Production Artist

West Chicago, IL
Posted January 07
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to nina@thesmartdept.com.

smartdept. inc. is in search of a full-time, freelance Production Artist to work for a global agency in West Chicago, IL.

We're looking for someone who is a technician at heart, but also has the basic design sense to handle simple graphic projects with minimal direction. In addition to a solid level of technical skill with Adobe Creative Suite, efficiency, flexibility and versatility are highly valued.

While design skills are welcome, this is not a design position, but strictly a production job to work with preexisting layouts and take design direction from Art/Creative Directors. The role requires a high degree of focus and extreme diligence in handling detail, typography and creating accurate page layouts.

This is a 6-week, full-time assignment working onsite in West Chicago, IL.

What you'll do: 

  • Produce multiple versions of direct mail, packages or collateral using InDesign layers, master pages, Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Keep all versions organized, labeled and filed according to preset process file-naming standards
  • Communicate with Creative Director, Art Director, Copywriter, Studio Director or Account Executive throughout multiple rounds of file revisions
  • Understand and adhere to U.S. Postal regulations and press/production guidelines as they apply to direct mail

Must have's:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design, production or related field.
  • Agency, prepress or printing facility experience highly preferred
  • Experience in production is a must; with direct mail, mastery of print collateral, email, digital design, web graphics, sales promotion and dimensional printed materials is a plus
  • Understanding of the graphic and photo reproduction process to troubleshoot problematic graphics, photos, layouts and unexpected challenges prior to release
  • Ability to preflight PSD email layouts to be sent to developers
  • Working knowledge of 2C to 4C print process to properly set up electronic files for reproduction

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to nina@thesmartdept.com.