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Exhibits Graphic Designer

POSITION TITLE

Exhibits Graphic Designer

REPORTS TO

Manager, Exhibits Graphic Design

DEPARTMENT

Curatorial

SUPERVISES

None

UPDATED

April 2022

SALARY

60k - 63k


Why MoPOP

We’re really glad you’re thinking about joining the team at MoPOP! We believe pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a range of people, no matter our differences in race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, education, socio-economic status, ethnicity, country of origin, or any other characteristic that makes us who we are. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact.

MoPOP provides both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from any background to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our staff — be it in designing an educational program to engage the next generation of creators, trying to reach a new audience with a marketing initiative, preserving an artifact in our collection, or providing excellent customer service to a visitor. If this sounds like something you’d be into, we’d love to hear from you!

MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility 

Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. A nonprofit grounded in five core values — open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement — MoPOP is actively committed to ongoing learning in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). In partnership with our community, we hope to also develop safe spaces for their application. This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. We recognize this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all.

We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and encourage BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply. We acknowledge that our work to build safe spaces and better systems for traditionally marginalized groups is ongoing and will require constant vigilance and expect all MoPOP employees to be part of our DEIA journey.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for the overseeing of the conceptual development, planning and designing of museum displays at MoPOP. This position is, at its core, rooted in graphic design and design thinking with opportunities for spacial layout and planning. Graphic design for exhibits may include labels (didactics), illustrations, and text panels that inform and educate MoPOP visitors. Exhibit designs include environmental treatments, exhibition layouts, and interactive displays that educate and entertain a multigenerational audience.

Confers with Curatorial and Exhibits staff members to determine theme, content, interpretative, or informational purpose, as well as planned location of exhibit. Designer is responsible for discussing budgets, promotion, and time limitations, and to plan production schedule for fabrication and installation of exhibit components. In this deadline-driven position, the designer must be able to prioritize and use sound time management skills. Requires ability to work on multiple projects at once.

Exhibits Graphic Designer also may work to support institutional graphic design requirements and production needs within the museum. This may include design and production of exhibit-specific signage or wayfinding in the museum.

Department Structure

The Exhibits Graphic Designer position is in the Curatorial sub-group within the umbrella of the Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits departments. Curatorial includes all aspects of content development, exhibition graphic and 3D design, interactive development, and video production. Collections manages MoPOP’s permanent collection and objects loaned for exhibition, and includes collections care, registration, artifact mount making, preparation, and object installation/deinstallation. Exhibits leads exhibition fabrication and exhibitry installation and deinstallation. Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits work in tight collaboration together and interdepartmentally on exhibition development and other content opportunities at MoPOP.

Essential Job Functions (other duties as assigned)

  • Develop interpretive graphics including text panels, artifact citations, infographics, and illustrations.
  • Craft exhibit graphics that support and illuminate the exhibit goals, content, and design intent.
  • Create typographic standards and layout text for exhibit panels.
  • Design unique interactive displays/experiences as well as the graphics for each display. The designer is responsible for storyboarding interactive concepts in coordination with the Interactives team. Note: Contract labor may be enlisted to assist designer after conceptual and final design direction is determined.
  • Administer production of graphics. Work with vendors to secure bids for printing and/or custom sign fabrication and supervise the production process.
  • Oversee and direct contract designers/illustrators when needed.
  • Maintain quality controls on graphic production.
  • Depending on the scope of the exhibition, plan layout and display of objects in space provided at the museum.
  • Responsible for decisions relating to wall colors and arrangements of objects in coordination with exhibit curator(s) and designer(s).
  • Organize and keep current files for all drawings, documents, and communications regarding exhibit graphic design development and production.
  • Create the final summary and archive of all graphics and design-related files, samples, and collateral at the end of each project.
  • Assist with maintenance and repair of permanent exhibit graphics.
  • Print and prepare temporary graphics as they relate to displays/exhibitions.
  • Print and prepare facsimiles as requested by Collections Dept.
  • When needed, create exhibit identity/branding. This may entail but is not limited to logo, colors, fonts, patterns, illustration styles, experiential design inspirations. Be able to communicate and share-out finished look & feel to other teams, such as Marketing, Retail, etc.
  • Ensure the integrity of the MoPOP brand on all internally and externally produced design projects. Consult with Marketing as needed.
  • Support our internal culture which inspires and empowers our staff to live our mission to its highest standards.
  • Contribute to a consistent customer service standard across all departments.
  • Work to ensure customer service is ingrained at the core of the team and is reflected outward to our guests and other staff.
  • Commitment to participating in anti-racism work, learning about the ways institutional racism impacts the workplace, and supporting teammates in operationalizing DEIA strategies in the department.

Qualifications (Education/Experience/Certifications)

  • At least 5 years in the graphic design field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Highly creative. Proven ability to think outside of the box and present new and unique ideas.
  • Minimum three years of professional experience in graphic design, as well as design of innovative, visitor-focused exhibits and/or environments.
  • Proven experience in the use of Adobe Design Suite, as well as Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience with Hot Door CAD tools for Illustrator a plus.
  • Proficiency in creating 3D renderings to scale for exhibit layouts and shop-drawings with such programs as SketchUp, AutoCAD or other 3D modeling programs is a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of space planning, museum exhibition best practices and standards, exhibition lighting, and integrating multimedia concepts into a traditional museum model.
  • Working knowledge of various production processes such as flatbed printing, vinyl, CNC, and knowledge of various substrate uses.
  • Proven abilities and experience in the following are ideal: illustration, image prep, typography, layout, bid preparation, and ability to read floorplans and elevations.
  • Knowledge of materials and construction techniques unique to the museum field.
  • Ability to maintain budgets and keep to timelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Proven ability to provide effective customer service for internal and external client groups.
  • Must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills to manage a continuous workflow in a high volume, multi-tasking environment, with excellent communication skills.

Benefits

This full time position includes a generous benefits package that will be shared during the hiring process.


Reasonable accommodations may be made during the application or hiring process upon request, please contact jobs@MoPOP.org.

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