Visual Designer and Brand Strategist

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Message Agency is seeking a digital designer to provide sophisticated visual identities, design systems, interfaces, and collateral for our nonprofit, university, and foundation clients.  We are looking for a sharp, creative professional who understands how to exceed expectations, who can collaborate closely with our design and development teams, and who can deliver brands and experiences that communicate the impact our clients have on the communities they serve. We need someone whose attention to detail is impeccable but who also understands the importance of building meaningful relationships with staff and clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish the look and feel for various interfaces, including websites, mobile devices, apps, and interactive kiosks
  • Establish original visual identities and brand guidelines
  • Work within brand guidelines to create layouts that reinforce a brand through a visual design system
  • Design user-centered interaction models and high-fidelity mockups
  • Design logos, icons, and infographics
  • Closely collaborate with development and business teams to solve complex issues, like interaction models and data visualization
  • Have basic coding knowledge so they can work hand-in-hand with coders
  • Create and organize production assets
  • Resize assets for different devices — tablet, mobile, and web
  • Source images (stock photos and video footage)
  • Work with a component library
  • Work on email marketing items, presentation materials, and interactive event materials
  • Juggle multiple projects while effectively managing timelines and expectations


Bachelor’s degree in a design field and at least 3 years of experience required. Experience designing for open source content management systems and delivering responsive designs are also required.

Candidate should have a firm grasp of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as Sketch.  Understanding of usability, accessibility, and cross-browser compatibility is a plus.  Experience with front-end development, living style guides, and modular design systems is ideal.

A leading candidate would have:

  • A solid foundation in typography, layout, and design
    Strong problem-solving skills
  • Experience with transitions, animation, motion design, and dynamic interaction
  • Excellent visual, written, and verbal communication skills, along with presentation and negotiation skills
  • A penchant for details and organization, including the ability to prioritize tasks, communicate progress, and meet deadlines
  • ​The ability to effectively take direction and work both collaboratively and autonomously


Compensation and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary, profit sharing, 100% paid health/dental/vision, 401(k) with employer contribution, generous paid vacation/holidays, professional development budget, commuter benefits, FSA plan, life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and a great working environment. We are located in Philadelphia, PA, and would prefer to hire talent from our region.

About Us

Message Agency builds better websites for the greater good. We are a seasoned, established, and growing web development company that builds sites in Drupal. We focus on the nonprofit, university, foundation, and government markets. Our clients are both regional and national. We are a small and flexible shop with many opportunities for the right person. We’re also a certified B Corporation and recently were named a “Best for the World” company for three years in a row, based on our Impact Assessment Score.

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