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Senior Designer

Luminary Labs k

New York, NY

Dec 7
Job Description

You are an empathetic design practitioner who focuses on deep human needs and translating insights into compelling and accessible communications and experiences. You have a strong foundation in visual design and complementary skills in design research, product design, and/or service design. No matter what role you play, you strive to bring thoughtful and strategic design inputs to every engagement.

Whether you are creating a visual identity system, user interface, service design blueprint, or templates and workshop artifacts, you believe design is as much about behavior and emotion as it is about utility and ease of use.

You care about the impact your work has on the world, and are excited to work with a consulting firm as a well-rounded design expert.

- Bring the magic. Use design approaches to strategically express daring ideas, and transform programs and initiatives into movements.
- Tell powerful stories. Use the power of visual storytelling to bring daring ideas to life. Translate findings into visual systems, data visualizations, illustrations, touchpoints for services and products, and other tangible mediums that align stakeholders towards desirable outcomes for the future.
- Design for user needs. Lead user research and testing initiatives that can translate learnings into design decisions. Develop insights and implications that shift perceptions and place human needs at the center.
- Make it real. Transform concepts into user-friendly, accessible, and delightful communications, digital products, and services. Lead the development of low- and high-fidelity prototypes for digital products and services, including collecting user requirements, mapping information architecture, developing wireframes, and refining prototypes.
- Advocate for accessibility. Create clear and inclusive design systems and advocate for accessible design practices.
- Build capacity. Share your skills and knowledge with other members of the team. Mentor others in design approaches and bring them along with you in the design process.

Desired skills and experience
- 3-5 years of professional visual design experience, with complementary expertise in design research, product design, or service design. Experience with open innovation approaches, workshop design and facilitation, and/or foresight methodologies is an asset.
- Undergraduate or master’s degree in visual design, product design, service design, or equivalent experience.
- Advanced proficiency with design and prototyping tools such as Figma and Adobe Creative Suite. You can apply strong typography, layout, and design fundamentals across a range of tools and platforms, including editable documents and platforms such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, Slides).
- Experience in developing and executing design research initiatives, including recruiting, writing screeners, developing discussion guides, conducting interviews, and synthesizing findings.
- Experience in concepting and prototyping (from low to high fidelity). Demonstrated expertise in wireframing, information architecture, and visual communication.
- Deep expertise in designing accessible and inspiring experiences, including an understanding of how to create 508-compliant communications and interactions. Bring an equity and accessibility lens to every engagement.
- Strong project, people management, and communication skills. Experience advocating for users and articulating design intent to teams and clients. Teach and mentor others in design skills, approaches, and processes to build capacity and strengthen the extended team’s skillset.

The total compensation package for this role includes a base salary in the range of $95,000 to $110,000 plus a discretionary annual performance bonus. The starting salary for this role is at the lower bound of the salary range; an individual’s starting salary will depend on the individual’s relevant knowledge, skills, and experience.

Does this sound like you?
Apply with a resume, a cover letter, and a thoughtful selection of your work in a portfolio.

Let us know your availability for employment. You may also provide us with examples of your own work or thinking online (blog posts, speaking engagements, social profiles).

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. No recruiting agencies, please.

Luminary Labs

We are a strategy and innovation consultancy that helps organizations thrive in the face of change. Thorny problems are our strong suit.

We’re a team of consultants who are energized by big, messy problems. We are strategists, analysts, designers, and editors who bring agility and flexibility to projects focused on stemming chronic disease, closing the skills gap, rethinking the future of work, supporting digital transformations, using data to make smart cities safer, developing sustainable business models, and making moonshot investments.

We help companies thrive in the face of change. Our clients are “innovation mavericks” — leaders inside global corporations, nonprofits, and federal agencies who are tasked with helping their organizations adapt to the technological, economic, political, and social norms of the 21st century. We’re the strategy and innovation consultants they call when there’s no playbook for the problem they’re trying to solve.

Our open innovation practice was established in 2011. We are particularly focused on open innovation for impact, making use of incentive prize mechanisms to accelerate innovations such as artificial organs (Artificial Kidney Prize), early biothreat detection (DHS Hidden Signals Challenge), access to career and technical education (the Ed Prizes challenge series), and improving our understanding of Earth’s magnetism (NGA MagQuest).

We have an equal appreciation for strategy and execution. We offer our clients the upfront thinking that goes into careful strategy development and can become partners in execution to ensure those strategies are implemented.

We believe that career choices are not binary; you can have a challenging and rewarding career as part of a high-performing team and also live your life. Our clients appreciate that we bring the highest level of excellence to everything we do, and our team appreciates that we are extraordinarily efficient so that you aren’t expected to be online later.

Please note: for employment at Luminary Labs, you must be fully vaccinated (including booster) for COVID-19 to ensure compliance with enhanced health and safety protocols.