Exhibit Designer

POSTED ON 10/23/2022 CLOSED ON 12/4/2022
Museum of African American His Hired Organization Address Detroit, MI Full Time

Job Posting for Exhibit Designer at Museum of African American His


Position Overview:

Under the general direction of the Director of Design and Fabrication, the primary responsibilities of the Exhibit Designer will be to design exhibit layouts and architectural components, create presentation drawings, produce construction drawings and create style guides and graphic layouts, utilizing both 2D and 3D applications. The Exhibit Designer will be skilled in typography, photo editing and large- and small-scale graphic design for publication and signage. This person will serve as a liaison between design and both in-house and external production to ensure specifications and fabrication details reflect design intent. Must be a creative and collaborative thinker, able to produce on tight deadlines and versed in construction techniques and software.



Essential Functions:

  • Designs exhibit layouts for permanent displays with a clear, coherent, and unified visual presentation.
  • Produces measured drawings and instructions for exhibit fabrication, mount production, and installation.
  • Collaborates with curators, registrars, conservators, mount makers, and multimedia team members to integrate design and content into a cohesive exhibit for museum guests.
  • Participates in Design Review Meetings 
  • Prepares drawings for curatorial design review.
  • Communicates and assists Director of Design and Fabrication with design projects throughout the museum in collaboration with other departments.
  • Coordinates with vendors and other team members in establishing and maintaining consistency of design elements throughout the museum and ensuring the overall visual presentation of exhibits.
  • Works closely with mount makers in creating clean, sturdy, safe, and uncluttered displays and with other team members in installing mounts, artifacts, and exhibit elements during the installation period.
  • Maintains workflow according to project schedules, with a variety of tasks and deadlines.
  • Assists with other duties and projects as needed.

Required Education, Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Applicants should have educational background in at least one of the following fields: environmental design, industrial design, exhibit design, architecture, interior design, or graphic design.
  • Knowledge of graphic and interior design principles, and production techniques.
  • Experience in the various stages of the design process, including conceptualization, design development, and construction documents.
  • Highly organized and efficient, with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and design tasks in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Thorough in documenting work and tracking progress with precision and detail.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and 3D software, for example, SketchUp, Vectorworks, Autodesk Inventor or similar.
  • Experience with or understanding of UI/UX design, including familiarity with Adobe XD, Figma or Sketch
  • Maintenance, installation or repair knowledge of A/V equipment, for example, projectors and media players
  • Experience working with external vendors, for example, print shops, construction, fabrication and technical production firms, etc.
  • Ability to work with curators in designing displays that are true to the intent of the artifacts.
  • Self-starter with excellent time-management and communication skills. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and able to juggle, shift gears and maintain a sense of humor
  • Must be able to demonstrate visual acuity (space, design, colors, depth perception) to install varied fabrication and construction formats
  • Must be able to stand, stoop, bend, sit and climb for extended periods of time to install exhibits
  • May require work on nights and weekends.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and set goals for professional development
  • The ability to use power tools and fabrication equipment to build mounts, cases and other museum furniture is a plus

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