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Visual Designer

In a nutshell:

We are looking for a mid-level visual designer who can collaborate with teams to bring our voices, stories, and concepts to life. The ideal candidate has a strong foundation in graphic design and has experience in brand identity, UI, print with extra credit for illustration and motion. In this role, you’ll work in multidisciplinary teams and tackle all aspects of the design process from user research to physical prototyping and communicating the overall project story to the client team.

Being a visual designer at IDEO means you’ll join the communication design community, which routinely works on a diverse portfolio of projects that spread across brand identity, art direction and visual design for screens, print and storytelling. Working at IDEO means you’ll tackle all aspects of the design process from user research to physical prototyping to telling the project story to the client. We are looking for designers who want to blend visual strategy and graphic design to tell powerful stories about our designs. We encourage our designers to bring their own unique style and visual voice to each design challenge we work on.

Once you are here you will:

  • Work on projects that solve problems across a variety of industries.
  • Collaborate with designers with different backgrounds such as industrial designers, mechanical engineers, and interaction designers to develop a holistic design for our clients.
  • Create looks like/works like prototypes that help tell a project’s story.
  • Be an advocate of exceptional design.
  • Design websites, apps, and other digital experiences with the end user in mind.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Relevant experience:

  • 3-5 years graphic design experience across a variety of digital media
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, communication design, new media or an equivalent degree
  • Experience in concept ideation, design strategy, and digital prototyping
  • Ability to tell compelling project stories to clients
  • Experience working with designers from different backgrounds and integrating your design ideas with theirs
  • Communication skills: You have strong verbal, written, and visual presentation skills. You understand the value of design and brand within a business context.
  • Passion for visual design and learning new methods of designing digital experiences
  • Extensive experience across a variety of media (print, motion, web) including a fluency in the software suite InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Sketch, and Keynote. Additional skills in digital prototyping tools like Principle are a bonus.

Some previous projects to check out:

  • PNC Wealth Insight: Conducted deep field research with wealth managers and utilized real client data to design clear and concise visualizations that give investors the right level of insight.
  • Society of Grownups: Together with Mass Mutual, we created a sort of master’s program for adulthood, where the curriculum covers everything from investing in a 401K to having that hard talk about a budget to how to pick good, cheap wine.  IDEO helped build the new venture from the ground up—designing a brand identity, a digital platform with some of the most sophisticated financial planning tools in the industry, and a hip brick-and-mortar locale.
  • Two Kinds of Athletes, One Strong Brand: Designing a brand that served both elite athletes and everyday fitness enthusiasts.

Application instructions:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and portfolio (or link to). Your portfolio should include at least 4 examples of work-related projects. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project.  

Bonus points if you include 2-3 projects you have worked on for fun.


Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.