Associate Senior Designer
MKG West is looking for a 3D/2D experiential designer with a focus on art direction and environmental spaces. This multi-talented designer reports into the Head of Design and will lead large projects for high-profile clients, manage multiple projects and junior designers as needed, and be a collaborative and strong voice for the design team at MKG West.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
IDEATION: Develop concepts through inspirational mood boards, napkin sketching, mock-ups and collaborative brainstorming (internally and externally). Participate in proposal work with the Business Development team to sell ideas and promote the agency.
3D DESIGN: Attend site visits and conduct site surveys to create scaled floor plans with programmed design and experiential elements. Model in 3D space for a final outcome of environmental renderings complete with texture, lighting and experiential elements. Understand material and fabrication processes to create build drawings & direction for custom scenic and environmental designs, integrating tech, lighting and more. Source and style furniture and props to add to the brand story.
2D DESIGN: Utilize Adobe CC to create or direct a graphic designer to create graphics of all scales - from large-scale environmental branding to the digital invitation or social post. Follow through with print file prep and production, as well as approving proofs and communicating with specialty vendors.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Manage internal spreadsheets, external vendors, design budgeting and project timeline to keep on track and hit important agency and client deadlines. Manage and direct project designers, whether full-time or contract. Give creative direction and collaborate with contract project workers, such as lighting designers, graphic animators, technical directors, and more. Direct and style scenic and environmental components within large-scale and often multi-venue load-ins.
COMMUNICATION: Create and manage client-ready presentation decks featuring design/creative work: mood boards, floor plans, renderings, mockups, graphics, and various other project-related items. Communicate internally with Production, Creative, Business Development and Operations teams, as well as sells ideas and creative design work to clients, collaborative agencies, and more.
Management & Culture
-Demonstrate leadership qualities in a professional atmosphere
-Storytell and sell ideas and concepts to clients
-Navigate speed bumps and overcome project challenges in an efficient and clear fashion
-Collaborate and communicate efficiently within a multi-prong project across the agency and often with external agency partners
-Understand importance of organization, project management and delegation while working with Head of Design to manage junior designers/interns on a project level
-Remain poised and efficient while juggling multiple projects and requests
-Be an active member of the larger design team
-4+ years professional experience leading creative & experiential projects
-Strong portfolio of creative work featuring executed designs
-Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Environmental/Exhibition Design, Architecture, Interior Design or related field
-SketchUp Pro + rendering plug-in (Podium ideal, VRay)
-Rhino a plus
-VectorWorks or AutoCad
-Google Drive, especially Slides for presentations
-Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite
How To Apply
NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.