Hiring: Digital Designer

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WHO WE ARE  Iron is a design agency specializing in brand strategy and aligning website experiences with their brand and company goals. We are a small yet efficient team that creates beautiful and functional brand deliverables.  We are problem solvers expressing solutions through creativity. We believe building a brand requires an understanding of its core values and goals in order to convey itself by means of a strategic creative system.

Our creative process embraces the beauty of iterative collaboration and deep exploration, and advocates for functionality and empathy for the user/audience at all times. We embrace the ever-evolving nature of the internet by pushing our clientele to anticipate how their site will function in the technological setting of the future.

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 ad campaigns, graphics and commercials, and a host of other creative constituents.

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WHAT WE WANT  We are seeking a digital-focused designer to extend our small team’s talent and grow with our company. This designer’s portfolio should be well-rounded with some print and branding related works, and yet a larger emphasis on ui/ux work and motion design.  Our workflow is fast and we will expect this designer to prioritize effectively. You can expect to touch on 2-7 projects any given day. This is a full-time position based in Ithaca NY at our studio.

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 sketching past your first, second, and third idea. We expect you to understand what a brand is beyond it’s logo and mission statement.

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REQUIREMENTS Various skills, qualities, and talents will be necessary to this position.

  • bachelor’s 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, Sketch (Adobe XD, Incopy and Dreamweaver, Invision and/or Principle are a plus)
  • A strong process that allows you to conceptualize multiple valid ideas for a given project
  • Well-rounded portfolio of work with a focus on digital work
  • Solid understanding of responsive web design
  • interactive media / motion graphics
  • professional writing skills both on the creative writing front and for communication purposes
  • the desire for continued learning in up-to-date design trends and digital technology
  • time management
  • reliability as an employee; shows up to work on time, is always prepared for meetings/presentations/in-house critiques, adheres to project deadlines
  • eagerness to participate in critiques and accept constructive criticism
  • solid understanding of print vs. digital design production
  • strong affection for typography
  • good communication and interpersonal skills; displays a positive attitude
  • ability to work well under pressure
  • self-sufficient
  • 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

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TO APPLY Please submit a cover letter, resume and an online portfolio url, or digital pdf portfolio that includes 5-10 pieces of your best work to kim@irondesign.com.  A follow-up interview will be mandatory to finalize the process (preferably in-person though video calls are acceptable as well).

Hiring Front-end Developer

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About Iron

Iron is a design agency specializing in brand strategy and aligning website experiences with their brand and company goals. We are a small yet efficient team that creates beautiful and functional brand deliverables for modern local businesses, the occasional corporation, and higher education programming. Our creative process embraces the beauty of iterative collaboration and deep exploration, and advocates for functionality and empathy for the user/audience at all times. We embrace the ever-evolving nature of the internet by pushing our clientele to anticipate how their site will function on technology of the future.

 

Responsibilities

  • Report to and work closely with our senior website designer to create innovative digital concepts, collaborate on interactive features that enhance the user experience and strengthen the brand experience, and document progress and adjustments throughout the process.
  • Develop and launch user interface styles for responsive websites with a mobile-first approach, attention to detail, typography, and fluidity
  • Test sites prior to submitting to senior leadership to ensure quality, prevent or eliminate bugs, confirm cross-browser compatibility, and accurately portray intended ui designs
  • Bring a developer perspective and advocacy for the user experience to our creative website process’
  • Provide occasional maintenance to various client websites

 

Requirements

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, New Media Design/Development, Software Engineering, or similar
  • Knowledge of the branding process, what a brand is and what a brand strategy is, and how to reinforce a brand while simultaneously designing for the user.
  • 1+ years of experience working with Sketch files for translation from design to code
  • Comfortable utilizing a version control system like Git as part of your workflow
  • Excellent problem-solving and management skills for implementation with back-end
  • 3+ years of experience in HTML, HTML5, CSS3 and media queries, Javascript, Js frameworks like AngularJs or Backbone, JQuery, front end frameworks like Bootstrap, and APIs
  • 3+ years experience developing custom user interfaces for content management system sites like WordPress or Drupal and ecommerce platforms like Woocommerce that may include any of the following: multiple plugins, cookies, interactive transitions, custom video players, dynamic typography, social media implementation, and submittable forms
  • attention to detail for pixel-perfect ui accuracy
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Experience in Sass, Ruby on rails is a plus
  • Must be able to commute to our studio a minimum of 1-2 days per week.

 

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to kim@irondesign.com. Please include three URLs to websites with which you served as the front-end developer.

Hiring Summer Interns

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It’s that time of year again: #thattimeiworkedatiron season. Perfect those pixels and send them over for consideration as our 2018 summer intern.

As part of Iron’s intern program, interns will get to develop design concepts, present ideas, and produce final production artwork for some of our real-world projects and clients. They are expected to contribute to the research phase and apply rational ideas to functional and beautiful designs with close one-on-one guidance from our design team. Interns may work on a range of different projects and project scopes, including brand strategy and logo families, user interface design, after effects animation, print collateral, signage, and a host of other project types.

Our summer session starts in early June and runs through late August (11 weeks), with a weekly commitment of 20 hours. We are able to be flexible with start dates, but feel that the hourly commitment is fair and gives students the most valuable experience during their time with us.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Interns work side by side with our designers, who will provide thorough project briefs, and equip interns with the information and tools they need to develop successful designs. Project assignments vary, and are consciously customized to match the skill sets of each intern, while still challenging them to broaden their thinking and push their creative explorations.

