Location: New York, NY (Cooper-Hewitt Museum)
The designer plans and executes production of all graphic elements for all visual communications, handling schedules, printing and production. The graphic design of material must promote Cooper-Hewitt as a contemporary local, national and international design resource for its target audiences. The designer collaborates with many different teams, including but not limited to Museum staff, editors, guest curators, exhibition designers, web and media developers, students, project teams and external organizations.
• Design and create materials of a high and consistent quality, with responsibility for selection and oversight of production. Design pieces will support many different Museum departments from Communications to Curatorial to the Shop, whatever is necessary, across the Museum.
• Act as project lead for all graphics projects including but not limited to staying on calendar, hiring external vendors and managing contracting process.
• Conduct press checks when necessary and ensure that all direct mail pieces meet postal requirements.
• Assist in any other duties assigned by the Museum’s leadership team.
• Prepare graphic assets, layouts and templates for web and interactive media for online and in-gallery display
• Design press releases, press kits, and direct marketing over digital channels
• Design and produce temporary museum signage, interior and exterior
• Design and produce exhibition signage, interior and exterior, using template or creating new exhibition graphic identity. Ensure that exhibition signage meets SD410 regulations and ADA regulations.
• Design banners for website and social media platforms as needed.
• Design advertising for museum programming – print, outdoor and online – including execution of resizing, match prints, etc.
• Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field
• Outstanding creative portfolio
• 3+ years work experience as a graphic designer in a museum or related results-oriented cultural environment
• Excellent computer skills, including Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS/JS, MS Office
• Familiar with web platforms and current digital options
• Ability to implement front-end web design using latest CSS, JS, HTML techniques
• Understanding of Wordpress, Drupal, and MailChimp theming/templating environments
• Understanding and commitment to accessibility guidelines and principles of universal design
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work effectively and successfully in a collaborative team-oriented work environment
• Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and the ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
SALARY: Competitive plus benefits
HOW TO APPLY:Submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to HRgraphicdesign@si.edu by Thursday, 5 December 2013
DIGITIAL IMAGING TECHNICIAN
Overview of the Position: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is looking for an experienced digital imagining specialist (DIS) to work full-time at the Collection Research, Conservation and Storage Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Digitization Imaging Specialist coordinates digital assets relating to the collection, from 2D and 3D imaging including coordinating new photography. Reports directly to the Curatorial digitization manager (Associate Textiles Curator) and receives specific digitization assignments from the Digital & Emerging Media and other curatorial staff. Project management and team work is essential to ensure that digitalization projects are completed within established timeframes managed and established in advance by the Curatorial Department.
Working with the Directors of Digital & Emerging Media and Communications & Marketing Departments, assist in establishing file requirements and guidelines for various communication projects such as web, print, video, etc. Assist the Director of Publications with image requests. Serve as gatekeeper of all high-res images including distribution to outside organizations such as ArtResource, GAP, ARTSTOR, and other 3rd party resources. Fulfill internal photo requests.
Establish protocols and streamline systems for storing and backing up images locally and in DAMS. work as member of photography team and assist with tasks such as moving/loading seamless paper, changing/moving lamps, etc. Digitize a variety of images (photographs, negatives, slides, transparencies.)
Inspect digitized images for clarity, color, completeness, skew, etc. and work on post-production of images. Create derivative images according to established guidelines. Maintain Adobe Photoshop action files. Deploy derivatives to website according to guidelines. Stores master images according to Smithsonian & CHNDM guidelines. Inspects digitized video for luma, chroma, threshold, completeness, signal, etc. Store master images files, preservation master files and derivatives according to SI’s guidelines.
Maintain photo studio and imaging spaces so that they are clean, organized and METR compliant.
Maintain inventory of department equipment and accessories such as lights, lamps, papers, mounts, camera equipment, etc.
Adhere to digitization workflow requirements and follows specific instructions from
requestors. Coordinate new photography and manage efficient workflow to maximize production and meet deadlines. Maintain pristine digital imaging lab. Compile statistics for projects and individual work. Produce reports as requested. Serve as main point of contact for digitization related assignments outside normal routine.
Ability to build knowledge and expertise in the museum’s digital assets from 2D, 3D to 360-degree imaging.
Experience using of electronic imaging equipment (e.g. digital camera, flatbed scanner, slide
scanner, and software, e.g. Phocus(for processing raw files), FlexColor (for scanning transparencies.) in order to scan a variety of media and objects and achieve high-quality results.
Experience using Windows and Macintosh operating systems in order to operate image and video digitization equipment and software, producing high quality work. This a Photohop based position with occasional needs for illustrator, Adobe Bridge, and Excel.
Experience accurately enter, search, and retrieve information in TMS object database management system and online digital archive.
Experience organizing and tracking digitization projects and prepare statistical reports on digitization production.
Strong interpersonal skills in order to diplomatically work well with museums staff.
Must be able to work from 9:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, in Newark, New Jersey
Transportation to Newark leaves from Chelsea at 8:20 am and returns to Chelsea at approx.. 5:45 pm, dependent on traffic.
SALARY: $43,738 plus benefits
HOW TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to HRdigital@si.edu by Thursday, 5 December 2013.