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Packaging Designer (Freelance)

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The Freelance/Consulting Packaging/Graphic Designer is responsible for the creative design and development of packaging components, including boxes, labels and logos, for a large variety of consumer products. Assignments encompass a full range of design projects, including large-scale initiatives, multiple deadline-driven projects and production work. The designer executes all projects from concept to completion, taking concepts from initial exploration through development and refinement, and delivering final production files. This position requires in-depth understanding of the current competitive marketplace and the ability to integrate this knowledge into strong design solutions.

Christmas Tree Shops is seeking a freelance/consulting designer who is a creative and inspirational thinker with a passion for developing unique, saleable packaging. Successful candidates will bring the following proficiencies and capabilities to the table:

Advanced skills in graphic design, color theory, layout and typography. Experience in logo design

Knowledge of branding standards and basic product marketing principles

Experience in designing packaging for seasonal, gift, home/kitchenware products preferred

Proven record of design excellence, creative thought processes and problem-solving techniques

Able to cultivate creative ideas, then translate them into effective design work

Comprehension of marketing/product development and sales objectives and the ability to turn objectives into relevant design solutions

Ability to recognize, research and discuss packaging color and design trends and apply appropriately to CTS design projects

Photography and illustration skills for packaging

Deadline-driven with a strong sense of priority and follow-through. Able to work under tight deadlines

Highly proficient in MAC-based Adobe Creative Suite 4+ including Photoshop and Illustrator

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