Designer

TED is looking for an experienced Designer to join the Media team’s design department. We’re focused on delivering the best experiences possible across a wide range of platforms – our annual conferences, our editorial channels, our global distribution efforts, new content formats, and much more. You’ll work on big-picture design challenges as well as small, fast turnaround projects — and everything in between. This position will report to the Design Director and Associate Art Director.

Your primary tasks will involve designing for the needs of our media team and for TED as a whole. Work will include:

  • Concepting and executing identities and brand systems for original video series, podcasts, conferences, and initiatives
  • Creating artwork, documents, Keynote presentations and more to support a wide range of TED projects
  • Creating and updating style guides

You should be a highly conceptual visual thinker and detailed in the execution of ideas, from cradle to completion. You have created work for digital and print, and are familiar with print processes and production. You have UX and UI skills and experience. You’re someone who knows how to create beautiful work and how to share your wealth of knowledge with junior members of the team.

We’re looking for someone with:

5+ years of graphic design experience.

A broad range of interests. You live and breathe graphic design but are also contributing skills such as illustration, motion graphics, photography, sculpting, painting, filmmaking, etc. All creative entry points welcome.

Expert fluency in common design tools and applications. You speak the language of Adobe Creative Cloud like you speak your mother tongue.

Strong organizational skills. You understand the importance of keeping your files tidy at every stage of a project, from the conceptual stage to the delivery of mechanicals. You feel a certain sense of shame if someone accidentally stumbles upon a not yet properly structured working folder.

Flexibility. TED is a fast-paced environment, and we jump quickly from project to project. You can keep up and thrive off the energy of working on something new.

A love for TED Talks and a deeply curious mind about the world is essential.

Please include a link to your portfolio with your application, as well as any social media accounts you curate that you’d like to share.

This position is based in TED’s Manhattan office.

Generous health/dental/vision benefits and a company-matched 401K are part of the deal. Every employee also gets an annual continuing education allowance to use for attending conferences or taking classes.

Our team is passionate about TED’s content and the prospect of creating a stronger platform to enable the exchange of ideas worldwide. We’re endlessly curious. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. And we love to work alongside nice people.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), though we’re experimenting with this format everyday. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.


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