Designer At Our World In Data • $25+/hr • Contract • Remote

Designer at Our World in Data • $25+/hr • Contract • Remote

Location: Oxford, UK or Remote

Employment: Contractor (with potential to grow into Full Time)

Deadline: hiring on a rolling basis – please apply early, even if you are not available soon

At Our World in Data, we believe that understanding how and why the world has changed in the past is vital for making well-informed decisions to make a better future. And we believe that the most important changes in the world – the ones that happen slowly and steadily over many years – are not covered well by the daily news which focus on single events.

This is why we present data and research on the long-term trends that reshape our world – global poverty, CO₂ emissions, fertility rates, mental health, and many more topics – and our goal is to find the best ways to communicate this research with a broad audience.

As a designer, you will primarily focus on empowering our readers by:

  • providing tools to investigate data and answer questions through data
  • finding better ways to present data and research – whether through creating new visualisations, content layout or interactive tools

Why this role?

  • Large impact. We reach a large audience (1 million+ visitors per month) and we rank high on Google Search for queries like CO₂ emissions, population growth, global poverty and others. A lot of people come to us when looking for answers and we try to provide the best resources to answer them.
  • Opportunities to learn. Being a small team, you will have lots of opportunities to develop skills outside your areas of expertise. You won't be a cog in the machine and you won't be limited by your job title.
  • Driven by public benefit. Everything you work on will be public. We are a nonprofit and your focus will always be on maximising the benefit of the public – not on maximising profits.
  • Change the way research is presented. Much of academic research today is published on paper – a format that was available to Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. The most popular digital publishing format – the PDF – offers very few capabilities beyond paper. In your work with us, you will try to find better ways to communicate global development research that make use of the capabilities of the web.
  • Great team. We are a tiny team reaching a huge audience and we have an overwhelming passion for what we do. We care about doing the best work we can, and we hope you do too.
  • Connections. We have great connections with developers, the data visualisation community, big policy institutions and beyond. We have attended Y Combinator, collaborated on several videos with Kurzgesagt and we frequently work with international and media organisations. You will have a chance to talk and collaborate with great people.

Your responsibilities:

  • From initial idea to delivery – you will be responsible for projects that make Our World in Data better for our readers.
  • Conduct user research and discover the real needs of our readers – not just their feature requests – and find ways to address them.
  • Prototype a wide range of solutions and carefully analyse their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Present and discuss your projects and decisions with the team, including researchers and developers.
  • Work closely with developers and researchers to build and iterate on projects.
  • Iterate quickly and be agile – we work in short release cycles and deploy often.
  • Contribute to strategic planning by helping prioritise and establish short-term and long-term goals.

You may be a good fit if you:

  • Have experience building products within a team.
  • Have experience talking to users and running user tests.
  • Are intensely user-focussed.
  • Have an exceptional ability for thinking systematically about design problems – you can effectively deconstruct and find patterns within problems.
  • Can design user interfaces that strike the right balance between flexibility, power, and ease of use.
  • Have a good sense of design principles & aesthetics.
  • Strive to create pixel-perfect designs, but know the benefits and uses of rough prototypes.
  • Can effectively communicate your project, process and decisions to a diverse team, and crave feedback to help you produce your best work.
  • Are not afraid to question basic assumptions – even your own.
  • Bonus: Have some knowledge of web technologies – capable of building prototypes with HTML, CSS and some knowledge of JavaScript. You might work on:
  • Creating individual country pages which consolidate data we have on each country in the world. These pages will help track each country's progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Building a public interface to explore our full database of over 70,000 metrics.
  • Designing visualisations and features for our Grapher – the internal, open source tool we use to produce our interactive visualisations.
  • Revamping our visual design and branding, and creating a design system.
  • Reorganising our site in order to make our content easier to find.
  • Building the next version of our content management system – exploring options beyond WordPress.

How to apply

Email us with:

  • Your CV.
  • Your portfolio – you can include work done in a team, but please explain what your responsibilities were.
  • A bit about why working at Our World in Data is appealing to you and how you can contribute.

You are encouraged to apply even if you don't precisely match the criteria. We deeply value passion for our mission and a desire to learn any skills necessary to make an impact.



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