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Production Designer

The Production Designer plays a crucial role in transforming exhibit concepts into reality by taking component ideas from the design team, modeling them in Fusion 360, and creating drawings for the fabrication team to build from.

This role involves working closely with the design team, the fabrication team, and the project managers to ensure that the designs are feasible and can be produced within budget and on schedule. The Production Designer will be responsible for drafting detailed design specifications and overseeing the production of those designs to troubleshoot problems, and maintain design integrity and quality standards.

The production designer can expect to spend roughly half their time at the computer desiging, and half the time working in the shop.

Responsibilities and Duties

Translate design concepts. Work with the design team to translate design concepts into detailed 3D Fusion models and design specifications that can be used by the fabrication team.

Liaise between design and fabrication teams. Serve as a link between the design and fabrication teams, facilitating communication and understanding by following the production design brief process.

Oversee production process. Oversee the production process to ensure that the designs are being accurately translated into physical form.

Ensure quality and design integrity. Ensure that the final product maintains the design integrity and meets quality standards.

Problem-solving. Work to solve any design or production issues that arise, finding solutions that maintain the design intent while considering budget and timeline restrictions.

Review project progress. Regularly review the progress of projects with the design and project management teams.

Design revisions. Make design revisions as needed to accommodate production constraints, client feedback, or requests from the design team.

Project documentation. Maintain thorough documentation of the design and production process for each project.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Proven experience as a Production Designer, preferably within an exhibit design or related industry.
  • Strong understanding of design principles and production processes.
  • Proficiency in design and drafting software, such as CAD.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Degree in Design, Industrial Design, or a related field.

Work Environment

A Production Designer typically works in an office or studio environment within Upland firm but may also spend time on the production floor or at installation sites. The role often requires a standard 9-to-5 schedule, but may sometimes require additional hours to meet project deadlines. Depending on the specifics of the role and the firm, there may be opportunities for remote work, especially for design tasks that can be done using a computer. On-site work may be required during the production and installation stages of exhibits.