Freelance Design Support

New York

Luminary Labs is seeking freelance design talent to support engagements on behalf of our government, nonprofit, and Fortune 500 clients. Our project needs include a spectrum of design skills including visual design, design research, interaction design, and service design.

Freelance design work can span several project types, with varying roles and responsibilities. Examples of typical engagements that would require freelance design support are below in capabilities.

About You

  • You are an experienced designer with strong skills in one or more disciplines.
  • You are a system thinker and maker who sees design as both a craft and a strategic tool to address complex societal problems.
  • You enjoy collaborating with a multidisciplinary team and appreciate seeing a problem from different points of view.
  • You are a resourceful problem solver who sees designing within constraints as a creative challenge.
  • You are an advocate for real human needs in the design process, always striving to design through an equity and accessibility lens.


Visual design. Visual identity systems and collateral for programs and initiatives; examples include Tool Foundry and Magquest.

  • Use the power of visual storytelling to bring ideas to life — from visual identity systems, illustrations, and data visualizations to visual systems of user interfaces for services and products.
  • Create clear and inclusive visual systems and advocate for accessible visual design practices in your work and to your team.
  • Typical engagement: 2-3 weeks.

Interaction design. Low-to-high-fidelity prototyping for digital service and products.

  • Design low-to-high-fidelity prototypes for services and products by planning and conducting user requirements analysis, information architecture design, wireframing, and prototyping.
  • Bring deep expertise in UX and product design and knowledge of emerging technology landscape into our team.
  • Typical engagement: 5-10 weeks.

Design research. Design research within longer-term problem statement definition and/or prototyping projects.

  • Plan user research, including sample design, screeners, stimuli, discussion guides, and execute user research, both in-field and remote.
  • Serve as an advocate for users, drawing from a variety of research methods — interviews, observation, diary studies, participatory design, and user testing — to identify unmet needs and articulate actionable design decisions.
  • Collaborate with teams during the synthesis process to create compelling research summaries.
  • Typical engagement: 5-10 weeks.


  • Graduate or undergraduate degree in a field related to your area(s) of expertise (for example, interaction design, human-computer interaction, UX/UI design, visual communications, graphic design, or interaction design).
  • 3-7+ years of experience serving clients in relevant area(s) of expertise; preference for experience serving clients in healthcare or education.
  • Demonstrated work experience in visual systems, user interface of products and services, or planning and conducting design research.
  • Super-flexible, adaptable, realistic, practical, and agile approach to work.
    Exceptional attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage individual workstreams.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic and collaborative environment.


Does this sound like you?

Apply with a resume, a cover letter articulating your primary and secondary expertise (relevant to the specific capabilities outlined above) and a thoughtful selection of your work in a portfolio.

Let us know your availability for employment. You may also provide us examples of your own work or thinking online (blog posts, Slideshare). Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. No agencies please.