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Help Wanted

Building 13 is a small Cincinnati-based graphic design company. When I say small, I mean, like, it’s just me. I rock web design, motion graphics, as well as print and branding design.

I am looking to bring on a talented (entry-level or associate-level) designer. Building 13 has found success working on a variety of project types and sizes. It’s a versatile company and I need a versatile designer with great communication skills and a constant willingness to learn. A good attitude, too. That’s a must. There isn’t a specific “type” of candidate for this position, but he or she might look a little something like this:

An all-around rock star designer that is comfortable working in multiple mediums (i.e. web and motion)

Or…

Someone who is a bit more skill focused — preferably in web design (front-end and some basic programming skills like php, rails or similar) or motion graphics (show me your reel!)

Or…

Maybe it’s someone else. Maybe it’s you. Tell me why you’re the designer that Building 13 needs. Show me what you bring to the table. Convince me you’re the ideal candidate.

Possible points of interest:

  • I currently work out of my house in Mount Lookout.
  • I’m not big on résumés.
  • I’d like to see some of your best work (I prefer links over attachments).
  • If you can show me how you think, that’d be pretty dope.
  • My work samples can be found here: http://building13.com/ and here: https://vimeo.com/bldg13 (all kinda old stuff; hey, I’ve been busy!)
  • Must love dogs dog.

Possible perks:

  • I’m down with you working remotely some (or perhaps all) of the time.
  • I do have a nice ping pong table. It’s currently folded up here in the office, but that can be changed (will be tough to play if you work from home though).

If you’re interested, please shoot me an email: nathan@building13.com. Please send links to your work. Including salary expectations would be helpful too. Depending on the number of responses I get, I may not be able to respond to everyone.

Thank you for your time!

The all new Building 13

It’s Launch Day!

We currently live in a time of great promise, but also great upheaval, in the web design world, that is. From desktop to iPad to tablet to Android to iPhone to Blackberry (ugh), the many new facets of how a website must adapt are almost limitless and sometimes overwhelming. With the maiden voyage onto the information superhighway of building13.com (beta), we took our first crack at harnessing these some of these new facets and creating a great experience to showcase some of our talents.

Well, without further ado:

building13.com

 

Simplicity, usability & responsiveness were at the forefront of our design process. Below are some highlights of the site we’d like to explain a little more:

Intuitive Keyboard Navigation (desktop only)

While this style of navigation is fairly trendy on the widest world of webs at the moment, we fell in love with it and insisted on implementing it on our site. Right up top we explain the “rules of the game” so to speak, so they’re easy for you to experiment with. While using this “new way” of navigation, we hope the user comes to the realization that the up-down + left-right arrow keys mimic those of the “swipe” motions in touch devices. We believe providing this makes a bridge to a more harmonious experience from desktop to iPad to iPhone. That doesn’t mean you can’t just scroll away with your mouse though… by all means, go right ahead.

Device Agnostic Design

Otherwise known as responsive web design, this philosophy seems to be a supremely polarizing one in the web design community. In our humble opinion, while there is a time and place for everything, RWD should be implemented as a strategic engineering approach, not just as a strict presentation solution. We wanted our site to adjust itself to compliment this changing environment in our field. This is a really important topic to us and the rest of the community. We look forward to chime in with some thoughts in the future.

We will continue to tweak and build upon this beta launch of our website, adding a project archive, search function and Spotify playlist (so you can jam with us) to name a few. In the end, if you like our work and enjoyed your experience navigating through it, we will be like this. Let us know what you think of the site, for better or for worse, below in the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for your time in advance, cheers!