Graphic Designer ( 1 or 2 openings)
- Logo and Branding design
- User-Interface design (UX)
- Illustrations, info-graphics, and imagery.
Minimum: a certificate, diploma, or a degree in design, web-design, graphic-design, or fine-arts. Those with a diploma or a certificate must also be a graduate with a degree in any discipline.
What’s Your Experience:
None? One year? Two? Even more? Okay, I’ll let that pass if you have a real kick-ass portfolio.
Have a fundamental understanding of the four pillars of design, Yes, you will be quizzed, and your portfolio evaluated on these:
In addition, you must have:
- A good command over spoken English. Your pronunciation and fluency over English should reflect your refined cultural-background and the polish of your education.
- Your written English should be devoid of SMS-spellings, free of grammatical mistakes, and easily comprehensible.
- You should be able to handle cursory sub-edits.
- Those with a flair for creative-writing will be preferred.
Your Software Skills:
- GIMP: for photo-editing and pixel-imagery.
- Inkscape: for arm-twisting those beziers.
- HTML, CSS.
- [Just in case you want to know: rigid, legacy, and proprietary bloatware like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, are so last century. Move on.
- Note: It’s okay if your existing skills and portfolio are based around Adobe and/or Corel software. However, I do want to see work you’ve authored that shows you’ve dabbled around, and kicked-some-tyres in Inkscape and GIMP, and optionally the software mentioned below.
Your Optional Skills That’ll Get You Noticed:
- Understanding and use of UI-widgets as a designer, like JQuery-UI among others.
- WordPress theme-customization.
- Ability to learn how to customize the look-and-feel of any CMS.
- Having taken Bluefish-editor or Kompozer out for a spin
- Basic video-editing.
- Basics of 3D modeling and animation. Familiarity with Blender3D software preferred.
- Digital Camera: point-and-shoot would do, but a dSLR camera even if an entry-level model, preferred.
- Your own Laptop. Any mainstream brand: Dell, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, Acer, Sony…, whatever catches your fancy. The model should not be more than two-years-old. Must support a resolution of 1440 pixels or higher. Candidates with an Apple laptop will have a definite advantage, you’re a designer, right?
- If you have an Apple laptop, your Mac OS should be an updated Leopard, Snow-Leopard, or Lion.
- If you use Windows, your OS should be authorised, updated, and secured.
- If you use GNU/Linux, I’ll buy you the first round of coffee. In Linux, any variation or flavour of Ubuntu or Debian preferred. The release should not be more than a year old.
- If you don’t have Linux installed on your laptop, you must have it installed before you commence work with me.
- Roaming internet datacard. Those with a broadband connection preferred.
- Wrist-watch that shows the accurate time. Your internal time-clock should be calibrated to Delhi’s traffic so you stay punctual. Surprising how many ‘five-minute-distances’ in Delhi have slowed down to take 15 to 20 minutes.
- Would be good if you have your own vehicle.
- Mobile-phone. Ideally, it should be smart enough to do a little more than just voice-calls and SMS.
- You should have an interest in gadgets that are impacted by graphic-design. Over time you may have to dabble with iPads, iPhone apps, Android-tablets, eBook readers, higher-end smartphones, and whatever else blends with culture and technology.
My Hiring Process
- Send me only a PDF-file of your C.V. Please note if you have your C.V. authored as a *.doc file, then you must convert it to PDF before sending it to me. A filter in my mailbox will delete your *.doc file and your application will be automatically rejected.
- In your mail and your PDF, please share links to your online portfolio. Please don’t send me your portfolio via attachments or even on a disc. If you don’t yet have your portfolio online, this job is naturally not for you.
- I’ll just glance at your qualifications, experience, and references, but go with a toothcomb through your portfolio. Tutorials and exercises are okay, but for artworks and design authored by you, will check your work for plagiarism. Yes, when I say I want sincere and genuine people who have a love for design, I mean it.
- Am looking for a portfolio that shows a high-level of creativity and innovation, shows your ability to solve design problems, and resonates with your sense of aesthetics and design.
- If you do get shortlisted, I’ll call you over for an interview, and if you look promising, you’ll have to sit for a short 30-minute test of your skills. So bring your gear.
- If you qualify, I’ll sign you up for an initial probation-period which should lead you up to an initial 6-month contract.
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