Strategic Design Studio | Career Opportunity | Award-Winning Clients
We are looking for experienced wayfinding designers who want to work with Mark Ross and the team at Dotdash.
- Designers who are strategic thinkers, rich in ideas, design focused and passionate about wayfinding and communication in the built environment.
Over the past 30 years Dotdash has designed internationally award winning wayfinding strategies and signage systems in the built environment, for the transport, healthcare, education & research, major events, civic, cultural & sport, urban precincts & public realm, corporate & commercial, residential and interpretive sectors.
As a designer, Mark Ross has made a significant contribution to the discipline of Wayfinding.
His design values encourage and enable mutual collaboration between designers and our design partners. Mark is highly regarded by our Clients and colleagues.
- Underpinning your work will be the belief, that, the better we understand the perceptions and the needs of end users, the more effective the wayfinding strategy will become.
- You will have a few years experience working with a dedicated wayfinding studio having worked on mid to large scale projects in any of the above sectors.
- As a designer you will work closely with Clients and stakeholders.
- As a strategist you will analyse, problem solve, evaluate, propose, discern and advocate.
- As a creative you will respond, visualise and communicate ideas.
- As a leader in the studio you will have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills when engaging with our team, clients and suppliers.
- You will make sense of, and translate complex thinking into logical streams of information.
- You will develop and articulate wayfinding strategies, concepts and narratives.
- The usual skill sets apply - the ablity to read architectural plans and elevations, Adobe Creative Suite, CAD software Sketchup preferred - we are Mac Studio.
- You should have completed a tertiary degree in a related design discipline.
- Ideally you will have the right to work in Australia.
- We value designers who are Focused / Articulate / Considerate / Modest.
- We believe less is more. We practice restraint and strive for simplicity in our work.
- We have four pillars for success. To have consistently satisfied Clients. Be proud of our design outcomes. Be surrounded by like-minded colleagues who support one another and be a profitable business.
To gain and insight and understand more about the position and your role, we have included and excerpt from “Being in Beijing” : 2012 Dateline London. the world is coming. See below.
If you can see yourself working on leading projects with the Dotdash team, send us your CV and portfolio via Hightail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Being in Beijing
In 2007 Dotdash undertook its third Olympic Games commission, following on from Sydney and Athens. Mark Ross shares his experiences consulting for the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XX/X Olympiad (BOCOG). It is a personal account of experiencing the preparation of the Games.
“In November 2007, our design firm, Dotdash, received an Expression of Interest (EOI) invitation to provide wayfinding consultancy services for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Considering it was only 10 months until opening of the Games we wondered how advanced the preparations were and exactly what expertise they needed. Usually wayfinding planning would start 2 years before opening.
From our own research we knew that the overlay wayfinding system would need to be developed and applied to a range of venues including 23 sports competition venues, 15 non-competition, 44 training venues as well as some public areas such as the very expansive Beijing Olympic Green.
Over the next two months our commission of three one week visits to Beijing ran its course.
We visited sites (sometimes in sub zero conditions), reviewed existing preparations and design documents and answered any questions that were presented to us.
It soon became clear that what was missing was the fundamental basis of wayfinding - the logic that determines what signs should say and where they should go as a continuous information stream.
Also, what was missing was a coordinated process and critical path to develop the wayfinding strategy across all 82 venues. And time was slipping away.
Venue Management was charged with the responsibility of coordinating the other inputs required from other departments to complete the wayfinding system. These departments included Transport, Culture, International Relations and Construction.
Our role was to work with the core team in Venue Management to develop their own skills and tools so that they could then instruct managers at each venue to develop their venue specific sign packages. This made sense as these managers best knew their own venue operations and it also gave them a level of control and ownership of the sign package.
We imparted as much knowledge and information as possible. We worked with a very capable and committed team who never blindly accepted our advice and often challenged us. Upon completion we had helped them develop a dictionary of terms, model venue planning and scheduling tools.”