Careers In design

design | Senior Design Lead (Portland)

Reports To: Creative Director
About Downstream:

Downstream is a community of visionary designers, account managers, production managers, technologists, graphic and content designers and developers. Collectively, we are a company on the forefront of brand communication, reaching around the globe, building compelling brand experiences for some of the biggest and most dynamic companies
in the world.

We are a rapidly growing international company with exciting projects that challenge us to consistently seek out new technologies and methodologies to create the impossible.

Primary Job Description:

The Senior Visual Designer is responsible for leading the creation and implementation of design elements for Downstream projects related to the built environment. This designer is directly responsible for the creation of visual designs that consider the thematic narratives and storyboards, choreography of spaces, messaging, branding, wayfinding, fixture design, materials, lighting, as well as multi-media experiences including user interfaces. Designs must be communicated clearly through the use of visuals. This designer will work with directors, design leads, account leads, project management, writers/content strategists, A/V engineers, programmers and graphic designers to ensure a cohesive vision and client satisfaction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 6+ years of experience in graphic design within branded environments (retail, corporate and/or sports), exhibits, showrooms, and specialty displays
  • Proficient in the full Abobe Creative Suite
  • Proficient in 3D modeling with Sketchup (required), 3DS Max, Solidworks or similar
  • Proven ability to visualize 3D concepts
  • Proven experience working with major brands weaving in layers of technology and graphic systems
  • Experience working with story overlays related to interior architecture projects
  • Experience working with interior architects
  • Experience in leading and facilitating design workshops
  • Must be able to visualize and document branded design concepts
  • Must be able to clearly communicate concepts to internal design teams
  • Will research and design concepts that continue to push the creative team in its pursuit of new ideas
  • Will work with key production leads and design leads, including the postproduction manager, project managers and producers, and interactive/motion and graphics teams to ensure the design vision is executed in a consistent and quality manner
  • Be aware of budgets and schedules for projects at all phases of development
  • Thematic and concept design for graphics, environments, and media
  • Periodic client travel

Other Duties:

  • Explore new design solutions and generate concepts and new ways of visualizing ideas
  • Look for innovative concepts related to building brand messaging in the built environment
  • Recruit future design talent, and become involved in the local and national design communities

Short and Mid-Term Goals:

This position would play a key role in helping Downstream advance short-term and mid-term business goals, including:

  •  Creating designs that support a world-class design team
  • Realizing design concepts and building long-term client success
  • Establishing efficiencies in executing design concepts – such as design details, application proficiency (SketchUp), file management, external design resource management

Cover Letter Details:

Please use your cover letter as an introduction to help us get to know you better. Good examples would be: Contributions you have been able to make, Projects that you have done or contributed to that have made a significant impact on your current or prior roles or Goals that you have
made that were reached or surpassed.
In addition, please include the following as part of your cover letter:

  • Detail your understanding of Downstream’s business purpose
  • Detail why you feel your skills would be a valuable addition to the team
  • Detail your ideal working environment and project opportunities to showcase your talent

If hired for this position would you be willing to relocate yourself at your own expense?

If the position requires it, would you be willing to submit to a criminal background check? (If required, you will be notified by the recruiter when contacted for a phone interview.)

Are you legally eligible to work for Downstream in the Country where the position in which you are applying is located?

*Submissions are for independent candidates only and we do not accept solicitations from placement firms or agencies.