Associate Visual Designer - Wirecutter (REQ-011746_New_York)
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About the position
Wirecutter, the product recommendation service from The New York Times, is seeking an Associate Designer to join its Brand & Creative team.
Wirecutter’s ambition is to become the most helpful and trustworthy product recommendation service in the U.S., and in this role you’ll help us to achieve that ambition, collaborating on a wide range of design projects that span brand identity, editorial, licensing, marketing, product, signage, and more. On a typical day, you might design an infographic, undertake photo research, develop color studies, research and compile mood boards, iterate on event signage, collaborate with product design on icons, or brainstorm with the rest of the team on a new marketing campaign. Your charge will be to help us ensure that Wirecutter is accurately represented — and always looks, sounds, and feels its best — anywhere and everywhere people encounter our work.
As an early career designer, you have a strong grasp of the basics but are eager to learn more. You are typographically exacting, formally inventive, and creatively inspired, by art as much as by the everyday. Your perspective on design is connected to history but forward-looking, broad and inclusive — as are your points of reference and inspiration. You are happy to work collaboratively or strike off on your own. You have an innate and growing sense of when in the process to diverge for tomorrow’s ideas or converge for today’s solution. You are articulate in your feedback for others and have the humility to accept the same in return, regardless of profession, rank, or background. Finally, you love Wirecutter but want to be a key part of making it even better.
You will report to Wirecutter’s Creative Director and join a collaborative, multi-disciplinary design team with strong connections to the rest of The New York Times. Our focus is on clear ideas, beautiful execution, and a helpful, collaborative spirit. Because you will work with many different departments at Wirecutter (and many more at the Times), a friendly and diplomatic approach is essential.
This is a full-time staff position.
Collaborate with the rest of the Brand & Creative team on ideation and execution for identity, marketing, product, and editorial projects
Undertake internal and external photography research
Collect inspiration and compile mood boards
Participate in brainstorms, ideation sessions, and design charrettes
Collaborate with cross-functional partners as a brand and visual consultant
Help to prepare and produce final artwork for delivery to internal and external partners
Maintain awareness of the competitive and New York Times brand landscape
BFA, BA, and/or MFA in graphic design or a closely related discipline
0-2 years of professional experience
Strong portfolio that demonstrates a curious, deeply considered approach to design and refined skills in its formal aspects (typography, composition, hierarchy, color, etc.)
Proficient in current design tools (Figma, Creative Cloud, etc.)
Enthusiasm for the mission of Wirecutter and The New York Times
Submissions without a résumé and portfolio of relevant work will not be considered
Note: This position can be remote or located in Wirecutter's New York City office.
Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.
Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.
Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company
Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.