Wirecutter, the product review and buying guide division of The New York Times Company, seeks an experienced interactive art director.
Following our rebrand, redesign and editorial expansion last fall, our focus now is on expanding the visual side of our work. This means looking at everything from new editorial formats to illustrations, animations/video and individual bar charts.
The art director is a critical piece of this effort - your focus will be on helping us take Wirecutter beyond "just reviews" and into the realm of visual storytelling, prototyping and experimentation.
- Explore new ways to explain our work, then design and build them
- Work with editorial staff to develop preliminary story ideas into full-blown visual experiences
- Conceptualize, experiment with and test new product features, with a particular emphasis on work that communicates visually
- Experiment with new interaction methods and ways to show our work (e.g., mapping, animation, interactive infographics, video, augmented reality)
- Enthusiasm for the mission of Wirecutter and The New York Times
- BFA/BA or equivalent in Graphic Design, Communication Design or a related discipline
- Minimum of 5 years of experience
- A strong portfolio that demonstrates experience bringing together text and visuals (ideally audio, video, information graphics, mapping, etc.) in cohesive, dynamic, visually engaging pieces
- Experience conceptualizing and designing information graphics / data visualizations
- Ability to single out topics, story ideas and pitches for expansion into in-depth visual pieces - balancing experimentation with visual, editorial, narrative and brand coherence
- Excellent typography skills
- Interface and/or product design experience
- Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent tools
- Graduate work in design, journalism, computer science or a related discipline
- Experience with d3, audio, video, 3D modeling, mapping and/or animation
- Experience designing + building stand-alone narrative and/or editorial work
This is a full-time role reporting to the Creative Director and working closely with the Strategy Editor, Formats Editor, Head of Photo/Video and individual writers/editors as needed. You'll also collaborate with Wirecutter's Product team and enjoy the resources of the broader design organization at The New York Times.
This position is based in Wirecutter's New York office.
Founded five years ago by journalists fed up with the time and energy it takes to shop, Wirecutter developed a simpler approach to giving buying advice: just tell people exactly what to get. Our purpose: help people find great things, quickly and easily. Through rigorous testing, research, reporting, and whatever means necessary, we create straightforward recommendations that save readers from unnecessary stress, time, and effort. We monetize these guides by enabling our readers to easily purchase the products they are interested in.
Culture and benefits
- Wirecutter is a hybrid organization, with offices in New York and Los Angeles and the rest of our staff working remotely. Our culture is responsive, autonomous and self-directed: for best results, you should be, too.
- We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.
- We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
- We offer a generous parental leave policy. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.
Note: Applications without links to portfolios/work samples will not be considered.
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