Apparel Graphic Designer

Hot Topic HQ - City of Industry, California - Full-time


We're looking for a Graphic Designer to bring our Pop Culture designs to life through our product. This role will design original graphics and artwork for both licensed and non-licensed apparel.  You'll work with our POD & DTR design team to conceptualize and create the coolest designs for our customers at lightening speed.

Pay range

    $65,000 - $72,000 a year

    Please note the pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but other factors such as an individual’s education, location, meeting the minimum job requirements for the role, training and experience, will determine the final salary for potential new hires.

What You'll Do:

  • Work under the direction of the design manager and design team to create original apparel graphics
  • Design original graphics and artwork, as well as contribute ideas to design process regarding color and placement
  • Work under the direction of the design manager to create artwork call outs and deliver to vendor
  • Make recommendations and changes on re-coloring existing artwork
  • Stay current with markets and up on current trends
  • Create graphics for both licensed and non-licensed apparel
  • Understand and oversee artwork process from design creation to print ready production

What You'll Need:

  • Geek-level knowledge of Hot Topic licensed partners (Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm, studio ghibli and more)
  • Minimum 2-3 years of hands on experience in graphic arts and apparel design
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe CS6 Programs (Photoshop, Illustrator) is required
  • Formal Training (certified) and/or education in graphic arts required. Bachelor’s degree in Design or Graphic Design preferred
  • Ability to effectively use computer design applications and hand drawn/illustrations for mixed media artwork
  • You're a team player but also can thrive working independently on projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Illustrates a dedication to meeting requirements of internal and external customers, responding to all customer requests promptly and thoroughly
  • Strong communication skills including ability to work in a team environment, give honest, direct feedback and is a solid verbal and written communicator
  • Inquisitiveness and open mind regarding teen music and fashion trends
  • Meets deadlines, prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure
  • Is accountable for results, approaches obstacles proactively and looks for ways to resolve problems and issues
  • Knowledge with DTG process and experience is a plus
  • Experience designing for licensed apparel
  • Experience in the Streetwear industry a plus
  • Ability to quickly design strong trend based graphics