About the Position
Wirecutter is seeking an experienced visual designer to help us bring our work to an even greater audience. Our vision is to become the most trusted and loved destination for figuring out what to buy, and in this role, you’ll work toward that vision by conceptualizing and designing information graphics, charts, diagrams, and conceptual artwork that explain our in-depth research and testing to a diverse audience.
You have big ideas and proven experience translating them into fun, inspiring, evocative, and informative work. You should be driven, organized, thoughtful, and have a point of view on service journalism. You should love working with others — experience within an editorial organization is a plus — but be totally comfortable developing your ideas independently. You should love Wirecutter, but be excited about our opportunity to make it even better. If you are creative, curious and organized — with an interest in both abstract experimentation and concrete, rational visual systems — we want to hear from you.
You will report to Wirecutter’s Creative Director and join a multi-disciplinary design team with strong links to The New York Times. Our focus is on clear ideas, beautiful execution, and a helpful, collaborative spirit.
Conceptualizes, designs, produces, and maintains information graphics, diagrams, illustrations and editorial artwork that appear in Wirecutter reviews, social channels and The New York Times
Visually translates and crystallizes existing ideas in our editorial coverage; proactively seeks out and originates new ways of communicating our research and testing to diverse audiences
Collaborates with our editorial and photo/video team to develop visual systems and art direction for seasonal and topical coverage
Contributes to departmental charrettes and ideation sessions; helps to develop and maintain overall Wirecutter visual identity
Assists with staffing for major seasonal events (e.g., Black Friday, Prime Day, etc.)
BFA/BA or equivalent in Graphic Design, Communication Design or a related discipline
3+ years of experience
Ability to distill complex ideas into efficient pieces of visual communication across multiple formats, media and stages of production
Extensive, proven experience conceptualizing and designing diagrams, illustrations and information graphics
A curious, thoughtful, enthusiastic approach
Strong organizational skills with an ability to prioritize independently and operate autonomously
Exceptional skill in the formal aspects of design, including typography, composition, form, hierarchy, proportion and color
Ability to work collaboratively with editorial staff while independently arriving at unique creative solutions
Versed in the social media ecosystem, with a keen understanding of how to participate meaningfully + authentically
Enthusiasm for the mission of Wirecutter and of The New York Times
Proficient in standard tools such as Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.
Past experience working at or with a remote company is preferred
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
Submissions without a resumé + portfolio of relevant work will not be considered
Optional but helpful
Interaction/product design experience
Experience with technical and/or diagrammatic illustration
Familiarity with Sketch
Experience with audio, video, 3D modeling and/or animation
This position is based in Wirecutter’s New York office.
Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.
We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.
Our company principles
Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.
Seek understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.
Explain why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.
Solve things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.
Get it done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.
Make it better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.
Other locations: Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.
Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company
Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.
We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.