Mid- Level Graphic Designer

Mid-Level Graphic Designer 

ArtSkills, Inc., is seeking a talented, collaborative, and energetic mid-level Graphic Designer with strong package design and production experience to work in our fun, fast-paced, and energetic art department in Bethlehem, PA. ArtSkills is a family-owned, national company rooted in the art and craft consumer products industry. Our work environment promotes career growth, camaraderie, and a healthy work-life balance for all employees. The successful candidate will be an innovative, out-of-the-box thinker who strives for design excellence and enjoys challenges. 

Major Responsibilities: 
• Create new packaging design which effectively communicates products (contents, uses, features) and brand maintenance.  
• Develop production-ready packaging and component artwork with a thorough and critical eye. • Make recommendations on the best and most cost-effective ways to solve design challenges while maintaining brand aesthetic. 
• Create packaging concepts, graphics and any visual elements: sketches, prototypes, and comps. 
• Layout creative designs as required with quick turnaround time. 
• Accept and implement Art Director's and Creative Director's corrections and suggestions.
• Effectively manage project timelines. • Illustrate and communicate packaging concepts about our products.
• Determine appropriate means to produce the desired visual effect and production methods.
• Build and maximize relationships with cross-functional teams of Engineering, Marketing, and  Overseas operations to ensure successful conceptualization, development and execution of package design specs are met. 

 Qualifications: 
• 3-5 years professional experience in Retail/Consumer Packaging Design and Production (overseas implementation experience needed). No travel needed. 
• Excellent knowledge of print production and press practices – Pantone vs. CMYK, how colors are laid on press. 
• Extensive knowledge of dielines, layout and assembly of large format displays and signage. 
• Ability to recommend cost saving solutions to projects in relation to the printing process.
• A track record of excellence in implementing brand and product marketing strategies through design. 
• Capability of creating mechanical files for production in China. 
• Ability to work independently on a variety of projects under pressure. 
• Ability to work collaboratively with team members, as well as mentor junior staff. 
• BFA or MFA in Graphic Design or related field. 
• Strong MAC skills with extensive knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. • Strong design skill set with high sensitivity to typography and layout. 
• Excellent time management, interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
• Solid understanding of design process and production, including production and Engineering processes. 
• Positive work ethic. 
• All candidates applying for this position must be authorized to work in the United States. 

Please send resume, salary requirements, and at least five .pdf samples of your best work (as attachments or with a link) to Ms. Tracy Fey at tfey@artskills.com. Please note that no one will be considered for this position without samples. 

• Location: Bethlehem, PA 
• Compensation commensurate with experience, plus benefits, 401k, and exceptional work environment. 
• Job Type: Full-time 
• Required education: Bachelor's Degree 
• Required experience: Graphic Design: 3 years