Retail Production Artist
Schawk! Inc. - Cupertino, CA

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We are seeking an experienced individual to round out a team of Production Artists tasked with building a high volume of digital mechanical files for our client's printed marketing materials. This role requires a thorough knowledge of all aspects of print production. The ideal candidate is collaborative, organized, detail oriented, and comfortable delivering under high expectations and demanding deadlines. Strong communication skills are required when conveying technical challenges and suggesting process improvements. Although this is not a design role, a solid background in design will prove helpful when tightening up a rough creative file or building new layouts based on approved templates. Strong attention to detail is essential, as files must be built according to strict vendor requirements and client's exacting standards and distinct brand identity. Also required is an expert-level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software (with an emphasis InDesign), along with the ability to deftly navigate the Macintosh OSX platform. Personal performance factors include: Ingenuity and resourcefulness when solving problems, a strong work ethic, an eagerness to learn, and a calm demeanor amid shifting priorities. Job Responsibilities • Work with Design & Production Supervisors to implement and refine creative content across a range of sizes and languages • Create and update mechanical templates with new specifications • Apply creative content, using brand standards, to multiple deliverables • Kern type for large scale use • Manage a high volume workload, including foreign language versions • Prepare thorough and accurate file releases for vendors • Create image comps for placement and design or production direction Requirements • BA in Graphic Arts or equivalent experience preferred • 5 years work experience in a marketing or advertising agency or in-house design department • High level of expertise in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator • Strong typography skills • Clear understanding of scale and proportion relating to multiple size iterations • Excellent knowledge of digital file management and server navigation • Pre-press experience and knowledge of offset and digital printing processes are a plus
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