Designer/Animator, Smart Brevity Studio - Technical.ly

Designer/Animator, Smart Brevity Studio Arlington

Axios |  Arlington | UX / Design

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Quick take: Axios is a digital media company that gets you smarter, faster with news that matters. Our in-house content studio, Smart Brevity Studio, communicates for brand partners in Axios’ signature style. We are a team of writers, producers, and visual artists looking to communicate a brand’s message effectively and creatively. 

Why it matters: Our growing studio team is looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Designer/Animator to contribute to a wide range of branded (and sometimes editorial) projects. This addition will help us develop, execute, refine, and evolve the visual identity of Smart Brevity Studio’s work. You can see a selection of a our branded work here and our editorial work here.

The details: In this role, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Designing and animating assets to be used in a variety of formats including, but not limited to: video, illustrations, data visualizations, web design, and animated GIFs
  • Working closely with producers, writers, Art Director, Director of Strategy, and Director of Production to develop and execute on a creative vision for each project
  • Developing style guides, inclusive of moodboards, style frames, colors and fonts, to guide projects and help Axios and our partners understand our design choices
  • Successfully combining the Axios style with the style of our advertising partners

Go deeper: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for Axios’ mission and have the following skills: 

  • Experience with graphic design and motion graphics
  • Skilled in typography, layout, color balance and working within brand guidelines
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator 
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and quick turnarounds
  • Ability to work on multiple project simultaneously
  • Ability to storyboard and create pitch elements such as style frames for clients
  • Extremely organized, with a collaborative mindset and strong communication skills
  • Experience with Figma, Premiere, and Cinema 4D is a plus

Don’t forget: 

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Company equity
  • Commuter and cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture
  • Annual learning and development stipend
Additional pandemic-related benefits:
  • One mental health day per quarter
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Company-sponsored access to Ginger coaching and mental health support
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies
  • Class pass discount
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events

 

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Axios is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Axios makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

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Our work, everything we do, is rooted in a commitment to putting our readers first. Online users have access to more content than ever before. At Axios, we want to ensure those who access our products are reading, hearing and seeing the information that matters in the most efficient way possible.

 

What’s the communication process like at Axios?

As a remote-first company, Axios has mastered digitally fostering a team spirit with frequent employee check-ins on Slack. Axios values transparency at all levels, including a weekly anonymous Q&A with its founders every Monday at the all-hands meeting. Real-time feedback is central to its culture and employees are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions openly.

Within the network of more than 250 employees, a new hire will be assigned to a smaller team and work with them every day. But no feat is accomplished without collaboration between fellow Axios squads, giving the Analytics & Insights team a chance to learn about the engineers’ daily tasks, and so on.

 

What does it feel like to be an employee at Axios?

It offers the stability of a large media company with the feel of a close-knit team. That’s partly due to the organization of our smaller squads, but Axios also makes it a priority to understand each employee’s needs. All new hires fill out a “user guide” with specifications about their communication style, decision-making process and interests. This helps new employees acclimate to our company seamlessly.

Axios encourages all employees to share opinions and ideas about new processes or potential changes. As a workplace, Axios wants to make sure all employees feel heard, and that logging on to work is something to look forward to.

 

Describe the technologists you seek to hire at Axios. 

A person who is passionate, fun, a team player and willing to take on a challenge.

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