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Design Observer


From US$295.00 /post.

Free offer


Post duration

90 days.

Searchable resume database


Supported languages

English only.

Job post distribution

Applicant tracking


Customer support

Phone and email.


Design Observer is a dedicated design site and online publication that was launched in 2003. The site, which attracts a niche audience of creatives across design disciplines, also features a job board but lacks any hiring tools beyond its job posting services. It is also costlier than some local competitors, including CreativeCity and FreshGigs.ca.

The site only offers one job posting plan, with optional extras to increase job ad exposure and visibility. While the largest proportion of site visits originate from the U.S., Design Observer does get traffic from across the globe, making it a good option for attracting international talent to design jobs in Canada.


  • Job posts are active for 90 days.
  • The platform attracts an international audience of creative professionals.
  • Listings are distributed across other design websites, on social media, and to more than 30,000 email subscribers.
  • Employers can enhance their job posts with paid add-on features.
  • The job posting process is fast and easy.
  • Job posts can be edited at any time.
  • Customer support is available via phone and email.


  • There is no free plan or free trial.
  • The platform lacks other hiring tools, such as a resume database and applicant tracking features.
  • Pricing is only listed in U.S. dollars.
  • There are no local customer support channels for Canada-based users.
  • The website is not available in French.


We were unable to find any online reviews of Design Observer's job posting service.




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How to Post a Job on Design Observer:

$295.00 USD
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How to Post a Job on Design Observer:

Four easy steps for posting a job on Design Observer.


Posting a job on Design Observer.


Go to Design Observer's jobs page.

Go to Design Observer's jobs page.

Navigate to Design Observer's home page and click on "Jobs" in the top menu bar.


Click on "Post a Job."

Click on "Post a Job."

You will find this on the right side of the job listings, just above the heading "Expand Your Reach."


Create your job post.

Create your job post.

Complete the online form with details about the job you want to advertise, information about your company, and application instructions for candidates. When complete, click on "Continue" toward the bottom of the page.


Pay for your job listing.

Pay for your job listing.

Complete the online form with your billing and payment information, select add-on products, and click on "Complete Purchase" to make the payment and post your ad.

Design Observer vs. CreativeCity:

While Design Observer is a dedicated design publication that attracts an international audience, is specific to the Canadian market, and has a broader focus on local cultural development. Job postings on CreativeCity are far more affordable than on Design Observer but don't reach a similarly defined audience of designers.

Design Observer vs. FreshGigs.ca:

Unlike Design Observer, FreshGigs.ca is not just aimed at the design community but also targets the advertising and tech sectors. While Design Observer may be better for attracting international talent, it is the costlier option. Neither platform features a resume database or additional hiring tools, such as applicant tracking.

Design Observer vs. Behance:

While Design Observer is a popular industry publication, Behance is a site for designers to showcase their work. Behance offers employers access to a creative candidate database, which is something Design Observer lacks. Behance is also more affordable, as the site currently offers free job postings.

Key Information

Legal Name

Observer Omnimedia LLC.


Jessica Helfand

Founding Date

Jan. 01, 2003


150 Deepwood Dr., Hamden, Connecticut 06517 USA

Number of Employees







What is Design Observer?

Design Observer is an online design publication and editorial site that attracts an international audience and features a wide range of content across design disciplines as well as a niche job board.

What does it cost to post a job on Design Observer?

Design Observer charges US$290.00 for a 90-day job posting.

Who launched Design Observer in 2003?

Design Observer was founded by Jessica Helfand, William Drenttel, Rick Poynor, and Michael Bierut.

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