Yesterday, I announced that I recently accepted a position at a branding agency in the Bay Area. Today, I share the juicy details:
When my internship at Urban Influence was winding down, I had a phone interview with the Chief Creative Officer at Cyclonix, a brand experience and exhibit design firm based out of Morgan Hill, CA. Little did I know, our phone call would mark the beginning of the end of my job search.
Historically, Cyclonix has been a 2D and 3D design and production facility specializing in events and environments. More recently, the firm has worked rigorously to evolve into a full-service branding agency. Initially, I was worried about beginning my career at an agency without a more established focus in the online space, both because I feared I would lose some marketability as a digital designer and because I thought I might not have as many opportunities to grow my interactive skills. But after two very thorough meetings with the company’s leaders, I was assured that Cyclonix has every intention of ramping up their digital offerings and emerging as a branding agency that can do what many can’t – put design into production without outsourcing to external companies.
Ultimately, I was offered a full-time, salaried position as a designer, and I decided that substantial experience in production and 3D design will add invaluable skills to my repertoire that simply can’t be passed up. As part of the Cyclonix design team, this is exactly the kind of crazy, amazing stuff I’ll be concepting, designing and producing:
I’ve always enjoyed the flexibility that comes with web design, but I also love that designers are experimenting more and more with the physical space. Print seems less constraining as more designers are exploring new methods of 2D design, and there seems to be no roof on out-of-home and environmental design. There are new ideas popping up every day, and that’s what thrills me about working as part of a dynamic team wholly invested in creating innovative environmental solutions.
As an added bonus, working with Cyclonix means that I’ll get to dive into unique projects for big-name brands like Nike, Samsung and Specialized – all of which have the resources and the vision to execute fresh and original ideas.
But you know what truly sealed the deal? That both the President and the CCO are equally as excited about bringing me on board as I am about joining the team. Cyclonix isn’t interested in stuffing me in a back room to push pixels all day – they’re ready to involve me in the branding process from concept to execution, and they’re invested in helping me grow my design skills vertically and horizontally.
So my job hunt has officially been called off, and a new journey begins on Monday! Stay tuned…