Senior Designer

San Francisco, California, United States | Full-time


Who We Are

We are Mekanism.

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling.”

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline. Mekanism’s campaigns have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories.  Our patented blend of storytelling for emerging media takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off.  What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a strange, wonderful and talented person who enjoys coffee, Ping-Pong and impromptu rooftop jam and workout sessions.  We are smart, strange, wonderful folks that brave our contentious and often spirited brainstorming sessions to make advertising magic.


The Role

We are looking for a Senior Designer to lead the development and growth of the design capabilities within our studio.  This candidate will be responsible for the development of client and pitch presentations, establishing and raising our design standards. You must have the ability to communicate information and data effectively through compelling visuals that are easy to understand and makes us stand out from our competition. In addition, you will partner with the larger creative department (CDs and ADs) to design new campaign look and feels (layouts and brand books). A small part of this job will involve production design for pre-press. You will be the last quality control of the look and feel before files leave the agency.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establishing and updating our Mekanism brand guidelines and deck templates & policing those standards throughout the agency
  • New business - pitch work and deck design
    • Working with the pitch team, execute pitch theater and meeting collateral (pitch microsites, booklets, posters, bound presentations, etc.) to create unique and memorable experiences
  • Existing clients - working with Creative Directors to elevate our conceptual design
  • Production design - as needed
  • Design all RFI, RFP and pitch deliverables (range from light cleanup to heavy design)
  • Have a keen eye for excellence and quality control in visual communications
  • Prioritize projects effectively, including many on an ongoing basis, and communicate regularly to teammates about progress


  • 5-6 years of Design Experience
  • Experience and strong skills with google doc
  • Professional demeanor with high degree of comfort interacting with many types of people
  • Strong portfolio showcasing high-end presentation design skills (i.e. animation, builds, dynamic charts and diagrams) and clean design aesthetic.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Able to quickly conceptualize ideas graphically
  • Detail-oriented individual who reviews work carefully
  • Manages time effectively, to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Works well in a fast-paced environment, is flexible and has tireless energy to get work done
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the New Business process with corporate/agency experience a plus
  • Keeper/Creator of visual branding and the ability to uphold brand/style guidelines
  • Thorough working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Understanding of the production process
  • Interest in building up the department and a start-up mentality