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Zero is a digitally-native branding agency with offices in New York and Milwaukee. We specialize in building brands and digital experiences.

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WTF is a digitally-native branding agency?

A Venn Diagram of Zero Zero is at the sweet spot where traditional branding agencies and digital agencies meet. TRADITIONAL BRANDING AGENCY TRADITIONAL DIGITAL AGENCY

Got it. But why does that matter?

We believe that everything is branding. The emails you send, the code you write, the packaging people tear open. Everything. We also know that nowadays most things are digital. Not everything. But quite a bit. So we think that the folks helping to define why you exist and why consumers should give a shit, should be the same folks that bring that message to life, across channels.

Does that mean you only take on full-service engagements?

No. While much of what we do is help businesses go to market, we also work as specialists at times. Meaning, we take on projects building websites, shooting content, building campaigns, establishing voice & tone, etc.

Who do you typically like to work with?

We work with people that are doing something good for the world. Often, this means working directly with founders to help them bring their vision to life. Other times, it’s with select fortune 500 companies or organizations that challenge the status-quo. We started Zero in search of a better quality of life and value the time we spend making things with people. If we’re going to solve problems together, we might as well enjoy it.

Hmm sounds pretty cool, tbh. What services do you offer?

Branding, design, content & technology:

  • Logo & Identity
  • Brand Strategy & Positioning
  • Voice & Tone
  • Brand Books & Style Guides
  • Art Direction
  • Illustration
  • Styling
  • Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Full Stack Development
  • Mobile & App Development
  • Ecommerce
  • Print & Publication Design
  • Packaging
  • Content Strategy & Production
  • Social Media & Community Management
  • Content Production
  • Brand Activations & Experiences
  • Digital & Traditional Advertising
  • Copywriting

DANG, Y’ALL ARE COOL. WHAT’S THE PROCESS TYPICALLY LIKE?

Full-service partnerships: Discovery & Research → Strategy & Voice → Branding & Identity → UX & Content → Design & Development → BFFs

Nice, I need all of that. How much do you charge?

It depends on the level of the engagement, complexity, and deliverables - but our studio minimum is $50k.

But wait, I have more questions

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Design Director

Remote

5+ Years Experience

Zero is a digitally native branding studio. We build brands for the digital world, with services ranging from brand strategy and naming, through visual identity, packaging, content creation, UX/UI and development. 

As a Design Director at Zero, your primary focus is to lead projects and mentor and oversee design team members. 

As a project lead, you guide and collaborate with the team in conceptualizing the emotional “why” behind brands and how to express it across all creative mediums. From brand worlds to websites, you’re responsible for creating design work that speaks the brand’s language and offers a fresh perspective within the brand’s industry. Whether developing the visual brand tone or working within a set of established guidelines, you are able to plug into the brand mindset and articulate it. You have mastered understanding and skill as it relates to typography, color theory, layout and art direction as well as the ability to develop effective visual communication to fit a variety of personas and brands. 

As a mentor to the team, you are a source of support and stability. Not only have you mastered your craft but you are able to guide others in their design process as well. You have a solutions oriented mindset and your goal as a leader is to push the team to create the most effective work possible for the clients and audiences we serve. In doing so you are required to consider the team’s diverse perspectives and communication styles and work with them to understand what they need to do their best work.         
 

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead and contribute to the research & discovery phase through competitive audits, research, and the formulation of key take-aways and opportunities for the brand strategy
  • Co-lead and develop holistic brand strategies that are unique to the market and genuine to the beliefs and vision of the brand
  • Develop presentations that clearly and effectively tell the story of our work, lead the team in collaborating on those presentations, and regularly present the work to our clients 
  • Develop and oversee effective designs and art direction that deliver on the brand strategies, are unique to the market and genuine to the beliefs, and vision of the brand
  • Collaborate closely with copywriters and developers on brand applications such as branding, art direction, packaging, website, emails, and other mediums to support the brand world
  • Working closely with Creative Directors and PMs, lead the team in developing designs and a systematic approach to the design language across mediums
  • Effectively manage your own time and work closely with the design team to manage project timelines and schedule design check-ins as needed to meet internal deadlines and goals
  • Approach every project with a solutions oriented mindset, clear purpose and ensure all executions meet business and user goals  
  • Initiate and lead conversations with outside collaborators such as photographers and illustrators
  • Mentor 3-5 design team members, establish regular check-ins to build relationships, discuss opportunities for growth and ensure their progress at Zero 
  • Participate in the monthly directors meeting with leadership and partners to discuss the status of the studio and collaborate on ways to make it better
  • Proactively propose and lead initiatives within the studio that you’re passionate about
  • Approach opportunities at the studio with an entrepreneurial spirit

we're nominated for studio of the year 🏆

we're nominated for studio of the year 🏆

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