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Graphic Designer (Japanese)

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We are looking for a person who has Japanese language skills (speaking, writing, and reading) to communicate with Japanese business team in Tokyo through emails and phones on a daily basis. Candidate must have web design experience in the Japanese market with full knowledge of Japanese typography, trends and culture to deliver strong visual solutions unique to the Japanese customers. The position is based in Seattle.

We need a highly motivated, self-directed, enthusiastic person with a sense of humor and a sharp mind who works well under pressure and can thrive in an atmosphere of rapid development. Candidate must be comfortable working within existing style guide conventions, and be willing to work collaboratively, but also have a strong individual sense of aesthetics and be able to bring tasteful, stylish, high-class ideas to the table.

Successful candidates will provide a strong portfolio, and demonstrate excellent web interface and visual design skills.

Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with senior designers as well as usability, development, and business teams to deliver high-quality, scalable, on-brand graphic solutions to build a superior customer experience for the Japanese market.
• Produce sketches, graphics, templates, layouts, themes, typography, and visual standards for merchandising or promotion throughout the retail web process.
• Provide and manage design documentation, style guides, and specifications.
• Proactively manage time and deadlines.


Basic Qualifications
• Ability to communicate in English and in Japanese.
• At least one year experience in designing for retail web sites in the Japanese market.
• Design degree and/or 4-year college degree preferred.


Preferred Qualifications
• Mastery of the principals of design, color theory, and graphics file creation optimized for the web.
• Photoshop, MS Office, HTML required; and Fireworks, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, CSS preferred.
• Illustration skills, Flash, Javascript, and DHTML experience a plus.
• Approach design solutions with knowledge of cultural sensibilities and differences in style and customer expectations unique to the Japanese market.

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