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Graphic Designer, Education Studio At IDEO

Location: San Francisco, California

Job Description

Graphic Designer, Education Studio

Role Summary:
IDEO is seeking a world-class graphic designer who is comfortable working across many different types of media – print, screen, exhibits, video. You are voraciously visual, and love combining your interest in people and their needs with your ability to make things clear, beautiful, and engaging. You have a particular interest in creating positive social impact, and are game to delve into the design of educational experiences – from tools to schools.

Why is this job important to IDEO?
At IDEO we create impact through design. And it’s essential for our ideas to be clearly communicated and beautiful. That doesn’t mean the graphic designer comes in at the end, it means they’re an integrated part of the team from the beginning – using their communication skills to drive strategic decisions throughout the process.

Once you are here you will:
This role will focus on a wide range of work – from doing human-centered research, to developing early stage concepts, to visualizing new ideas, to creating communications that help others see new possibilities. Projects may require video storytelling, creating exhibits, data visualization, animation/motion graphics, systems thinking, prototyping. You’ll be an integrated part of a multi-disciplinary team focusing on really big questions.

  • You’ll go out into the world for inspiration, and use research-based insights to spot opportunities for innovation within constraints.
  • You’ll champion the impact of design on everyday life.
  • You’ll work with an incredibly diverse and passionate group of world-class designers on a wide array of local and global challenges.
  • You’ll use your verbal, written, and visual design skills to effectively communicate ideas.
  • You’ll collaborate with teams to deliver great results.

Relevant experience:
  • Passion for visual design: You know the difference between "good" and "great" and are able to work within dynamics that challenge teams, clients, and timelines to deliver excellent design. (Not only can you identify and evangelize best practices, but you’re able to push boundaries and explore new territory.)
  • Systems thinking: You love complex questions and using your visuals to communicate that complexity in simple ways. You are comfortable working with people who bring many different skills to the table, and can align your talents with theirs. And you just as comfortable working across any format – you’re able to make a book, video or website depending on what feels right for the question at hand.
  • Team skills: You work best in a participatory, team-based environment. You inspire teams through collaboration as well as direction, vision, and planning of all aspects of visual deliverables.
  • Prototyping skills: You understand that success comes sooner with trial and error. You can prototype at different levels of fidelity.
  • Communication skills: You have strong verbal, written, and visual presentation skills. You understand the value of design and brand within a business context.
  • Consulting chops: Can you present like a pro and communicate your creative voice in a business setting? You should feel comfortable throughout all phases of a project, from translating verbal ideas into visual concepts, through design development and refinement, to creating production-ready artwork.
  • You know the apps: You work across a variety of media (print, motion, web) including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and AfterEffects, etc.
  • Oh, and education: Minimum BA in Graphic Design, New Media, or professional equivalent.


Application requirements and instructions:
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, portfolio and any additional materials as a “Resume Attachment” in the resume attachment section located in the Career Center of your application page.
  • Attachments must be formatted as an Adobe "text based" PDF, PowerPoint, or Word document.

Additional tips can be found in our Careers FAQ.
Sorry, but we won’t consider any applications sent without work samples.

About the Education Studio
IDEO San Francisco’s Education Studio focuses on challenges that help improve experiences for learners of all ages. Sometimes that means we’re designing on-line or tablet-based learning platforms, and sometimes we’re redesigning whole education systems. While you would often work on education-related projects you would also extend across projects with clients in other industries. Your portfolio doesn’t need to have a depth of experience working in education, but you need to be passionate about designing new solutions for ways we learn and support learners.

Some projects from the Design for Learning studio to check out:
  • An app that helps first-generation college-goers stay in college
  • A literacy platform for early education classrooms in Brazil
  • Re-imagining the school cafeteria experience for San Francisco’s schools