Position: Exhibit Graphic Designer
Studio Tectonic is a small, dynamic museum exhibition design firm based in Boulder, Colorado seeking a full-time, salaried exhibit graphic designer. We work with outstanding institutions in a wide-range of interpretive exhibition settings. The ideal candidate carries both the skills and experience, below, as well as a passion for client-focused consulting and touching the public with excellent informal education experiences.
Purpose/ Summary: Conceptualize, design, and manage the production of effective and engaging graphics for exhibit content panels, instructional panels, labels, digital experiences, and exhibit environments.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities
- Collaborates with the exhibit development and design team to brainstorm how graphics can best support the guest experience. Develops creative and cost-effective design solutions.
- Conceptualizes and designs exhibit graphics for content panels, signage, collateral material. Conducts image searches, manipulates photos and text. Oversees the graphic printing process with a variety of vendors/fabricators for specialty graphics and scenic elements.
- Assists in project management by managing timelines and working with vendors to obtain bids, review proofs, and coordinating graphics production and sometimes installation.
- Supports the work of the exhibit development and design teams by creating presentation materials, project submittals, conceptual drawings and collateral materials as needed.
- Assist in layout and production of marketing materials and proposals.
- Maintains an organized archive of final designs.
- Provide extremely thorough review of printer proofs for accuracy.
Position Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Effective design in a museum environment that enhances the guest experience
- Graphic design theory (Typography, Color Theory, Composition & Layout)
- ADA guidelines and best practices as pertaining to printed graphics in exhibit spaces
- A variety of large format digital output print methods and their appropriate application in exhibit and environmental design
- Familiarity with methods and approaches in working with exhibit content developers and designers
- Industry knowledge and resources for helping the office to build a library of the newest / trending print methods and techniques
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative programs, particularly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
- Excellent time management skills and attention to detail
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Microsoft Office proficient (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Ability to create computer-based and hand illustrations and graphic assets
- Ability to read and understand basic architectural floorplans and elevations
- Use of FileMaker Pro in the management of exhibit content assets
- Experience conducting image and research through public domain and stock sources
- Be a positive part of the team, both in-house, with team consultants and clients
- Be highly organized in the management of visual assets and complex graphic production schedules
- Ability to excel in a small team environment, working collaboratively and independently
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, and complete projects under tight deadlines
- Create project graphic production timelines schedules
- Maintain highly organized file structures within digital project files
- Three to five years Graphic Design experience
- Bachelors degree in a related design field
- Large format print production experience including preparing files for print and working with vendors
- Professional museum background is a strong plus
Overnight travel is not typical in this position. Position requires the ability to climb stairs on a daily basis, and be able to lift/execute standard activities within an office environment, such as the ability to lift 30lbs.