Saturday, October 31, 2009

Visual Interaction Designer, IDEO, Boston

Position Summary:

International design consultancy IDEO is seeking a Visual Interaction Designer for our Boston office. The candidate should be a design thinker and craftsperson, be able to thoughtfully contribute in a team environment during a project’s user research and concept development phases, and be passionate about expressing interactions in visual form through clear and creative user interfaces. The responsibilities of this position will vary depending on the project, but the candidate should be comfortable participating in all parts of the user-centered design process and with creating deliverables at varying levels of fidelity: from quickly communicating a concept’s value proposition to final artwork and specifications delivered to a developer.

Candidates should have a background in visual communication and 3+ years of professional experience in user interface design. He or she should possess a broad understanding of related deliverables including information architecture diagrams, interaction flows, wireframes, screen mockups, interactive demos, animation, design of behavior interactions, and UI specifications. The position will require designing interactions for many mediums including web, mobile, medical/consumer devices, and vehicles. A portfolio that focuses on a single medium, such as the web, is acceptable only if the candidate can also demonstrate interest and ability to apply his or her skills more broadly.

Qualified candidates should have led the design of one or more complex applications or services and a have a general understanding of the methods involved, including participatory design, rapid iterative prototyping, and asset optimization.

Additional Skills Required:


o 3+ years visual UI experience.

o Strong visual communication skills with a dedication to detail and consistency.

o Be able to work collaboratively with other disciplines including communication, industrial, environmental, engineering, and business designers.

o Understand user-research and testing methodologies.

o Contribute to product/service ideation and concept development.

o Translate high-level objectives and design principles into interaction flows and information architecture diagrams.

o Create visual UI designs that embody product/service function and brand, including production screen layouts, color palettes, typography, user interface elements, buttons, icons, etc.

o Communicate design rationale verbally and visually to colleagues and clients.

o Knowledge of practical benefits and limitations of relevant technologies.

o Design and prototype interface transitions.

o Proficient with the Adobe CS4 suite.

Please include either your portfolio in pdf format or a link to your portfolio in your application. You can apply online at or e-mail Maria at directly.

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