Illustrator / Animator - Freelance

NoRedInk (View all Jobs)

Remote (GMT-8 to GMT+1) or San Francisco

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Interview Process

1. Take-home exercise 2. Pair programming session

Teaching kids to think critically and communicate effectively has never been more important, and NoRedInk helps students become better writers in more than 60% of middle and high schools in the U.S. 
NoRedInk creates online practice exercises to help students develop writing skills. We're currently expanding our offering into grades 3-5 and will be adding characters within the learning platform to make it more delightful and engaging for younger students. We’re seeking a freelance illustrator/animator to create a set of characters and accompanying animation that will be used to encourage students during the learning process. 
While this initial project has a defined scope, we’d ideally find a partner to help us continue to create delightful animations within our product moving forward. 
Candidates should have
  • Experience creating delightful illustrations & animations of characters / animals.
  • Experience working within a consistent illustration style and helping to define a style that aligns with an existing companies branding.
  • Experience creating content for online or mobile use.  
  • Experience incorporating feedback and iterating on designs. 
  • Experience creating illustrations for kids ages 10 and up. 
  • SVG Illustration assets depicting a limited number of characters (between 3-10). 
    • Characters could be animals or stylized people.
    • Each character could have an associated set of static positions (between 3 and 5).
    • Characters should have a unique feel and personality and be widely accessible to kids 10 and up. They should feel whimsical, fun, or otherwise delightful. 
  • Characters should have associated celebratory animations (between 3 and 5).
    • Animations should be supported on websites and scalable across screen sizes.
    • Animations should  be under three seconds long
Project Scope
  • We’d like to have an initial, workable set of assets within 4 weeks.
    • One static character with at least one associated animation.
  • We could then continue to build out the library of characters for an additional 4-6 weeks. 
  • Ideally the designer should be able to meet for at least one hour per week between the hours of 9a.m. and 6p.m GMT-8.
Example illustration/style
  • Vector art style
    • Scalable assets for various screen sizes 
    • Animations supported 
    • Simple 2D/Flat character design with shadow and highlight details incorporated to create depth/dimension, 
    • Uses outlines/strokes and rounded, friendly shapes
To be considered, please submit a resume or CV that includes a link to your portfolio. 

About NoRedInk:

NoRedInk helps students in over 60% of US school districts become better writers. Our deeply engaging, adaptive curriculum personalizes exercises to kids' interests, guides them through the writing process with instructional support, and boosts their skills through targeted practice. Students have completed over 10 billion exercises on our site, and our mission is to help all students harness the power of the written word.

Check out our press page, including our 2-minute pitch on NBC and articles in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

NoRedInk believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. At NoRedInk, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

*Note: Agencies or other third-party recruiters may not submit unsolicited candidate resumes or their information to any NoRedInk employee, including a NoRedInk Recruiter, unless a contract is signed and you are given permission by the Talent Acquisition team to work on a job opening.


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