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We’re (Still) Growing! Now Hiring a Graphic Designer

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

Creative Distillery Design Team Update: The Graphic Designer position is currently filled. However, we do accept portfolios so that we know who's around. We’re hiring a graphic designer to join our team. Design is the heart of our firm and we try to foster an environment that preserves as much as possible of what you loved about design school while making it work for the everyday real world. If you liked your design class critique sessions, this is the job for you. Must haves:
  • Typography chops
  • Ability to morph between different visual styles
  • Desire to embrace and understand client subject material
  • Love challenges
  • An open mind, staying current on trends
  • Savvy on digital design
  • Think big and creatively but sweat the details when it’s time for that
  • Do I need to list Adobe Creative Suite here?
Nice-to-haves:
  • Savvy with web UI/UX
  • An “image-making” talent: Illustration, photo/video, digital
I’m a big believer in variety and our client base reflects that. A typical week might see an annual report for a large nonprofit, sketching out a new logo design, or resizing a batch of photos for social media. New ideas are always welcome, and part of the reason for our expansion is to create more time for creative experimentation. We are a team culture-driven young office located right in the middle of Jackson’s thriving Fondren neighborhood. The ideal person is self-motivated and constantly challenging and growing. The designer will work under me and alongside Kaiyla, our current designer.

Interested? Send a cover letter, resumé, and portfolio to taylor@creativedistillery.com.

We’re Growing! Now Hiring a Creative Copywriter

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

Creative Distillery

Update: This position is now filled. However, we do keep resumés and portfolios on file for future reference!

We are looking for an advertising and social media copywriter. We work with such a wide range of material that we need someone who can be versatile in subject matter and work with both intelligence and humor in a variety of voices.

Concept-driven headlines that dig deeper than first ideas are a must, as is familiarity with consumer behavior, social trends, and other things that demonstrate relevance and an ability to evolve.

Ideally, this would be a recent grad who is in the Jackson area, but we'd absolutely talk to someone who's living out of town as well. The position will be full-time.

We are a team culture-driven young office located right in the middle of Jackson’s thriving Fondren neighborhood. The ideal person is self-motivated and constantly challenging and growing.

Here’s the more formal job description:

Creative Copywriter / Social Media Strategist

Advance client brand goals through:

  • Short, quippy writing in a variety of voices: from edgy humor to genuine and poignant
  • Maintaining client social media calendars
  • Creative variety of posts on social media
  • Collaborating with designers on advertising concepts
  • Writing for multimedia
  • Create brand taglines
  • Website content strategy and copywriting

Interested? Send resume and writing samples to taylor@creativedistillery.com starting Monday, September 19.

#cd30day is back for 2016!

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

cd30day We're excited to bring back #cd30day for 2016! Every year we are astonished at the beautiful images from people all over the world. Whether it's a peek into someone's daily life or appreciating something visual, the photo challenge is a shared experience that sparks everyone's creativity. Here are this year's themes, starting September 1 and continuing throughout the month: cd30day-themes Don't worry if you're jumping in late or fall behind; you can always catch up. At the end of the challenge, we'll take all the names of people who've completed all 30 days and put them in a random drawing for a $25 Etsy gift card. (But that's not really the point; you should just do it anyway.) If you want to just browse, search for #cd30day on Instagram. Note: Many more users on Instagram have their accounts set to private these days, which we totally get. However, that may affect your photos' ability to show up in the group hashtag, so please consider switching your account to visible during the challenge.

Follow creativedistillery on Instagram and join in by posting to the #cd30day hashtag.

News at CDHQ

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

I've got two pieces of Creative Distillery news to share:

1. Office Move

We've loved our space in Banner Hall for the last four years, but we're moving this month to a new office space in Fondren. We'll be in the building at the corner of Lakeland and Old Canton, 3000 Old Canton Rd., where Surin Thai restaurant is located on the ground floor. The building management has been a great partner in completing a buildout for us that'll capture much of the open plan and natural light that we love in our current space. There's also plenty of parking in front of, around, and behind the building. Also, if you've struggled up the stairs to our current space, you'll be pleased to know that our new building has an elevator! Why move? The CD team and I naturally gravitate towards the buzz and excitement around the Fondren neighborhood. That part of town is only beginning to mature, and the new buildings and restaurants opening nearby create the vibrant environment we want to inhabit. Housekeeping We have an overlap in our current and new leases, so there'll be no interruption in our project schedules. The biggest change you'll need to make is with your accounting person to make sure that our information gets changed in your systems. Our new address will be: Creative Distillery 3000 Old Canton Rd., Suite 455 Jackson, MS 39216

2. New Project Manager / Brand Strategist

Our Project Manager for the last year and a half, Ashlee Brown, is moving to Atlanta. We're sad to see her go, but pleased to welcome Taylor Lesser, Millsaps MBA, to our team. We worked with Taylor through Millsaps' ElseWorks business consulting team on the packaging redesign for Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee. That product has since experienced quadrupled sales growth, entry into Whole Foods Market, and is selling faster than they can make it. In addition to a strong organizational and systems mind, Taylor has experience in the New York fashion industry and in brand strategy and marketing plans for businesses. We're excited to have her working with us! You can reach Taylor at taylor@creativedistillery.com or by calling our office line, 601-326-2388. Taylor will be the first point of contact for new projects, scheduling questions, or anything related to billing. In addition, she and I will be offering work related to overall marketing plan consulting, business and brand strategy, and market research. You can read more about Taylor and the rest of our team on our About page. Everyone is truly firing on all cylinders right now.

We'll have lots more details in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

#cd30day is back!

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

For the last 2 years, we've hosted a 30 Day Photo Challenge on Instagram, and been thrilled with the results. It's that time of the year again. Here are this year's themes: We're fortunate to have a network that spans the world, and seeing those images from so many cities and cultures is probably what I find coolest about this challenge.

Check out this collection of last year's photos, and don't forget to join us on Instagram starting Monday, June 1!

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