The Art Institute of Chicago is looking for an innovative and experienced Senior Designer to join the Experience Design team. As one of the world’s great art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago welcomes over 1.5 million visitors onsite annually, over 4 million online and holds more than 300,000 works in the collection. The Experience Design studio is responsible for ensuring continuity in the museum experience as visitors move along the many touchpoints in a journey—from mobile to web to gallery experiences. The Senior Designer is a critical member of the Experience Design team, responsible for leading design projects across an array of media. The ideal candidate will have a diverse design portfolio, covering digital, environmental, and identity design, while demonstrating flexibility to address and execute a wide range of creative challenges. With a digital ecosystem that welcomes millions of users every year, the position requires expertise in digital practices, such as prototyping, responsive design, design systems, agile development, and an understanding of the basics of web technology. The designer should also have confidence leading identity design through a spectrum of media, with a proven ability to guide a design system as it applies to digital and physical spaces, including exhibitions, the web, print and advertising campaigns. Content provides the building blocks of a system, and the designer should have a proven talent for translating narratives into accessible, intuitive designs that work across a range of media. This is an ideal position for a curious, inspired designer looking to take on a stream of new creative challenges in a museum environment.
In this position, you will—
Facilitate design thinking with stakeholders. Central to the position is the ability to synthesize the expertise of diverse teammates into solutions that satisfy the museum’s goals while making for the best experience for the end visitor or user. The senior designer is a leader in the department and drives the problem-solving process from beginning to end. As a confident and compassionate collaborator, the designer partners with many different stakeholders, ranging from curatorial and marketing, to digital and education.
Conduct research and develop conceptual strategies. The designer will be responsible for researching design inspiration, interpreting creative briefs, and generating concepts and design direction that successfully interpret the goals for exhibitions, printed material, campaigns, brand work, and UX/UI for digital properties. The designer may also collaborate with researchers across the organization to better understand business or learning objectives.
Ensure a consistent and effective design process. The designer will supervise the creative process from concept to final production, supervising the execution of assigned projects and taking responsibility for quality control of finished work. Leveraging AIC’s in-house creative process, the designer will help set expectations with stakeholders, advocate for the creative vision, manage milestones, and communicate phases to the team.
Design UX/UI for digital platforms. The designer will add to the digital ecosystem with designs for UX and UI for the website, mobile platform, or in-gallery interactives. Building off the current digital platform, the designer will be responsible for developing site architecture, creating journey maps, prototyping the experience, providing specifications to the developers and conducting quality assurance of the final product.
Deliver authentic and original creative work. Supporting the brand and the museum’s dynamic programming, the designer will use a rich visual vocabulary that finds the best solution for the design challenge. The Art Institute has a unique voice and identity and the designer is responsible for achieving the creative excellence associated with our brand.
Visual language. The design team should be equipped with an expansive visual vocabulary that finds the best solution for the design challenge. The designer helps to cultivate a language that includes (but is not limited to) iconography, illustration, interactives, infographics, gifs, timelines, maps, typography, color, page harmony, and time-based media.
Develop visual storytelling and content strategy for designs. This role will work closely with curatorial, interpretation, marketing, and communications staff and requires a strong understanding of how content will be expressed through a medium. By developing schematics and character counts, the designer will ensure that content development will match the design vision.
Proactively communicate and collaborate with Exhibit Designers, Web Developers and Project Managers to ensure design vision remains aligned and milestones coordinated.
Expand the museum’s visual vocabulary. The designer should be equipped with an expansive visual vocabulary that finds the best solution for the design challenge.
5 years in a professional design environment preferred, ideally with experience in the non-profit or cultural sector.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in design or related practice preferred.
Demonstrated ability to manage creative processes.
Excellent communication skills. Whether through written or visual language, a proven ability to communicate ideas economically and effectively.
A digital portfolio that includes work for web, mobile, and tablet.
Identity design portfolio that covers multiple formats, such as print or environmental.
Software skills: Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Figma or Sketch for digital design. In-depth knowledge of resources for typography, color, and grid systems. Light familiarity with 3D tools, such as Sketchup, is a plus.
As part of the application, please share a web-based or PDF portfolio that demonstrates completed works, identifies your participation, and highlights processes that led to the final design solution.
***Please apply online at: www.artic.edu/careers***
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.