Infographics Designer, Pew Research Center

Jun 22, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
Gideon Steinberg
Full Time
Organization Overview
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; analyzing news coverage; and holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues. Its work is carried out by a "Core" administrative and publishing unit and these seven projects:

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press ( led by Andrew Kohut
Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism ( led by Tom Rosenstiel
Pew Internet & American Life Project ( led by Lee Rainie
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life ( led by Luis Lugo
Pew Hispanic Center ( led by Paul Taylor
Pew Global Attitudes Project ( led by Andrew Kohut
Pew Social & Demographic Trends ( led by Paul Taylor

Pew Social and Demographic Trends Overview
The Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis.

Position Summary
The Infographics Designer is a member of the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project. This position is primarily responsible for creating user-centric web designs, information graphics, and online data visualization and mapping tools. The Infographics Designer is a visual storyteller who can examine large, statistical data sets and create clear, compelling online layouts, images and interactive features that can stand on their own or complement research studies. In addition to being a part of the Social & Demographic Trends team, the Infographics Designer may provide design support and guidance to other Pew Research Center projects. Candidates must be proficient in Adobe CS4 tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash) and have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. This position reports to the Graphics Director, Pew Social and Demographic Trends, who shares supervisory responsibility with the Director of Operations, Pew Research Center.

Primary Responsibilities
Work with Graphics Director to design and develop information graphics for online (and, on occasion, print) dissemination.
Work with demographers, survey researchers, economists, programmers and editors to conceptualize and produce data narratives through graphical representation.
Create, query, map and analyze data.
Conceptualize and execute static and interactive graphic features.
Take a lead role in finding new ways to represent and communicate data.
Stay up-to-date with trends in visual communication, especially web design standards and data visualization and analysis.
Work with internal project stakeholders to define information architecture, navigation, labeling, and visual design for online products.
Create test pages, templates, and graphical elements for review and iteration.

Required Education/Experience
Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design with emphasis on Journalism or Geography or related equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Minimum 2-5 years experience or equivalent work in graphic design or infographics.
Experience in statistics, data analysis, or cartography a plus.
Experience designing for online presentation.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Extensive experience using industry-leading design and mapping software (Photoshop, Illustrator, ArcGIS).
Strong analytic abilities to capture and illustrate the essence of data for a lay audience.
Knowledge of public opinion data mapping and/or database tools (SQL, MS Access, Crystal Reports, SPSS) is a plus.
Must be highly organized with strong attention to detail with ability to work independently, multi-task, prioritize and deliver against deadlines with minimal guidance.
Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and Adobe Flash, and Dreamweaver.

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