Interaction Designer…

Whiting Consulting is looking for an interaction designer to join our customer’s organization. Our client is a leading unique word-of-mouth in-home marketing platform that organizes nation-wide events in partnership with Fortune 500 companies around TV shows, products and services.

As an Interaction Designer, you will be responsible for Web site and application designs adhering to a user-centered design approach. Our client’s interaction designers translate business, user requirements, and Web strategies into functional, engaging, and usable online experiences using techniques such as wireframing, prototyping and storyboarding. As part of creating an online experience, interaction designers collaborate with strategists, graphic designers, and copywriters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in feature ideation and selection. Participate in cross-functional brainstorming sessions to determine Web site features and functionality based on the business needs and objectives and user research findings.
  • Create compelling user experiences. Translate business requirements into concept scenarios, use cases, functional design concepts, workflows, storyboards, wireframes and prototypes. Understand business needs and weigh various approaches and tradeoffs in search of best-fit solutions.
  • Effectively communicate ideas. Present, clearly explain and defend interaction design deliverables and concepts to project sponsors and team members.
  • Document site functionality. Facilitate transfer of information to stakeholders and development team via written design documentation (e.g. functional specification documents).
  • Innovate. Consistently push the envelope of what’s been done on the Web before.
  • Obsess about the user. Partner with strategist and information architects to define user research parameters and assist in usability testing.
  • Facilitate collaboration. Participate in a highly collaborative relationship and help bridge would be gaps between design and development.
  • Education & Experience Requirements:

  • BA or BS degree or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • 1 – 2 years experience working in Web site or software information or interface design (preferrably a social application or community site).
  • Proven success designing sites and applications using Web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX, Flex and Flash (interaction design, not the actual coding/scripting).
  • Portfolio demonstrating experience in wireframing/prototyping, storyboarding or workflow design.
  • Familiarity with user centered design (UCD) methodologies (e.g. user research, usability testing, etc).
  • Required Skills:

  • Strong desire to work as a key contributor to a fun, cross-functional and growing team.
  • Passion for solving client and user problems in new and interesting ways
  • Eagerness to learn, share and apply new skills and trends.
  • Insatiable thirst for staying on top of Web trends and emerging technology.
  • Information design, information architecture and problem solving skills.
  • Thoroughness and an eye for detail.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze, define and complete tasks with minimal direction/supervision.
  • Working knowledge of the following software tools: HTML and CSS for protoypting; Adobe Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Dreamweaver) for design and illustration; Visio, OmniGraffle or alternative for interface specifications. (This is not a programming position, so basic HTML/CSS is a plus)
  • Desired Skills:

  • Ability to translate words and concepts into compelling graphics or illustrations. Experience working within an agile process.
  • Zest for social media marketing.
  • Visual creativity and expertise in Web visual design.
  • Sense of humor.
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