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Design Director

Denomination k

Emeryville, CA | Onsite or Remote Possible

Jun 25
Job Description

Denomination is drinks design specialist agency founded in 2002, with offices in Sydney, London and Emeryville. Unlike most other global design agencies, Denomination operates as a single entity with locally-based account management leads, and a single global team for creative and strategy. Our ECD selects project design teams based on skills and expertise, rather than on physical location. That means that you are likely to be working with other designers from the UK and Australia, on projects in US, UK, Europe, Australia and South America.

The Design Director position is a hands-on role, working on premium and luxury branded packaging in wine, beer and spirits, and reports to the ECD in Sydney.

Essential Skills and Experience
• At least 8+ years of experience in high-end packaging consultancies working for international clients on a variety of branding and drinks projects
• An understanding of the drinks market as well as ability to understand complex client issues
• Working with strategists to develop strategic responses
• An exceptional eye for detail and outstanding typographic skills
• Ability to complete a number of own projects
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of label embellishments and gift packaging

Working with Clients
• A solid knowledge of the drinks category and consumer behaviors
• The ability to thoroughly understand and analyze client briefs
• Understanding of the importance of balancing the needs of a happy client with achieving leading creative work
• Ability to present creative work in a clear, compelling and inspiring way

Lastly, and most importantly, the candidate must understand and respect the culture of Denomination. We are not a hierarchical business. We are down to earth. We work hard. We strive to create the very best we are capable of. We own our mistakes, we support and encourage our colleagues. We consistently produce effective award-winning work. We are looking for talent, passion, and a good sense of humor thrown in. This is a unique opportunity to join one of the world’s leading drinks packaging companies and the role will be demanding, rewarding and fulfilling all in equal measure.


Denomination is an award-winning drinks design agency with an impressive track record of creating memorable, highly individual drinks brands. Coming up to its 20th year, the studio has offices in Australia, the UK and the US. Denomination’s clients range from large global players to tiny start-ups, and their work shows impressive scope and diversity in the wine, spirits, cider, beer and non-alcoholic drinks markets. Awarded Drinks Agency of the Year by Harper’s Wine and Spirits in 2016, 2017 - and again in 2019 - Denomination has helped countless drinks brands launch or transform through effective and original brand positioning, storytelling and design. In the past six years Denomination has won six trophies from the rigorous DBA Design Effectiveness Awards, proving the positive impact of their work on their clients’ businesses. In 2021, Denomination was granted Climate Neutral Certified status: as packaging designers, sustainability is high on their agenda. As this is becoming an increasingly important global issue, Denomination specialises in helping clients to develop more sustainable and innovative solutions for their brands.