DIRECTOR OF DESIGN
Who are we?
Scout is a web-based multimedia publication combining near-term science fiction
& reporting to cover the intersection of technology, economics, and morality. Our
mission is to accelerate the creation of a better future through stories,
conversations, and prototypes. We’re building a community of people who care
about what technology actually means and who in society it’s going to affect.
Learn more about us on our completed Kickstarter page:
Our successful Kickstarter campaign attracted a powerful group of beta members
— many who work on cutting edge technologies — who realize we must explore
these issues now. We are building a cohort of contributors which currently includes
nationally recognized journalists, New York Times best-selling sci-fi authors, and
experts in strategic foresight. We are developing new ways of storytelling to explore
the implications of technological advancement.
We’re working to build Scout v1 (a web-based publication) and plan to launch in
November. That’s where you come in. Improving the quality of the conversation is
impossible without visual design that can cast light on ideas obscured by
complexity and outdated ways of exploring them. Design is a central part of Scout’s
ethos — our ability to communicate complicated ideas will make or break our
Who are you?
We are looking for a Director of Design with a strong background in visual design
to collaborate with us to build our vision, values, and principles. Your job will be to
make them tangible, delightful reality in the first iteration of our publication. We are
tackling complex technologies and abstract ideas — your challenge is to lead the
creation of our visual style and construct infographics and explainers that make
these topics more intuitive for our thoughtful readers. If you succeed, you will bring
greater clarity and understanding around emerging technologies and help our
readers visualize how technology will impact our lives. As employee number four,
you will be a core part of our founding team and crucial to our culture and success.
Key Priorities and Responsibilities
Develop an iconic and beloved identity for a high-profile startup as it launches
You will create original designs for a web publication, working directly with our
contributors to understand their content
Create infographics, visuals, and motion graphic explainers to illuminate the
complicated ideas we’ll cover in our content, or outsource and manage their
creation. This will be a large part of your day-to-day in the first year.
Collaborate with the President and CEO on the design of our v 1.0 product
Act as a thought partner to the co-founders around issue topics and overall
Depending on your experience, grow and manage an elite and widely
respected design team
Candidate Profile & Qualifications
You have exceptional style, instincts, and design skills
You have experience publishing and optimizing visual content for the social and
Visual design background preferred. If you’re more experienced, you’re willing
to carry out every stage of the design process
Ability to design effectively for mobile apps, responsive websites, and email campaigns
Basic front-end development skills and knowledge of HTML & CSS would be ideal
Nice-to-have: motion graphics animation skills; ability to create short animations to visually explain difficult concepts
We’re looking for an empathetic, thoughtful, and passionate designer with exceptional skills and clarity of thought. We’re excited to learn from you, and want someone who is eager to learn from and with us.
You care about what technology means, and who in society it’s going to affect (and you never get tired of talking
You have the ability to think at a high level about product strategy and vision
You are excited to be a part of an enterprise at its beginning stages and to have
a transformative impact on its creation
You thrive on a small team in fast-paced, high-ambiguity environment
You’re self-motivated and can deliver on individual projects
You are seeking a bigger social and economic win than you might realize in a
more traditional role or institution
Mission and Culture Fit
Experience managing small groups of creatives on deadline
You know how to organize scrappy, agile media productions
How to Apply
Email your portfolio and resume to contact mail.
Will depend on qualifications and will be a combination of equity and salary.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity — in fact, it is crucial to
developing new and profound insight. We do not discriminate on the basis of race,
religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.