Designer + Illustrator

Column Five

Date listed

1 month ago

Employment Type

Full time



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Column Five is looking to hire a full time or Freelance Designer + Illustrator who knows how to effectively conceptualize, iterate, and execute high quality design and illustration work. Column Five is a B2B-focused creative agency that helps brands find and tell their best stories to drive real results. 

As a Designer you’ll be responsible for the execution of high quality creative for clients ranging from global tech brands to purpose-driven nonprofits. You’ll collaborate closely with a variety of talented people to plan, concept, design and develop strategy-led content and design solutions from kick-off to launch. 

At Column Five, you’ll join a vibrant team of people in a fast-paced environment built on collaboration, camaraderie, freedom, and flexibility. Each day you’ll find surprising challenges that stretch your skills and expand your creativity. As a distributed team, we value responsibility and autonomy, so we’ve designed our tools and processes to help you do your best work—the way you work best. Most importantly, you’ll get the chance to grow with talented people who make you feel loved, respected, and welcomed. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, we can make work a place of belonging and a source of fulfillment and joy—together. (Find out more about our core values.) 

This Designer position reports to the EVP of Creative Experience with guidance and mentorship from our Art Directors. Please note we are looking for both full time and freelance Senior level Designers + Illustrators.

What does a Designer role look like day-to-day? 

  • Lead and design top-notch creative, from sketch to final deliverable

  • Work collaboratively with other designers and other disciplines

  • Lead and participate in ideation sessions 

  • Translate big picture ideas into clear actionable steps

  • Promote creative thinking and quality discernment among project teams and agency 

  • Develop and propose new ways of working

  • Make decisions that consider budget and align with project objectives

  • Give and receive timely, relevant, and thoughtful feedback

  • Explore alternative or unexpected solutions 

  • Present work confidently to internal teams and to our clients 


  • Collaborate with team members to plan and produce projects of varying scale, type and challenge. 

  • Concept and execute original design solutions that uphold and elevate our collective quality standard. 

  • Lead and champion good design practices for file prep, design handoff, and quality assurance.  

  • Participate in client and internal conversations on design thinking and execution

  • Manage timelines, deadlines, and your own personal bandwidth


  • You are an experienced graphic designer and a strong illustrator, having worked for an agency or in-house brand for at least 3 years

  • You are highly skilled in fundamental design principles, you were one of the best designers in your class

  • You have solid knowledge of specialized design skills  

  • You are proficient with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Figma

  • You have education in graphic design (or a related field)

  • You have experience in a professional design environment and are experienced scoping work and meeting deadlines

  • You have humility to listen, grow, and learn


  • Competitive salary

  • Remote-first company

  • Full health insurance with dependent stipends

  • Profit Sharing

  • Parental leave

  • Trainings, education, and investment to support career growth

  • FSA plan (medical and dependent care)

  • Life insurance, long-term & short-term disability insurance

  • Generous 401(k) savings plan

  • A fun, engaged, and inclusive team 

COMPENSATION Compensation is dependent upon experience. We do not pay based on the location of the employee, rather based on the market rates in Orange County, CA. We are looking for both Freelance and Full Time Senior Designers/Illustrators

LOCATION We are a distributed- or remote-first company. This means that we are open to working with you if you live anywhere within the USA.

HOW TO APPLY Please apply only if you meet the requirements of the role with a current pdf version of your resume, and a brief cover letter that includes why you are the right person for Column Five and a link to your online portfolio. We are not considering applicants who do not have an online portfolio that has strong commercial illustration work.

No phone calls, please. Although we value the services recruitment agencies provide, at this time we are not leveraging external 3rd party recruitment resources for this search. Should those needs change, we will seek your assistance directly. Column Five is an Equal Opportunity Employer focused on creating a workplace of belonging. We encourage applicants from all walks of life and do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, disability, and other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the employment process, let us know.

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