The Morcos Key Designer-in-Residence is a unique confluence of design work and design play aimed at designers seeking to combine experience in a small studio with a furthering of their personal practice. The DiR is both a working position and an opportunity to create new independent work: the DiR will participate directly in client projects and daily studio operations in addition to developing an outside project with the Partners’ guidance.

Morcos Key invites driven, conceptual thinkers who are able to articulate their ideas into clear writing, actionable strategies, and powerful design work. We are looking for curious designers—those who are asking how to expand their design skills to reflect personal interests, those with a track record of formal experimentation, those who are ready to take passion projects into real-world applications. Candidates should have a BFA or MFA in Graphic Design, or be pursuing one currently. Strong typography skills are a must.

This is an hourly paid, part-time position, 2–3 days per week for a duration of three months.

Please note that although Morcos Key works with international clients, we are unable to sponsor international candidates for a Work Visa at this time. We hope to change this in the near future.

To apply, please send the following materials to

–Resume (1 page)

–Bio (100 words)

–PDF Portfolio: No more than 5 projects, with a description for each detailing the concept behind the project and your role in creating it

–Independent Project Description (250 words): What are you passionate about / researching / thinking about? How would you like to develop your interests into a tangible project? Is it a brand new idea, or are you already working on a project? What are some ways in which Morcos Key can help you in the process?

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Selected Clients

Cooper Hewitt
Bloomberg Businessweek
Brown University CAC
Yale University School of Art
Cherry Lane Theater
The Public Theater
Penguin Random House
Commercial Type
The Tenth

Selected Awards

Ascenders 2018
Brno Biennale
How Magazine
Print Magazine
Communication Arts


Otis College of Art and Design

Jon and Wael will be Designers in Residence at Otis in Los Angeles California from June 23rd till July 8th participating in the Art Book Fair, leading a branding workshop with the MFA students and speaking at the MFA lecture series.


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Ascenders 2018

Wael was selected by the Type Directors Club (TDC) for the Ascenders competition, a portfolio based contest which recognizes the work of designers who are 35 years of age and under for their remarkable achievement in typography, type design, and lettering. Award ceremony and exhibition will be held on August 15th at the Type Directors Club in NYC.

Arabic Lettering Workshop

Wael will be giving an Arabic Lettering workshop today at the New York Times. This workshop will focus on Square Kufi, an abstract and playful way to get familiar with the Arabic script.

TYPO Berlin

Jon Key will be speaking at TYPO Berlin on May 17th, 2018. TYPO 2018 will explore the mechanisms of the digital transformation and address the role of design in that process.

UX Beirut

Wael Morcos will be speaking at UX Beirut May 11, 2018, Lebanon’s ​first ​global ​user experience ​event. Wael will showcase several projects detailing how story telling unfolds through planning a narrative arc, conveying personality and sharing emotions and creating participatory experiences online and IRL

Frank Stanton Chair

Jon Key will be teaching at Cooper Union in the Spring 2018 as the acting Frank Stanton chair in Graphic Design. Jon will be teaching experimental narrative to Juniors and Seniors in the Art school.

Graphik Arabic

Graphik Arabic was awarded the First Prize in its category at the Granshan competition for non-Latin typefaces and was selected for the Communication Arts Typography Annual 2018.


Jon Key will be Judging the Type Director Club 64 annual competition. The Type Directors Club is the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography, both in print and on screen.


Jon Key is speaking at the Typographics conference in NYC. On June 17th Jon will talk about design as a means to amplify and empower communities with a focus on Queer and Trans communities of color.