We are seeking a Visual Communications Designer to join our Tokyo studio. We are looking for an individual with strong skills and passion for visual design across different media: our communications designers routinely work on projects that spread across print, packaging and brand identity to projects for screens, devices, and spaces.
Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?
The Visual Communication design team creates the largest impact on clients where they can translate complex ideas and concepts into compelling human-centered designs and stories. Visual Communications Designers bring ideas to life that inspire, engage and motivate our design teams, our clients and the end users.
- A strong portfolio demonstrating an elevated sense of design that includes color, visual hierarchy, and typography: you know the difference between “good” and “great” and are able to work through team dynamics, clients and timelines to deliver excellent design.
- User-centered perspective: You understand and can articulate a human-centered approach to design and be comfortable going out into the world for inspiration.
- Team skills: You work best in a participatory, team-based environment. You support and inspire teams through collaboration as well as direction, vision, and planning of all aspects of visual deliverables.
- Communication skills: You have strong verbal and visual presentation skills, ideally in both English and Japanese. You demonstrate a clear “point‐of‐view” relating to the design. You understand the value of design and brand within a business context.
- Prototyping skills: You are ready to learn from failure, embrace an iterative process and you understand that success comes sooner with trial and error. You have experience in creating both low and high fidelity design deliverables for print and screen.
- Consulting chops: You should feel comfortable throughout all phases of a project, from translating verbal ideas into visual concepts, through design development and refinement, to creating production-ready artwork.
- Openness: Designers need to be flexible and open-minded, especially when working with our small collective of designers, where each of us are expected to contribute and collaborate creatively. Successful candidates are optimistic, generative, and are open to new ideas and ways of working.
Minimum Requirements and Qualifications
- Strong bilingual communication skills in both English and Japanese.
- Minimum of Bachelor’s degree education in Graphic Design, New Media, or professional equivalent.
- At least three years of experience in a design studio or creative consultancy.
- Fluency with Adobe Creative Suite, Google workspace (e.g Google slides), video/audio editing software and other design tools.
- Be self-directed toward excellent work outcomes, comfort level in ambiguous, non-rules based environments.
- Excellent discretion, demonstrating sound judgment in dealing with confidential dialogues and information.
- Ability to travel occasionally.
About the Company
IDEO Tokyo’s mission is to help enable change in Japan through design and creativity. As part of a small studio that is still growing, this person must demonstrate a collaborative working style, great communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a non-rules-based environment of creative innovation.
What does IDEO offer you?
IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We work hard, but we also craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in both the design process and your career.
Equal Opportunity Employer
IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.