The graphic designer produces designs for the Field Museum's exhibitions, public areas, and behind-the-scenes departments according to brand guidelines, for specific audiences and channels, meeting specific communication and marketing goals, on time and on budget. Follows a determined scope of work and design aesthetic defined in direct collaboration with the design director and lead designers. Collaborates with the exhibitions team and the marketing team in the definition of visual communication goals for specific content themes. Consults and collaborates with experts in the creation of designs, taking into consideration scientific accuracy, accessibility, multiple languages, and cultural sensibilities. Works with design assistants and/or interns who may need some mentoring and coaching.
Duties and Responsibilities
* Prepare plans to complete the requested design assignments. Prepare, package, and deliver files and layouts for review and approval, delivered on time at all milestones. Incorporate feedback and complete revisions in final production graphic files based on the project schedule and budget. Coordinate with printers and producers for the final production and delivery of physical or digital designed pieces
* Develop graphic design pieces for print and digital multimedia. Develop graphic identity systems based on analysis and integration of an exhibition theme and communication goals, determined by content development and marketing, as expressed in display summaries and briefs. Consider budgets and deadlines. Integrate modifications and revisions based on a thorough analysis of the feedback received from key stakeholders and collaborators at major milestone presentations
* Understand clearly the theme, subject matter, and content of each assignment, to co-create the audience/visitor experience, in close collaboration with the team and stakeholders, to define the goals and conditions for the clear, safe, and culturally appropriate display of items and interpretive elements, in order to reach the intended visitor experience and communication goals
* Prepare rough drafts, concept boards, and graphic layouts in digital and hard copies, including style guides, identity elements, and mock-ups. Mockup in elevations and renderings, Create lists and diagrams of elements to be produced. Communicate approaches, receive feedback and respond to concerns
* At every design iteration and milestone confer with directors, exhibition development, marketing, communication, web, production, staff, and vendors, in order to gather all necessary information about message, audience, constraints, guidelines, budget, and schedule
* Plan for efficient resolution of communication and aesthetic issues, in compliance with accessibility guidelines, additional languages, signage guidelines, and brand guidelines. Solve issues in consultation with the design director, internal clients, branding team, and any other key stakeholders throughout the institution, and in coordination with the exhibition team, in particular with the exhibition project manager and the branding team.
* BA or BFA in arts, graphic design, visual communication, industrial design, architecture, interior design, scenic design, painting, graphic arts.
* Some fabrication and printing experience. (entry-level)
* Creative, practical and critical thinker with an ability to synthesize information and a desire to work collaboratively
* Good understanding of participatory design practices and proficiency in the design vocabulary
* Ability to interpret architectural and fabrication drawings, floor plans, elevations, perspectives, and shop drawings
* Knowledge of materials, including printing, and fabrication processes
* Proficiency in concept sketching and 2D drafting
* Understanding of design styles and cultural appropriateness
* Ability to "shift gears" rapidly, between working in isolation to being suddenly immersed in team collaboration