A Design Unicorn Job Ad

Last month I wrote about the “design unicorn” debate that is going on in web design/development circles. Well here’s an ad I just got from a recruiter. How many candidates do they think they can find having an ad like this:

Title: Web Designer
Location: River woods, IL
Duration: 6+ Months

Web Designer/Developer
We are looking for a digital designer/web developer with excellent design sensibilities, great portfolio of interactive campaigns and a thorough understanding HTML5/CSS3/Responsive design.
The candidate must be a fast learner with intellectual creativity, who can thrive in a high energy, fast-paced environment. The candidate will have the opportunity to have an immediate impact and use their energetic, easy-going personality to work within a team environment. This role will require and utilize knowledge over a broad skill set to meet and exceed the daily challenges.
The ideal candidate will have at 1-2 years of experience in HTML5/CSS3 Design, a proven, thorough understanding and track record of producing responsive websites, emails, and other web-related content. Must be able to program websites using html5, CSS3, JavaScript/JQuery. Must have additional programming knowledge and understanding of PHP and .Net (yes both). Will be responsible for designing and developing moderately complex multimedia communications such as websites/microsites, banner ads, e-newsletters, email templates, etc.
Required Design/Programming Skills:
• Exceptional Eye for Great Interactive Design
• HTML/HTML5
 • CSS/CSS3
 • JavaScript/JQuery
 • .Net
• Adobe CS5+
• Responsive Design
 • WordPress

Other required skills:
• Self-directed and capable of working in a fast-paced team environment
• Very strong writing, grammar and verbal communication skills
• Ability to develop new and update existing code
• Strong understanding of web standards and usability
The following skills are considered a PLUS:
 • PHP
 • MySQL

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