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Quick take: Axios is a digital media company that gets you smarter, faster with news that matters. Our in-house content studio, Smart Brevity Studio, communicates for brand partners in Axios’ signature style. We are a team of writers, producers, and visual artists looking to communicate a brand’s message effectively and creatively.

Why it matters: Our growing studio team is looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Designer/Animator to contribute to a wide range of branded (and sometimes editorial) projects. This addition will help us develop, execute, refine, and evolve the visual identity of Smart Brevity Studio’s work.

The details: In this role, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Designing and animating assets to be used in a variety of formats including, but not limited to: video, illustrations, data visualizations, web design, and animated GIFs
  • Working closely with producers, writers, Art Director, Director of Strategy, and Director of Production to develop and execute on a creative vision for each project
  • Developing style guides, inclusive of moodboards, style frames, colors and fonts, to guide projects and help Axios and our partners understand our design choices
  • Successfully combining the Axios style with the style of our advertising partners

Go deeper: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for Axios’ mission and have the following skills: 

  • Experience with graphic design and motion graphics
  • Skilled in typography, layout, color balance and working within brand guidelines
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator 
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and quick turnarounds
  • Ability to work on multiple project simultaneously
  • Ability to storyboard and create pitch elements such as style frames for clients
  • Extremely organized, with a collaborative mindset and strong communication skills
  • Experience with Figma, Premiere, and Cinema 4D is a plus

Don’t forget: 

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Company equity
  • Commuter and cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture
  • Annual learning and development stipend

Additional pandemic-related benefits:

  • One mental health day per quarter
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Company-sponsored access to Ginger coaching and mental health support 
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services 
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers 
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies 
  • Class pass discount
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events