Associate - Visual Communication Design

Delhi, India Full-time

Job Purpose and Description

 

As the Communication Designer you will contribute to the design of communication material for Quicksand, working either as a core member of project teams (where communication strategy and design is a specific project mandate) or assisting projects where communication is an internal mandate but vital to successfully landing the project outcome amongst a diverse set of stakeholders. Equally important is to work with the studio communications team to constantly enhance the quality of visual design of Quicksand’s own communication assets (publications, presentations, posters, etc.). You’ll need to understand complex issues and articulate them effectively and in a time-sensitive manner, through visual design tools.

 

A successful Communication Designer will be able to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to bring design solutions, user stories, and studio services to life. The ideal candidate has experience in communication strategy, brand identity, and creative visual storytelling, and can articulate the same across a wide range of media. You’ll collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to tackle all aspects of the design process from user research to physical prototyping to communicating the overall project story to the client team. You’ll be a member of a diverse team of designers who are working to identify and creatively address  the challenges of users across manifold contexts.

 

Specific responsibilities include:

 

  • Be an enthusiastic storyteller who is excited about uncovering insights around people, behaviours and systems, and communicating them in compelling visual narratives
  • Clearly articulate and visualize complex charts, data sets, information flows, ecosystem maps.
  • Have an understanding of brand communications and its role in creating user buy-in and unifying communications
  • Work with research and strategy teams to convert user insights into visual identities and the accompanying identity system including elements like typography, imagery, tone of voice etc. across various touch points of the brand (offline and online)
  • Contribute to creative campaigns including setting style and tone and working with a wide variety of mediums including photography, illustrations and animations
  • Be part of the design process for online / digital communication material including the most often used assets such as presentations (keynotes / powerpoint), emailers, online newsletters and publications for online viewing
  • Candidate should be able display an understanding of the entire publication design process, including information structuring and layout design, typography, illustrations and final artworking for print production
  • Work with other specialists (illustrators, photographers, animators) to bring a creative campaign to life through key visualisations (posters, campaign billboards, print ads)

 

Qualifications

Successful candidates will have great graphic design and art direction skills, a strong work ethic, work experience with high quality print and web publications, and a capacity for and interest in quickly assimilating and visualizing large amounts of complex information.  Some specific qualifications you would need to have are:

  • 2-3 years of work experience in graphic design and a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in graphic design, visual design, or art from a competent program in India or abroad
  • A nuanced understanding of relevant graphic design disciplines: print, web, information, digital, and packaging
  • High level of skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and presentation softwares (Keynote)
  • Strong information and visualization design skills including typography and layout
  • Experience in working on the entire print design and production process
  • Skills in design and development of interactive media will be an added advantage though not mandatory for this specific role
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of any other languages (including Hindi) would be a definite plus but is not mandatory
  • Ability to think critically and have exceptional attention to detail
  • A strong interest in working with design research and a commitment to communicate in a succinct, crisp and engaging fashion
  • Evidence of experimentation with mediums and technologies and  a body of independent creative work would be viewed very positively



Location

This position is based at our Delhi studio, with frequent, project related travel to other studio locations. It will also involve a chance to meet and work with consumers across the spectrum for projects, as well as travel to other studios of Quicksand, workshops, client meetings and the occasional studio offsite!

 

Compensation

A compensation package commensurate with your skills and experience will be designed for you.

 

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About Quicksand

Quicksand (www.quicksand.co.in) is a leading design strategy and innovation consultancy in India, recognised globally for its expertise in user-centered design. Our work spans both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors across emerging markets, and has involved envisioning innovative new programs, products and services that are future facing, and still rooted in the everyday reality of people they aim to serve.

Quicksand was set up in 2005 in New Delhi, and now has studios in Bangalore and Goa as well. Our work over the last 13 years has contributed to a global discourse on human-centered design and design thinking— a new approach to creating solutions that are sensitive and relevant to the end user while driving business and social impact. We make this possible through our expertise in learning from the field— distilling meaning from the lives of people, communities and cultures - and applying this knowledge in building solutions that are at the intersection of business, technology and design.

Today, Quicksand consists of close to forty full-time employees and consultants with diverse profiles and qualifications - ranging from management, technology, engineering, product design, communication design, design research, new media, film and photography, sound design, social sciences and entrepreneurship.

Some of our noted clients include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Unilever, World Bank, Wellcome Trust, Nokia, Unicef, Samsung, Cisco, Google and Coca Cola.

 

Working at Quicksand

In the interest of full disclosure, the Quicksand office structure is likely different from what you’re used to. We are a collection of professionals with diverse backgrounds that are united by an ideology, not an industry. We are passionate about applying user-centered processes to improve people’s lives and a typical project requires everyone on the team to roll up their sleeves and dive in.

Our work tends to be a mix of collaborative as well as independent, self-driven effort. There will be times when you are asked to take on responsibilities that may fall outside of those specified in the job description and at other times you’ll be expected to lead the team on a skill or a domain you specialise in. You will have the freedom to explore, create, and push-the-envelope.

This seemingly fluid nature of operations can be rewarding and frustrating in equal measures. We expect team members to figure the balance of openness vs structure they need at work, and unlearn top-down structured approaches that they might have experienced in other organisations or previous engagements.We expect to learn as much from you as you will learn from us.

Finally, regardless of the position you are applying for, there are a few traits that define us as individuals and as a team. We value a strong work ethic and thrive in a collaborative, cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, startup environment with minimal supervision. By extension, it is part of our job profiles to reach out to people - regardless of whether they are our clients, users or partners - and build genuine, respectful relationships that can make work both meaningful and fun. We value thinking on one’s feet, being resourceful and entrepreneurial. Deadlines energise us and no matter how constraining the circumstances may be, we would never drop our standards of high quality work.

 

Get in Touch

In case this resonates with you, please apply via the Recruiterbox posting with your most current resume/CV, a portfolio of work samples and projects that demonstrate your skills and credentials, and links to relevant online work, personal website, and/or blog. Please also include a thoughtful cover letter that shares a bit about yourself, and why you are excited about working with Quicksand. Submissions without these essentials will not be considered for the position.

In the course of our initial conversations, we might also require you to work on a small case study, which would help us gauge your skills and also enable you to understand our requirements better.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Apply for this opening at http://quicksand.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0j12e?apply=true