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Experiential Design Director

Company: SPMDesign
Location: Orange
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

We design, curate, build, and install custom elements: large-scale art, branding, environmental graphics, wayfinding, experience moments, exhibits, and public activation. We work directly with clients, architects, and interior designers to bring to life the art and design that overlays the traditional architecture scope. We are a fast-growing design and fabrication studio with many exciting, unusual projects. We are passionate about integrating art, storytelling, and brand expression into the built environment. Consistency, thoroughness, passion, and craftsmanship are the fundamentals on which we have built SPMD. POSITION SUMMARY As a Design Director, you will be responsible for multiple projects, client relationships, and the development of internal processes. You will bring creativity and energy to every project and task, with a good understanding of design, architecture, art, and fabrication. You will be highly collaborative, self-driven, organized, cooperative, and flexible. Your passion and thoughtful design approach will help support and shape the culture of the on-site design office, and your experience and forward thinking will help shape the culture of SPMD's business development. Position Responsibilities as a Design Director - 1. Projects

  • Ideate fun conceptual ideas and develop and deliver them using our collaborative approach and process.
  • Plan, manage, and complete multiple design projects at various stages of development and delegate tasks accordingly.
  • Work as part of a larger design team, developing and maintaining relationships and keeping clear communication throughout the project:
    • with the Creative Director, Director of Project Management, and Executive Leadership
    • with the client, architects, engineers, and other external project partners
    • with Design Engineering, Fabrication, and Project Management departments to oversee design intent through fabrication.
    • with junior staff in developing narratives, executing design assets, and documents
    • Maintain awareness of project goals and understand design impact on cost, production, and other variables.
    • Prepare graphic presentations for client review and present work articulately and passionately. 2. Internal processes
      • Work with design and executive leadership on business development processes, relationships, proposals, and planning.
      • A critical role for this in-house design director will be internal processes through design, fabrication, and installation. You will need to learn + integrate into our current processes, then develop and execute a consistent and collaborative improved process with the design engineering and fabrication departments. 3. Management
        • Oversee design staff on a project basis.
        • A second critical role for this position will be mentoring and guiding the culture of the in-house design team. You will oversee and mentor design staff regularly, including weekly check-ins, one-on-ones, annual reviews, hiring, and office support.
        • Research and integrate art, experience design, new materials, technologies, and building methods into design ideas Skills and expectations
          • Ability to understand architectural drawing sets and fabrication shop drawings
          • Ability to quickly communicate concept ideas through sketches, diagrams, mood boards, and collage
          • Ability to pivot from conceptualizing narratives to managing junior designers
          • Understanding of fabrication techniques, materials, and processes
          • Curiosity to learn more and push boundaries of artistic expression and fabrication
          • Highly collaborative attitude and experience working with other designers, architects, project managers, graphic designers, engineers, fabricators, lighting designers, and clients
          • Ability to think with your hands; passion for designing and building things. This includes knowledge of the design process, ergonomics, Universal Design, user interface, materials, prototyping, and construction processes.
          • A bonus would be knowledge of digital experiential/interactive design in the physical environment. TRACKING
            • Design hours to be tracked weekly
            • Oversee project team staff in tracking hours and ensure all project hours are accounted for weekly. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
              • Become proficient in office standard programs, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Asana, and G-Suite.
                • Consult with management on coursework or professional development opportunities.
                • Be proactive and self-disciplined, and seek out solutions to present to management.
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Keywords: SPMDesign, Orange , Experiential Design Director, Executive , Orange, California

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