Design Communicator – Human-Centred Design Guide for the Space Industry (Ref 17/24)

Company: Satellite Applications Catapult, Design Team

Location: Harwell, Oxford

Project Background: 

The Design Team at the Satellite Applications Catapult is made up of human-centred designers who specialise in making sure that the technology solutions being developed are solving real world problems. It is our job to understand our users across the globe and translate the challenges they face into actionable design requirements. We test, we question, we imagine, we create.

To spread the good word of design, we have been creating a human-centred design guide for the space industry based on our methods and case studies of our field work. However, we simply don’t have the capacity to turn our notes, thoughts and drafts into a final product.

Student Specification:

We want YOU to bring your storytelling flair into our department, and, working with us, help share the value and methods of human-centred design with the space industry and beyond. We are open to new ideas, and want you to surprise us with your creativity. We believe this is an important story to tell and we want you to help us tell it.

You are someone who can take a complicated story and make sense of it, who thinks information is beautiful, and who knows the power of a good story. You want to change the world and believe that user-centred design is an essential tool in achieving this.

You prototype as proof of concept, work visually as much as possible, and itch to teach people why these are great ways of working.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Sketching / quick prototyping
  • Ability to explain / defend a response to a creative brief
  • Ninja skills in graphics/visualisation software (we use the Adobe CC suite, so this would be our preference) to produce:
    • Infographics
    • Presentations
    • Visual narratives
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-driven, exploratory
  • Can draw a perfect circle freehand (very important)
  • An interest in science communication

Preferred additional requirements: You are a student from a Service or Product Design, Information Experience Design, Graphic or Communication Design, or similar course, with some great visuals on your portfolio.

The Nitty Gritty: 8 weeks fixed-term contract to be agreed with successful candidate but nominally with a start date around 26 June which is also the SPIN Induction day at Harwell. Salary is £1,500 per calendar month. (guide only)

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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