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Junior Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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The Basics

  • Central London 
  • 18 months fixed term contract with three months’ probation
  • Competitive salary with attractive benefits
  • 25 days per annum, plus statutory holidays.
  • The FCC strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.
Download the full job description (pdf format) here.

So what's it about?

We’re looking for a brilliant Junior Illustrator/Graphic Designer to help our Creative Design Team bring to life the work of our Future Cities Lab, and inspire our partners, stakeholders and global audience.

You will be a key member of our Cities Strategies Team within our Cities lab, and work in multi-disciplinary project teams with anthropologists, service and digital designers, data scientists, urbanists, filmmakers and copywriters. 
 
You will actively collaborate in a wide variety of projects and be responsible for visual communications required throughout the process (not just at the final stage).

What will you be doing?

You will assist our senior illustrator and at times the wider Creative Design Team in the production of graphic material for a diverse range of projects. You will ensure our insights, ideas and innovations are communicated with maximum impact, utilising our brand and marketing guidelines to communicate via multiple mediums including our project partner meetings, our website and blogs, along with publications and our in-house exhibitions.
Some examples of what you might help creating and communicating, using a range of analog and digital media:   
  • Presentations and reports (Keynote, PowerPoint, InDesign, etc).
  • Workshop material (posters, activity templates, activity cards, etc).
  • Props to support our user research (idea cards, prototypes, conversation tools…).
  • Current and future scenarios, storyboards and user journeys.
  • Concepts and ideas.
  • Use Cases (e.g. to demonstrate a potential future technology in use).
  • Mind maps.
  • Live Scribing to capture active conversations and collaboration (research interviews, events/talks, workshops, etc.).
  • Installations for our exhibitions (digital and analog) in our Urban Innovation Centre and at global events.
  • Data visualisations and info-graphics.
  • Light touch user interface for apps or websites.

What will be the first year outcomes?

Outcomes are what you need to accomplish in your role.  We think it is always useful to know these before you start. These are not all the outcomes you will be expected to achieve, but are some of the primary ones:

Within the first year:
  • Support at least four of our key projects.
  • Continually assist in the development of strong communications material around projects, capturing insights and ideas to be communicated in policy papers, blogs, presentations and other publications – starting within the first month.
  • Catalogue all material produced to be utilised by the wider team.
  • Ensuring and maintaining excellent team communications both internally and externally.
  • Support the senior illustrator and the creative design team.
  • Support requests from projects, and internal teams, on-demand, within the first month.

What kind of person are we looking for?

You are passionate about graphic design, using illustration to communicate visually and are keen to gain experience in a fast paced and varied organisation. You are independent and with initial direction and some guidance you can work independently to support the delivery of graphic and illustrative outputs for our projects.
 
You are comfortable working fast and making things tangible in an innovation environment, prototyping quickly for feedback and iteration.
You love to draw, compose, create, and tell stories using images, graphics and illustrations
 
You will have:
 
  • A graduate degree in a relevant design subject (graphic design, Illustration, visual communication, animation, character design, etc).
  • Ability to work independently and to actively contribute to a creative design agenda.
  • Good analog and digital illustration skills and are developing a strong portfolio.
  • Good communication and storytelling skills.
  • An understanding of communicating complex scenarios and concepts to a variety of audiences.
  • Basic UI and UX thinking, to work closely with our digital teams.
  • An advanced level in In design,vPhotoshop, Illustrator, or other graphic software.
  • Ability to work at speed, for instance within the context of a live workshop.
  • Ability to adopt a variety of styles to suit project, context and audience but also keen to introduce your own style and visual language.
  • Critical thinking skills with an active interest in developing our work, not just passively communicating it.
  • An understanding of typography, layout and graphic design skills for presentations, publications, web contributions, or prototype applications.

Want to apply?

If you meet the requirements and are keen to join the Future Cities catapult, please click apply and send your CV, Portfolio and covering letter. And in your cover letter, tell us why you’re right for the job.
 
Download the full job description (pdf format) here.

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