Five weeks ago, Iron Design was selected as a finalist to participate in Package Design Magazine’s 13th annual Makeover Challenge (link to full brief here). With this challenge, we are tasked with re-imagining a real-world brand’s packaged product via our unique, internal design process; primarily re-designing it’s surface aesthetics, but also improving the brand story and content strategy, and re-configuring the functionality of the package.
This year’s challenge was to re-create the packaging for Choice Organic Teas, an organization dedicated to crafting the perfect cup of tea through environmentally and socially responsible practices. Their approach to providing this experience for it’s consumers is founded on great taste, thoughtful and sustainable production practices, and authentic traditions.
The challenge winner is based on public voting, so stay tuned for a link to online voting, opening July 8th! Be sure to use the twitter hashtag #17MOC.
Iron Junior Designer
WHO WE ARE We are a small, award-winning design agency in Ithaca, NY. We charge ourselves with the responsibility of developing, advancing, and evolving the wide variety of brands within the Finger Lakes Region and beyond. We are problem solvers expressing solutions through creativity. We believe building a brand requires an understanding of it’s core values and goals, then conveying that with a creative visual system.
Our area’s diverse, entrepreneurial economy allows us to collaborate with an incredible variety of clientele. We assist universities and craft brewers, non-profits, and tech companies, initiatives, startups and more. Specifically, many of our client’s brands necessitate beautiful identities and functional websites, user-oriented packaging, interactive ads, graphics and commercials, and a host of other creative constituents.
WHAT WE WANT We are seeking a passionate junior designer to extend our small team’s talent and grow with our company. Our workflow is fast and we will expect our junior designer to prioritize effectively. You can expect to touch on 2-7 projects any given day. This position is a part-time commitment with the opportunity to become full-time later in the year.
Our process is as immersive as you make it. We are seeking a designer who drools during the research and discovery phase, who thinks from different points of view, and who still believes in the power of the sketch book and pushing past your first, second, and third idea. We expect you to understand what a brand is beyond it’s logo and mission statement.
REQUIREMENTS Various skills, qualities, and talents will be necessary to this position.
- bachelors degree in a graphic, new media, or closely-related design field
- minimum of 2 years experience in the professional design industry
- proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects (Adobe Incopy, and Dreamweaver are a plus)
- ability to commit 24 hours per week
- logo design
- packaging design
- responsive web design
- interactive media
- professional writing skills both on the creative writing front and for work communication
- the desire for continued learning in up-to-date design trends and digital technology
- time management
- reliability as an employee
- eagerness to participate in critiques and accept constructive criticism
- solid understanding of print vs. digital design production
- strong affection for typography
- good communication and inter-personal skills; displays a positive attitude
- ability to work well under pressure
- passion for all things art, design, technology and culture-related is a plus
- involvement in a design-related organization (i.e. AIGA) is a plus
TO APPLY Please submit a resume and an online portfolio url, or digital pdf portfolio that includes 5-10 pieces of your best work to firstname.lastname@example.org. A follow-up interview will be mandatory to finalize the process (preferably in person interviews).
Hard work and creative thought pays off after all. Iron Design is proud to share with you the wonderful accomplishments 2015 brought us. Our self-promotional marketing campaign that both celebrates our 21st year — because its clearly more fun than turning 20 — and kicks off our marketing outreach to New York’s brewery and distillery industry, is recognized as a gold winner for the International Graphis Design Annual Competition. This competition includes entries from thousands of the best design firms and individual designers from all over the world. We’re so happy to sit among exceptional design figures on a global scale, as well as pinpoint Ithaca as a small-town, big-thinker community on the industry map.
In addition to the golden “G” (pictured above), we’re sharing celebratory clinks with our team at Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future for the Bronze 2015 International Business Award presented by Stevie Awards. Our 2014 Annual Report highlights the extraordinary people involved with the Center’s sustainable impact on the world through use of vivid photography, custom infographics, and a print production process that uses renewable energy and recycled materials. Thank you to our team of collaborators: Mark Lawrence, Sheri Englund, and Lauren Chambliss, and all our photographers.