Interaction Designer -- Growing Toronto Product Studio
This opportunity is at a rapidly growing design and tech company in Toronto, Ontario that specializes in envisioning, designing, and building digital products. Unlike digital agencies, they don't do campaign work. Instead, they work on products and platforms that have a real impact on clients' users and businesses.
This role is for an engaged, energetic interaction design specialist. Tasks include ethnography, flow diagramming, design research, research synthesis, usability research and design, and other interaction design practices. As well, the interaction designer is a resource to all teams, and acts as a mentor and a champion for the IxD practice area. This role is client-facing as well as user-facing, and this role will be a key contributor to research, strategy, and design.
The person filling this role must be rationale-driven, but inspired, capable of seeing his or her own work as an adaptable, elegant solution to a problem, not a finite piece of art. This person must also be suited to independent work as well as to working in teams, and the ability to give and take creative direction as well as to communicate effectively will be key. And the person filling this role must be a constant student of design theory and new techniques, pulling insights from academic HCI, trying out new IxD techniques, and having a voracious appetite for new interactive technologies.
This role is being represented by Didus, a staffing and career development service focused on user-centered roles in research, design, technology, and strategy. We are not your typical recruiting agency that just wants to sell you on any role that fits your keywords; we work one-on-one with you to find the perfect fit. For more information, please visit: http://didus.com/experience-professionals
This company understands that design is about sophisticated problem-solving and not just visual design aesthetics. Be prepared to show how you've used interaction design techniques and artifacts (e.g., wireframes, personas, experience maps, etc.) to support thinking, design, and collaboration on complex projects. While visual appeal is still very important, this company will be most interested in how your portfolio demonstrates your ability to solve problems using design thinking and communication, and to apply user-centered design principles and practices. You should also be able to demonstrate how you've exercised leadership and vision over product strategy, ideation, research, design, and implementation.
Key Job Functions & Deliverables
- Working with the design team to produce stakeholder and user research, both qualitative and quantitative.
- Synthesizing ideas into conceptual models, story maps and user flow diagrams.
- Creating recommendations on success metrics for products and projects.
- Facilitating sketching sessions to develop design ideas into workable archetypes.
- Developing interaction models and information architecture strategies and tactics.
- Producing paper or technical prototypes with wireframes or schematics.
- Working with the client and users to facilitate testing and summarizing recommendations.
- Reviewing implementation with the Creative Rep to ensure quality control of the interaction model and overall user experience.
- Develop processes and provide training for each of these responsibilities to help teams and future hires conduct their own research, interaction design, and testing.
- Thought leadership including regular contribution to the company blog, and aiding in the evolution and growth of the company's practice areas. Critical thinking is a must.
- A strong portfolio demonstrating clear understanding of interaction design principles and process, with examples of work prepared on a commercial or volunteer basis (we'll want to see more than your hypothetical band website).
- You're a visual thinker. You display a strong understanding of use of space, text placement, usability and visual flow (our copy should read well and look good!).
- You bring your A-game. You're detail-oriented, innovative, creative and motivated.
- You're flexible. You're able to quickly adapt to changing priorities and deadlines and you're down with independent and team work.
- You're a great communicator. You'll be dealing with clients by phone, email, and in person. Plus, you have proof of amazing written English.
- You have a technical background. You're able to draft your copy on a Mac or PC and thrive on staying current with new technologies and trends.
- You get stuff done. You'll work with great clients, and they demand greatness in return. That means staying on top of projects, client requests, and concerns.
- You are a college or university graduate in a related discipline or equivalent experience.
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