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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all about simplifying your life and business as effectively and beautifully as possible. Not only do we strive to continuously offer the latest in creative empowerment, but we want to make your experience using the products we’re so proud of as seamless and rewarding as possible — channeling into a clearer conversation between you and your clients. On that note, we are excited to announce our new Interactive Adobe Acrobat PDF and Interactive InDesign file*, an addition to all the forms in our Shop like the Essential Wedding Information Form and the Studio Order Form (we know you love that one!).
*Interactive InDesign file compatible with the Creative Cloud only

All of our forms now come with Interactive PDF files (stock header image included) that you can send straight to your clients to complete from the comfort of their own computer or mobile device, like their iPad or iPhone! No more messy paperwork or trying to figure out how to create an online web form for clients to use. Simply download, add your studio information in Adobe Acrobat (full tutorial included) and send off to be completed! It’s literally as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Upgrade for only $10: To upgrade your forms from the previous Minimalist version, please email us at “support@designaglow.com” with a copy of your receipt of purchase and we will gladly get you the new bonus PDF!

Click here to see all of the Studio Forms & Contracts in the shop and start powering your workflow with the click of a button!

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We’re Hiring a Graphic Designer for Our New Portland Office!

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Hello. We’re Design Aglow, a little company with giant ideas. Since 2006, we’ve been the industry leader for design resource and educational products  for the success of professional portrait and wedding photographers. Our team has created 300+ products that help photographers shine, and we’re beginning a long-term growth cycle that includes two internationally published books in partnership with Random House and online wholesale frame and paper shops to serve our North American market. Innovation is a team constant, and we’re always seeking (and developing!) the industry’s next big thing.  At Design Aglow, the entrepreneurial and artistic spirits coexist, with one always pushing the other to new heights.

But our reach goes way beyond just a company that creates great design for photographers. Within the industry, we’re known as businessmakers, dream engineers, and cheerleaders. For our community of over 25,000 photographers, we’re always ready with a wise word, a kind thought, or a gesture of (gentle) tough love. Our success revolves around a collaborative environment, the happy flow of minds working together on projects that make a difference in photographers’ lives. As a Design Aglow Graphic Designer, you would be an integral part of this team, largely responsible for Design Aglow’s creative direction. It’s a big responsibility, but we think you’re up to the task. Want to hear the rest of the job description?

Our Graphic Designers are responsible for the art  direction and design of all new Design Aglow products and company branding, including web design and print design. Design and layout of many of the Design Aglow products will be handled by the Graphic Designer. For projects outsourced to freelancers, our designers are responsible for providing the initial creative brief and creative direction, as well as overseeing the design process from beginning to end.

The Graphic Designer will be working in a creative environment with our team of writers, marketing managers, strategists, and business developers. We are searching for people who are passionate about design and able to lead a team in art direction that creatively fulfills the needs of the Design Aglow products and business.

The Graphic Designer must be self-motivated, capable of taking an idea for the product from the creative team and giving it a unique design style and layout without much creative direction. The Graphic Designer must stay well-researched and up-to-date on current trends in art and design. The work must reflect a modern style, as well stay true to the Design Aglow track record of setting the trends in the design industry for photographers.

Responsibilities:
• Designing and laying out Design Aglow products, including Marketing Sets, Welcome Packets, Card Sets, Album Designs, Educational Guides and much more.
• Creating and constantly designing a consistent look across all Design Aglow branding and marketing materials, online and offline.
• Assisting in the styling of photo shoots when necessary.
• Choosing packaging to correspond with new Design Aglow products.
• Developing design concepts for new products, and ideas for freelance projects.
• Serving as the design contact for various Design Aglow partners.
• Managing and commissioning freelancers for work on design and layout projects.
• Writing a creative brief for each new freelance project, complete with full direction and inspiration for the desired look required.
• Keeping an open line of communication with outside designers throughout the project period, including giving constructive criticism until the desired look is achieved.
• Keeping track of and reaching deadlines on all internal and outside design projects.
• Requesting and receiving invoices, as well as all the proper documentation for each new freelancer hired.
• Seeking out additional talent and reviewing designers’ submitted resumes and portfolios.

