Freelance Production Artist

Updated: October 28, 2019
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Job ID: 6332

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Overview

This position provides critical day-to-day studio support for creative teams in the production of print and digital/interactive materials.

The position reports to the Director, Studio & Production for day-to-day project assignments but also collaborates with the Agency’s creative and creative services team members for implementation and direction.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for building production-ready files (mechanicals), making edits to existing layouts and some opportunities for initial design.
  • Prepare electronic mechanical print files according to vendor specifications and adhering to the brand style guides set by the clients.
  • Work closely with Project Managers and Creative Services as part of an integrated team.
  • Adhere to agency vision for quality and uphold the creative process while maintaining client style guidelines.
  • Work with Director of Studio & Production on schedules and hours requirements.
  • Maintain server structure and organization and collaborates with studio department personnel for file creation efficiencies and server organization.  
  • Self-motivated: Able to deliver a quality product on time and on budget (allocated hours).
  • Traditional graphic art and studio support, such as, mounting art on boards, building mock-ups and presentation materials, etc.

Job Requirements

Education/Experience

  • Bachelors degree in Graphic Design or related field a plus
  • 5+ years experience in as a Graphic Designer or Production Artist in an agency environment

Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat) as well as comprehensive knowledge of Macintosh computers
  • Experience with PPT, animation and/or video applications a plus
  • Understands page layout, such as composition, color space, imagery, and typography
  • Experience with email applications, electronic routing a plus
  • Experience working with Wrike or other tasking software a plus
  • Candidate should have good design and organizational skills, be a team player, complete work efficiently within deadlines and budget, have acute attention to detail, and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects.
  • Understanding and Implementing Direction: Can understand creative direction based on objectives and executes creative work effectively. Communicates workload appropriately based on skill sets and talents; communicates well with others on workload issues & needs, the progress of work and results. Must be highly organized and very detail oriented.
  • Industry Application: Picks up on technical things quickly; is good at learning new industry, company, product, and/or technical developments of the client's business as well as the agency business; has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment
  • Prepress Knowledge - Intimate pre-press knowledge, including production specification and terminology, dies, common production file formats, image resolution, and special printing techniques. Must possess an understanding of agency workflow, solid knowledge of four-color printing process, and prepress requirements
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