The Metropolitan Museum of Art is seeking a graphic designer to join its team in New York.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
About the department
As the museum aligns its work toward a single vision – to create the most dynamic and inspiring art museum in the world – the design department shapes and gives form to the many museum visitor experiences and communicates the museum’s scholarship, programming, and priorities through the creation of a consistent, compelling voice of the highest aesthetic quality and impact.
The design department is made up of two integrated, multi-disciplinary teams: exhibition design and communication design. The exhibition design team conceives and maintains the design of exhibitions, installations, and permanent gallery displays, collaborating with curatorial departments, conservation, exhibitions, buildings, and the digital department, among others. This team is comprised of exhibition designers, graphic designers, lighting designers, production artists, and producers. The communication design team establishes and manages the strong visual identity that distinguishes The Met experience, actively collaborating with external affairs (marketing), digital, education, membership, and development, among others. It designs and produces a wide range of printed materials used throughout the museum and externally. This team is comprised of graphic designers and producers.
General statement of responsibilities and duties
The graphic designer works independently under the general supervision of a design manager to generate exhibition research and identity as well as concept, design and execution for a range of exhibitions and installations across the museum. The graphic designer will also generate design for museum initiatives across the institution including: membership, development, education, visitor experience, marketing and communications, and digital, among others. This person should be experienced creating strategy, messaging and design systems that cross applications and media (including print, digital, and environmental/signage, etc.) for diverse audiences.
This position is critical to the development of exhibition interpretation and concept design in the museum and the presentation of the diverse and expansive institutional program. This individual works closely with the exhibition designers in concept development and execution. They also work with the communication design and production teams to develop and produce the design and related materials for installations and other projects, and to support design alignment across departments and media. They should be flexible with screen-based design and digital platforms, be very dexterous creatively and professionally, and be capable of managing projects with complex schedules to completion.
Primary responsibilities and duties:
- designs and executes diverse graphic projects: print, environmental, and digital
- conducts visual research and concept development
- designs exhibition identity and graphics (title wall, wall graphics, text panels, labels, etc.) for exhibitions, installation, and permanent galleries
- collaborates with curators to realize impactful exhibition experiences
- coordinates with curators, Editorial, and Production Team to ensure high quality execution of gallery graphics
- coordinates with digital to ensure direct visual execution of graphic ideas across media
- align onsite spatial graphics with externally-facing collateral
- ensures print and production quality of all materials
- ensures timely execution
- other duties as assigned
Experience and skills:
- three to six years working in graphic design
- excellent skills in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator; After Effects a plus
- solid skills in pre-press, specification and file preparation for diverse forms of production
- knowledge of offset and digital print production
- good communication skills and ability to function as part of a team
- ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
- excellent organisation skills
- great collaborator
- museum experience a plus
Knowledge and education:
- BA, BFA, or equivalent experience required
- MFA a plus
- portfolio submission required
The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
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