Exhibit Graphic Designer

New Orleans, LA Full-time

The National WWII Museum seeks a skilled, innovative, and collaborative professional to serve as the Exhibit Graphic Designer for the museum’s special and traveling exhibitions as well as long-term installations. Reporting to the Senior Director of Exhibits, the Exhibit Graphic Designer is responsible for contributing to the development of visitor experiences through the planning, design, production, installation and removal of graphic elements including large scale murals, case and wall labels, illustrations, text panels, dimensional text/objects, environmental treatments, data visualizations, guides, and brochures for exhibits that inform and educate museum visitors. The Exhibit Graphic Designer will work with administrative, curatorial, and exhibit staff members to determine theme, content, interpretative/informational purpose, exhibit location, budget, and timelines for exhibit graphics, including the schedule for fabrication and installation. 

Responsibilities

  • Develop interpretive graphics, including text panels, artifact citations, info-graphics, and illustrations.
  • Work within exhibit team to craft exhibit graphics that support and illuminate the exhibit goals, content, and design intent.
  • Collaborate with marketing and communications team on exhibit identities, way-finding and social media integrations.
  • Create project style guides that include typographic standards and text layout for exhibit panels, color specifications, and other creative guidance.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.F.A.) in Graphic Design or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Minimum three years of professional experience in graphic design with design of innovative, visitor-focused exhibits.
  • Proven experience in the use of Adobe Design Suite to create production ready graphic files.
  • Experience creating 2D graphic elevations using views exported from 3D software with installation notations as well as scaled drawings for production review.
  • Ability to support exhibit designer’s production of 3D renderings by providing texture maps and 2D vector files of dimensional graphics. Familiarity with 3D design software (CAD, SketchUp or similar) is preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum exhibition best practices and standards (ADA standards, legibility in low-light, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of various production processes such as flatbed printing, vinyl, CNC, and various substrate uses.
  • Proven abilities and experience in illustration, image prep, typography, layout, bid preparation, and ability to read floor plans and elevations is preferred.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills to manage a continuous workflow in a high volume, multi-tasking environment.

The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes the following:

  • Competitive wages
  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution fully vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

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