Senior Design Prototyper, User Experience Design

Senior Design Prototyper, User Experience Design
July 13, 2010 - 4:01pm
Sunnyvale or Burbank, CA
United States
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Title: Senior Design Prototyper, User Experience Design
Location: Sunnyvale, CA OR Burbank, CA
Job ID: 30593

About Yahoo!

Think about impacting 1 out of every 2 people online--in innovative and imaginative ways that are uniquely Yahoo!. We do just that each and every day, and you could too. After all, it's big thinkers like you who will create the next generation of Internet experiences for consumers and advertisers across the globe. Now's the time to show the world what you've got. Put your ideas to work for over half a billion people.


The Yahoo! Advertising Products User Experience Design team (UED) is looking for an experienced hybrid Software Developer/Designer with good exposure to Interaction Design and Visual Design skills to work on developing software prototypes for key Yahoo! advertising products and also internal tools for User Experience Research (UER) purposes.

You will work with designers, other prototypers, and user researchers on a daily basis, and occasionally with engineers. We seek a candidate who has strong personal motivation and the ability to get up to speed quickly on new web technologies, think creatively towards innovative user experiences, and rapidly turn ideas into concrete software prototypes.


On the software engineering side, the candidate must be proficient in HTML/HTML5/CSS/PHP and Object-Oriented thinking. Some experience with mobile platforms, Adobe Flex/Flash related technologies, the AS3 Programming language, or Java is a plus.

On the user experience side, the candidate must possess a good balance of visual and interaction design skills, would preferably have designed several online software products, and participated in the full lifecycle of user experience studies.

The candidate will need to assess design specifications and choose appropriate technologies to implement and deliver interactive prototypes effectively, while being responsive to changes.

Prototyping work will relate to online ad experiences, B2B online applications, customer facing experiences, desktop applications, mobile apps, and more.

Clear communication both verbally and written are essential. This role will involve discussing design options with the UED team.

Minimum Qualifications:

* College and/or advanced degree(s) in Computer Science, or Graphic Design, Industrial Design, HCI, Computer-related Design, or equivalent
* At least 4 years experience as a key member of a design team participating in the complete product development life-cycle of successfully launched consumer and business software products
* At least 3 years of strong continuous rapid development with established Web technologies (HTML/CSS/JS/PHP/MySQL, Flash, or Flex) and experience with emerging ones
* Passion for learning new technologies that lead to rapid prototyping
* Strong analytical skills, written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills
* Strong empathic skills--understands how and why an interface succeeds or fails
* Values strong visual design and pays fanatical attention to the details that make the difference between a mundane and a delightful user experience
* Able to quickly understand the constraints of a design problem, identify the tradeoffs and communicate them to decision makers and fellow designers
* Able to work independently as well as in teams that span multiple functions and/or departments and works well under pressure
* Able to engage in any software product design project and make a strong positive contribution

Additional Skills:

* Proficiency with one or more web technologies such as Flash, Flex, AS3 and design tools such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is a plus.
* Experience as a User Experience Researcher or with a UER team is a plus.
* Development experience with Cloud APIs like Flickr, Amazon, Yahoo! Maps, etc.
* Version Control System knowledge (svn)

Yahoo! Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. For more information or to search all of our openings please visit

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