JOB, Interaction Designer, Chicago, IL, IDEO, Full Time

14 May 2008 - 4:10pm
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Megan Weibler

Senior Level Interaction Designer

IDEO is seeking a senior interaction designer to join our Chicago location.
Candidates should have 5+ years of experience, supported by strong
visualization, prototyping, and graphic skills. The role requires working
collaboratively, creatively and flexibly with multidisciplinary teams.
Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work across a range of projects;
from product interaction to interface designs. Prototyping and production
skills are essential, as well as a passion for design and a point of view
about your work. All candidates must send a portfolio or work samples along
with their inquiries. Additional areas of skills and perspectives are listed

1. Client facing skills
Successful candidates must be comfortable with clients and be able to
effectively share their point of view and expertise. They understand the
business environment and what clients need to make something actionable and
how to make clients feel comfortable throughout the innovation process.
Candidates must be able to understand the scope and boundaries of projects.

2. User centered perspective
Candidates must truly believe in a Human-centered approach to design and be
comfortable going out into the world for inspiration. They must be able to
lead a team in the context of a Human Centered Design methodology, are
comfortable with ambiguity and a master of design methodologies.

3. Communication skills
Candidates must have strong presenting, verbal and written skills.
Additionally, successful applicants understand the value of design and brand
within a design and business context.

4. Team skills
Successful applicants believe that better work is done through collaboration
and have the ability to lead and inspire teams through collaboration as well
as direction, vision and planning. The ability to relate to individuals and
nurture talent also a requirement.

5. Technical skills (craft and tool mastery)
Successful candidates must know what excellence is. They not only identify
and evangelize best practices, but also are able to push new boundaries and
explore new territory in order to deliver innovation.

6. Visual design sensitivity
Candidates for this position know the difference and spot the difference
between good and great work and are able to nurture teams to deliver great

7. Prototyping skills
Successful applicants for this position understand that you succeed sooner
by trial and experiments. Understand that prototyping can be done at many
fidelities and have experience doing and leading that work. They understand
that grounding ideas in concrete designs is the best way to gain learning¹s
and move forward.

Additional skills required:

Information Architecture
Concept Model Design
UI Development for Functionality
Visual UI Development
Final Cut Pro
After Effects
Creation of Physical Controls (preferred)
Creation of Physical Interactions (preferred)
Onscreen Prototyping Tools- Flash (preferred) or Macromedia Director

Please send resume, cover letter, and portfolio to:

Please, no phone calls. Sorry, but we won¹t consider any applications sent
without work samples.

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