiss, anti design to minimalist.

It’s also important that you have strong attention to detail. We believe that great design involves understanding both content and context while paying close attention to all the little details. There are certainly times for breaking the mould, so it would be great if you also have an instinct for when this is appropriate.

What else? You have a can-do attitude and ability to handle production work. We’re seeking someone who can jump smoothly and willingly from high-level design thinking to top-quality design production.
Lastly, we’d love it if you have a strong interest outside of work. Do you have a side hustle, hobby or other creative outlet? We’d love to hear about it!

We recognize that every individual has a unique career path and that experience comes in many forms. In general, these are some of the types of experience we are looking for you to bring to this role:

  • Strong print media design
  • Strong typography understanding and appreciation
  • Experience working directly with clients (i.e. presenting/explaining your work to someone external)
  • Experience in web design, including understanding of UI/UX and WordPress 
  • Ability to estimate and stick to work timelines while juggling multiple projects
  • Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) certification and/or relevant degree (both would be great!)
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, GSuite, Microsoft Office, Asana
  • 3 years of full-time work experience with an agency and/or freelance work

Responsibilities

  • Ongoing client work:  
    • Taking a proactive creative design approach to current work: seeing something inspirational and knowing when and how to apply it
    • Reviewing existing design assets and making recommendations
    • Ability to use existing brand guidelines and produce marketing and sales collateral, including template designs for factsheets, proposals, client reports, PowerPoint presentations, business cards and stationery, visuals, digital whitepapers, infographics and more
  • New client work:  
    • Designing brand identity systems, with direction: an ability to understand the vision and execute on it with creative versatility
    • Drafting creative concepts (e.g. brand refresh, brand guidelines, marketing and sales collateral, social media elements,)
    • Creating website themes, layouts and designs based on wireframes
    • Iterating design changes and versioning
    • Presenting and explaining creative concepts to our creative director
  • Hyphen work:  
    • Creative execution to support Hyphen’s marketing initiatives, including:  
      • Creative ideation and execution of branded design collateral 
      • Designing social media posts showcasing our work, ideas, concepts, etc.
      • Exploring new design channels for Hyphen (e.g. video, motion graphics, etc.)

What to expect

At Hyphen, we’re a tight-knit team. So, although we greatly value professional skills and expertise, fit with our culture comes first. Here’s a glimpse at what this looks like:

  • Respect. That’s how everyone and everything deserves to be treated, and it’s the starting point for everything we do at Hyphen.
  • Diversity and individuality. We celebrate our differences and love to work with people who combine confidence, humour and style with a swagger that is uniquely theirs.
  • Enthusiasm and positivity. We feed off each other’s energy and move forward together, powered by a shared sense of purpose and genuine care for one another.
  • Openness and trust. Our success depends on clear communication and collaboration. This means trusting each other while being open to direction and constructive criticism.
  • Growth. We strive to learn, grow and better ourselves every day. We’re constantly evolving by seeking out new opportunities to understand the future and how we can shape it.

What’s in it for you

  • Transparent working environment that supports creativity, individuality, sustainability, health and wellness
  • Mentorship by an accomplished creative director
  • Flexible hours (following probation period) based on 40 hours per week
  • Ability to work from home
  • Annual education budget
  • Annual giving-back and community involvement program with the ability to take time off to contribute to a cause
  • Competitive salary in line with experience
  • Attractive vacation benefits and other perks

Your next steps

Connect with us through dash@hyphenco.com:

  • Provide a cover letter in the body of your email or as an attachment
  • Include your resume 
  • Share your creative portfolio
  • Include 1 professional reference, 1 personal reference and 1 volunteer/ extracurricular reference
  • If there’s a best time for us to get in touch, let us know

Thank you for your time and effort!

Richard

Richard Lee

Partner | Creative Direction

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