Saint Louis Science Center

  • Exhibit Designer - (Regular-Full-Time)

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/2/2018 11:49 AM)
    Job ID
    2018-1220
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    SEE
  • Overview

    At the Saint Louis Science Center our mission is to ‘ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning’. We seek to make science fun through informal, interactive learning experiences. We are a team of educators, entertainers and science enthusiasts! Our expert staff, passionate volunteers, educational and corporate partners all work together to make the Saint Louis Science Center one of the top 10 Science Centers in the country.

     

    The Experience department is part of the Science Center’s Science, Education and Experience (SEE) division. The Experience department supports the Science Center’s mission by planning, developing and designing, fabricating and installing the Science Center’s physical experiences. Under the supervision of the Director of Exhibits, the Exhibit Designer actively participates in the Science Center’s mission by conceptualizing and designing small- and medium-scale three-dimensional and two-dimensional exhibits for production.

     

    The Exhibit Designer works closely with the Director of Exhibits, Technical Director for Exhibit Electronics, the Interactive Exhibit Developer, Science Content Developer, and exhibit development teams visualize new visitor experiences and interpretive messaging through graphic layouts, environments, structures, cabinetry and interactives. The Exhibition Designer uses critical art and preparation skills to produce required models, prototypes, sketches or renderings to communicate design concepts to project team members, Science Center staff and external stakeholders.

    Responsibilities

    Exhibit Design and Conceptualization

    • Works with exhibition development teams to gather, define, understand, and spatially plan an exhibition’s theme, subject matter, and content, giving particular attention to the requirements of displayed objects, visitor comfort and safety, and accessibility.
    • Creates concept drawings, elevations, renderings, construction drawings, hand drawings, and models that visualize design-build projects and traveling exhibitions for internal production teams, external vendors, and other internal departments for use in development, production, fundraising, donor cultivation, media relations, and planning.
    • Revises and modifies exhibit and graphic designs to resolve space limitations, flow patterns, object conservation guidelines, accessibility guidelines, and safety concerns based on feedback from collaborators, stakeholders, risk management experts, vendors, prototyping, visitor studies.
    • Produces measured drawings and instructions for exhibit fabrication, mount production, and installation. Collaborates with Collections Manager to integrate artifacts and objects into a cohesive experience for Science Center visitors.
    • Consults with development teams, production and electronic teams, clients, Interactive Exhibit Developer and Science Content Developer to comply with all national standards and regulations related to museum exhibition design and display.

     Graphic Design and Coordination

    • Conceptualize, design, typeset and prepare production files for small- and medium-scale exhibit projects. Prepare inspiration boards and presentation decks for Science Center staff review.
    • Coordinate and organizes content for production of graphics for exhibit projects and traveling exhibits as needed.
    • Designs, produces, and installs graphics for exhibit projects and traveling exhibits as needed.

     Project Management

    • Recommend and coordinate material specifications, and communicate with vendors during design, proposal, and production phases on designated projects.
    • Maintain exhibition element schedules and have working knowledge of RFP and bid package development and review processes.

    Qualifications

    Creative Mindset

    Act as an active, engaged Science Center employee with creative problem solving skills who demonstrates a willingness to take initiative to achieve project learning objectives, form connections and network with resources in the community and beyond.

     

    Flexible Schedule

    Ability to work weekends and nights to meet the needs of production, fabrication and installation schedules.

     

    Physical Demands

    Good physical stamina is required and the ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

     

    Communication

    This position requires a high degree of planning and communication skills. It involves a great deal of listening, questioning, interpretation, coordination, and cooperation with other Science Center staff, outside contractors/consultants, and external vendors.

     

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    • BFA or BA required in Exhibition Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Scenic Design or equivalent required.
    • 2-3 years professional experience required.
    • Professional design portfolio required with demonstrable knowledge of graphic and exhibit design principles and production techniques.
    • Experience in the various stages of the design process, including conceptualization, design development, and construction documentation.
    • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup, AutoCAD or Vectorworks required.
    • Sketching and hand-rendering skills are a plus.

     

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • A good eye for detail and model building experience would be helpful.
    • Ability to work on many projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • Inventive spirit, initiative to work alone without direct supervision, and be responsible for timely completion of assigned tasks.
    • Understanding of key exhibit production skills, including fabrication, carpentry, electronic and audio-visual systems.

     

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