Apply: Graphic Designer

Do you love photography and design? Wonderful Machine may be the place for you!

Welcome to the Wonderful Machine Apply page where I’ll attempt to explain everything you’ll need to know if you’re interested in applying for a graphic designer job with us. Please take a moment to read this so you can get a better sense of what it’s like to be a member of our team, and so you can know what to expect from our application process.

Introduction

Wonderful Machine is a production company with a network of 700 photographers around the world. We currently have 20 staff members and one dog working from our office in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Our designers work most closely with our photo editor Molly Glynn, our senior marketing consultant Erika Blatt, and me.

Our company provides three main services: we promote our member photographers (collectively) through our directory, we help photographers with a variety of consulting services, and we produce photo shoots for agencies and brands. We charge photographers a monthly fee for a listing on our directory, and an hourly (or project) fee for consulting and shoot production.

We currently use freelance designers, but we'd like to add a full-time, in-house designer to our team. Our graphic designer's main focus will be to handle projects for photographers, especially logo designs, web template customizations, emailer design, and print promo design.

In the near future, we also hope to provide creative services for small and medium-sized companies in addition to the work we do for photographers.

When our designer isn't working on consulting projects for outside photographers or clients I fill their time with projects that support the Wonderful Machine brand, or other new projects that we're developing.

Often when any of our consultants completes a project, they usually write a short blog post about it, which helps us promote our consulting services.

Hours, Location, Compensation, History

We work Monday-Friday, approximately 8:15am - 5:45pm plus as needed. We expect our junior and mid-level staff members to work about 45 hours per week, which they track on Toggl, and they clock out for meals and breaks. Our senior staff members have the freedom to set their own schedule.

We work in a two-story 4500-square-foot building in Conshohocken. We have offices on the upper floor, and a conference room, lunch area and other common areas downstairs. The work atmosphere is pretty relaxed. We usually have the radio on at a low volume.

For this design position, I'm looking for someone with a few years of professional experience. The main skillset I'm looking for is branding in general and logo/wordmark design in particular. You will also have to be comfortable working with website templates (especially Squarespace), emailer templates (especially MailChimp) and general print design projects.

We're offering a base salary of $40k/year plus commission, plus 18 paid days off/year (which can be used for any reason, including vacation, illness, or snow days), 7 paid holidays, 330.00/month towards your health & dental insurance premium (after 90 days), and 401k.

You can read more about our company's history on Kate Osba's blog.


The Wonderful Machine team in the bullpen of our Conshohocken office.

How to Apply and How I’ll Respond

If after reading all that, you think we might be a good match, please send your resume to [email protected] listing your education and experience, and a brief cover letter (which can be in the body of the email) describing why you’d be a good fit for Wonderful Machine. I'll acknowledge your email by saying, “Thanks, I’ll take a look.” If you don’t hear from me again, that means that I don’t think that you’re quite right for us at this moment. I get a lot of inquiries, so I’m sorry that I won’t be able to offer more feedback than that. It’s nice if you address your email to me personally (please call me Bill), rather than to “Dear Hiring Manager.” And you’ll score extra points if you include a link to your LinkedIn profile (which helps me keep tabs on you if I can't hire you this time around).

Please also send me a link to your graphic design website. It doesn't have to be a Squarespace website, but since we build a lot of websites for photographers, I won't be able to consider your application if you don't have your own website. I'd like to see at least a dozen solid examples of logos or wordmarks that you've designed. Since we design a lot of wordmarks for photographers, that's an essential portfolio item that I'll be looking for. If you have examples of website templates that you've worked on (other than your own), that's nice to see, and it's nice to see some print design projects if you have them.

If it looks to me like you might be a good match for us, I’ll ask to meet up over Skype for a quick chat. I’ll have some questions for you, and it’ll be nice if you have some questions for me.

I hope that’s helpful. Please let me know if there’s anything I could add to make this explanation more useful. Thanks!