The Production Artist will work with the Executive Director, Production of the creative services team to produce technical art and mechanical specs based on pre-defined visual language guides for a variety of print applications.
Building print-ready mechanicals for publication print advertising (magazines, newspaper), print collateral, books, out-of-home / large format units, packaging, and specialty print items.
Conduct pre-flight and technical integrity checks on all files originating from Creative department, including final review of file specifications prior to release and ensuring adherence to standards of department and vendors.
Work closely with art directors and production team to develop and troubleshoot layout to mechanical execution process.
Work directly with project managers, production managers, and art directors to forecast daily and short-term studio workload, and ensure that creative studio deadlines are maintained and layout/mechanical workload is managed efficiently.
Assist the Creative team in the building of digital layouts when needed, including: digital ad banners, site artwork, digital invitations, digital lookbooks, and targeted emails.
Assist with retouching for presentation and internal needs.
Creation and updating of all seasonal advertising guideline kits.
Hands-on packaging comping / prototype assembly and presentation material assembly.
Maintain studio output devices (Epson proofing systems, color laser printers), maintain display equipment calibrations, and assist in general creative studio upkeep and maintenance.
Monitoring and maintenance of digital assets, font libraries, and image collections on department servers and archives.
Provide general studio support to Creative team, including: presentation prep, mockup building, studio supply stocking, and printer maintenance.
Ability to work with precision under rigorous deadlines, and extended daily schedules when necessary.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with art directors, marketing managers, production managers, and vendors.
Strong typography skills, and experience with high-caliber design content.
Excellent proficiency in all Adobe Creative Suite programs.
Experience with Epson output devices, color proofing, and fine print / exhibition quality digital printing.
Excellent visual acuity, and ability to interpret/communicate design and color comments.
Experience with precision hand-work; including trimming, mounting, comping, hand assembly, and binding.
Thorough understanding of print-mechanical specifications, ad material specs, and workflow.
Understanding of color profiles and CMYK & RGB color workflows.
Fastidious attention to detail, quality, critical specifications, and production requirements.