Graphic Designers create brand specific on-apparel artwork. Through vintage and inspirational shopping, marketing and internet research, Graphic Designers develop seasonal graphic concepts for a wide range of apparel categories. After a concept is initialized, A&F graphic designers will work with the Research & Development team in our state-of-the art Innovation & Design Center to develop cutting edge print, appliqué, and embroidery techniques in each brand's handwriting. Collaboration and creating a working partnership with Design and Merchandising teams to put the most trend-right graphics into our stores is extremely important in order to achieve the best results. Graphic Designers are highly creative, artistic, passionate about the brands, and have a witty sense of humor.
The Graphic Design Training Program is an intensive multi-week orientation that will build upon your formal design education and give you the tools necessary to apply that knowledge and experience here at A&F. Through on-the-job training and interactive classroom sessions, you will develop a solid foundation of the designer's responsibilities throughout the product cycle. At the conclusion of the program, Assistant Graphic Designers are expected to make an immediate impact.
Trend Spotting - Research, trend shop, and work with the IDC team on new and fresh ideas/techniques
Graphic Development - Researching and developing existing and emerging concepts, trend, and technique to produce continuously strong packages at a quick rate
Graphic Design - Translate ideas from concept into actual, on-brand graphic packages
Collaboration – Work with Apparel Design in creating graphics for specific silhouettes
- Sketching by hand and into the computer
Time Management - Partner with Merchandising in order to get the best possible product delivered on time and on budget
Sales Analysis - Maintain a constant knowledge of week-to-week sales and react through new designs
Presentation Skills - Present designs and vocalize point of view regarding relevant business and market trend findings
Many of the current Graphic Design Directors climbed the ranks after joining the company as Assistant Graphic Designers.
After learning the ropes and gaining a better understanding of on-apparel graphic design techniques, Assistant Graphic Designers are given the responsibility of owning multiple graphic packages from concept to final design. Once familiar with the graphic production process, graphic designers start to take ownership in mood and inspiration gathering including vintage and sample shopping trips. As designers grow through the A&F career path, engaging leadership and
- setting skills becomes increasingly important for success as designers start to help in the on-boarding process and eventually manage and foster other team members to be successful. The opportunity for learning and career growth in Graphic Design is immense.
Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design, advertising graphics, illustration or relevant field
Passion for the A&F brands and an interest in specialty retail
Ability to identify and interpret relevant fashion trends
Strong artistic sense and ability to create original artwork on a computer
Strong computer skills (Illustrator, Photoshop)
Exceptional communication and presentation skills
Detail-oriented with excellent time management and organizational skills
Career-driven, strong work ethic and high performance standards; able to work in fast paced environment
Ability to multi-task, problem solve, and think outside the box
Minimum 3.0 GPA