Visual Communication Designer

Feb 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Established at the University of Chicago in 2012, Ci3 is a university-wide research center that aims to empower young people and change the policies and systems that impair their well-being. Focused on sexual and reproductive health and the social determinants of health both domestically and globally, Ci3 uses a positive youth development approach drawing on young people's assets to improve adolescent health and well-being. The Center is home to three labs, Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, the Transmedia Story Lab, and the Design Thinking Lab that collaborate with youth to develop creative interventions such as games, apps, digital stories and new socio-ecological service systems, informed by rigorous research. Interventions are disseminated in conjunction with Ci3's communications and policy teams.

Unit Job Summary: The Ci3 Design Thinking Lab is looking for a skilled visual communication designer who wants to experiment across media to create and prototype services, products and experiences that advance the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in Chicago, nationally, and globally. The Ci3 Design Thinking Lab was founded to develop innovative community and clinic-based interventions to advance the health and assets of young people. Activities in the Lab are driven by major research questions and policy problems affecting youth locally, nationally, and globally. The Lab's research is pragmatic and applied, enabling us to design, build and act with intent, while advancing research, theory and practice in sexual and reproductive health and participatory design. Approaches developed in the Lab will be based in sound evidence, rigorous research, and will be replicable, scalable, and sustainable. The Visual Communication Designer must be highly skilled in one or more discipline of design (e.g., communication, service, product, and/or interaction). They are passionate about perfecting the expression of any given artifact they are (co)creating. They are eager to improve their tradecraft as designers and to collaborate with interdisciplinary non-design colleagues to evolve the design and research practices at Ci3. The visual communication designer will work in interdisciplinary teams, with internal and external stakeholders. Specific responsibilities include: Designing ways to depict new brands, offerings and health intervention experiences. Collaborating with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including designers, interdisciplinary researchers, medical providers, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, university students and youth in the (co)design of Design Thinking Lab products and services. Crafting compelling stories and visual models to communicate discoveries. Defining and developing prototypes of participatory design research instruments, new offerings, and analogue and digital experiences to test with users and stakeholders. Supporting Ci3 teams to create immersive working sessions that engage and empower stakeholders to act. Collaborating with other designers to create internal and external communications materials and advance the discipline of design within Ci3.

Unit Education: Required: Bachelor's degree in related technical field required. Preferred: Advanced degree in design, graphic design, new media, or equivalent/related degree.

Unit Experience: Required: A minimum of two years of experience with advanced multimedia technology and/or visualization skills required. Preferred: A strong portfolio demonstrating excellent command of composition, color, typography, information and interaction design. A passion for learning about the world, human behavior, and the motivations beneath the surface to create solutions that fit into the lives of people and organizations. Experience in design research, concept generation, design strategy, and digital prototyping. Enthusiasm for creating, testing, refining and visually prototyping solutions that delight users and create value for our stakeholders. Highly collaborative nature, drawing motivation from interdisciplinary teamwork. Interest in the relationship between theory and practice. The ability to work in dynamic, often ambiguous conditions requiring rapid transitions between collaborative and individual work. Great attention to detail and a passion for experimenting with new ways to improve one's tradecraft. Compelling written, spoken, and visual communication. Technical proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects or equivalent. A minimum of two years of relevant graphic design experience across a variety of media (print, web, motion). Production experience (final production for print, web and mobile).

Unit Job Function Competencies: Project management skills required. Strong knowledge of a broad array of multimedia technologies and/or visualization skills required. Ability to identifying and implement technology solutions appropriate to the needs of clients and end-users required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Editing skills required. Ability to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience required. Interpersonal skills required. Customer service skills required. Creativity required. Problem-solving skills required. Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.

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