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ViacomCBS Lead Editorial Designer-SF in San Francisco, California

REF#: 35067


JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff


JOB LOCATION: San Francisco, CA


CBS Interactive is the premier online content network for information and online operations of CBS Corporation as well as some of the top native digital brands in the entertainment industry. Our brands dive deep into the things people care about across entertainment, technology, news, games, business and sports. With over 1 billion users visiting our properties every quarter, we are a global top 10 web property and one of the largest premium content networks online.

Check us out on [1] The Muse, [2] Instagram and [3] YouTube for an inside look into 'Life At CBSi' through employee testimonials, office photos and company updates.


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Brand Overview:

The CNET Media Group (CMG) delivers engaging multiplatform experiences for premium brands like CNET, GameSpot, TV Guide, Metacritic, ZD Net, Chowhound and more, reaching a monthly worldwide consumer audience of over 225 Million people. We are presently at a formative period of innovation, pushing into new markets, experimenting with new design languages, scaling our experiences to add value to the lives of our users.

The design team is a growing team of talented product and editorial creatives across offices in San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, London and Los Angeles who are looking to add another exceptional teammate to make an impact and further shape our team direction. We value design-thinking principles, impactful storytelling and place a high priority on delivering purpose and value to our audiences. We believe in compelling modern visual language and continually evolving our design DNA. We are stewards of some of the most prestigious brands in modern media and are responsible for designing and maintaining their identities and visual language with great care and consideration across multiple touchpoints. Research is at the center of everything we explore and work tirelessly to continually ask questions to improve our understanding of our audience and the market. We advocate experimentation, quick iteration, shipping products and empower designers to own projects and drive cross-team collaboration. We connect frequently as a group in design meetups to share ideas, challenges and support each other with constructive feedback and inspiration. Our brands are entertaining, passionate, fun and exciting--we foster the same spirit in our team culture. At CBSi, Design has a seat at the table, designers have a voice and are empowered to use it!

Examples of editorial visual storytelling:





[5] Marvel movie timeline

The team doesn’t stop there! We are part of the larger CBS Interactive family that extends across CBS News, Sports, Entertainment plus many more exciting brands. We meet regularly, exchange ideas, discuss industry-wide challenges and take part in company-wide hack-days/design-days. This extended family allows for endless growth opportunities both within the company and the wider design community. We want all CBS designers to be industry leaders and will support speaking opportunities, workshops and company-organized meetups.

Role Details:

Lead our editorial design function to create compelling content design for brands like CNET, GameSpot, TVGuide and more while leading other editorial designers to produce creative for editorial, social and marketing/promotional material. You are bold, visionary and passionate about making delightful, stunning work and want to contribute to something that pushes a brand forward and resonates with it’s audience. You relish the challenge of capturing the essence of a story, driving novel concepts and developing a unique creative vision. You can apply a diverse bag of tricks (graphic design, photo manipulation, illustration, collages, animation, gifs, data visualization) to produce compelling visual narratives that suit the tone and context of the story. You are experienced in brand design systems, producing key art and designing for various platforms. You understand the fast-paced nature of modern media publishing and are comfortable art-directing 1-2 editorial designers to maximize their creative impact. Working collaboratively with editorial, social and design teams and frequently connecting with the Design Director, you’ll be a key partner in elevating the value of our most premium content and brands. You keep your finger on the pulse of the media landscape and are motivated by seeing your work go viral and be appreciated by audiences everywhere!

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Work with editorial teams to discuss and conceptualize creative opportunities and design direction for stories and features.

  • Lead and supervise other editorial designers--inspire them to push the envelope by employing diverse techniques to better support the central theme of our stories.

  • Collaborate with design, product and editorial teams to design brand and franchise visual identities.

  • Ensure creative is innovative and contextually/tonally-appropriate and platform-optimized (Web, Apple News, IGTV, AMP stories, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube).

  • Regularly connect with the senior design director to ensure concepts are aligned with strategies and delivering on goals and market opportunities.

  • Manage creative requests from partners in editorial, social and marketing teams. Work with them to manage scope and timelines.

Key Projects:

  • Special profiles exclusive interviews with celebrities, Hollywood actors and notable heads of industry and major corporations.

  • Exclusive features with the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, Marvel and Amazon on top-secret projects. Shh!

  • Unique illustrations and visualizations for special features on topics like technology, politics, movies, TV and gaming culture, social media, space travel, online dating and more.

  • Inspiring modern identity design for brands and franchises that resonate on site, video, podcasts and social.

  • Stunning brand guides that capture the vision and visual language of evolving brands.


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What you bring to the team:

You have -

  • 5+ years of editorial design experience working with editorial teams on consumer-facing premium publisher brands.

  • A strong visual portfolio that demonstrates command of graphic design, colour theory, typography, illustration and conceptual thinking.

  • You can tackle a brief with a strong sense of visual storytelling, audience insights and content judgement and apply an understanding of current design trends with a fresh angle.

  • A great understanding of the modern media landscape including potential and limitations of digital and emerging platforms.

  • Great communicator and positive attitude: you have the ability to articulate decisions clearly and effectively across all functions and levels.

  • Experience supervising other designers and love to lead by example and encouragement.

  • Thrives under pressure in a busy, often quickly changing environment of breaking news.

  • Understanding of project management tools like Asana and creative tools like Adobe suite and sketch.

You might also have -

  • Motion design/animation capability would be a benefit.

  • Experience working with distributed teams.


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled