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Exhibit Designer

We are looking for an Exhibit Designer to join our diverse and flexible team. Primarily, we create amazing interactive museum exhibits. Additionally, we put our creative skills to work in art fabrication, product prototyping and development, and some short-run manufacturing. We all wear multiple hats, including customer-facing, project management, design and fabrication responsibilities.


We're a fun team, with a cool and well-equipped shop. We enjoy making awesome things. We optimize for a digital workflow, but don't allow ourselves to become paralyzed by it - we still love making things by hand!

Some nominal amount of travel to our New England-based clients may be required.

Role Details

As an Exhibit Designer, you will be responsible for designing, developing, and executing museum exhibits that meet the needs and expectations of our clients.

Ideally, you have design experience, with a heavy focus on interactive exhibits, or maybe product design. You're able to approach problem-solving from multiple perspectives, including client needs, visitor/user needs, and our own design/fabrication/maintenance needs.

On the design front, some candidates may have more detail design experience, and some may have more concept-level or exhibit planning experience. You'd be in a position of listening to client goals, and working with the rest of the 42DF team to develop creative solutions. You'd then contribute to detail design internally, and collaborating with the fabrication team to bring it to life.


Role-Specific Requirements

These are considered ideal requirements for this role:

  • 3D modeling experience (we use Fusion 360​)

  • Shop fabrication skills

  • Misc. woodwork/furniture design

Experience Bonus Points
  • Some level of cabinet-making

  • Metal fabrication (machining, welding, finishing)

  • Composites (fiberglass, molding & casting)

  • Sculpture

  • Electronics and/or lighting

General Team Requirements

These are things that we expect from everyone on our team:

  • Attitude

    • Overall positive and friendly – both with internal team members and clients/suppliers/partners

    • Passion for creative problem-solving

    • Ability to effectively work both independently and collaboratively with other team members

  • Organization

    • Ability to optimize the workday with high performance and efficiency

    • Demonstrate a sense of urgency with regard to project schedules and budgets

    • Understanding of basic quality control standards and expectations

    • Proper processing of project information – time entry, purchasing, project documentation

  • Shop skills

    • Basic mechanical aptitude

    • Basic print-reading & layout ability

    • General Use of Hand & Power Tools

    • Basic understanding of materials and methods. Ability to learn.

    • Ability to lift ~75lb

    • Ability to work on ladders/scaffolding, and/or unconventional positions as required by exhibit work.

  • Dependability

    • Able to work ~40 hour work week, with flexibility for occasional overtime as needed

  • Valid MA driver’s license and reliable transportation


We are an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status.

  • Inclusive of minority and disadvantaged groups

  • LGBTQ+ friendly workplace


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000-$60,000/year *depending on experience


COVID-19 considerations:
We've learned how to better utilize remote technologies to collaborate and work with our clients, but primarily we're an in-person fab shop.

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