At the risk of stroking my own ego (astrology gives us August-born a good
excuse!), I'm looking to employ a version of me - who's probably a bit
better at finished art/design work than I am and could haved a bit less
experience or strategic influence.
This email is not a job posting, but rather a call for some advice on what
exactly I'm looking for - both title-wise and how to find one.
Allow me first to explain the domain in which we work. We write what was
called thick-client software. Today this may be called Rich or Smart
Clients, but think you understand my drift. Our software is heavily
integrated with Microsoft Word, Outlook and 3rd party document management
systems such as Interwoven (iManage), Documentum and Microsoft SharePoint.
When I originally joined Workshare, 3 years ago - the UI of our products was
very technically lead. Over the years I have helped move it to be very user
centric (task-orientation & inductive UI principles). We also have a very
elegant (in my opinion!) design ethos behind our screens and dialogs. See www.hipgeeks.net/stuff/w3ss.jpg as an example.
What I do is work with our Product Managers, sales force and solutions
engineers to help design future versions of our software. I am very
technical (ex programmer) and believe I am fairly competent at designing
easy-to-use software. I do, however, lean heavily on our single graphic
design resource - who actually works in the marketing department and is more
focused on brochures, web campaigns etc... so quite often I don't get enough
time from her.
So the main reasons I am looking for this resource is:
* to not be dependant on marketing's graphic designer. I want every dialog
box, every screen of our software, designed and overseen through the
development department by this person.
* I now manage our team of programme managers, and do a lot of travel to see
key clients and partners and basically need someone else to back me up
during product release cycles while I am away - and also to assist while I
am in the office
* I am sick of being the only person picking up the pen and drawing dialog
boxes and interactions on the white boards. My programme managers are great
at dealing with issues, bugs, managing the time scales of the projects and
so on - they aren't very proactive at the design of our software and I need
someone who is.
This person should have/be:
* Good at Photoshop - especially icon and dialog design within a Windows
* Technically sound - ok so they don't need to be able to code C++, but they
need to understand concepts such as object, technical limitations and
opportunities. Ideally they would have done some C# or ASP.NET or something
* Quite geeky - they've used Windows 3.1, DOS, maybe Linux or a Mac
* User centric. Should understand (and have practised!) persona and
* Young (at heart), dynamic and ambitious
Ok, that was long-winded - I apologise. So back the point of the thread -
what am I looking for? Am I looking for an interaction designer, an analyst,
an architect? I had this identical problem myself when I was looking for
work in the UK when I first arrived here - I had no idea what job titles to
apply for! I believe I'm looking for a Jack-of-all-trades, and I remember at
some point reading an article somewhere on the demands for these types of
people, but you can't really put that out as a job title on Monster.com can
Any advice (or even recommendations of individuals!) would be highly