Visual Communications Lead

About Gemic

Gemic is a growth strategy firm with offices in NYC, Berlin, and Toronto. Grounded by the methods of the social sciences, inspired by the humanities, and reinforced by the analytical rigor of strategy consulting – we use cross-disciplinary methods to help some of the largest global companies translate emerging shifts in society, culture, and technology into clear future directions and value propositions.

Our team is made up of anthropologists, philosophers, economists, sociologists, political scientists, and futurists. We hail from over 10 countries, speak 14 languages, and always work in small teams that carry a project from inception, through research and strategy, into design-led solutions.

About the Role

Gemic delves into the world of the unspoken and unseen – the rules and conventions that guide social behavior and norms and the beliefs that shape what people see as good and valuable. These intangibles shape human experience but often lack a vocabulary and voice.

The primary role of a visual communications lead is to help our team of researchers share their learnings through visualizing evidence, portraying the lives of people we encounter in our research, and building explanatory models and frameworks that distill our learnings into memorable concepts and ideas.

When not actively working to communicate work, you will help build and execute the strategy for the Gemic brand across all of our communication assets. As our work touches on many new digital platforms, we will need to build a coherent system that works across them all and enable our team to work while maintaining consistency and quality.

You will be based in one of our three offices, serving a global function out of either NYC, Berlin, or Toronto. While our team is currently working remotely in line with Covid measures, there will be an opportunity to travel across all three offices when in-person work resumes – enabling you to collaborate with and immerse in each of our local teams.

Your Skills

You are rigorous and fastidious in your approach and practices – you are rooted in modern visual design from Basel and Bauhaus but have developed the flexibility to explore other forms of expression. Baseline skills are visual communication design, graphic design, and information systems, but we ideally seek someone who has additional experience in information design, design of complex systems, architectural illustration, and scenario development. The ability to quickly hand sketch is a plus.

Your Future at Gemic

Gemic is a company with an established research practice but a relatively undeveloped visual language and communication style. You will have a chance to make a lasting impact on the way a company visually communicates its ideas and expresses its brand. Starting with core communications media that directly affect our work, and later extending to how we present ourselves to the broader world, we hope that your direction will help establish Gemic to be a visually memorable brand.

Key tasks/responsibilities

  • Visual systems development for the Gemic brand across digital (and some physical) assets
  • Visual communications development for client-facing deliverables
  • Information design, data visualization, and graphic presentation of visual content
  • Leadership on aesthetic image and taste cultivation within the company
  • Custodian of Gemic’s brand

What you should be

  • Prior professional work in information design, graphic design, visual systems design
  • 4 years plus relevant experience
  • Comfortable across both digital and hand (sketch) skills
  • Hands-on and capable of managing and prioritizing multiple workstreams
  • Personable, open, engaging, and a good listener

Please click here to apply and submit your cover letter, CV, and portfolio. 

The deadline to submit your application materials is February 1, 2021.