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TED is looking for an experienced Designer to join the Media team’s design department. We’re focused on delivering the best experiences possible across a wide range of platforms – our annual conferences, our editorial channels, our global distribution efforts, new content formats, and much more. This position will report to the Design Director and Associate Art Director.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Conception and execution of identities and brand systems for original video series, podcasts, conferences, and initiatives 
  • Extending design systems for events to cover environmental graphics, books, stage design, digital marketing, social media, screen environments, templated signage, merch and more
  • Creation of original artworks for TED’s editorial channels
  • Collaborate closely with print vendors for accurate and high quality execution of various print and signage projects
  • Present design work and concepts with clarity to other teams
  • Understand how to both receive feedback and provide constructive feedback to other team members

You should be a highly conceptual visual thinker and detailed in the execution of ideas, from cradle to completion. You have created work for digital and print, and are familiar with print processes and production. You’re someone who knows how to create beautiful work and how to share your wealth of knowledge with junior members of the team. Above all else, you understand the importance of community, and are ready to help support your fellow team members. No task is too big or too small, and you are happy to lead as the visionary on a project as well as assist your teammate in the execution of their vision. You are committed to the health of the team as a whole.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • 5+ years of graphic design experience.
  • A broad range of interests. You live and breathe graphic design but are also contributing skills such as illustration, motion graphics, photography, sculpting, painting, filmmaking, etc. All creative entry points welcome.
  • Expert fluency in common design tools and applications. You speak the language of Adobe Creative Cloud effortlessly. 
  • Strong organizational skills. You understand the importance of keeping your files tidy at every stage of a project, from the conceptual stage to the delivery of mechanicals. 
  • Flexibility. TED is a fast-paced environment, and we jump quickly from project to project. You can keep up and thrive off the energy of working on something new. 
  • A love for TED Talks and a deeply curious mind about the world is essential. 

Please include a link to your portfolio with your application, as well as any social media accounts you curate that you’d like to share.


This position is based in TED’s Manhattan office. 

Generous health/dental/vision benefits and a company-matched 401K are part of the deal. Every employee also gets an annual continuing education allowance to use for attending conferences or taking classes.

Our team is passionate about TED’s content and the prospect of creating a stronger platform to enable the exchange of ideas worldwide. We’re endlessly curious. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. And we love to work alongside nice people.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), though we’re experimenting with this format everyday. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.


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