Associate Design Director, Industrial Design

Location: Seattle, WA Posted: Nov 10

Job Description

At Artefact, we believe industrial design cannot exist in a vacuum. Each connected device – from your couch to your fitness bracelet, the hospital room to your wallet – demands we think about connected experiences. The shape and form of our design impacts the object’s meaning as much as the underlying software architecture and the services that can be built on top of it. In a sense, this “Post-Industrial Design” becomes the ultimate platform on which to build tangible experiences that connect the physical and digital worlds.

As an Associate Industrial Design Director you will work in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment with researchers, developers, and interaction designers, facilitating thinking within the context of design in the 21st Century. Designers at Artefact are hands-on with both project deliverables and client relationships, and set an example for team members with their dedication to maintaining the highest level of quality.

If you believe in a broad definition of design, one that incorporates both the physical and digital landscapes, if you exhibit versatility in your portfolio, blending ID with IxD, if you are interested in how products behave and fit into a larger ecosystem, and if you can help guide our clients and creatives to an elevated solution, then we should connect.

Make an Impact:

Drive industrial design quality across projects
Define design principles and visions for projects
Guide and collaborate on, projects’ creative direction and execution, utilizing life experiences, colleagues, clients, and their customers for input
Lead by example and show an exceptional eye for detail in the creation of world class product experiences
Conceive and build or direct extraordinary models, mechanisms, frameworks, storyboards, sketches and prototypes as needed to best serve project needs
Collaborate closely with peers at Artefact, including Research, Interaction, Visual and Industrial Design and Software Engineering
Define and communicate ongoing project expectations with teams
Plan and run effective client workshops and client stakeholder meetings
Facilitate effective decision-making with clients
Manage client relationships either independently or in partnership with an executive design director
Create and communicate complete project plans
Support business development activities


Eight or more years of design experience in a consulting or in-house environment, working primarily on technology products
Undergraduate or graduate level degree in Industrial Design
A compelling portfolio representing breadth and depth of work
Demonstrated ability to articulate and defend an informed point of view
Track record of translating program objectives into innovative design solutions
Fluent in 2D and 3D software design tools
Excellent communication and storytelling skills
Must be authorized to work in the United States

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

Artefact is a design and innovation firm that uses strategy, human-centered design and technology to advance meaningful change. For our clients. For people. For society.

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NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

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