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Graphic Design Resident, OpenIDEO

In a Nutshell

OpenIDEO is in search of a Graphic Design Resident to join our San Francisco-based team.

The Graphic Design Resident will work collaboratively, creatively and flexibly within our interdisciplinary team and in support of our clients and social innovators around the world. The ideal candidate has a strong foundation in graphic design and may have experience in UX/UI design, brand identity, print, digital, and illustration.Our Graphic Design Resident should have a master's degree, be a current graduate student, or demonstrate at least 2-4 years of relevant working experience

About OpenIDEO

OpenIDEO is IDEO’s open innovation practice, which enables people worldwide to come together and create solutions for societal problems that are too big to solve alone. Working with world-class partners, OpenIDEO helps people around the globe connect online and in person, find support, and build on the ideas of many to drive innovation where it’s needed most. Since 2010, the OpenIDEO community has engaged hundreds of thousands of people in 200+ countries and territories, generating more than 17,000 solutions for good. After tackling over 60 topics ranging from food waste to girls' education to Ebola, people everywhere are designing better, together with OpenIDEO. Check out our website to learn about our work, team, and network.

OpenIDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place that offers you the opportunity to deepen your design skill sets while addressing some of the world’s most urgent problems. Work alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Our community has engaged hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world and will keep you inspired with stories and experiences of real impact. We encourage our team 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.

What you'll do here:

Being a Graphic Design Resident at OpenIDEO means bringing your talent and personality to the team to serve as the design expert for our passionate, fast-moving team. You’ll have the opportunity to guide and develop our growing design capabilities in support of multiple projects, including our online Challenges, events and community initiatives.

Throughout your year, you will create a variety of consistent, quality assets ranging from presentation decks, toolkits to support innovators, graphics for communication channels, print assets, branding, web projects and more. You will be the shepherd for our visual brand identity and will work closely with many members of the team to visualize the complex processes and inspiring stories that arise from our work.

The Graphic Design Resident will be a skilled visual communicator, adept in operating in a fast-paced environment and balancing client requests and team needs. You’ll have the opportunity to make your mark, become deeply embedded in a close-knit team, and design in support thousands of innovators worldwide.

All candidates must:

  • Be passionate about their design and social impact
  • Demonstrate a clear point-of-view relating to their design work
  • Play nicely with others (OpenIDEO is a very team-oriented culture)
  • Be self-directed toward excellent work outcomes

Relevant Experience:

  • 2-4 years of working graphic design experience across a variety of digital media
  • Master's degree in Graphic Design, New Media or an equivalent degree preferred
  • A fluency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Strong verbal, written, and visual presentation skills; you understand the value of design and brand within a business context
  • Expertise creating beautiful Keynote decks
  • Ability to tell compelling project stories using design tools
  • Experience working with non-designers to help them squint and see the vision of your design
  • Experience setting-up files for pre-press and print vendors; large and small format printing
  • Experience in production
  • Ability and excitement to work in a fast-paced, active environment

Bonus if you have:

  • Clear, demonstrated interest in social impact or social entrepreneurship
  • Experience in UX/UI design
  • Additional skills in Sketch, After Effects, or digital prototyping tools
  • Basic HTML5, CSS, front-end experience
  • Experience in brand design
  • Experience in illustration
  • Image optimizing, retouching, manipulation, color correction skills
  • Basic video editing (Final Cut Pro)
  • Experience with designing and installing large-scale room displays

A few IDEO projects to check out:


Open Reflections


Hunter Gatherer

Society of Grownups

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. Bonus points if you include 2-3 projects you have worked on for fun. And toss in some design work that has recently inspired you.

You are also encouraged to create a profile on OpenIDEO.com and participate in one or more of our open Challenges.

This Graphic Design Residency will last one year, beginning early 2019. Please keep in mind we’re accepting applicants who are Graduate Students with 2-4 years of working experience.

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.