THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (ASBMB)
Position: Print and Digital Designer
Date: April 11th, 2012
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), is seeking an experienced visual storyteller to take the print and digital editions of its member magazine, ASBMB Today, and various marketing initiatives to new levels. ASBMB represents researchers who work on the cutting edge of the biosciences, and we want our publications and marketing to equally reflect the degree of sophistication and ingenuity. Our hardworking and close-knit staff believes that good content engages our membership and provokes change. If you possess the heart of a journalist and the eye of an artist, we want to hear from you.
The designer will be responsible for supporting both the publications team and the marketing team in all facets of visual design strategy and execution, user experience and website creative production.
For the publications team, the designer will:
For the ASBMB marketing team, the designer will:
- • Plan and execute engaging design of the print edition of ASBMB Today on a monthly basis.
- • Plan, develop and execute static and interactive graphics for the digital edition of ASBMB Today on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis.
- • Transform writers’ and editors’ ideas and words into visual narratives and story supplements for ASBMB Today.
- • Research and create charts and infographics of all sizes and levels of complexity for ASBMB Today.
- • Identify opportunities for and execute data visualization and interactive graphics and media for ASBMB Today.
- • Assist in defining, creating, developing, coordinating and implementing new design ideas and technologies into ASBMB Today digital edition.
- • Collaborate with ASBMB’s in-house IT team when needed, and work with outside agencies for projects beyond internal capabilities.
- • Evaluate scientific figures for suitability for the covers of two monthly journals, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and the Journal of Lipid Research, and special issues of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and design covers with chosen elements under the guidance of scientific editors.
Qualifications and Skills:
- • Act as the in-house creative agency.
- • Serve as the lead designer for print-based marketing projects, such as meeting programs, promotional displays, brochures, fliers, posters, advertisements, etc.
- • Serve as the lead designer for web content and collateral projects, such as banners, e-mailed newsletters and overall visual site enhancements.
- • Communicate design goals and messages to creative participants and stakeholders, ensuring integration of design requirements into all phases of production.
- • Documented experience in both print and web design and a track record of adopting current best practices, styles and methodologies.
- • Experience with strategic web marketing (SEO, media, viral marketing and social networking).
- • Expert knowledge of Adobe CS5.
- • Intermediate knowledge of HTML/CSS and content-management systems.
- • Familiarity and a desire to learn more about Web 2.0 emerging technologies.
- • Strong sense of visual storytelling and an eagerness/iniative to explore new story forms.
- • Experience in a fast-paced, newsroom environment and a sense of urgency.
- • Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously.
- • Evidence of continuing education to increase proficiency in technical and editorial skills.
- • Budgeting and scheduling experience would be useful.
- • Desire to dabble in illustration would be appreciated and encouraged.
- • Strong problem solving skills.
- • Attention to detail.
- • Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of creative stakeholders.
- • Ability to work with printers and provide specs for printed pieces.
- • A passion for news.
Please submit a resume and cover letter with a link to a portfolio that includes a diverse array of your work for both Web and print, plus your salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include examples of as many of the following as possible: feature stories for print, explanatory infographics, data visualization examples, charts, illustrations and other creative Web work, such as e-mailers, buttons, banners and backgrounds. In sum, provide evidence that you’re someone (a) with a powerful and modern design aesthetic, (b) with strong journalistic integrity and (c) eager to and capable of pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling and exploring new story forms.