Design Lead, Indexes


About Morningstar:

Morningstar brings inspired problem-solvers together with one goal in mind—to help investors reach their financial goals. At our core, we’re one of the world’s top investment research and data companies. But where we set ourselves apart is how we use that data and research to serve a diverse range of users. Our investment data and research enable us to deliver analytics and insights with a purely independent view, and then we leverage the latest in technology and design to deliver an array of solutions that best meet our users’ needs. This foundation of research, data, technology, and design uniquely positions us to provide a complete set of services to investors all around the world—ultimately helping people make better decisions about their money or money they manage for millions of people all over the world.

Our Design Culture:

The Morningstar design team is dedicated to creating thoughtfully designed financial products and services so that people across the world can make the best investing decisions for themselves and their clients. We synthesize complex financial information into experiences that help us deliver better investing outcomes. We do this by not only creating the look and feel of a product, but also driving product direction: prioritizing the biggest opportunities to support our users and the business, while maintaining a strong sense of product ownership and its resulting success. The design organization is made up of several disciplines—visual, UX, communications, content, and research—united to help each other, and the whole company, grow. We’re always seeking designers who are motivated, driven to deliver user-centered outcomes, and equally committed to craft and compassion.

Position Details

Design Lead, Indexes
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL


We’re looking for a Lead Designer to join our Morningstar Indexes team. Backed by Morningstar’s industry-leading research, and driven by our mission to empower investor success, our team creates innovative, investable product solutions and benchmarking tools that reflect our decades-long experience with investors. We’re looking to increase awareness and differentiation in a competitive market landscape and deepen customer engagement and trust with our Morningstar Indexes offering. We seek a curious, multi-talented individual who can bring a strategic point of view to crafting delightful, on-brand customer experiences, and own all aspects of the creative process: discovery, definition, development, and delivery.

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Be deeply collaborative and can bring the right players together to solve creative problems
  • Demonstrate core design skills—especially concerning typography, composition, information hierarchy, and data Visualization—to create delightful, engaging experiences that reinforce the Morningstar brand
  • Gain a deep understanding of the product and service touchpoints to strengthen the end-to-end customer experience
  • Utilize user- and customer-centered design methods in day-to-day work to inform design decisions (such as user research, prototyping, and other design thinking methods)
  • Create high-fidelity prototypes and other artifacts that communicate design direction and execution considerations
  • Articulate decisions around brand expression, content strategy, and customer needs
  • Actively seeking out new challenges and be tenacious in overcoming obstacles to achieve results

You’ll also do things like:

  • Collaborate with the product owners, marketers, designers, and engineers to support the end-to-end vision of the customer experience
  • Clearly articulate design decisions and share your process with stakeholders and other designers
  • Participate in critiques, workshops, design studios, and other design activities
  • Adapt your work and approach to meet changing priorities as they occur
  • Be curious, resourceful, flexible and adaptive
  • Have a desire to solve challenging information, communication, and systems design problems
  • Open to feedback and knows how to defend design decisions
  • Able to bring energy to a team and keep things positive

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience in designing for end-to-end brand-focused experiences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in graphic design or equivalent experience/training in the graphic arts
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, InVision, Microsoft Office Suite, Keynote, and macOS
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS

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