Associate Communications Designer

| Chicago

The Group: Morningstar brings inspired problem solvers together with one goal in mind—to help investors reach their financial goals. At our core, we’re one of the world’s top investment research and data companies. But where we set ourselves apart is how we use that data and research to serve a diverse range of users. Our investment data and research enable us to deliver analytics and insights with a purely independent view, and then we leverage the latest in technology and design to deliver an array of solutions that best meet our users’ needs. This foundation of research, data, technology and design uniquely positions us to provide a more complete set of services to investors all around the world—ultimately helping people make better decisions about their money, or the money they manage for millions of people all over the world. 
 

The Team: The Morningstar design team is dedicated to creating thoughtfully-designed financial products and services so that people across the world can make the best investing decisions for themselves and their clients. We synthesize complex financial information into experiences that empower our users to deliver better outcomes. We do this by not only creating the look and feel of a product, but also driving product direction: prioritizing the biggest opportunities to support our users and the business, while maintaining a strong sense of product ownership and its resulting success. The design organization is made up of several disciplines—visual, UX, communications, content, and research—united to help each other, and the whole company, grow. We’re always seeking designers who are motivated, are driven to deliver user-centered outcomes, and are equally committed to craft and compassion. 

The Role: Morningstar is looking for an Associate Communications Designer for our Marketing group, specifically focused on developing marketing communications and experiences to support our professional software offerings. In this role you’ll help us express our differentiated brand and capabilities story through compelling digital campaigns and websites, print collateral and presentations, and live events with prospects and customers. Communications designers at Morningstar collaborate with other designers, content professionals, product marketing professionals, the brand team, and our technology and business partners to craft impactful customer interactions that drive brand engagement, elevate awareness of our products, and provide support for sales and client interactions. 

This position is based in our Chicago office. 
  
You’ll be great at: 
• Conducting conceptual explorations that inform the creative direction and drive thoughtful design solutions, while also ensuring the successful implementation of concepts in real-world application in consideration of production constraints and techniques 
• Making informed design decisions around typography, composition, color, and other visual elements that support a delightful, engaging experience, while reinforcing the Morningstar brand 
• Solving challenging information and communication design problems and being able to present multiple concepts for consideration, with sound rationale 
• Understanding current trends in digital design and bringing fresh thinking to your solutions 
• Creating high-fidelity prototypes and other artifacts that communicate design direction and executional considerations 
• Participating in creative workshops, user testing, and market research activities that help inform the direction of marketing initiatives and campaigns 

We’re looking for someone who’s: 
• Skilled in both visual and conceptual design, with a strong understanding of typography, color, illustration, and photography 
• Able to execute design solutions through all mediums with an emphasis on digital experience design and multimedia 
• Eager to master complex information, and can translate that information in a way that drives effective story-telling 
• Deeply collaborative and can bring the right players together to solve creative problems 
• A curious self-starter who isn't afraid of ambiguity, or constraints 
• Open to feedback and knows how to defend design decisions 
• Continuously striving for better ways of communicating and learning 
• Comfortable with a fast-paced work environment 
• Able to bring energy to a team and keep things positive 


Basic Qualifications:  
• Bachelor’s degree 
• 1–3 years of experience designing for brand and marketing communications 

Preferred Qualifications:  
• Bachelor's degree in graphic design or equivalent experience/training in the graphic arts.  
• Strong knowledge of Sketch, Invision, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Mac OS X 
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral 
• Knowledge of HTML and CSS  

How to apply: 
Include a link to your online portfolio or attach pdf samples along with your resume. 

Morningstar is an equal opportunity employer.

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Location

22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.

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