Data Visualization Designer

Boston, Massachusetts (US)
03 Jun 2019
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Northeastern University’s award-winning digital newsroom is looking for a Data Visualization Designer to create beautiful, engaging and interactive experiences to tell data-driven stories. If you love storytelling, data, design, UI/UX, typography, and being part of a team of creative writers, designers, developers, social media and multimedia producers, you’ll love being part of our team.

The Data Visualization Designer will turn data into news stories about research, discovery, innovation, entrepreneurship, teaching and learning, faculty expertise, to name a few. The goal is showcase the stories behind the data and make them easy for our audiences to understand.

You must be well-versed in the latest in data visualization and web design trends and tools for all devices and platforms. You must also be skilled at HTML, CSS3, PHP (Wordpress in particular), JavaScript (with or without JQuery) and data visualization libraries, including D3.js, etc. Excellent knowledge of data tools (spreadsheets and databases), and familiarity with APIs, responsive design, and Adobe Creative Suite are critical. Familiarity with mapping tools is a plus. Experience with rich multimedia content is also a plus.

We put great emphasis on mobile and social distribution, so strong familiarity with creating data visualizations and info graphics that work well on the different devices and platforms is critical.

Not every story comes with an obvious data set and not every data set tells an obvious story. You’ll have to be entrepreneurial as needed, including gathering data, figuring out how to best visualize it, how to make it tell a story, and executing it while maintaining excellent standards and being mindful of brand guidelines.

You must have excellent taste and a creative mind that never stops coming up with new ideas—and never runs out of energy to execute them. We believe inspiration can come from anywhere and experimenting with new ideas is a good thing in our department.

You may not know everything, but the curiosity and willingness to learn new things are hugely important and valued.