Melissa & Doug, a leading children’s toy company, is looking for a highly talented Illustrator with a proven track record to join their team. You should have 5 years of experience, preferably in the children’s market, with excellent conceptual, design and development skills. You will be responsible for creating a range of timeless children’s products geared to the specialty and mass markets, including toys, arts and crafts, activity books, puzzles and games.
You should have a strong graphic eye, the ability to design age-appropriate products and an understanding of what makes products market-viable. Your main responsibilities will be creating original illustrations in a variety of styles to fit mostly paper-based and wood products. You may also need to design related packaging, branding and logos. You should be a self-motivator with lots of enthusiasm and a drive to deliver results. The ability to execute under tight deadlines is a key.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Conceptualize innovative new products, line extensions or entire product categories.
Render designs quickly to present to and get approval from management team.
Create and apply original illustrations.
Develop logos, packaging, and any necessary branding materials, if needed.
Create and illustrate any needed product instructions.
Develop an entire line of products as a collection.
Deliver accurate specifications and drawings accounting for cost, ergonomic and manufacturing limitations.
Communicate with product development, safety and quality control teams throughout design process, including reviewing and proofing product and packaging.
BFA or equivalent degree in Illustration required.
5 years in children’s product design.
Superb ideation and conceptual skills.
Excellent sketching skills to quickly communicate ideas.
Ability to quickly create original characters and artwork in Illustrator.
Creative problem solving skills.
Superb drawing skills combined with a strong attention to detail.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Advanced command of Adobe Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
Ability to work in a PC-based environment a plus.
From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children's products. Started in 1988, Melissa & Doug has something for everyone, with over 1000 unique and exciting products for children of all ages. Offices are located in Wilton, CT.
Must be able to provide a portfolio sample showing design process and technical drawings of plastic products. PDF format only. 5 MB maximum size.
This position requires working full-time from our office in Wilton, CT. Please do not apply if you work offshore, remote-only or out of state. Only respond if you are located within commuting distance.
NOTE: Candidates who are not US citizens or permanent residents need to have authorization to work in the US in order to apply.