Environmental Graphic Designer/Wayfinding Specialist

San Francisco/Bay Area
$55K - $66K
Full time
February 14, 2023
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Applied Information Group is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary consultancy. It designs the interactions between people and the built environment.

Applied works for well-known clients across the globe and offers careers in an important and exciting field that tackles the future of cities and the sustainability of the planet. At any given moment the organization is delivering a range of projects which differ significantly in subject, size and complexity. It is vital to the success of the business that projects are delivered on time and exceed company and client expectations. It is equally important to the business that working for Applied is fulfilling and advances personal growth.

About the role:

This is a mid level position suitable for designers with a few years of experience who are looking for an engaging role with the ability to grow within a prestigious design firm.

Applied Information Group is a multinational design practice specializing in wayfinding for cities, transit systems, active mobility, healthcare, campuses and museums. Working within a multidisciplinary team in our San Francisco office, you will be involved in the successful delivery of environmental graphic design and wayfinding projects, both in the Bay Area and in partnership with Applied’s other offices in London, Vancouver and Seoul. You will collaborate with senior designers and planners on all aspects of the design process from user research, through strategy and concept, to detailed design and implementation. Typical tasks in this role include:

  • Assisting and/or leading in research into user behavior and project context
  • Conducting site visits and analysis
  • Assisting and/or leading in the visualization and iteration of design ideas and concepts
  • Supporting and/or leading testing of designs through prototyping and user engagement
  • Assisting and/or leading in design of presentation materials and project documentation
  • Development of high-quality graphic and information design elements and layouts (cartographic elements, diagrams and pictograms, etc.)
  • Creation of production-ready artworks and specification for signage, maps, diagrams and digital displays
  • Attendance at, and participation in, meetings with clients and project partners (architects, landscape designers, fabricators, etc.)
  • Coordinate and report project task progress to Project Managers, Project Leads and others as required
  • Delegate and oversee some tasks to junior and intern designers
  • Ensure the accuracy of information by taking responsibility for thoroughly checking your work and the work of those whom you are overseeing
  • Maintain awareness of state-of-the-art techniques, equipment, best practices and developments within the design community
  • Travel as appropriate and necessary

Who we are looking for a candidate with:

  • 3-5 years of experience in Experiential / Environmental Graphic Design, Graphic Design, Wayfinding, Urban Design, Architecture or related industry
  • A portfolio that demonstrates graphic and typographic skills, and your dedication to the craft of your final designs
  • Ability to talk and write articulately about your decision making and the developmental work behind your designs, and to work collaboratively to ideate, visualize and iterate strong design concepts as part of a project team
  • A keen graphic eye and ambition to deliver projects of the highest quality
  • A passion for creating user centered, empathetic design solutions
  • Proficiency in using Adobe Creative Suite (primarily Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Ability to use Google Suite (primarily Slides, Docs, Sheets)

The following skills are not essential but advantageous:

  • Experience creating city, transit, campus, and/or building maps and diagrams
  • Knowledge of GIS software, such as QGIS, and use of georeferenced information through the MAPublisher plug-in for Adobe Illustrator
  • Working knowledge of 3D CAD software such as Vectorworks, and rendering software such as KeyShot
  • Prior use of Revit or other BIM software tools
  • Experience using Figma or other UX/UI tools
  • Familiarity with ADA, MUTCD, and other regulatory standards related to signage and displayed information
  • Experience of industrial / product design for wayfinding signage, including the drafting of design intent drawings and specifications
  • Experience designing or incorporating non-visual communication elements into designs, products, or experiences
  • Experience working with fabricators
  • Fluency in a language other than English

What we offer: 

  • A team of passionate people who genuinely care about what they do and the standard of work they produce
  • Excellant medical, vision and dental insurance
  • 28 days holiday (including Bank Holidays) increasing by 1 day for each year you have worked (up to a maximum of 3 days)
  • 401K
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Team socials
  • Learning and development budget

how to apply

To apply for this role please send your CV and Cover Letter with a supporting statement explaining why you want to work at Applied and how you meet the job criteria outlined above to

We will review applications periodically so please apply early if you are interested. We will remove the job posting once the post has been filled.

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