Web Designer – Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Web Designer will contribute to CAF’s expanding suite of public-facing digital properties including web, mobile, digital interactives and displays, and e-commerce. This is a hands-on, junior level role that requires strong expertise in both design and front-end technology.  This role will help support the growth and stability of CAF’s digital presence.

Responsibilities

Regular Design/Content Maintenance (50%)

  • Assist digital team with day-to-day website content updates
  • Work with content managers to identify appropriate photography for new content, and prep images for the web
  • Work closely with web developer to design new templates/pages/modules that fit within the established styleguide and brand system
  • HTML/CSS coding within existing CMS systems as necessary
  • Work closely with content managers to design visual elements for web content, digital advertising and social media (cross-promotional graphics)

Digital Archives (25%)

  • Work under the supervision of the Sr. Manager of Digital Initiatives to maintain digital asset archives  by sorting through current archives to identify, digitize, tag and organize CAF’s vast photo library

Project-based Work (15%)

  • Participate in discovery meetings with internal and external stakeholders for new digital projects
  • Work with web developer and Sr. Manager of Digital Initiatives to define and document UI/UX requirements for new features or digital properties
  • Effectively communicate conceptual ideas and design rationale
  • Develop rapid revisions/iterations of concepts as necessary

Other Duties   (10%)

  • Be a champion for the user; develop design solutions that delight as well as meet business objectives
  • Participate in user testing as needed
  • Create signage and various marketing materials as needed
  • Manage the content of on-site digital media boards used for tour and program scheduling and promotions
  • Stay up-to-date on emerging design trends and best practices
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors degree in a design-related field
  • 2-3 years working in a digital design position
  • Experience with assessing and retouching digital photography
  • Moderate to advanced experience with web-based content management systems
  • Advanced experience with Adobe Creative Suite and desire to stay current on industry software and design tools

Skills and Attributes

  • Fluent in HTML and CSS
  • Excellent visual design skills (typography and layout), including a natural understanding of brand aesthetic and ability to execute throughout different projects
  • Knowledge of mobile/responsive design methods
  • Good digital file organizational skills
  • Close attention to visual and written details
  • Ability to work efficiently under deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, open to accepting and providing feedback
  • Photography and videography skills a plus

Interested candidates can apply here.

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About Ellen Peterson

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. CAF presents a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy.