JOB: City Seeking Graphic Designer to Create Quarterly Recreation Guides

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The City of Burien announced Friday (Jan. 4) that it is seeking proposals from individuals or businesses to provide Graphic Design services for the City’s quarterly Recreation Guide brochures.

The city is looking for a Designer with “established experience and proficiency using InDesign or comparable program in addition to word documents, PDF or text files, laser pages or others as needed,” as well as “demonstrated experience with pre-press packaging and working with web press printers, including provision of color separation and printer-ready disk” among other requirements.

No word yet on whether frequent fingering will be required, but since this gig involves computers you can assume it does.

Proposals must be submitted to the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 by 5:00 pm, Monday, Jan. 22, 2013.

Detailed information, including general terms and conditions, requested services, and requirements, is available at the Burien Community Center, or by calling (206) 988-3704.

“Proposals may be weighted by staff in any manner deemed appropriate,” reads the RFP. “If necessary, interviews will be scheduled with finalists.”

Criteria will include:

  • Quality of previously-designed work
  • Creative and innovative design
  • Cohesive visual style that matches narrative context
  • Experience with similar contracted work projects
  • Price
  • Effective use of color and b/w
  • Success working with web press printers and (if applicable) City staff
  • References that confirm professional capacity, clear communication skills, attention to detail, follow-through, and flexibility.

Here’s a detailed schedule for the selection process:

  • RFP Release Date: Jan. 7, 2013
  • Submittals Due: Jan. 22, 2013
  • Interview finalists: Feb. 6, 2013 (Approximate)
  • Notification to successful vendor: Feb. 11, 2013
  • General timeline for first brochure’s design*: March 25- May 3, 2013

Here’s a direct link to the RFP (Microsoft Word .doc).

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17 Responses to “JOB: City Seeking Graphic Designer to Create Quarterly Recreation Guides”
  1. jimmy says:

    frequent fingering sounds interresting but what ever you do don’t google this

    • tophat topcat says:

      Could not help myself jimmy, I did Google it. No wonder nothing gets done in Burien! You people need to keep your hands where we can see them. Not shaking any hands there anymore. Yuck!!

  2. John Poitras says:

    Isn’t this position (which I doubt we can afford) overkill for what amounts to a desktop publishing job?
    Save some money and put it towards fixing our sidewalks and streets…

    • jimmy says:

      i wonder how often you get jury duty for burien do you think the city moves your name to top of the list or bottom of list everytime time they read one of your post about them or if they read them

      • John Poitras says:

        Jury duty for Burien.. ?? What are you on Jimmy?
        Did you fall off the fiscal cliff and land on your head?
        Address my point or crawl back under the irrelevant rock you live under.
        Its not all about you or us vs them Jimmy, although you apparently identify yourself with “them” in your every post.. No Jimmy, its about being in the red and spending money the city does not have on unnecessary staff..

        • jim clingan says:

          Tough start to the New Year, Mr. Poitras? You might want to re-read the article. You might realize the city is looking to contract for the design work, as opposed to hiring another employee. You probably wouldn’t understand Jimmy’s “jury duty” comment, as you need to be a registered voter to be called for jury duty. And a number of folks have suggested here that you aren’t a registered voter. Now, go forth, Mr. Poitras, and brighten people’s days, like you do here on the blog.

          • eaton B. Verz says:

            Way to be informed Jim!! You do NOT have to be a registered voter to be called for jury duty. They did away with that requirement in the last century. Have a nice day! Eaton

          • John Poitras says:

            Jim Clingan.. Jimmy.. Hmmm .. is it little Jimmy and big Jimmy or are you both the same person?
            I realize you are beholding to Mike Martin so any criticism of his management you take personally.
            I do have a question for you regarding the planning commission that you have been appointed to for political favors I think 3 times now.
            Have term limits been implemented yet?
            Don’t you think its about time we had some new blood on the planning commission? Perhaps someone that does not have so many strings attached to them?
            Apparently I am such a threat to you and your clique that you consistently resort to personal attacks rather than addressing the real issues at hand.
            Going forward I suggest you remove the plank from your own eye before agitating about the splinter in your neighbors . Frankly I find both your incivility and little Jimmy’s counterproductive. Maybe you can both start the new year by turning over a new leaf?

