[Job] Visual Interaction Designer, Chicago, IDEO, FT

4 Jun 2009 - 3:03pm
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Megan Weibler

International design consultancy IDEO is seeking a Visual Interaction
Designer for our Chicago office. The candidate should be a design thinker
and craftsperson, be able to thoughtfully contribute in a team environment
during a project¹s 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 concept¹s 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, 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.


o 3+ years visual UI experience.
o Strong visual communication skills with a dedication to detail and
o Be able to work collaboratively with other disciplines including
communication, industrial, environmental, engineering, and business
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
o Knowledge of practical benefits and limitations of relevant technologies.
o Design and prototype interface transitions.
o Proficient with the Adobe CS4 suite.

About IDEO

Widely recognized as a world leader in the design of products, services,
environments, and strategies, IDEO uses human-centered design thinking to
help our clients grow their businesses. Applying our holistic and highly
integrated methodologies to significant design, brand, and technical
challenges, IDEO not only seeks to deliver high value to clients and
end-users, but to contribute positively to society as a whole.

IDEO¹s more than 550 design thinkers are experts in industrial design,
interaction design, engineering, business factors, human factors, and
communication design, among other disciplines. Together, we create
communities and cultures rich in ideas, experiences, and empathy that
uniquely define each of our eight locations: Chicago, Munich, Boston, New
York, London, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Shanghai.

IDEO Chicago, which opened in 1990 and is currently located in downtown
Evanston, a suburb just north of the city, will be relocating to a new, more
centralized location in downtown Chicago in the Fall of this year. A
bustling studio of 50+ individuals, IDEO Chicago is home to a talented
design community composed of human factors researchers, business factors
specialists, engineers, and industrial, interaction, environment, and
communication designers from around the world. We specialize in‹but never
limit ourselves to‹designing products, services, and business strategies for
clients in the medical, financial, retail, consumer goods, auto, and food
and beverage industries.

To Apply

If you are interested in being Visual Interaction Designer for our Chicago
office and feel our company would be a good fit for you, please download
your resume and portfolio samples to http://www.ideo.com/culture/careers/.
Additional references and work samples may be requested later in the
application process.

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