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Creative Specialist, Graphic Design 106 views

Remote/Boston, MA

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms. 
The Ginkgo Sociotechnical Studio is a multidisciplinary team designing and communicating the future of synthetic biology. We work at the intersection of design, technology, biology, art, and communications. Although we’re immersed in this incredible technology, we also recognize that synthetic biology is not always an easy thing to communicate — or understand. We’re passionate about finding new ways to tell the story of synthetic biology, through creative marketing, PR, digital interfaces like, social media like our Twitter account, creative projects in museums, booths at conferences, workshops and community building events, our annual event Ferment, and our magazine Grow by Ginkgo. We’re not only vision-setters who spend our time dreaming of possibilities but also go-getters who make those ideas a reality.
The Studio works across Ginkgo’s divisions by creating reusable and extensible materials to support the creative and communication needs of internal teams. The Studio works closely with Ginkgo’s commercial teams including the Business Development and Growth teams as well as Ginkgo’s leadership to develop the best strategies for customer acquisition, public engagement, and growing the bioeconomy.
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Job Description
As a Creative Specialist, you’ll work directly with Studio team members spanning our creative, marketing, and communications functions as well as team members focused on impact and initiatives. You’ll also work with designers, artists, photographers, videographers, biologists, scientists, and businesspeople. Your role will be to conceive, create, and execute visual designs across Ginkgo’s brand under the direction of the Studio’s Director and team members. With your creative expertise and enthusiasm about all things science and technology, you’ll have a critical role in our growing team of multidisciplinary individuals who thrive at the intersection of design, biology, and communication.
Please submit a portfolio or collection of your prior work (at least 4 examples) which demonstrates your range as a graphic designer, visual designer, or artist and shows your keen eye for good design and attention to detail. Brief explanations of your prior work is highly welcome. We’d love to hear you gush about your past projects!


  • Design graphics and content for printed and digital marketing materials for use with audiences internal and external to Ginkgo
  • Finalize and execute designs by ensuring delivery, printing, and/or uploading of content is completed
  • Communicate clearly with teams requesting or receiving content to ensure final product meets expectations
  • Contribute to the design, development, and curation of Ginkgo’s websites
  • Support the visual design production of Ferment, Ginkgo’s virtual gathering space and annual conference, as well as other conferences and workshops on a monthly basis
  • Support adjacent Ginkgo teams by responding to design requests on an ad hoc basis, further building the Studio’s content library of extensible materials
  • Support the team by designing content for pitch decks, presentations, case studies, websites, blogs, newsletters, social media, flyers, invitations, posters, and all the other creative mediums we explore in our pursuit of making biology easier to understand
  • Support best practices for organizing and archiving content
  • Support Ginkgo’s ongoing internal communication projects on a daily basis
  • Support the development of and refinement of templates and processes that underpin our core production engines
  • Minimum Requirements

  • You have 2-4 years of experience as a graphic designer 
  • You are fluent in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • You are fluent in Google Workspace (e.g. Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slides) as well as Slack
  • You are familiar with digital prototyping tools (e.g. Figma; Sketch)
  • You have coursework in or basic experience with biology, synthetic biology, biodesign, or other related fields or areas of study
  • You are familiar with brand guidelines and how to use them across creative mediums as well as how to extend them over time
  • You have a thorough understanding of design fundamentals including typography, color, layout, and composition
  • You have a working knowledge of the history of art and design, always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve as a designer
  • You are opportunity oriented, self-motivated, proactive and don’t wait to be told what to do, and are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve as a designer
  • You are comfortable sharing work early and often, love receiving feedback on your designs, and love the iterative design process
  • You are genuinely excited and motivated by Ginkgo’s mission
  • Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • You do not need a formal degree for this role but a degree in visual design or related fields is a plus
  • You have a passion for visual storytelling, science, and technology
  • You love turning complex topics into easily understood visual creations for broad audiences
  • You are a strong designer who is able to quickly draft designs, create content, and iterate on ideas
  • Please note: This position is a remote role, however travel to our Boston office or other designated locations for offsite meetings or workshops will be required at least once per quarter.
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    We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  
    We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.
    It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.
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