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Dark Matter Visualiser


Salary: £29,252.29

Location: Birmingham

Deadline: 04 May 2021

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This is a new design role as part of the DemoDev mission area of CIVIC SQUARE, working across all 5 portfolios of work that make up our Neighbourhood Regenerative Economics Lab:

  • Regenerative Organisation
  • Neighbourhood Doughnut
  • Circulating Capital
  • Re-Commoning the Neighbourhood
  • Regenerative Futures

You will be joining as part of an early team of convenors, communicators, visualisers, researchers and more building out live work from proofs of possibility, deep demonstrators and experiments around regenerative neighbourhoods to be shared openly.

The title makes reference to the part of our design system that is predominantly felt an experienced here: dark matter. The key values in this layer of our design is open, comprehensible, structured work to allow us to visualise and interact with complex systems.

In this role you will:

  • Create a wide range of beautiful, technically brilliant visual materials, tools and processes that are underpinned by open building, sharing and hacking to produce infographics, data visualisation, layouts, reports, decks, website content, systems maps and info dashboards
  • Interpret and contribute research and learning to our design system, and connecting to the mission and values of our work using design-led methodologies of all kinds
  • Synthesise, interpret, and visualise what is emerging in the Neighbourhood Regenerative Economics Lab, to inform and be informed by the Creative Resistance portfolios in parallel
  • Work across a number of different team assemblages in the organisation and in the work of DemoDev to contribute to and absorb the thinking, research and development in order to identify, establish and shape possibilities for which they can be experienced through design

You Might Thrive In This Role If…

  • You take a transdisciplinary approach to design and are interested in applying your skills to complex societal challenges
  • You love working with information and data, and are driven to surface patterns, map connections, and create tools for systems thinking, approaching this with precision, detail, creativity and humanity
  • You have skills or a background in areas such as experience design, visual design, architecture, scientific illustration, digital design, or other design-related fields
  • You know existing systems are not democratic, and understand the intersections of information and identity in how we relate to big ideas, acknowledging and working to build beyond the injustice and inequity in our current systems into new liberating futures
  • You thrive when working on multiple projects that are at different stages of development, and are able to manage your own time and workload to deliver high quality outcomes on schedule
  • It’s your dream to work in a multidisciplinary team, sharing your process and learnings live in the open to exchange practice and create connections across an ecosystem of work
  • You work comfortably on digital platforms such as Medium, Kumu, Miro, Notion and enjoy discovering new formats, and new combinations of these, for synthesising and sharing
  • You know Adobe Creative Suite or open software equivalents like the back of your hand, as well as having a range of interactive and digital design tools such as UX design methods and user research / testing at your fingertips
  • You like to keep your work varied and adapt to different projects and scales of work, in particular enjoying working with other researchers and practitioners to realise something beyond what you previously believed to be possible
  • You love to experiment, test and try new things, and aren’t phased by prospects of failure, uncertainty or not having a fixed outcome in mind when exploring through design
  • You are interested in transition design, speculative, critical and conceptual design for long term and regenerative futures
  • You are inspired by work like the examples embedded below, and would like to work collaboratively with our DemoDev and design teams to build a distinct voice, framework, and ways of communicating complex information and the intangible for CIVIC SQUARE
Apply now

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