Required Qualities and Characteristics:
• Degree in graphic design with strong design portfolio.
• Extensive knowledge of and experience in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Knowledge of Adobe After Effects and Final Cut are a plus.
• Because of the nature of the template industry, we prefer to create all of our graphic elements in house or use original artwork created by our freelancers, so the ability to illustrate professional vector elements for use in the designs is a must.
• A thorough understanding of photography, typography and printing.
• A solid understanding of designing for the web and for print.
• Ability to multitask and work efficiently with an eye for detail.
• Ability to take criticism constructively and be willing to change a concept quickly if a design needs a new direction.
• Ability to perform effectively in a fast-paced team environment, with a high level of creativity and entrepreneurship.
• At least 2 years of relevant experience.
• Experience in web design a plus.

This position is in Southeast Portland and applicant must be local. Please submit your resume to jobs@designaglow.com. No calls, please.

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Design Aglow is hiring for our new Portland office!

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Hello. We’re Design Aglow, a little company with giant ideas. Since 2006, we’ve been an industry leader for information, education, and templates created for the success of professional portrait and wedding photographers. Our team has created 300+ products that help photographers shine, and we have begun  a long-term growth cycle that includes two internationally published books in partnership with Random House and an online wholesale frame shop to serve our North American market. Innovation is a team constant, and we’re always seeking (and developing!) the industry’s next big thing.  At Design Aglow, the entrepreneurial and artistic spirits coexist, with one always pushing the other to new heights.

Our success revolves around a collaborative environment, the happy flow of minds working together on projects that make a difference in photographers’ lives. Our team needs a full-time Design and Production Assistant for our new Portland office who can thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment. You should have excellent communication skills, be able to juggle several different jobs at the same time, and be able to make decisions on the fly. The variety of the work on a day-to-day basis recommends this job to people with strong work ethics, organizational abilities, a creative sensibility, and a love of growth.

We strive to maintain an open and creative work environment where everyone has the ability to voice opinions and affect company strategies. Our growth is a direct result of consistently setting trends (rather than following them) and growing a strong team of dedicated, passionate employees.

Creative Writer &  Editor with Entrepreneurial Spirit:

For our community of over 25,000 photographers, we’re always ready with a wise word, a kind thought, or a gesture of (gentle) tough love.  Our success revolves around a collaborative environment, the happy flow of minds working together on projects that make a difference in photographers’ lives. As our Writer/Editor, you would be an integral part of this team, largely responsible for Design Aglow’s editorial direction. It’s a big responsibility, but we think you’re up to the task. Want to hear the rest of the job description?

The Writer/Editor is responsible for content creation for the Design Aglow brand, which includes products, marketing, social media, and web/magazine content. For projects outsourced to freelancers, the Writer/Editor is responsible for providing the initial creative brief and ongoing direction, as well as overseeing the content creation process from beginning to end.

The Writer/Editor will be working in a creative environment with our team of designers, marketing managers, strategists, and business developers. We are searching for candidates who are both idea AND detail people, passionate about photography and creativity, and are willing to set trends instead of following them.

The Writer/Editor must be self-motivated, capable of crafting ideas for content and immediately implementing them. The Writer/Editor must also stay well-researched and up-to-date on current trends and issues in photography and business. Their work must reflect the Design Aglow voice, as well as inspire, educate, and help determine the direction of the entire industry.

