Design Director Job at The Economist | The Dots
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  • Level Senior
  • Professions Design Director
  • Type Full Time
  • Location London, United Kingdom

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Signal Noise reinvents the way people experience data. With a rich heritage in data visualisation, we create digital products, services, and stories in and about complex, data- rich environments from Smart Cities to Industrial IoT and Finance. We aim to change behaviour by having a measurable impact on people. As part of The Economist Group we punch above our weight for a small studio, working with large international organizations such as Wellcome Trust, Siemens, SWIFT, McKinsey and Mastercard on bespoke projects.
As a Design Director at Signal Noise, you will be responsible for leading the creative direction of projects in the studio, ensuring that they are designed to the highest standard. You will have a proven track record in crafting digital storytelling experiences, products and services across form factors (at least two of these three). Reporting to the Global Practice Lead, you will be working hand in hand with our Directors of Technology and Production to guide the studio.
If you are looking for a position that is as much about inspiring and coaching an interdisciplinary team as it is about the fit-and-finish of our work, then this is for you. You will also be skilled in juggling multiple projects and deadlines, and delegating to your team to get work done. We are looking for portfolios from applicants who can demonstrate human-centred strategic thinking across contexts.


How you will contribute:
Day to day, you will be guiding teams of Strategists and Designers (Information, Interaction, and UI) to:
  • Craft proposals to new and existing clients
  • Iteratively bring ideas to life, from user research to sketching, prototyping and working with engineering teams to ship experiences that inspire and empower people to take action, whether that’s making a strategic decision or tactical next step
  • It’s not all management though, you’ll need to get your hands dirty every now and then too

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role include:
Every project is different, we’re looking for people who have experience working in agile environments but who are also agnostic to approach.
  • Previous experience or interest in Data Visualisation, Data Journalism and/or Data Science
  • Skilled in rapid prototyping and working hand-in-hand with developers
  • Previous experience with motion / crafting micro interactions is ideal
  • BA, BFA, or MFA in a relevant field: Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Information Design, Digital Media, etc. is beneficial
  • Skilled in the use of variety of software systems including Figma and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects)
What’s it like working at Signal Noise?
We’re not defined by our past projects, so a list would only tell half the story. Yes, we create digital products, experiential installations and interactive web pieces, along with much more you can’t easily classify. It’s the work we haven’t done yet that’s really exciting. The experiments with format that could kick-start entirely new categories. You don’t join us to do your old job in a different place. You come to us because you have bigger plans. We give you flexible hours  and a supportive environment where you’re valued not just for what you can do now, but what you can turn into talents while you’re here.
We want you to push at the edges of what’s possible. In a place that values and sharpens your craft, challenging you to create work that genuinely hasn’t been done before. Join us and do something special.

The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Skills Required

  • Data Visualisation
  • Data Science
  • Adobe Creative Suite

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