We are currently looking to expand our contract resources in several areas for current and upcoming projects. Freelance engagements may eventually turn into full-time.
If any of the descriptions below sound like they describe you, please get in touch! If none of the descriptions below describe you, but you find what we’re doing compelling and you think you have something important to bring to the table, please get in touch!
We’re not much concerned with your resume, your LinkedIn profile, or any other such oft-requested documentation (but feel free to send them).
We are very much concerned with two things: what you can do, and how you do it.
The first item you can demonstrate by sending us some examples of your work, with a description of what your role was in each project. The second item involves things like your personal integrity, work philosophy, and how you interface with others — getting a proper sense of all this will require a conversation, to which you will be invited if we’re impressed by (and perceive a need for) what we see in the first item.
We believe there is nothing more important for the success of an organization than building — and sustaining — a team of the right people. So we take this very seriously.
Before you read on to the more specific role descriptions, there are a few activities and requirements that apply to anyone on the team, regardless of specialization (and regardless of position or job title):
Some things that everyone does:
Contribute to communications regarding how to improve our process, better serve our clients, and have more fun.
Collaborate with colleagues, junior and senior, to mentor and learn. This may be cross-discipline, in fact this is encouraged.
Jump in and do what needs to be done, even if what needs to be done isn’t explicitly listed in one’s job description.
Some things that everyone is expected to bring:
Good communication skills and a willingness to use them.
A belief that one’s job should be meaningful and satisfying and that we’re all in it together to make this happen for the entire team.
A deep and relentless desire to do really cool shit that impresses the hell out of the client and anyone else who comes in contact with it.
We consider designers to be visual storytellers. They understand design fundamentals as a foundation for innovation. That is to say, they know the rules and also how to break them when appropriate. Skilled with the latest digital tools, they’re also comfortable with pencil, marker or maybe a 35mm camera.
This role can mean a lot of things. Depending on a project’s needs and one’s skill set, the Designer role may be more-or-less equivalent to anything from “Production Artist” to “Art Director” at other shops.
Some things that Designers do:
Understand agency standards and client visual identity guidelines and execute top-quality design work within these parameters, throughout all project phases.
Work with Creative Directors and Producers to translate well-defined requirements into design work that exceeds expectations.
Assist Producers in making sure visual assets are appropriately prepared for integration and delivery.
Some things that Designers bring:
A thorough understanding of basic design principles, including typography and layout.
Knowledge of innovative design techniques, from experience.
Experience with UI design for a variety of platforms
Expert-level knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator; experience with other tools including 3D applications, video editing and animation.
Understanding of asset pipelines for HTML, game engines, etc. as well as emerging interactive platforms
Presentation skills, preferably client-facing
Producers manage projects from concept to delivery. They are the “go-to” point of contact for clients and the development team, making sure everyone has the information and assets they need to keep moving forward — this invariably involves the constant and active application of excellent communication and organizational skills.
When we say “Producer,” productions of the digital and interactive sort are implied. Therefore a Producer should have an understanding of all the domains and activities in which the interdisciplinary team are engaged — from technology to design.
Producers are often expected to manage multiple projects simultaneously. More traditional production tasks, such as managing event logistics, scenic builds, and video shoots may fall in the Producer’s bailiwick, as well.
Depending on the project team structure and the individual’s skill set, the Producer role may also include some level of UX design and creative direction.
Some things that Producers do:
Develop, then track and maintain project schedules and budgets.
Develop Statements of Work and Functional Specifications
Define goals and deliverables consistent with project specifications and creative direction
Track milestones to ensure that goals are fully met
Ensure that projects are properly resourced throughout.
Identify and communicate in advance any issues that may negatively impact the production process.
Drive collaboration between team members and identify potential synergies between teams
Serve as primary client contact, clearly communicating scope and managing expectations
Lead meetings and conference calls, following up with appropriate documentation
Some things that Producers bring:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Extreme organization and an intense desire to tame chaos and uncertainty
Punctuality, reliability and a positive attitude at all times
An ability to manage stressful situations and difficult conversations with grace
An eye for detail and high production values
This could be described as a “Unity generalist” position.
Some things that Unity Developers do:
Translate design specifications, wireframes, etc. into a functional 3D experiences for various platforms using the Unity engine and C#
Develop interfaces for various controllers, input devices, microcontrollers (e.g., Arduino)
Constantly stay informed of evolving standards and development technologies and bring new ideas to the table
Some things that Unity Developers bring:
C# coding expertise, with an understanding of what makes code efficient, reliable, and reusable
An understanding of importing, manipulating and integrating 2D and 3D assets in Unity
Experience with version control software
An understanding of the full software development lifecycle
A profound and abiding love for elegant technical solutions
We help clients refine objectives and messaging, explore methods for measuring success, and identify how a given engagement fits into larger strategies. We recommend and conduct research to better understand the needs and desires of audiences. From these processes come detailed plans for creating compelling experiences with measurable results.
From high-level design concepts down to detailed specifications, we imagine visions for audience experiences and create roadmaps for their successful execution. This is often an iterative process, with visualizations at increasing levels of detail — describing information architecture, navigation and interaction paradigms designed to meet well-defined goals.
From refining existing assets to generating new graphic and motion design, typography treatments, user interface components, dynamic infographics, video, animation, sound design and more — we make sure all the essential pieces are in place to convey messages and inform audiences in an engaging manner.
While a great deal of the interactive magic happens in the software realm, many solutions also involve hardware components such as embedded sensors, microcontrollers, networked devices, audio and lighting — as well as integration into scenics, staging and architectural environments.
We manage the creation of solutions from initial concept through final delivery — wherever it takes us. Our event production staff has installed and supported digital solutions and associated infrastructure at venues ranging from museums and trade shows to galleries, festivals and more.
We develop and maintain propietary platforms and processes to streamline the creation of interactive experiences. This ensures that the solutions we deliver for our clients are developed as efficiently as possible and are based on proven pipelines and infrastructures. Modular architectures and tools for content management facilitate a continuing lifecycle for many solutions.
Drawing upon experience shipping several major software applications for digital media and design — and leveraging our platforms and production experience — we develop stand-alone tools to further creative endeavor and optimize communication channels.
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