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The New York Times

Designer, Digital Design - Games (REQ-012615_New_York)

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media



Full Time


New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

We’re looking for a designer to conceptualize and design marketing campaigns for New York Times Games. The team is focused on creating acquisition and brand campaigns that support subscription initiatives and increase engagement. Since the launch of The Crossword in 1942, The Times has captivated solvers by providing engaging word and logic games. In 2014, we introduced The Mini Crossword — followed by Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed, Tiles and Vertex. In early 2022, we proudly added Wordle to our collection. We strive to offer puzzles for all skill levels that everyone can enjoy playing every day. It’s an exciting time to join this team.

Job Summary

As a member of the in-house marketing team, the Games designer works with the senior art director to ensure the design supports subscription and engagement initiatives. This position requires strong cross-functional communication with designers, writers, marketers and project managers, with an ability to articulate to leadership the rationale behind the work. The candidate has a track record of creating outstanding, multi-channel advertising or marketing campaigns consisting of print, digital display, social, landing pages and email marketing, that not only look great, but perform efficiently as well. This candidate wants to be part of an exceptional team that delivers world-class work. You are passionate about design, perform at a high level and are comfortable working on multiple projects at once. We are looking for candidates who bring a refined aesthetic, a nuanced understanding of typography, layout and color, and strong executional design skills.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop Games marketing campaigns that live across multiple channels (print, digital display, social, landing pages, email and more) to attract and retain subscribers.

  • Be accountable for conception and execution of visual creative projects that successfully push the New York Times Games brand forward while also helping to reach our subscription goals.

  • Translate brand identity and marketing strategy into inspiring creative concepts in close partnership with writers.

  • Work from creative briefs and address feedback from partners to refine concepts.

  • Regularly review creative work with the group’s senior creative staff to get feedback on direction, and to ensure the work is aligned with other projects and strategies.

  • Craft compelling presentations and provide rationale for your design to a broad group of colleagues, including leadership.

  • Work cross-functionally to partner with project managers, writers, marketers, product designers and developers to create visual consistency between product marketing, brand marketing and editorial content.

  • Work closely with developers to plan for and pass off emails and landing page designs, in addition to reviewing developed assets for quality control.

  • Promote creative standards and design with strategic intent.

What You’ll Bring

  • Five-to-seven years graphic design experience with deep expertise in developing the visual language for premium brands.

  • A design portfolio that shows conceptual thinking applied across a range of touch points, including social, display, print and email.

  • Proficiency in the formal elements of design, including typography, layout, balance, hierarchy, proportion, color, emphasis and unity.

  • Understanding of the social media ecosystem and how brands should participate in an authentic way.

  • Passion for nurturing relationships and rallying teams to align around a vision and strategy.

  • Ability to think conceptually and strategically.

  • Ability to collaborate with illustrators and animators.

  • Fluency with design software, including the full Adobe Suite and Figma.

  • Experience with motion graphics, particularly for social media and digital ad executions.

  • Ability to engage with others to cultivate an environment of learning and constructive dialogue about our work.

  • Curiosity, thoughtfulness, organizational skills, a sense of prioritization and strong attention to detail.

  • A passion for games, especially as it relates to design and marketing.

  • Some experience and understanding of product design and UX.

B.A., B.F.A. or M.F.A. preferred.

This is a New York-based role.
This position reports to the senior art director of Games, marketing


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