Exhibition Graphic Designer

Website The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village

The Henry Ford is a nonprofit organization, an internationally recognized cultural destination, and a one-of-a-kind workplace. Our team is inspired daily by one another as well as the authentic stories of innovation that we share across our four venues. We want you to be part of this legacy and take it forward.

The Experience Design team works as a collaborative studio to create impactful, memorable, and best in-class exhibition experiences to support the institution’s vision and mission. The Exhibition Graphic Designer is responsible for creating exhibition and environmental graphics for all institutional venues. This individual participates at all stages of exhibition creation and in close collaboration with many institutional departments and external partners.  Our ideal candidate will be innovative in approach while committed to creating authentic, memorable, and exciting experiences and interested in sustainable design solutions.

The Experience Design Team works part time in person on The Henry Ford campus and part time remotely. Availability for meetings, in person or virtual, is required during normal business hours, Monday—Friday, 8am-5pm. There is also the potential of occasional travel for project work or training.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Participates in the story development and conceptual design of new and revised exhibits that bring together innovative guest experiences, the synthesis of historical content and contemporary stories, interpretive best-practices, and engaging exhibit design techniques.
  • Creates exhibition graphic solutions for new permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, institutional signage, wayfinding, and other projects.
  • Ensures designs are supportive of learning and guest experience objectives and supportive of institutional educational priorities.
  • Identify and implement the most appropriate graphic solutions for a wide range of stories of various complexities, audiences, and interactions.
  • Works in a variety of graphic styles to fit exhibition and signage concepts, as well as within the established Henry Ford brand when appropriate.
  • Creates necessary deliverables that clearly communicate exhibition experiences and design intent.
    Presents ideas visually and verbally to internal stakeholders, external partners, and vendors.
  • Revises and modifies designs to fit budgets and maximize opportunities.
  • Pursues solutions for exhibition design, fabrication, and maintenance that meets institutional environmental sustainability goals.
  • Evaluates and collaborates cross-functionally to identify improvements to design solutions in the areas such as guest engagement, maintenance, and programmatic use.
  • Ensures best design practices by staying up to date on industry trends and developing strong working relationships with outside experts, and continuously seeks out and recommends ways to make The Henry Ford’s campus a more engaging and accessible space.
  • Contributes to the effective team management of all problems, issues, and opportunities, including leading and participation in meetings and planning sessions.
  • Responsible for creative work which includes, but is not limited to, publications in any medium, experience and exhibition development and design, and all related collateral materials.


Your Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a graphic design related field, certificate, or equivalent work experience is required.
  • Three or more years of demonstrated success in creating graphic design solutions that are integrated into environmental spaces.
  • Experience successfully discussing, presenting, and creating documents to express the work you’re doing and its results.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, familiarity with Microsoft Office products, and desire in learning 3D programs (SketchUp, Vectorworks)


As part of the application, a portfolio of at least 5 and no more than 10 projects is required for consideration. Include projects that show your best work and highlight your ability to develop solutions for a variety of end products.

Compensation range: $50,000- $55,000

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