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Art Director / Illustrator
Title: Art Director / Illustrator
Category: Electrical / Electronics Engineering
Job type: Permanent
Job status: Full Time
Salary: £30,000.00 - £45,000.00
Salary per: annum
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Art Director / Illustrator

The Role

At Kano, design and storytelling are king. Experience comes first. Everyone is empowered to bring their best, and create new ways to push the brand forward.

Do you love telling stories? Love creating illustration, design, and animations that take complex ideas and simplify them down into fun, engaging and beautiful narratives? Do you want to bring a young, innovative, creative brand to the mainstream, with a mission to empower everyone to create technology, give power to a new generation, through creativity and, coding? Are you energetic, soulful, and easy to get on with, but bring powerful ideas, humour, and stunning visuals to any project?

About Kano

Kano creates computer and coding kits for all ages, all over the world. Our mission is to empower a new generation to create technology, not just consume it.

In just over five years, we’ve sold, built and shipped over 450,000 kits to 150 countries, our oldest computer maker was 81 years old, our youngest was 4. Winner of Time Magazies "TOY Of The Year" award for the Harry Potter wand Kano is available in over 4,500 retail locations, and our partners include Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and more. Our products are used in thousands of code camps, schools and libraries worldwide, helping to change the face of education, including integration with the national Argentine education system. Kano has raised > $30m from the world’s best technology investors, including co-founder Saul Klein, Breyer Capital, Index Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Jim O’Neill, James Higa & Troy Carter. One of Fast Company's Top Ten Most Innovative Consumer Electronics companies (currently 2nd) alongside Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and more. Our fans and customers include Steve Wozniak (co-founder Apple Computer), Jimmy Wales (founder Wikipedia), Marcus Persson (creator of Minecraft), and many more. Kano is evolving from a startup to becoming a mainstream consumer creativity brand. Along the way, our audience is expanding, and we will interact with millions of customers this year. We are an entrepreneurial, nimble, can do business and we must retain this culture as we scale. Our mission remains the same, to help people create technology, not just consume it.


Responsibilities and Tasks:

Assist Design Director and Creative Director in delivering brand defining visuals and illustration to all touchpoints Tell stories with design, illustration, and animation Design and illustration for all packaging Work with Product Designers to structure, illustrate and design Kano books - testing them with makers, and demystifying complex computing ideas with simple, fun and engaging illustration and design Deliver animations, to add fun and energy to products and marketing – as well as work with and manage 3rd party animators to deliver more high end complex animation Responsible for conceptualising, designing and delivering visual merchandising for retail Work with Creative to deliver art direction for marketing launch campaigns Work with Product Team to deliver coding assets, content, and designs for Kano and Partnership products with Warner Bros., Disney and more Concepts and art direction for key partnerships and licensing pitches Bring new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to the team to push them to create award-winning products and communications

Knowledge, Skills, Competencies, Experience: (experience is situational and optional)

Highly skilled illustrator and designer Fast and thoughtful. You analyse problems, push for strong ideas, but can follow direction. Good understanding of technology, and always keen to know more Has clear understanding of a wide range of mediums through print, web design, packaging design and digital product design Fluent in design tools Good use of copy to help tell stories Fantastic communication skills, good use of language, humour and visual language Ability to build and effectively manage interpersonal relationships at all levels of the business A willingness to take on new challenges outside their comfort zones In touch with latest design and illustration trends, freelancer designers, and animators Benefits

Join one of the world’s fastest growing full stack tech startups - huge opportunities for learning and advancement. Flexible working schedule. You will partake in the company’s Stock Option plan Team nights out, tons of office snacks and a competitive holiday structure Personal Perkbox account £1600 flexible benefits pot Large discount on all Kano products Work with an exceptional and diverse group of people Informal, friendly and collaborative office environment
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