Associate Designer


A bit about us… People Rocket is leading a revolution in consulting — breaking the traditional dependency model. We use modern ways of working across industry, organizational, and geographic boundaries. Our approach creates independence for our clients by building their innovation capacity. We take an inclusive approach to innovation that values multidisciplinary collaboration. We source diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and expertise to create better solutions.

As an organization, we stand against systemic racism and oppression, and promote equity and belonging in our work and our working environment.

People Rocket is a global team of, what we call, ‘T-shaped’ people! T-shaped people come to People Rocket with a breadth of previous experiences and an in-depth knowledge of a specific domain or domains (i.e. marine biology, learning science, natural language processing , and communication design — just to name a few!). Our approach to hiring people with intentionally broad in-depth knowledge areas and with diverse professional/lived experiences allows us to unlock adaptive expertise and collective intelligence — also, it is what we believe makes our team the best it can be.

A bit about what we do… we work with organizations to invent a better future, so they can:

  • Take giant leaps forward on their most complex (and interesting) challenges
  • Step back to see their work from a new, more generative place
  • Challenge their assumptions and redefine what impact means for them
  • Take bold steps they might second-guess on their own
  • Problem solve from a fresh and inclusive perspective

A bit about our job descriptions…you won’t see traditional requirements, on purpose. If after reading this, you believe 20-50% of your experiences are related and you're excited about our work — perfect — we want to hear from you! Please know that People Rocket is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race or color, gender identity or expression, religion, ethnicity or national origin, sexuality, physical ability, neurodiversity, or age.

It’s Monday morning and you are preparing for a day of collaboration. Each week is different depending on client project needs, and this week you are focused on co-designing an upcoming workshop series for a government client. You’re still learning People Rocket’s unique, holistic approach to innovation — Innovation(ish) — while you work on this project. You get exposure to new areas of the business often, providing you with opportunity to develop new skills.

At 10am you jump onto the workshop series weekly deep dive with the Project Success Manager (PSM), Senior Designer, and Executive Designer. As an Associate Designer you act as the main notetaker and gatherer of insights. Once the lead for the workshop series wraps up their prototype of this afternoon’s workshop in the deep dive, the team discusses ways to improve and iterate. The design team then splits up the action items; there is an established rhythm to dividing and conquering each week, but there are always new opportunity spaces to address.

After lunch you jump into a working session with one of the Design Researchers working on a strategy project for a large food services client. Together you are populating a landscape analysis on initiatives focused on employee needs for the future of work. You share your work in progress and immediately receive positive and actionable feedback. Sharing unfinished work is one of the core values at People Rocket.

Your last task of the day is to synthesize reflections from participants in an innovation accelerator program with a higher education client. The survey results from last week reveal that participants are happy with the content of the course, but are reflective on their relationships with ambiguity. Embracing ambiguity is another core value of design work and life at People Rocket. One of the central aims of these workshops is to assist our client in finding comfort with ambiguity. After reading the reflections you share them with a tech-focused Senior Designer from the People Rocket team to run some natural language processing magic. They are developing a tool with IBM Watson that detects emotions through written reflections. They run the survey through the tool for you and it shows that most student’s levels of joy improved through the class and levels of fear decreased. You look forward to sharing these results with the team tomorrow morning as it shows that they are getting better at embracing the ambiguity.