Technical Artist

Technical Artist

Overview

Spherical is hiring a Technical Artist to implement digital experiences across a series of tools and games supporting climate resilience in Los Angeles. This position is remote.

About Spherical

Spherical is a strategic design and integrative research studio supporting projects regenerating the health and integrity of Earth’s living systems. Learn more →

Current Project

Spherical is building a field kit of open-source tools to support community-driven climate resilience in Los Angeles. Co-designed with community organizers, climate scientists, policymakers, and infrastructure developers, these tools support collaborative dreaming into visions of equitable futures. The field kit includes interactive media for exploring cascading benefits of whole-systems approaches, community mapping and storytelling tools, and a game for sketching scenarios. This unique assemblage of domains and media calls for a diverse team of creative collaborators. We encourage women and people of color to apply.

A sample of prior work for this project:

What You'll Do

  • Implement graphics and animations in WebGL to communicate a vision of climate resilience in Los Angeles, possibly including depictions of urban environments, nature-based infrastructure projects, and water flows, based on concept art
  • Draw from and advance our internal world design system (currently under development) to communicate effective and consistent emotional worlds
  • Establish environmental lighting and atmospheric effects
  • Analyze performance data with developers, as well as brainstorm and implement performance optimizations
  • Work with developers to integrate art assets into the broader application, including working under git-based version control and troubleshooting issues
  • Maintain a library of models and other assets for reusability across a suite of tools and games

What You Need

  • 3+ years of experience in art, animation, or coding for urban or natural environments
  • Experience with WebGL
  • Experience integrating into agile development workflows and git-based version control
  • Experience optimizing performance of artistic assets
  • Ability to collaborate with engineers, designers, and product managers
  • Ability to synthesize input into artistic directions and communicate the rationale behind decisions
  • Proactive communication style, seeking feedback and team alignment on work
  • Please provide a link to your portfolio when applying

Location

Remote (UTC -8 to -4)

Term

Contract

Hours

30-40/week

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