International design consultancy IDEO is seeking a Visual Interaction
Designer for our Boston office. The candidate should be a design thinker and
craftsperson, be able to thoughtfully contribute in a team environment
during a project’s 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 concept’s 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, animation, design of behavior interactions, 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
*Additional Skills Required:*
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.
Please include either your portfolio in pdf format or a link to your
portfolio in your application. You can apply online at www.ideo.com or
e-mail Maria at mnorelli at ideo.com directly.
We also have an internship open:
*Interaction Design Internship - Boston*
IDEO helps companies innovate. We design products, services, environments,
and digital experiences for organizations seeking new ways to provide value
to their customers. IDEO creates visible and tangible strategies for
innovation and executes all aspects of design and development, from
conception through production.
IDEO is looking for interns to work for 3 -6 months in our Boston location.
Design Interns work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly within
interdisciplinary teams and with our clients. IDEO's human-centered design
process involves careful observations of people; gathering insights from
those observations and other creative perspectives; exploring and defining
design opportunities; helping to define strategy; creating tangible design
expressions; and communicating the essence of these ideas. Being a designer
at IDEO means you do a lot of listening, observing, brainstorming and
iterating with a group of people with backgrounds very different than yours.
This diversity of thought and approach results in breakthrough ideas that
lead to innovative outcomes.
The ideal candidate has strong visualization and prototyping skills in
addition to being comfortable working within multidisciplinary teams.
*Additional Skills Required:*
Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work across a range of projects,
from product interaction to software tools and applications for the web.
Prototyping and production skills are essential, as well as a passion for
design and a point of view about your work. Please indicate your specific
roles and contributions for each project submitted as part of the portfolio.
All Intern candidates must
- be passionate about their craft/area of specialization
- demonstrate a clear “point-of-view” relating to their design
- play nicely with others (IDEO is a very team-oriented culture)
- be self-directed toward excellent work outcomes
Technical Skills Desired:
Information Architecture; Conceptual Model Design; Visual UI Development
Required tools: Flash (including actionscript); Illustrator; Photoshop
Desired tools: Final Cut Pro; After Effects; Hardware Prototyping tools such
*Please note that we are only considering students who are in the midst of
their education or who will be returning to school following the internship*