Visual Designer (Contract) at dscout

| Chicago
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We are dscout. At our core, we are People Nerds. We empower our customers to meet the people who matter to them in the moments that matter most. Customer-obsessed companies and agencies like Lyft, Nike, IDEO, and REI use dscout to build better products and services because of people like you. We are building a smart and driven team in our Chicago HQ, and we would love for you to join us.

We are looking for a Contract Visual Designer to join our Studio Team. Think of dscout's Studio Team as a full-service, mixed-methods research consulting group. We also happen to be some of the dscout platform's biggest power-users. As part of the Studio Team, you take on the most challenging projects our clients have: investigating emerging trends, clarifying business opportunities, testing the boundaries of iconic brands, and vetting new-to-the-world products and services, all while pushing dscout’s products to the limit.

As a Contract Visual Designer on the Studio Team, you’ll work closely with our Research Leads and Analysts in developing presentation narratives, frameworks, and data visualizations that support our client deliverables. Managing templates, schedules, and resourcing will appeal to your skills in detail orientation and project management, while creating evocative diagrams, illustrations/icons, and layouts will satiate your need to communicate complex ideas with clear, striking visuals.

Additionally, when time and projects allow, you’ll work with other designers at dscout on the continued evolution of the dscout brand and its implementation throughout the organization - product, business development, marketing, and social media.

Curious to know more about our team and the work we do? Visit!

Note: You must have a portfolio or work samples in order to apply for this role.

This is an hourly CONTRACT role that will span for several months. To complete the needed work, this role will likely require about 20 hours per week. We have a strong preference for candidates who can be on-site at least a day per week (or several partial days per week).

What you will do (let’s call them Responsibilities):

  • Design! First and foremost, you will use design to tell stories through presentations, icons, and other artwork.
  • Collaborate with research teams to plan, design, and deliver exceptional client deliverables (these mostly take the form of decks, though not always)
  • Iterate on designs based on feedback from team members and clients
  • Smoothly navigate timelines and deadlines
  • Empower peers on the Studio Team with the tools and skills to take care of basic design needs independently
  • Support design needs across other departments internally, as needed
  • Receive and provide constructive feedback of design work

What you need to have (we can call them Desired Skills and Background):

  • Degree in graphic design or visual communication (BA, BFA, BDes, MFA, MDes), or equivalent work experience
  • 2-3 years experience as a designer (graphic, visual, typographic, and presentation design experience preferred); plus for experience designing within a company’s brand guidelines
  • Great information design and data visualization abilities
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite and Keynote (and yes, sometimes PowerPoint or Google Slides)
  • You think in terms of systems, make rational design decisions and can then communicate how those decisions tie back to project goals.
  • You obsess about the details, polish your work and constantly ask the question, “Is this how it should be?”
  • A strong portfolio showing client-ready work.
  • You have experience with both brand and editorial design (ie, you are well versed with typography and layout). You will be using both skill sets in this role.
  • You’re a great communicator, team player, and thrive on collaboration.
  • Experience working with common industry software (Proficient in: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign / Sketch; Bonus: Animation (After Effects), Keynote)
  • Familiar with file formats and creating assets for the web and print
  • Plus: experience in a high-paced agency setting that focuses on exceptional client deliverables

What will you get?
Here at dscout, we are a team of passionate research, sales, technical, marketing, design, success, and operations professionals. We are driven by the power of research—how in-context insights from real people can build products and services that are more people-centric. We value learning, sharing, and building. We deeply value being a diverse and inclusive team and company, and we are looking for team members who align with that belief. We are proud of what dscout is today and we are excited to build our future with you.

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Technology we use

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  • Product
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    • ElixirLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ApolloLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PhoenixFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • TrelloManagement


Our office is in the northwest corner of Chicago's bustling Loop neighborhood, right along the Chicago Riverwalk. Entertainment is just steps away!

An Insider's view of dscout

What's something quirky about your company?

dscout hosts monthly ‘Tuesday Teas’ where a teammate leads a discussion about a topic they are passionate about. Last month an engineer led a talk on the French Revolution, and earlier a lead researcher spoke about brewing beer... It's a fun way to learn about our peers and about something we may have never thought to learn more about!

Kyli Herzberg

Lead Research Advisor

What projects are you most excited about?

dscout is full of passionate and curious people, so projects that require true cross-company collaboration are my favorite. Recently, this included a research project to inform changes around how we capture gender-identity in the participant profile of our app. This work involved almost every department, so it 
felt like a true team effort.

Jess Mons

Director, Business Intelligence

What does career growth look like on your team?

Career growth can be such a personal journey! dscout provides a clearly defined growth path for how people may progress on the team, while also supporting growth consistently by providing opportunities and responsibilities that challenge and develop each team member’s skillset in new ways.

Stefani Bachetti

Director, Studio

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

dscout takes innovation into the way we operate. We’re transparent with information and challenges. We create goals top-down and bottom-up, giving direction on where to focus and how to succeed. We value metrics, but we aren’t beholden to them. We want you to brainstorm ideas, debate strategy and, more than anything, get inspired by our customers.

Michael Winnick


How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Collaboration is a core value at dscout. We openly encourage collaboration through larger company strategic initiatives down to smaller cross-functional initiatives. Whether it's formal meetings with Sales and Customer Success, or collaborating through tools like Slack or GSuite. I've always found that everyone is open to chat and share feedback.

Zoei Benzon

Marketing Manager - Events

What are dscout Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks