Are you obsessed with vintage outdoor graphics and National Park signage? Can you make a Nalgene sing? Can you build a t-shirt line around an idea, a song or a story?This Art Director role is responsible for graphic wizardry that tells a story and is the artistic expression of the co-op. Each season, you will be responsible for bringing the seasonal narrative to life through on product-graphics for gear and apparel. In this role, you will mentor and manage other graphic gurus (designer/artists) as well as merchandising partners to drive the work from concept to finished product. Beyond that, you will be a resource and collaborator with our product design teams and teams across the co-op, from Strategy to Marketing, Merchandising and overall Supply Chain to ensure design vision and intent is delivered to REIs members. This Art Director is the go-to person for original graphics that reflect who we are in a myriad of applications.You will be asked to drive the creation of meaningful graphics that reflect a love for the outdoors. A keen awareness of macro trends and the past, present, and future of the outdoor industry is key. Our 80 year history of getting out there is our ongoing well of inspiration. If youre the type who scours the deep internet or world for long lost vintage graphic gold, well have a lot to geek out over.Join our motley crew, the product brand team at REI Co-op, and lets create some cool stuff with a positive impact.
Bring your passion and expertise
10+ years prior experience in Graphic Design with a degree in Graphic Design, related degree and relevant industry experience may be considered
Proven ability to tell compelling stories and guide product direction through the use of graphics
Skills to lead design thinking with prolific and proficient ideation process
Strong team/people leadership practices through: establishing an environment of creativity, design excellence, teamwork, motivation, accountability and drive for successful outcomes
Excellent organizational & follow-up skills through verbal & written communication.
Working knowledge of separation, printing processes, silkscreen color separation, lab dip approvals, broad materials/trims and manufacturing process
Demonstrated behavior to be curious, challenge the status quo, and create continuous design advancement for product and the team overall
Ability to gather, express, and apply market trends to guide design direction
Compelling presentation skills across visual, written, and verbal forms to express design thought
Proven ability to plan and meet deadlines within a product development calendar
Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to achieve positive results
Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest.
Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
Computer proficiency: Adobe Design Standard and all office tools
Domestic and international travel required
Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best. Establishes trust and inspires others.
Experience and expertise in illustration
Experience and expertise in designing t-shirt graphics and accessories
Experience in creating branded trims and labels preferred
Why you'll love it here
The REI Co-op is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nations largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 17 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. Since its founding in 1938, REI has worked to awaken a lifelong love for the outdoors, for all, through sustainable growth and reinvestment into the communities it serves. In 2017, nearly 70 percent of its profits went right back to the outdoor community, supporting employee retirement, helping fund trail work, returning dividends to its members and supporting nonprofits that get people into the outdoors.
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