Color Designer Apparel – Creative Direction (m/f/d)

Date posted:
Company: Adidas
Location: Herzogenaurach (BY), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

To identify Color, (Textile) Materials, Print and Pattern relevant trends, design and create industry leading color directions inclusive of print and pattern concepts; palettes and application concepts for apparel and accessories products which inform and support seasonal the brand color strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

Create and Visualize ideas for Color, Graphic print and pattern concepts and application with an emphasis on Apparel design. Stay continuously tuned to Color and Materials trends with a high degree of expertise and storytelling.

  • Seasonal Prep and research: Design and develop and be a part of shaping the creative vision and direction for the seasonal Color palette. (Based on cultural and trend insights.)
  • Create conceptual Color, Textile, Print and Pattern application concepts in context to the seasonal creative direction.
  • Implement the creative vision for a multitude of color concepts with a focus on Apparel color application and expression.
  • Self-Manage creative process and execute towards design themes for the season.
  • Verbally present product ideas and details with clarity
  • Use digital (3D, photoshop, illustrator) tools to visualize concepts as well as create physical samples with a variety of materials and mediums. For example, but not limited to, working with the brand expression and material teams to create cohesive color, material textile & print and pattern design concepts.
  • Ensure efficient process and communication flow between immediate design team and x-functional partners.
  • Support the process of physical creation of technical color standards, understanding the chemical process and make-up of color standards including achievability testing
  • Create design presentations; physical and digital
  • Create Color CADS, Renderings, Material maps and Graphic maps as required

Key Relationships:

Works closely with the members of the Color Creative Direction team.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Providing color content and direction
  • Collaboration and critiquing
  • To understand technical details of the product

Cross-functional collaborations:

  • Color, Materials and Graphics label leads and CMG partners in Design teams in vertical Business categories, i.e., BU Training, Running, Originals etc.
  • Design and business partners in horizontal functions, i.e., Brand Expression, Innovation teams and Merchandising

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and experience in textile design, apparel design and/or industrial product with experience of apparel construction and production.
  • Ability to locate and identify trends in design and culture with a strong understanding of Color and Product trends relevant to the brand and its consumers.
  • Understanding of brand history, current positioning, and marketplace (Apparel, Footwear, streetwear, fashion, sport)
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in understanding of product. From color, material, print and pattern, construction to production.
  • Experience in Graphic, Print & Pattern and/or Textile design creation
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Project management experience desirable but not essential.
  • High level of creativity with ability to understand design concepts and think conceptually
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with key business partners
  • Ability to design for new initiatives and products with a fresh, innovative perspective
  • Works well in a team environment. This position requires employee to engage with many stakeholders, as well as manage various information and relationships
  • Strong knowledge and use of Macintosh computer design software/systems (Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Knowledge of 3D software programs for illustration
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
  • Ability to travel

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates degree or bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a college or university with Art, Fashion, Textile or Product Design focus
  • 2 years of practical experience in design environment (Footwear/ Apparel/ Accessories – or industrial design, textile design, fashion design or similar design related areas)
  • Thorough knowledge of design with clear understanding of visual design or design related discipline
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree.