Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Senior Designer, Microsoft

Microsoft has started a new design group in Kendal Square. We are very interested in finding design talent in the Boston area
This job description is for a more senior person. But we would be happy to look at more junior candidates especially as interns if they have a strong interest in consumer facing products and the love of fast moving pace with lots of ideas.
This will be a tremendous opportunity for a candidate for they will work on lots of little start-ups, use their skills in user centered design and see if their products really work!
User Interface Design
As a key member of the Boston Concept Development group in the CSA division, we are focused on rapidly developing and launching many businesses that will use the market place to gain rapid consumer feedback. Our project portfolio will include a diverse set of highly strategic projects that will solve market needs. We will tackle many industries including social media, healthcare, advertising and mobile. The Senior User Experience Design role will provide strategic value to the team’s initiatives, helping to drive a user-centric interaction design strategy across the project initiative. On our team, UX will be involved and integral throughout the project lifecycle - from conception to completion. Candidates should have a talent for designing rich, visual user-interaction solutions across a range of platforms and solutions.
-Help define, and own UX design deliverables across project initiatives (inlc. ideation, user-flow analysis, wire-framing, interaction design, visual design, branding and execution)
-Facilitate early ideation sessions with brainstorming, storyboarding, rapid prototyping
-Help develop and manage UX project schedules
-Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members/leads to evaluate and extend project proposals and early concept development
-Strong User Centered Design experience and be able to lead customer focus groups and usability and translate them back to the product design.

-7+ years experience developing world-class, forward-thinking user experience solutions
ability to drive results across multi-disciplinary groups including engineering, design, user research, marketing, planning and business strategy
-Proven track-record of hands-on interaction and visual design leadership
-Expert level proficiency with common design tools (Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks)
-Strong design sensibilities and attention to detail required
BS/BA or Masters Degree in Interactive Media-, Graphic-, Human Factors Bachelors or research related field including interaction design, industrial design, graphic design, HCI, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, human factors or other related field

Interested? Contact: katierae@microsoft.com

User Experience Designer

Reports to Creative Director, Creative Services.

The user interface designer architects, designs, produces, and tests userinterface concepts and initiatives, serving multiple internal and external
customers in a fast-paced, evolving company.

Personally, s/he will be easily liked and respected with a natural warmth and sense of humor that invites interaction. S/he will exhibit the integrity and values that are the extension of those of the company: accessible, credible, team-oriented, organized, energetic, service and customer driven.

S/he will provide leadership by establishing quality standards and best practices for web-based application user experience and interface design. Must be willing and able to mentor and support both creative and engineering team members, and drive a user experience-driven application design process.

This position requires both the ability to design as well as architect, plan, usability test, and hands-on produce web-based interface solutions. The candidate should enjoy the full lifecycle process for all of these elements of UI development.

Candidates should submit a portfolio of implemented solutions, to be considered for this position.

  • Hands-on, advanced CSS, XHTML, DHTML, and JavaScript skills
  • Experience using Visio and Photoshop to create flow charts, interface mockups and designs
  • Demonstrated experience with wireframing and rapid prototype design
  • Experience with use case analysis and
    component-actor-action-response modeling
  • 6+ years as an interactive designer for e-commerce/web applications/desktop software.
  • Ability to design/create/optimize graphical assets, typography, and layout
  • Strong analytical and process-oriented problem-solving skills
  • Expert knowledge of interface design standards and best practices
  • Strong grounding in user-centered design theory and practice
  • Experience customizing native and third party interfaces for open source frameworks
  • Experience building user-centric communities such as blogs, wikis, user profiles, chat, and other, and the workflows associated with these communities
  • Experience with gathering and structuring user requirements and use case analysis
  • Experience and comfort working with back end developers of scalable solutionsExperience designing, implementing, and validating interface solutions with high degrees of usability and intuitivity Demonstrated ability to develop new skills and self-driven learnerPrior startup or small business experience preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Behavioral Sciences, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Computer Science, UserInterface/Interaction Design or related field is required
  • Please note that due to the volume of resumes received, only the most qualified candidates will be contacted. Please email your resume to: eilabcareers at icseilab.com

    Software Interaction Designer

    Company: LiTL LLC
    Location: Boston, MA (Back Bay)
    Title: Permanent, full time

    LiTL is a brand new, well funded company developing a consumer product that involves hardware, software, and online services. We're looking for a talented interaction designer to help us create our iconic first product (and many products to come) .

    In this role, you will add software design expertise to our larger design team, which includes one of the world's top industrial design and branding firms. We are designing every aspect of our product, from physical packaging to the software user interface to how it's sold. Differentiation through design is a core principle of LiTL.

    An ideal candidate will have experience working with software developers to achieve an uncompromised, high-quality product. Visual design skills are welcome, but this role centers on software interaction design.

    LiTL is a startup-like environment with offices in the heart of Boston's Back Bay. We're looking for someone self-directed, flexible, and willing to work hard.

    LiTL hopes to touch a lot of customers and make a big splash. Be a part of it!

    Send a resume and pointer to portfolio to jobs at litl.com.

    Lead Designer: Boston University - Charles River Campus

    Job Description

    Lead the design and management of web and other interactive new media projects with a comprehensive approach that emphasizes branding, technology, quality of written and visual content and information architecture. Oversee new media projects from creative concept through launch for administrative, academic and research units of Boston University. Maintain a state-of-the-art understanding of current and emerging new media tools, relevant to the department needs.

    Required Skills
    B.A./B.S. or equivalent, direct experience with Windows and Mac platforms, Microsoft Office, and latest Adobe and Macromedia suites, proficiency with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Actionscript 2., strong communication skills, flexibility and adaptability to new technology, and five to seven years of directly related experience. Internal client management and presentation skills a plus

    Please contact Lisa Ryan via lisagryan23 at yahoo.com

    Web/UI Designer (full-time or 20+ hours part-time)

    Are you a multi-talented designer looking to have a real impact? Going.com http://going.com/, the site that connects people with cool things going on in their local city and with like-minded others, is seeking a designer to help us realize the full vision of helping people enjoy life in their city. We're located right in downtown Boston with lots of exciting happenings, and have a great motivated team you'd be joining.
    Description:Responsible for
    Working with product management to design all aspects of the Going.com http://going.com/
    Web site and related widgets and apps
    User-centric design emphasizing ease of use, simplicity, and fun Providing strong creative, conceptual and visual skills Ensuring design consistency across site, e.g. by maintaining style guides Qualifications:
    Bachelor's degree, BFA or equivalent with a concentration in visual communication, digital arts or design
    A strong sense of visual style with exceptional design, color, and interaction skills
    3+ years experience in Web design, 2+ with interactive consumer sites, experience with social networking or Web 2.0 sites a plus Expert knowledge of Photoshop, familiarity with CSS, knowledge of Flash a plus Ability to show strong initiative, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently
    Solid work ethic and team player attitude
    Experience with usability testing a plus If interested, please send link to online portfolio showcasing sites you've designed.

    Location: Boston, MA

    Reports to: VP Products

    Compensation: Competitive salary, strong benefits, stock options

    Contact: jobs at going.com

    About Going.com http://going.com/

    Going.com http://going.com/ is your social life, remixed and served the way you want it, letting you connect with people before, during, and after the events you love. Our 700,000-strong community has something in common —we devour everything from seeing the hottest live bands and DJs, to
    supporting just social causes, to checking out the latest fashion and art —all in the same week.
    Going.com http://going.com/ provides the right stuff by combining user-generated events with editors' picks in a way that's simple, easy and fun. The site answers two simple questions for all of us: "What's happening?...and Who's going?"

