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National Aquarium

Senior Exhibit Graphic Designer



The senior exhibit graphic designer provides conceptual planning, art direction, design and execution of all graphics and signage on the Aquarium campus. The designer works directly with internal clients and external vendors to develop thoughtful and imaginative solutions. They maintain institutional graphic standards and National Aquarium brand standards in all projects. They are a strong collaborator and team player willing to take on a wide variety of design projects including wayfinding, operational signage, exhibit graphics, environmental graphics and digital signage.




  • Manage exhibit graphics work orders: Assign projects and work orders to immediate staff or complete the projects or work order independently, from conception to fabrication to installation, in coordination with the Manager of Exhibit Graphic Design. Provide excellent service and develop professional, creative, timely and effective solutions consistent with Aquarium graphic and brand standards.
  • Develop design solutions for new exhibits and projects: create a look and feel that’s imaginative and responsive to NA brand; develop appropriate graphics and continue to evolve them throughout the process; write and communicate graphic specifications; maintain a graphics list; create production files; manage production and installation.
  • Provide consultation and services to meet strategic, institutional and interdepartmental objectives requiring graphic components.
  • Maintain existing campus graphics in good condition, replacing damaged or degraded materials as budgeted. Maintain and where necessary develop new appropriate graphic standards for environmental and exhibit graphics.
  • Manage graphic production: Set up accurate production files; keep current with graphic production methods, materials, and technologies; acquire estimates for jobs, coordinate with exhibits project manager or fabrication team on methods and materials; manage vendors as needed to ensure the most effective and highest quality solutions of the final products.
  • Administer the exhibit graphics records: Maintain an organized system of production files, standard operating procedures and guidelines for regularly produced graphics; establish and manage vendor contacts.
  • Participate in hiring new staff and performance evaluations.
  • Continue to develop exhibit design skills as interest develops and departmental needs evolve.
  • When necessary furnish materials (formatted templates, logo files, graphic specifications) and information to staff and vendors for implementation and compliance.
  • Maintain graphic production supplies and tools.
  • Participate in strategic planning sessions.
  • Reports to Manager of Exhibit Graphic Design to establish workload, process and deadlines.
  • Reports to Manager of Exhibit Graphic Design as directed by Director of Exhibit & Design for production deadlines, budget, material specifications and art direction related to exhibit design and interpretive exhibits.
  • Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned or required



  • Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design, Art, Museum Studies or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in environmental and/or exhibit graphic design and at least five years graphic design experience overall including experience in print, advertising or related graphic design field.
  • Thorough understanding of production for multiple applications and formats from backlit transparencies to large-format graphics, signage, multi-media applications as well as a familiarity with exhibit planning and construction.
  • Proven graphic design skills including layout, typography, illustration, digital photo editing and hand skills.
  • Fluent in graphic design programs – Adobe Creative Suite programs
  • Experience with CAD and/or 3D modeling software is a plus



  • Ability to solve design problems. Identify, research and analyze the problem, then generating ideas, prototyping, testing solutions, evaluating outcomes and generating alternatives.
  • Ability to create and develop visual responses to design problems. Must have an understanding of principles of composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, and aesthetics as they apply to a range of exhibit media and the development of meaningful messages.
  • An understanding of tools and technology. Should understand their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technology include, but are not limited to, digital printing, 3D modeling, photography, and interactive media.
  • Skillful and efficient at preparing digital files and artwork for production or fabrication.
  • Excellent communication skills. Must have an ability to facilitate design discussions to solicit constructive feedback and approvals, write clear production and installation notes and specifications, and conduct reviews of proofs/prototypes and final products.
  • Ability to be flexible, nimble and dynamic in practice.
  • Ability to effectively work both independently and collaboratively on large interdisciplinary teams.

How to Apply

National Aquarium
Baltimore, MD

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