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DHX Studios - Lead Designer, 3D

Kristina Slivarichby on Feb 14, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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Want to make awesome cartoons with amazingly talented teams in a cool new studio?

DHX Media – Vancouver is looking for an experienced Lead Designer to join our team!

As a Lead Designer you will work with the Art Director to lead the design team to ensure the delivery of expected high-quality designs as required by the production.


  • Create original, production-oriented designs through a procedurally iterative process (including turnarounds and other detailed notes)
  • Meet with the design supervisor and supervising director to discuss asset requirements
  • Work in line, grayscale, and colour
  • Assist with paintovers and feedback for design and modelling teams
  • Complete work assigned within the scheduled timeframe
  • Keep designs manageable and in line with the modelling days allotted for each asset
  • Work directly with modelling to build characters, sets, and props,, offering advice and design support throughout the process
  • Accept feedback on designs and execute on changes quickly
  • Participate in production-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
  • Stay up to date with shows by reading scripts and watching animatics
  • Maintain the production’s show style and optimize designs for storytelling needs
  • Communicate effective and production-friendly solutions when production requests are not possible within production timelines
  • Keep your work orders current and accurate in the design approval system
  • Keep design coordinator in the loop on all activities and any issues that may arise
  • Identify gaps that may exist on assigned episodes and implement solutions to rectify
  • Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively as part of the senior production team
  • Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the design team
  • Be part of the recruiting process by assisting the HR department with the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as the candidate selection process
  • Train design team on an ongoing basis both technically and creatively
  • Communicate expectations to design team while balancing creative desires with the requirements of production
  • Oversee the daily activities of the design team
  • Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development by providing performance feedback, mentoring, assisting with resolving performance issues, and maintaining positive morale among the team
  • Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
  • Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the design team
  • Provide constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback that will help others further their career development


  • 4+ years in CG animation design
  • BA/BFA in fine arts or commercial arts field an asset
  • Must have strong design experience for 3D animation and be able to design a wide variety of human characters, facial expressions, creatures, machinery, vehicles, and props
  • Experience interfacing with other designers, modellers, animators and directors
  • Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills
  • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to effectively give direction and communicate storytelling
  • Able to identify strengths and weakness of design team
  • Able to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production
  • Able to set priorities for yourself and others, as well as manage the progress of work
  • Proactive work ethic, capable problem solver with the ability to implement solutions
  • Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
  • Strong management and problem solving skills
  • Able to think creatively to resolve technical challenges
  • Able to communicate in a professional and positive manner
  • Able to adapt to multiple show styles
  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change


DHX Media delivers content that inspires, entertains and connects. But we create more than just animation, we build worlds and experiences for kids around the world. At our studios, quality, creativity and fun go hand in hand! Our teams dig into a diverse range of projects – from preschool and comedy to action-adventure – while enjoying awesome benefits, perks, and a whole lot of fun along the way. With some of Canada’s top creative talents, our studios are bursting with energy. So what are you waiting for? Come join us!

to all those who express interest in being a part of the DHX Studios team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted.

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