Apparel Graphics Designer, Creative Services

The North Face

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Apparel Graphics Designer, Creative Services, The North Face


San Francisco, United States


Executive / Coordinator


Creative (Graphics, Images, VM etc)



Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

The primary responsibilities of the Graphic Designer are to conceptualize, design and execute creative projects for The North Face global product and Creative department’s needs. This includes Men’s, Women’s and Youth graphic apparel, accessories, equipment, and brand labeling systems.


  • Contribute to the innovative, brand-right graphics for all tiers of global apparel and product branding, for both in-line and quick-turn calendars
  • Own the creative process to make sure that the final product aligns with creative direction and meets commercial objectives
  • Collaborates with Graphic Design Director and Creative Directors to create seasonal graphic concepts
  • Design graphic art with planning and forethought around artwork execution: screen-printing techniques, applique, embroidery and other embellishment methods
  • Serves as the design lead on multiple projects simultaneously with overlapping calendar and business needs
  • Continuously leverages resources in producing new ideas. Has solid awareness of outdoor, lifestyle and streetwear trends and the and the ability to interpret these trends though the TNF lens
  • Manages and mentors associate level designers
  • Creates accurate production files detailing artwork specifications, scale, application materials to vendors. Reviews strike-offs and drives for highest standard of results
  • Produce trend and travel reports and present findings to cross functional teams

The Ideal Candidate


  • 5 years minimum related professional experience.
  • Experience in apparel graphic design.
  • Outdoor Brand experience, knowledge of screen printing process, and corporate identity is a plus.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design, or equivalent experience and portfolio, or equivalent years of combined education and experience.
  • Knowledge of apparel graphic design process: concept development through production.
  • Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign in a Mac environment.
  • Strong understanding of design principles, passion for typography, and strong sense & understandiing of color.
  • Ability to design into clear aesthetic capsules for a head-to-toe look.
  • Ability to design into different and varying graphic aesthetics.
  • Hand-drawing and illustration capabilities.
  • Ability to think conceptually with creative vision.
  • Understanding of the outdoor market. Participatory knowledge of sports represented by The North Face is extremely helpful.
  • Exercises personal professionalism and sense of accountability.
  • Possess effective communication skills and thrives on working within team-based environment.
  • Ability to plan for future activity while managing day-to-day execution. Highly organized.
  • Must be detail oriented with design, production files, and communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Travel required: 5%

About Us

The North Face® fundamental mission remains unchanged since 1966: Provide the best gear for our athletes and the modern day explorer, support the preservation of the outdoors, and inspire a global movement of exploration.

We are named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. We have helped explorers reach the most unfathomable heights of the Himalayas. But The North Face® legend begins, ironically, on a beach. More precisely, San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, at an altitude of only 150 feet above sea level. It was here in 1966 that two hiking enthusiasts resolved to follow their passions and founded a small mountaineering retail store. From the beginning, the brand committed to serving all those who desired to explore and to serving our natural wild lands by helping to conserve them. At our core, we believe exploration creates an indelible bond with the outdoors, inspiring people to protect our land and pass these beliefs down to the next generation.

Now, more than 50 Years after its humble grand opening, The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. We remain deeply proud to be the first choice of the world's most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers.

There's little telling what the next 50 years hold for us. However, there is one bedrock of certainty: The North Face will maintain an unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of innovation and design, so that you can push your limits outdoors. Never Stop Exploring.