    Information Architect

    Department: Creative Services
    Position reports to: Creative Director
    The primary responsibility of the IA is to assure that a web site or application satisfies the expectations for utility and ease of use, while supporting associated business requirements and goals.
    The candidate for this position has the ability to assist in selling, planning and leading the IA component of large complex client engagements. The candidate must have prior lead experience, and experience interfacing with the clients. The ideal candidate will be able and willing to do “hands on” IA tasks as well as functioning as an IA team lead.
    • Assist in new business development
    • Participate in planning and scoping projects
    • Lead or participate in key activities in the Discovery Phase of a project (Requirements Gathering)
    • Participate in workshops with business owners and users
    • Conduct competitive assessments
    • Plan and complete usability evaluations and/or field studies
    • Generate a full reports indicating key findings and recommendations
    • Develop personas and scenarios of user interaction
    • Participate in populating a content matrix showing all content elements, relationships and dependencies
    • Determine the organization and structure of the information and functionality in a website from the user's perspective and how the information and functionality are accessed through navigation.
    • Develop site map indicating navigation and content relationships from the user perspective.
    • Develop schematics, which indicate elements of each page as black and white wire frames
    • Develop and deliver client presentations
    Typical Education
    Bachelors Degree
    Discipline Specific Skills
    • At least 4 -5 years experience in interactive marketing/web design required
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to articulate ideas and direction in writing
    Contact: Katie Corrigan at Profile Staffing, katie@profilestaffing.com, phone: 781-647-0559 x130

    Customer Experience Designer

    Seeking a talented individual to fill this newly created position within our Customer Experience and Design group.
    - Usability and user experience, Information architecture, taxonomy creation & Human factors
    Working closely with a cross-functional team, the Customer Experience Designer will define and create site structure, interaction flows, page wireframes, prototypes and interface requirements that promote ease of use and a positive user experience.
    - Collaborate with product managers and engineering to conceptualize and develop new products and site features. Ensure sitemap, flow diagrams and wireframes are properly translated to the live site.
    Work with web designers to ensure the graphic design is consistent with the UI requirements and usability best practices.
    Play a key role in developing our customer experience function, including usability testing, concept testing, surveys, interviews and card sorts.
    Minimum Requirements:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Factors, or an equivalent field.
    • Agency & client side experience preferred
    3-5 years as a Customer Experience Designer/Information Architect, and, experience working with large, complex consumer websites.
    Must also have experience with usability testing, customer research and prototyping
    • Candidates must be well-versed in user-centered design methods, gathering user data,
    interpreting the results, and translating them into solutions and techniques.
    Be proficient with Visio and have an understanding of web technologies such as HTML,CSS, XHTML, Ajax, and JavaScript.
    You must thrive in a fast paced, constantly changing, quick-turn-around
    A portfolio that demonstrates the depth and breadth of your experience.

    Contact: Katie Corrigan at Profile Staffing, katie@profilestaffing.com, phone: 781-647-0559 x130

    Interaction Designer for digital photo application

    *Interaction Designer for digital photo application in Boston area.*

    We are a consumer electronics startup looking for experienced help designing
    interfaces for our first application. We strongly believe in simple,
    user-centric design – so much so that it is the key feature of our product.
    You will be a part of a team that uses cutting edge technologies and
    produces innovative designs for both small devices and the web. We are
    looking for innovative thinkers who can work independently and who will
    report to the VP of Products and Design (yes, we have a VP of Design!). You
    can call yourself an interface designer, user experience designer or
    interaction designer. What we are looking for is someone who is passionate
    about design and sees it as an integral part of a product's success.

    *Responsibilities include
    *- Concept modeling based upon an understanding of our business and user
    - Information architecture
    - Interaction design
    - Informal and formal usability testing
    - High level and detailed mockups, storyboards, and prototypes

    *- 1 to 10 years of experience in related field
    - Passion for interaction design and the ability to learn about new design
    methods and technologies
    - Working knowledge of Photoshop, Visio, and related tools
    - Working knowledge of web technologies such HTML

    *Additional Qualifications*
    - Visual design experience
    - Degree in Usability/Human Factors or related field
    - Working knowledge of Adobe Flash animation

    We are looking to fill this position immediately for an engagement length of
    4-8 weeks. There is a possibility for future additional projects and
    full-time employment.

    Compensation will be a mix of cash and equity, payable on a per-project
    basis. Although we will have occasional face-to-face meetings, you can work
    remotely. For more information, see www.thinkflood.com, or contact Matt
    Eagar (matt.eagar@thinkflood.com).