Did you like our Desiderata? Would you like to work at Pinch? Too bad. We're not hiring. Actually, we're never hiring, but we're always looking for a reason to expand our business development effort. Do you have a good sense of humor? A high tolerance for Elizabethan profanity? A mild case of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Read on.
If you're a designer, here's what we're looking for: an unhealthy appetite for order and detail (extra points if you went to school in Switzerland and still feel good about the experience). Most of our work consists of taking amorphous information and hammering sense into it. We want someone who will look at a sixty-page manuscript – crammed with bullets, long quotations and tabular data – and lick his lips.
Also, you have to be able to write well. That means excellent grammar, spelling and punctuation.
We want someone with a strong background in typography (again, training in the Swiss method is helpful). Can you draw? Good. How's your knife work? We want crazy hand skills.
We want someone who will be better than we are at all of these things and scare the hell out of us.
We also want a restless mind. Someone whose greatest pleasure is teaching herself something new and sharing it. As we mentioned elsewhere, design is a means, not an end. A design school (or even college) degree is not necessary to work at Pinch, but an unslakable thirst for learning is.
Speaking of which, we drink Scotch. Now you do, too.