Responsibilities:
Creating and managing an editorial calendar
• Writing timely blog content, which includes interviews and longer educational/motivational articles
• Sourcing motivational contributors Design Aglow products and blog features
• Crafting social media content using current SEO best practices
• Discovering sharable/pinnable content that has viral potential
• Writing product descriptions
• Composing company communications
• Contributing product ideas and subsequent product copy
• Envisioning contest/creative innovative marketing ideas
• Writing press releases & researching possible media pitches
• Managing and commissioning freelance contributors to create content for products
• Editing and polishing content produced by the Design Aglow team

Required Qualities and Characteristics:
• Degree in English, journalism, or other related subject with strong writing portfolio
• Knowledge of and experience in the photography industry
• Knowledge and understanding of current SEO best practices
• A solid understanding of composing content for both print and web
• Ability to multitask and work efficiently with an eye for detail
• Ability to take criticism constructively and be willing to change a concept quickly if a piece needs a new direction
• Ability to perform effectively in a fast-paced team environment, with a high level of creativity and entrepreneurship
• At least 2 years of relevant experience
• Knowledge of and experience in Marketing/PR a plus

Customer Service & Design/Production Assistant:

Customer Service & Design/Production Assistant will:
• Work closely with the Production Manager and Lead Designer
• Assist customers via email and phone
• Convert products from Photoshop to InDesign and vice versa
• Correspond with contributing photographers
• Order sample products via ROES systems
• Collect and curate images for new products
• Assist in the copyrighting process of all products
• Assist the Production Manager and Designer on various daily tasks such as:
• Research new industry trends
• Update products to current lab specifications
• Create and update product tutorials

Required Qualities and Characteristics:
• Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
• A working knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign
• At least 1 year of customer service experience
• Familiarity with the professional photography industry and current trends
• Ability to perform effectively in a fast-paced team environment, with a high level of creativity and entrepreneurship

Both positions are in Portland, OR.  Applicants must be local. Please submit your resume to jobs@designaglow.com with the subject of the job you are applying for before April 1, 2014. No calls, please.

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Image Credit: Jessica Feely Photography

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Beautiful New Finao Self Mount Albums, less than 1/2 price!

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Hi photographer friends,

We have 31 gorgeous Finao Self Mount Elements albums for sale at our downtown West Palm Beach office right now. These albums are vegan leather and come in beautiful presentation boxes….they are brand new.

We have:

18 – 8×8 30 page white albums with white pages and with a cover cameo upgrade
Retail Cost: $101.60 per album/ $1828.80 for the collection
first $700 takes this collection
or $500 takes 1/2 the collection, $500 for 9 albums – SOLD

7 – 8×8 30 page black albums with black pages and with a cover cameo upgrade
Retail Cost: $101.60 per album/ $711.20 for the collection
first $350 $300 takes this collection

3 – 8×8 30 page black albums with white pages and with a cover cameo upgrade
Retail Cost: $101.60 per album/ $304.80 for the collection
first $150 takes this collection – SOLD

3 – 5×5 30 page white albums with white pages
Retail Cost: $26.20 per album/ $78.60 for the collection
first $50 takes this collection – SOLD

Due to logistics, we cannot ship these unless buyer pays for packing, shipping and insurance @$5 per book in advance. (US shipping only, please) Please email here to claim your collection! First come (and paid) first served. Thanks!!

*Prints shown inside albums are examples and are not included.

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Design Aglow Diaries: The Journey Begins

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Why Portland?

Design Aglow was founded in South Florida in 2006 and headquartered here since the start. Most of our team is located in West Palm Beach, with a few more team members sprinkled about the US and many partners around the globe. The main office is where we generate our biggest ideas, but we have always been understaffed and struggling to do more. We haven’t been able to find the type of creative talent we crave.

The past year has begun a growth cycle for us, with two major book publications, our new Frame and Paper Shops, and some more projects that are still top secret.

A few months ago, we began thinking about where we are and where we want to be…since we still have a lot of growing to do!

We need to be in a place with creatives and tech talent, one that inspires us, excites us, and makes us want to connect with our industry even more. We love the West Coast vibe, the innovative mindset, and the unlimited potential you feel just *being* there.

So after months of planning, off we go! Follow team members Lauren and Carry (with the #designaglowdiaries hashtag) as they leave this week by car with a dog and cat in tow. See you soon!

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