Job: Information Architect/Interaction Design. Loc: NYC. CO: ArielPartners: Recruiter/ Full-time Employee or Contract. Duration: 2-4 Years

1 Apr 2008 - 7:25am
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2006

Senior Interaction Designer

Ariel Partners (www.arielpartners.com) has an immediate opening for an
AJAX-oriented Information Architect/Interaction designer !

This position involves development of a leading edge AJAX Web UI for a
major;Enterprise resource management product. Our project is very long
term, with flexible options for either full-time employee status or long
term consulting.

Location: Highly accessible; just 1 block from Penn Station in New York City.

Description:
Application UI/ID/UX position. Designer will work closely with business
analysts,clients, and developers to produce realistic screen
prototype/mockups; prototypes involve fairly complex JavaScript/DHTML in
order to accurately simulate the look/feel of the finished web pages.

Required Strengths:
•Strong Application Design background, with heavy thin client/browser
based applications,
•Ability to design from requirements, design from scratch.
•Ability to facilitate collaborative requirements definition meetings from
a user advocate position.
•Hands on experience with fundamentals of design; Full SDLC experience
from a UI POV, including: Abstract design, articulate logic flows as well
as screen-flows; states and transitions. (Focused Exp. Required)
•Lo-Fi to Hi-Fi hands-on Prototyping (Focused Exp. Required)
•Field research, CI (Contextual Inquiry)
•Test Experience

Requires :
•Application Design Experience
•Excellent written/oral communication skills
•Excellent problem solving/analytical skills.

Technical Skills :

Required:

•JavaScript: at least intermediate skill level, including ability to do
simple custom hand coding, including usage of open source JS libraries
•DHTML, CSS, in a production environment: (Advanced)
•Graphics applications Like DreamWeaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Visio or
similar tools experience.
•AJAX Familiarity: The candidate should be cognizant of the latest trends
in AJAX/Web 2.0 UI.

Pluses:

•Basic experience with JavaScript libraries like Prototype, Ext, Dojo,
Scriptaculous, as well as familiarity with XML are highly desirable !
•AJAX/Web 2.0 Experience: High-end interactive design experience
incorporating AJAX Web 2.0 technologies
•Experience with Product Development; Strongly preferred
•Familiarity with basic OO design is helpful

Detail Elaboration for Profile and Environment
Technical Knowledge needed:
•HTML – Intermediate to Advanced knowledge – Required
•DHTML – Intermediate to Advanced knowledge – Required
•CSS – Intermediate to Advanced knowledge – Required
•JavaScript – Intermediate to Advanced knowledge – Required
JS Frameworks:
•Scriptacuous – Knowledge of to Advanced knowledge – Nice to have
•EXT – Knowledge of to Advanced knowledge – Nice to have

Design Experience
Must Have:
•Excellent “conceptual” design skills, be able to “design on the fly”.
•Ability to take spoken and written requirements and create Interaction
Designs and User Interfaces from these requirements.
•Excellent layout skills. Know proper usage of white space, contrast,
consistency, precedence, and gestalt principles.
•Intermediate Graphics skills. Be able to make reasonable icons and
knowledge to use colors correctly.
•Ability to create optimal screen flows.
•Taxonomy development.
•Flow Chart development.
•Web 2.0/Ajax design.
•Design for Enterprise Web Applications.

Prototyping, (intermediate to expert level, required)
•Whiteboard Prototyping
•Paper Prototyping
•HTML Prototyping
•Lo-fi Prototyping
•Mid-fi Prototyping
•Hi-fi Prototyping

Project Management, Presentation abilities and General Knowledge, (all
skills are required at Senior level):
Must Have:
•Ability to present and discuss complex interactions, with and without
prototypes, to a variety of stakeholders.
•Guide discussions in order to achieve optimal UI and Usability.
•Be the User Interface/ Interaction Design Expert.
•Understand and work within dynamic timelines.
•Be flexible with changing requirements and feedback.
•Elicit and interpret requirements from stakeholders in order to achieve
successful and optimal UI.
•Have a sense of humor and don’t take feedback personally.
•Designing in full SDLC.
•Basically be pleasant and presentable

Process Knowledge, (nice to have):
•Agile Process.
•XP Process.
•Scrum Process.
•UCD – User Centered Design

Usability and User testing Experience, (Intermediate to Advanced skills is
a plus):
•Heuristic Evaluations
•Field Tests
•Control Room Testing
•Surveys
•Contextual Inquiry
•Persona development

Knowledge of UX/UI thought leaders, (knowledgeable of some to all of these
people):
•Jacob Nielson
•Donald Norman
•Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini
•Alan Cooper
•Jared Spool
•Robert Reimman
•Karen Holtzenblatt
•Edward Tufte
•Bill Buxton
•Jesse James Garret
•Steve Krug
•Peter Morvile
•Louis Rosenfield

Education - Bachelors/Masters, desired coursework, (can be flexible):
•HCI
•Computer Science
•Cognitive Psychology
•Industrial Design
•Engineering
•(Other degrees with experience)

Qualified and interested candidates can email resume directly to:
recruiting at arielpartners.com and may include samples or portfolio link.

Regards,

Bert Copello

Ariel Partners, LLC

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