Graphic Designer

JOB SUMMARY: The Graphic Designer is responsible generating ideas, graphics, presentations, samples and marketing materials, as well as communicating design specifications.
Key performance objectives in order of priority are:
  1. Create and generate on-trend and marketable apparel graphic that maintain Ripple Junction’s position as a leader in the licensed apparel industry.
  2. Tailor presentations for specific customers and licensors that showcase our unique design capabilities and our viability as a retail partner or licensee.
  3. Clearly communicate with production and approvals staff to design within specifications and in order to achieve desired final product.
  4. Generate a variety of marketing materials that highlight our diverse portfolio and increases Ripple Junction’s brand awareness.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Other duties may be assigned.
  • Creates original graphic designs for various licensed and non-licensed tees.
  • Utilizes provided licensor style guides and adheres to licensor style guide requirements when designing.
  • Generates licensed design elements to supplement provided style guide materials.
  • Researches and identifies graphic, fashion, and pop-culture trends.
  • Applies timely fashion trends and printing techniques to apparel and accessories.
  • Adheres to department file organization.  Generates style numbers and adheres to item number processes.
  • Participates in design critique meetings.  Brainstorms ideas for new graphics.
  • Communicates desired apparel graphic outcome to production art staff.
  • Generates presentations for sales teams and licensors:

- Conducts research to gather design and verbiage ideas for licenses we have or are pursuing
- Develops original graphics in line with presentation aesthetic goals.
- Builds presentation materials, creates books, catalogs, etc.
- Utilizes new apparel garments and trend research provided to create on-trend apparel.

  • Develops ads, signage, apparel branding, booth graphics for shows, catalog graphics and layouts as needed.
  • Handles immediate customer requests when prompted.
Additional Duties
  • Researches license-specific quotes to incorporate into design concepts.
  • Stays abreast of pop-culture licenses, apparel and accessory market trends.
  • Researches and suggests new License properties and/or product ideas that may be viable to our product line.
  • Assists with the general organization and cleanliness of the department.
PERFORMANCE FACTORS: The performance factors described here are core abilities that will contribute to the employee successfully carrying out the assigned duties and responsibilities of this job.
  • Self-Management: The ability to prioritize and complete tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames. Independently pursues business objectives in an organized and efficient manner; prioritizes activities as necessary to meet job responsibilities; maintains required level of activity toward achieving goals without direct supervision; minimizes work flow disruptions and time wasters to complete high quality work within a specified time frame.
  • Planning And Organization: The ability to establish a process for activities that lead to the implementation of systems, procedures or outcomes. Defines plans and organizes activities necessary to reach targeted goals; organizes and utilizes resources in ways that maximize their effectiveness; implements appropriate plans and adjusts them as necessary; consistently demonstrates organization and detail orientation.
  • Resiliency: Handles constructive criticism from others with objectivity; recovers quickly from personal setbacks; moves past unforeseen obstacles without unnecessary delay.
  • Flexibility: The ability to readily modify, respond to, and integrate change with minimal personal resistance. Adapts effectively to changing plans and priorities; demonstrates the capacity to handle multiple tasks at one time; deals comfortably with ambiguity; adjusts preset plans as necessary with minimal resistance.
  • Goal Achievement: The overall ability to set, pursue and attain achievable goals, regardless of obstacles or circumstances. Establishes goals that are relevant, realistic and attainable; identifies and implements required plans and milestones to achieve specific business goals; initiates activity toward goals without unnecessary delay; stays on target to complete goals regardless of obstacles or adverse circumstances.
  • Results Orientation: The ability to identify actions necessary to complete tasks and obtain results. Maintains focus on goals; identifies and acts on removing potential obstacles to successful goal attainment; implements thorough and effective plans and applies appropriate resources to produce desired results; follows through on all commitments to achieve results.
  • Problem Solving: The ability to identify key components of a problem to formulate a solution or solutions. Analyzes all data relative to a problem; divides complex issues into simpler components in order to achieve clarity; selects the best options available to solve specific problems; applies all relevant resources to implement suitable solutions.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
This position requires the employee to communicate verbally, hear at a conversation level, use vision for depth perception and use color vision to distinguish between basic shades and colors.
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent will continuously (67-100% time on job) be required to sit and use their fingers.
 
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
The employee will continuously (67-100% time on job) be required to work indoors in an office environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience:  Knowledge of pop culture, including movies, T.V. and web trends.  A working knowledge of apparel trends and licensed products that are currently on the market.  A focus on women’s fashion graphic trends is a plus.  The ability to decipher which licenses and products will be marketable to specific customers and contribute to design critiques.  Strong design aesthetics, sketching and typography skills.  Must be an expert in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Microsoft Office programs.   2-3 years previous design experience, licensed products and web graphics experience is preferred. 
  • Reasoning Development:  The ability to look at outcomes, events, ideas and observations, and use these to reach a conclusion based on sound logic.
  • Mathematical Development:  The ability to understand measurements such as with a ruler.  The ability to interpret visual-spatial relationships as they relate to design.
  • Language Development:  Ability to articulate effective critiques within the department.  Must be able to communicate clearly through emails.  Should have a strong grasp of the English language and exhibit proper grammar and spelling in design concepts and ad materials.
  • Licensures and Certifications:  None.
  • Education:  Degree in Graphic Design, Illustration, or related field required.
This position offers the opportunity for professional growth, competitive pay and benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, holidays and a company matched 401k, all in a fast-paced and fun work environment.
 
No relocation expenses will be paid in conjunction with this open position.
 
Interested candidates should submit resume and compensation requirements to:
 
https://rippletest.wufoo.com/forms/graphic-designer/