I currently lead up a small design firm of sorts. We are positioned
in a unique space, in that we perform the following three functions:
- UI/ UX design for mobile, web and desktop applications
- Creative coding for commercials, print and installations
(specifically using OpenFrameworks and Processing)
- Sound design for a variety of media
I'd contemplated phasing one or two of these areas out for the sake of
specialization, but work continues to come in for each. Sometimes
we've been fortunate enough to have two or even three of these areas
to overlap on a single project. For instance recently we
designed/developed a custom video processing application for use in a
Fiat commercial. It involved building an interface for compositors to
use, creative coding special video effects in OpenFrameworks, and
finally building out an audio responsive component for the video to
change based on spectral data in the accompanying soundtrack.
Anyways, work has begun to pick up quite a bit lately. I've just
signed on for a two month creative coding contract for a company
that's going to use up a lot of my bandwidth. On the side I will
attempt to juggle things a bit, but what I'm really looking for is a
partner in crime UI/UX Designer who could work with me/ take on
projects when things get busy. Down the road there may be an
opportunity to start an official kind of firm with an office with
full-time positions, but for now what I am specifically for someone
freelance, mid to senior level, and would have bandwidth to take on
some work in the coming months.
UI/UX partner would ideally possess the following:
- Strong understanding of UI/UX principles and deliverables.
Familiarity with Omnigraffle and creating legible wireframes, site
- Natural leader, good conversational/communication skills with clients.
- Code-savvy. Doesn't have to be full-on front-end developer, but
should understand the current affordances and limitations of software
for mobile, web and desktop applications.
- Visual Design aptitude. Left to my own devices all of my
application visual design in Fireworks (I sub-contract out if I need
more than that), so just basic skills is fine.
- Marketing/ Strategy skills. This is one area where we are currently
lacking. If you can bring any of this to the table, awesome.
- Research interest. Another area where we need help. It would be
awesome to have someone who was well-read in HCI or related subject
and could justify their design decisions via research techniques, as
opposed to just going on intuition each time.
- An added plus is not necessarily involvement, but an interest in the
other work we are doing in Creative Coding and Sound Design. As
mentioned before, sometimes these projects overlap in interesting
ways. Check out more details here: www.pushpopdesign.com (site to be
Also, It doesn't matter where you are located, so long as you have a
reliable means of communication; ie strong internet connection. US
citizenship is preferred at this time, though only for simplicities
with accounting. I've been living/ working remotely in Spain with
US-based clients and one european client for the past 8 months.
If you are interested in discussing things further, please email me
off the list with a link to your portfolio, cv/resume, and hourly