We're in the midst of expanding our creative community to include more imaginative makers -- from illustrators to videographers, to copywriters, to data visualization designers-- that will have an opportunity to shape our communications and elevate our craft. We’re seeking talented freelancers that are experienced in bringing concepts and qualitative impact to life and move people to action through their work. Prior knowledge of the design world or education is a plus but not required.

As a freelance creative, you will be part of the Stanford d.school creative network (aka Craft Circle). According to your medium, we will provide d.school brand training and support as needed. People who are part of the d.school Craft Circle will be paid for an initial meeting to get up to speed on the d.school brand. After that, you'll get connected with our program teams to work on freelance projects as they arise and your schedule fits.

Examples of past projects include: embedding in one of our immersive workshops to create on online article, creating a short video series about navigating ambiguity, and digging through data and designing info-graphics for a year end recap, and illustrating posters for our 8 core design abilities.

The Stanford d.school is a vibrant collection of people from all walks of life. Our ideal candidates are familiar with working with people across demographics and are experienced in illuminating different perspectives with authenticity, inclusivity, and accessibility in front of mind.

We are looking for creatives that are preferably available for onsite initial meetings, but overall we’re flexible on work being done remotely.

We’re looking for creatives specializing in the following areas:

Copywriter / Copy Editor

From articles to curriculum, share the transformative work of our students and investigate the developments in design beyond student work and make these concepts enticing to readers.

Journalistic style writing experience is a plus. Experience in one, or both the areas of academic/pedagogical or blog writing is a plus. Familiarity with the topic of design or design thinking is also a plus, but not required. Flexible on onsite or remote work.

Video and Audio Production & Editing

Use video and/or audio to capture and create vibrant experiential digital learning experiences and/or short engaging stories of the student experience and learnings. Build and elevate stories from existing video/audio content to share insights from student experiences and our broader design network.

Onsite work required for shoots & recording, editing can be done on or offsite.

Graphic designers

Breathe wit and life into the design of our curriculum, visualize complex data (both quantitative and qualitative). Design marketing communications like, posters, graphics, newsletters, and swag. Experience in one, two, or all of the areas of data visualization, instructional design, and marketing/branding design are preferred. Flexible on onsite or remote work.


Illustrate abstract and practical concepts in captivating ways to introduce new ideas. Flexible on onsite or remote work.


Bring visual life to concepts–from short iconic loops to longer voice-over curriculum and from highly abstract to perfectly practical. Flexible on onsite or remote work.

To apply, please share with us examples of your work, your resume, and a cover letter with your average hourly rate at craftcircle@dschool.stanford.edu by November 7th.

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