          • John Poitras says:

            Btw Mr Clingan the POINT that you neglected to address is that regardless if its a contract for services or hiring a full time employee, this is a project that can be done for little or no money.
            As been suggested it could be used a learning opportunity for students learning graphic design. This is a great idea and I am sure that there are other low cost or zero cost options that could be explored..
            This would be in lieu of spending more money that the city does not have and could be better spent elsewhere, but that is not Mike Martins style and THAT’s what I have a problem with. In case you are totally disconnected from the current fiscal situation in Burien, let me remind you we are currently in the red and running a deficit. That means we are drawing on reserves because we are spending more than we are taking in. Hiding your head in the sand isn’t going to change that dynamic.

        • jimmy says:

          ok possible $50 in avertising if even that since most places probley give them free avertising so lets see what can make with $50 about a foot a side walk maby a couple of ramdom tools or they could spill a box nails in your drive way since you complain no matter what they do you have a way to complain about it but once agine i ask a qustion and I get a rude response and you try to add me to groups of people or govement that iam not a part of nice going maybe you should take some time in your busy life and look at the good things for once becuse even thow you might not think there anything good going on in the area there actully are but here i go on a rant over a bunch bs with a person that is full of bs and look i finly read one your repley’s its been awhile still up to the same crap good going get a life and quite blaming the city for all your problems

          • TcB says:

            I’m not defending anyone or talking for anyone on this matter. I would like to point out, as a highly skeptical observer, that your misspellings and grammar mistakes look suspiciously manufactured, as if you’re trying to obscure something. Forgive me if you really don’t know how to spell “again” “question” “government” “because” “maybe” “though” “actually” “reply” “finally” “quit”. It’s a very impressive record or misspellings in a small post. If I try to misspell
            reply as you did “repley” it is very hard, as the auto-spell correction fixes the mistake. So again, sorry if you really, really can’t spell, but here’s a tip, you should try harder because even though i’m not defending John Poitras or CON or Eatin Beavers you make yourself look less credible.

          • eaton B. Verz says:

            Het TcB,I say let;s check if he is a registered voter, get his address,and then give him 50 whacks with a dictionary.That will teach him!

          • eaton B. Verz says:

            Whoops, give me 50 whacks with a keyboard… HEY TcB…..

    • Shari says:

      I wonder if instead of paying for a vendor/contractor the city could offer this up as a (free) service learning opportunity for the Highline School District ? Wouldn’t this be a perfect real-world project for students at schools like Big Picture; Arts & Academics Academy; Puget Sound Skills Center; Technology, Engineering & Communications HS, etc?

      • Coverofnight says:

        Shari, that’s an outstanding idea! A design competition; a mini-charette to engage these students. The winners will be proud to include that in their portfolios.

        I bet some adult volunteers would come forward to help the students, too.

        If the City wants to spend some money, maybe they can buck up for the software for the kids.

        • Shari says:

          I love the idea of a design competition and charette. If there’s software or hardware needed, it should be possible to get those as in-kind donations.The business gets the charitable donation and publicity and pubic goodwill for their brand and the kids get the tools they need to do a project that engages them and prepares them for the real world workplace.

  3. Fred says:

    Michael LaF and nine of his staff members in Parks and Rec. just gave themselves an award about how good they were with web pages and being media smart, lunch and days off for all of them. His staff is the biggest in the the city. When you go over to the old library/their offices/community center, it is like a funeral palor. There is no one there using the building, elevator music is playing and the magazines are piled neatly like in Better Homes and Gardens ads. The only problem is its supposed to be a rec center and it is like a tomb all day/every day of the week. Students/kids are missing from the place but mobbing the library which is not the rec center.The Parks staff is chatting with each other but no citizens. Looks much like retirement on the job site. The pamplet they put out is one of the most costly items the city prints and mails out. It is out dated in its mode of delivery/communication and ends up in most citizens’ recycle bins. So I suggest they cross train some staff in house to do this job and look to slim this publication down so it costs less. Also for the media electronic wizards in that crew, I suggest they move most of their publication to online publishing and advertising to the citizens. Most citizens don’t care about whether there are colored pictures of their Aunt Fran playing cards or standing in front of the Senior Citizen van in a printed pamplet. It sure would save the tax payers a wad of money.

    I hope all of those council members and city staff who claim not to read this blog but who really do consider reducing the cost on this publication and getting rid of this contract.

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