Exhibit Designer–2 D

The Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is seeking a strong candidate to work as part of project teams. The Exhibit Designer – 2D conceives and develops a specific and detailed design as it pertains to Exhibitions, Galleries, Signs, Print and A/V materials.


Under the general direction of the Head - Creative and together with Project Managers, work with Curators, Interpretive Planners, 3D and Multimedia Designers, French language translators and other specialist staff, to develop in full detail, all production-ready graphic components for Exhibitions and Galleries. For smaller scale exhibitions develop the 3D design.

Concept Design:

  • Work in a team to prepare the schematic approach and concepts for the graphics in each project.

  • Prepare design comps for use in audience research and presentations, for input and approval from Senior Managers and other stakeholders.

  • Where assigned, develop and present the concept for the 3D design.

Design Development:

  • Based upon approved concepts, and draft texts, further develop with the team all typical and special graphic types. Prepare more developed comps, source visual elements and sample materials, and provide mock-ups and a variety of other media. In specifying graphics, consideration must be given to access for users of all abilities.

  • With input from the Interpretive Planner and Exhibit Designer – 3D, prepare the graphic components tracking and coding system.

  • Work with the Exhibit Designer – 3D to develop a coordinated design approach to graphics and the dimensional components of the project. Support their work to ensure all materials and surfaces required for graphics are developed, coordinated, sized and properly provided.

  • Prepare presentations for input and approval from Senior Managers and other stakeholders.

  • Where assigned, further develop and present the 3D design.

Pre-Production and Production:

  • Based on approved Design Development and final bilingual texts, work with the team to finalize design of all graphic components.

  • Prepare bilingual proof files for all graphics in the project for review and approval.

  • Under the general direction of the Project Manager, source and recommend graphic production suppliers, develop RFQ packages and obtain quotations for designs. Throughout the project assist the Project Manager to monitor all graphic components to remain on budget.

  • Prepare production-ready files for use by outside suppliers. Where applicable, coordinate the work of the Graphic Production Assistant to carry out this work.

  • Under the general direction of the Project Manager, coordinate the supply and installation of graphics. Review and approve samples, supplier proofs and conduct press approvals where needed.

  • Where assigned, develop the production drawings and specifications for the 3D components. Where applicable, coordinate the work of the Design Technologist to carry out this work.

  • Perform other duties as assigned from time to time.

  • Must have completed a four (4) year Degree in graphic design OR an acceptable equivalent in education and experience.

  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in exhibition graphic design.

  • Able to read and develop 3D production drawings and specifications for small-scale exhibitions.

  • Able to develop highly accessible graphics that clearly communicate complex, layered information.

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.

  • Able to clearly communicate design ideas – verbally and using visuals.

  • Demonstrated work initiative and research skills.

  • Strong problem-solving skills often involving the need to develop solutions in which not all variables are known at the outset.

  • Experience with multi-lingual and environmental graphic design.

  • Detailed knowledge of inclusive design, graphic specifications, production techniques and media.

  • Illustration and multi-media experience are assets.

  • Proficient with the current software used for design, presentation and pre-production files, such as Adobe CC InDesign, Illustrator (with CADTools), Photoshop, Sketchup.

How to Apply

Linda Knox, Human Resources Department, Royal Ontario Museum, by email ONLY: careers@rom.on.ca - please quote. Please quote Competition #2018-116 – Exhibit Designer – 2D in the subject line. PRIOR TO 5:00 PM ON: January 3, 2019

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Posted on December 27