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Information Designer

Voilà: (chezvoila.com) is an information design studio. Since 2013, we combine analysis and design to visually communicate complex information. We are committed to sustainable development, the fight against climate change, gender equality, social development, transparency, diversity and inclusion. We have clients around the world, such as in Washington, New York, London, Paris, Brussels, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Montreal.

 

Job description

We are looking for a full-time (35 hours per week) information designer in Montreal (or planning to move there in the next few months). Based on complex data or information provided by our clients, you will help us design clear visuals (graphs, charts, maps, infographics, presentations…). 

Left-to-right axis with tasks and tools related to information design going from data on the left to design on the right. The task highlighted for this position are "data tools used for visualization (like Excel), dedicated data visualization tools (like Datawrapper), and presentation software that makes graphs (like PowerPoint).

 

We are looking for someone who thinks visually, someone creative who can translate complex information into diagrams and graphics. This is not graphic design, but information design. The first tool is pencil and paper, for sketching. After that comes Excel or other software to make the graphics and then PowerPoint to present them. The result is a series of graphics in a presentation or report, a diagram explaining a strategy, an infographic combining data and graphics

For example, a client sends us this…



…and we turn it into this.

But your best tool is the Voilà: team. Our projects are all the result of collaboration and no one is solely responsible for the final result. You will join a team of two information designers and three graphic designers. Depending on your experience and comfort level, you will have more or less responsibility in the supervision of projects, the articulation of our vision, the development of the team and our processes.

To produce good information design, you need to understand the subject of the data, the information. It requires an analytical mind and, often, an ability to absorb information specific to various fields. At Voilà:, our projects most often deal with sustainable development, so knowledge of the environment, social development and governance is useful.

 

Main responsibilities and duties

  • Analyze and visualize quantitative data (numbers) and qualitative data (information) 
  • Participate in the development of visualizations (charts or diagrams, static or interactive), from sketch to final product ready for publication, in collaboration with our graphic designers and programmers
  • Contribute to orientation meetings with our clients, help clarify project objectives and needs
  • Write analyses of needs to guide clients in the selection of information design products relevant to their objectives.
  • Present your design process to clients, respond effectively to feedback
  • Participate in the sharing of the result on the company’s platforms (portfolio, blog, social media) and write about the design process

 

What we expect

  • Relevant experience or training in sustainable development (political science, economics, social sciences, engineering, journalism, philosophy, etc.) or information design (analysis, data, design, visualization)
  • Experience creating clear graphics using best practices in data visualization, visual prioritization, color theory, accessibility principles, etc.
  • Very good understanding of French and English. We work in French internally and interact with our clients in French and English. A third language may be an asset
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable development issues
  • Ease in the vagueness of early mandates and the ability to refine both the need and the solution from a wide range of possibilities
  • Software tools: Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides), MS Office 365 (PowerPoint, Excel, Word), Slack, Asana, Skype. If you’re familiar with the Adobe Suite, all the better.
  • Assets: Statistical analysis fluency and experience with specialized data visualization software such as Datawrapper, Flourish, QGIS, Plotly, PowerBI, or Tableau; programming languages such as R, Python, or D3; and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

 

What we offer

  • Stimulating and creative work environment based on inspiring themes
  • Flexible work schedule that allows you to balance work and family
  • An office (we are currently looking for one) where we will work in person three days a week
  • An international clientele to make your expertise shine
  • Company in full development (from two to eight people in two years)
  • Salary between $50,000 and $75,000 (CAD) per year depending on skills and experience
  • Group or individual bonuses depending on the performance of the company and the individual
  • Group insurance (disability insurance, life insurance, and some health care)
  • Paid overtime
  • Computer equipment provided (MacBook, mouse, keyboard and 27″ screen)
  • Professional training budget of $800 per year; we encourage continuous learning, mentoring and professional development
  • Reimbursement for telecommunications expenses
  • Time off offered between Christmas and New Year’s Day in addition to vacations and statutory holidays
  • A friendly work environment, a dynamic and passionate team

 

How to apply

We welcome applications from people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, marginalized and underrepresented communities, Indigenous peoples and people with disabilities. Voilà: recognizes the importance of including a diversity of life experiences in our team and is committed to creating a safe and inclusive work environment from the beginning of the recruitment process.

You think you have what it takes, but you’re not sure if you meet all the criteria? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of only 60% of the criteria, while women and other marginalized people tend to apply only when they meet all the criteria. Some skills will be developed and others will be filled by the rest of the team.

Before June 5, 2022, send us the following via the form below or via our website (chezvoila.com/jobs)

  • Cover letter explaining both why you are qualified (why you) and why you are interested in this job (why us). This letter is important and is the first thing we read.
  • Resume
  • Portfolio: some examples of your information design work, in any format.

 

We thank you in advance for your application. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Timeline: Start in the summer of 2022



Curiosity drives us.

We care about sustainable development, climate change, gender equality, social development, transparency, diversity and inclusion.