Senior Graphic Designer

Organization: National Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Baltimore, MD, Country
Job or Internship: Job

The Senior Graphic Designer provides leadership of Graphics section within the Exhibits and Design Division. S/he is responsible for managing the workflow of the graphics section from initiation through production. S/he provides conceptual planning, art direction, executes design of exhibit graphics, environmental and program signage throughout the Aquarium campus. S/he manages the production of graphics and signage. S/he develops and maintains institutional graphic standards in all exhibit and environmental graphics, video and media graphics; in addition s/he collaborates with graphic designers in the Marketing Division to develop and maintain the graphic brand of the Aquarium.

Key Requirements

• Manage all exhibit graphic workorders and projects: provide excellent service and develop professional, creative, timely and effective solutions consistent with Aquarium graphic standards within specified budgets and timelines.

• Develop the graphic design for new exhibitions: create graphic look and feel, graphic specifications, production files and to research graphic and photographic media for new exhibits; develop and/or work within an organizational framework/database to accurately track all graphic elements.

• Manage the workflow of all exhibit graphics: assign projects and workorders, communicate with clients, and coordinate schedules within and across divisions as necessary.

• Manage graphic production: keep current with graphic production methods and materials, acquire bids for jobs, coordinate with exhibit projects manager on schedule and budget, manage graphic production contractors as needed to ensure the most effective and highest quality solutions and the quality of the final production of graphics.

• Administer the exhibit graphics records: maintain an organized archive of production files and Standard Operating Procedures, establish and manage vendor contracts, conduct transactions for stock image collection licensing sales.

• Maintain existing campus graphics in good condition, replacing damaged or degraded materials as budgeted. Maintain and where necessary develop new appropriate institutional graphic standards for environmental and exhibit graphics.

• Repatt to Director of Planning and Design. On project assignments is directed by project lead, including Sr. Director of Exhibits and

Design, Exhibit Project Manager, Exhibit Developer or Exhibit Designer.

• Supervise Exhibit Graphic Designers and interns.

• Adhere to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.

• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Ability to solve communication problems including identifying, researching and analyzing the problem and then generating, prototyping, testing solutions, evaluating outcomes and generating alternatives.

• Ability to create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of

visual organization/ composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography and aesthetics as they apply to a range of exhibit media, and the construction of meaningful messages.

• An understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages.

• Relevant tools and technologies include, but arc not limited to, drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia).

• Skillful and efficient at preparing digital files and artwork for production, printing or manufacture.

• Excellent communication skills, ability to facilitate design approvals to solicit constructive feedback, to \vritc clear production and installation notes, to conduct production reviews of the final product.

• Ability to be flexible, nimble and dynamic in practice.

• Ability to collaborate constructively in large interdisciplinary teams.

• Desirable to have experience storyboarding, computer scripting, and issues related to interface design, as well as the formal and technical aspects of design and production for digital media.


• Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design, Art, Museum Studies, or equivalent experience

• Experience in exhibit graphic design, and at least 7 years graphic design experience overall including experience in print, advertising or related graphic design !ield.

• Thorough understanding of digital production for multiple applications and formats from backlit transparencies to large-format and reflective graphics to file formats for internet and multi-media programming.

• Familiarity with museum exhibit planning, design and construction.

• Proven graphic design skills including layout, typography, illustration, digital photo editing and hand skills.

• Fluent in graphic design programs-AdobeC6 Creative Suite programs

• Proficiency required with the following equipment:

- Macintosh-based computer workstations as related to various printing and image reproduction processes, and all the current software programs for page layout, publishing, photographic scanning and editing, illustration, and archiving.

- Basic computer skills with Microsoft Office programs