Creative Lead, Wearables

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Job Description

The New York Times Research & Development (R&D) team is seeking a technically curious, strategically-minded creative leader to shape a year-long project exploring the journalistic potential of AR-based wearable devices.

You will be part of a team of engineers, designers and producers building demos and speculative prototypes that model new workflows and user experiences for a near-future in which wearable-based AR interfaces are ubiquitous. These explorations will help bring to life how Times journalism might exist as a contextual layer over the world.

Some of the questions your work will aim to answer:
  • How might we adapt existing flat story formats and patterns to new spatial ones?
  • What new visual languages might we design to tell stories spatially?
  • What types of stories are best suited for wearables?
  • What tools or workflows do we need to create wearables-based spatial journalism
  • What sorts of ethical issues are inherent in the medium, and how might we navigate them?

From time to time, you may be asked to help synthesize the team's learnings to present findings internally and externally.

What you bring
  • A multidisciplinary skillset, ideally with experience in journalism, design and technology
  • Experience leading a team of designers and technologists toward a shared vision
  • Strong creative concepting skills with an eye towards execution
  • Ability to envision and clearly illustrate near- and medium-term scenarios
  • A love for moving exciting projects from start to finish
  • Experience with partnerships and collaborations, within and across companies
  • Established track record translating research and insights into real-world applications of new technologies
  • Comfort managing multiple stakeholders and running meetings, presentations and working sessions with cross-functional teams
  • Written and visual storytelling skills: ease with writing and editing text as well as fluency in photography, video and multimedia design
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A passion for The Times's mission to seek the truth and help people understand the world

This is a temporary role that is expected to last about 12 months.


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