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Position Title: Exhibit Designer



Position Overview

The exhibit designer expresses the content, themes, and goals of the exhibition in all three-dimensional media.

Primary Objectives

Work closely with the developer, graphic designer, and client to create a seamless visitor experience that meets the client’s goals and objectives. Produce drawings that communicate design intent and describe how the exhibition is organized in a space, its shape, dimensions, materials, and general construction.


Areas of Responsibility and Specific Responsibilities

  • Conceptual/schematic design

    • With the developer, conduct a start-up meeting with the client and stakeholders to determine storylines, themes, and goals of the exhibition

    • Create bubble plan that places major exhibit areas on floor plan, based on exhibit priorities and hierarchy

    • With the developer, brainstorm ideas, interactives, and best media to express exhibit topics and content, being cognizant of audience, goals, client, SRS build needs, and budget

    • Create concept sketches or renderings of major exhibit areas or ideas, coded to the development documents

    • Create a floor plan with an accurate footprint of exhibit areas, coded to the development documents

    • Work with the graphic designer and developer to develop a graphic approach to the exhibition

    • Prototypes interactives and participate in evaluation process, as needed (for major projects)

    • Start to develop a “look book” that expresses the visual approach to the exhibition (styles of illustration, murals, etc). This may be an internal document and will develop into the design development reference package

    • Ensure good customer service: that the client is being heard and responded to regarding the design


  • Design development

    • Prepare elevation drawings of all exhibits, including size, material usage, and layout. These should be based on client feedback and should reflect budget realities. The drawings may also include traffic flow, ADA requirements, or other details as required.

    • Refine floor plan that shows all exhibits and location in the physical space

    • Prepare materials, finish, and color samples

    • Prepare a lighting and reflected ceiling plan, as required

    • Prepare an electrical and data plan, as required

    • Compile spec sheets for off-the-shelf components

    • In conjunction with the graphic designer, create overview artifact layouts. Design specialty mounts or shelving as needed

    • With the developer, create a props list, with sources

    • Create graphic elevations that show locations and sizes of all graphics

    • With the developer, compile art fabrication reference package, showing species, colors, styles, time of day, reference photos and other details for all original artwork and specialty components.


  • Pre-roduction
    • Hand off reference package to project manager for art fab; participate in start-up meeting for CAD and fabrication

    • Advise and respond to CAD design questions, as needed


  • Fabrication and close-out

    • Monitor art fabrication and shop build for quality control and design intent

    • Create graphic elevations that show locations and real sizes of all graphics, to provide to installation crew

    • Place final artifact in case, as needed

    • Focus final lighting, as needed

  • Sales and marketing

    • Brainstorm creative ideas and approaches for major proposals, as needed

    • Participate in phone and in-person interviews with prospective clients, as needed


Other requirements

  • Travel to site to present to the client throughout the design process.

  • Comfortable facilitating and leading meetings with a variety of stakeholders.

  • Often required to present at sales interviews or for prospective clients.

  • Strong oral and visual communication skills, including conceptual sketching

  • Flexible team player with strong leadership skills

  • Big picture and detailed oriented

  • Up to date on current design trends within the exhibition field

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Familiarity with various types of building systems including, but not limited to HVAC, plumbing, flooring, electrical, and low voltage

  • BS degree in design-related field

  • Proficient in Vectorworks or other 3D software, Adobe Suite; preference for CAD software and digital interface experience

Please send your resume/CV to to be considered for this position.