Interns will gain experience in presenting concepts, mocking-up designs, and preparing final artwork. Our interns will be trained to explore their research and creative process at a much deeper, professional level. Lastly, interns will advance their skills in Adobe Creative Cloud tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects and Acrobat, as well as Sketch, as they will be working in many of those daily. Creative experience with media platforms like Instagram, WordPress, Facebook, iMovie, and Twitter are a plus.

Think you can add some spark to the studio? Email us your resume, cover letter, and a link to your portfolio before May 1.

Internship Recap: Kevin Zampieron

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This past June, Kevin packed his bags and hopped down the road from Rochester Institute of Technology to join the Iron team as our 2017 summer design intern. As part of the program, our interns work on real-world projects along side us, present their progress during internal critiques, adopt our tight deadlines, and enjoy all the wonders of studio life, downtown life, and summertime in the town of gorges. Here’s what Kevin has to say:

What first interested you in Iron Design’s internship program?

I was drawn to the kinds of projects Iron Design took on. I had been thinking about the ethics of design a lot, and I appreciated that the studio did work for smaller local businesses and nonprofits. I think design should enrich a community, and I thought Iron Design’s previous work reflected that idea nicely.

What was your favorite thing about Ithaca?

I loved that I could just wander around finding nooks and crannies of a town that seemed to be untouched by chain stores and urban sprawl. I’d go walking in any direction to find bookstores, vintage shops, or places to eat. Or I could take a short drive to visit some of the most gorgeous and lush natural scenery I’ve ever seen; I drove over Ithaca Falls every day to get to work. It’s a quiet gem of Upstate New York.

Talk about one thing you’ll take away [learned] from your internship with Iron?

One takeaway from my internship is that sometimes the best design isn’t always the best design. Even though you might think something you’ve been working on is really great, it might not fit your client’s needs. And that’s the criteria design is ultimately judged on. So while you might be enamored with your super-abstract hyper-minimalist brand identity, at the end of the day it’s not up to you.

What are your plans for your next year at RIT?

Oh boy. I’m excited to delve into more specialized graphic design courses, including an independent study about type in motion and a class on calligraphy. I’ll be continuing my work at Reporter Magazine, where I’m a section editor, writer, designer and occasional podcaster. I’m also getting involved with our chapter of TAGA, where I’ll be acting as the marketing director. I’m helping plan the 2018 CIAS Honors Leadership trip to Europe. I also plan on sleeping once or twice but we’ll see about that.

If you had to give advice to a future Iron intern, what would it be?

1. Don’t panic. This was my first real design internship, and I was pretty nervous at first. But the more assured I became, the more easily I learned. The Iron team is more than willing to help you out if you feel out of your depth; you might be doing real work, you’re still an intern.
2. The Shop has great coffee and you need to go there.

A selection of works created by Kevin during his internship with Iron Design. (above) A selection of works created by Kevin during his internship with Iron Design

 

#thattimeiworkedatiron

Calling all students!

Iron is currently accepting your brightest and sassiest internship applications. But first, let us give you the low-down on #thattimeiworkedatiron before you hastily apply for any and all internships aiga and behance dig up for you….

Our interns will get to develop concepts, present ideas, and produce final production artwork for some of our real-world projects and clients. They are expected to contribute to the research phase, develop concepts, and apply rational ideas to functional and beautiful designs with close one-on-one guidance from our design team. Interns may work on a range of different projects and project scopes, from packaging to logos and branding, web UI design, GIF animations, brochure layout, signage, and a host of other project types.

Our summer session starts in early June and runs through late August (11 weeks), with a weekly commitment of 20 hours. We are able to be flexible with start dates, but feel that the hourly commitment is fair and gives students the most valuable experience during their time with us.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Interns work side by side with our designers, who will provide thorough project briefs, and equip interns with the information and tools they need to develop successful designs. Project assignments vary, and are consciously customized to match the skill sets of each intern, while still challenging them to broaden their thinking and push their creative explorations.

Interns will gain experience in presenting concepts, mocking-up designs, and preparing final artwork. Our interns will be trained to explore their research and creative process at a much deeper, professional level. Lastly, interns will advance their skills in Adobe Creative Cloud tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects and Acrobat, as well as Sketch, as they will be working in many of those daily. Creative experience with media platforms like Instagram, WordPress, Facebook, iMovie, and Twitter are a plus.

Think you can add some spark to the studio? Email us your resume, cover letter, and a link to your portfolio before May 1.

We also provide an AIGA job posting, here.

Cocktails with Creatives @ Argos

It’s November and, to AIGA upstate NYers, that means cocktail meetup month.  Hang out with some of the Iron Design folks, along with many other local creatives and craftsmen/women, cheers to the inauguration of your favorite 2016 presidential nominee (or drink away your sorrows at a bitter next four years), talk geeky typography, and make new connections. All good fun.  See you there!

Here are the details.

 

We’re Hiring!

Iron Junior Designer 

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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.

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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.

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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
  • self-sufficient
  • 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

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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 kim@irondesign.com. A follow-up interview will be mandatory to finalize the process (preferably in person interviews).