Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 2/20/14

  • Eric Greenberg (eric@innovationinvestments.com) is looking for a UX/UI Principal Visual Designer and a UX/UI Principal Interaction Designer/Prototyper for a new stealth startup company focused on social commerce:

UX/UI Principal Visual Designer 

With a stellar background in graphic design, the Principal Visual Designer creates and executes content and interface assets for the company and other interactive projects under the direction of the CCO. This position requires a proven track record of graphic design for iOS and web particularly in positioning UI visual language around strong brand and design tenets. A strong knowledge of modern interactive creative development processes (startup experience a major plus, good working knowledge of LeanUX/Agile preferred) and experience solving design problems with limited direction.

Responsibilities: 
Successful conception and execution of visual creative direction that builds upon or enhances defined interaction patterns and brand attributes
Provide conceptual vision and execute broad concepts and UI details that will support a completely new brand 
Produce dev ready production artifacts and guidelines including visual design pattern guidelines for type, grids, iconography and other core elements, final production .psd/.ai/.fw assets, prototype HTML5/CSS3 [not required but desirable] 
Maintain personal art development pipeline and meet sprint requirements. 
Be able to present and defend ideas through formal crit processes. Excellent presentation and communication skills. Regularly meet with creative team and executive management for feedback and to ensure alignment across full team. 
Participate in rapid user testing/validation cycles and work with product leads to develop execution plans to iterate and respond. 
Design and support development of high and low fidelity interactive prototypes 

Qualifications: 
Must have 5+ years in a leading design agency, or high profile, design-led product organization. Experience taking a successful new product to market highly desirable. 
Full mastery of all standard design tools, Adobe CC core products a must. Working knowledge of HTML5/CS3, light .js and CSS Frameworks products (Foundation, Bootstrap) is desirable. Timeline based animation product experience also very useful. 
Portfolio required with application. 

UX/UI Principal Interaction Designer/Prototyper 

With a stellar background in interactive product design, the Principal Interaction Designer creates and executes full-cycle interactive artifacts (mental model, product ecosystem mapping, user flows, IX design patterns, interaction rules, screen-level functional design) for the company’s interactive products under the direction of the CCO. This position requires a proven track record of product design across large and small form factors, for adaptive webapps and native iOS apps. This position requires a strong UCD product approach, the ability to generate rapid prototypes (low-fi/paper to higher-fi/in-browser) and respond to user feedback through iteration cycles. A strong knowledge of modern interactive creative development processes (startup experience a major plus, good working knowledge of LeanUX/Agile preferred) and experience solving design problems with limited direction is essential. 

Responsibilities: 
Successful conception and execution of intelligent interaction mechanics and patterns that build upon or enhance defined user and business requirements. Ability to clearly communicate concepts and finer elements of interaction detail to the core design team of leads, visual designers and front end developers. 
Provide conceptual vision and execute broad interaction concepts and screen level IX detail that will support a completely new product vision 
Produce artifacts that clearly communicate interaction flows and patterns to the full product team. Produce production guidelines including IXd pattern guidelines for core functional components, screen grids, navigation paradigms and detailed interaction mechanics. 
Must have 3+ years experience developing Ixd for touch/gesture based interfaces, and 5+ years developing for traditional OS inputs. 
Strong aesthetic and visual sensibility should be reflected in portfolio. 
Be able to present and defend ideas through formal crit processes. Excellent presentation and communication skills. Regularly meet with creative team and executive management for feedback and to ensure alignment across full team. 
Participate in rapid user testing/validation cycles and work with product leads to develop execution plans to iterate and respond. 
Design and support development of high and low fidelity interactive prototypes 

Qualifications: 
Must have 5+ years in a leading design agency, or high profile, design-led product organization. Experience taking a successful new product to market highly desirable. 
Full mastery of all standard design tools, Adobe CC core products a must. Intermediate-Expert knowledge of timeline based animation, HTML5/CS3, light .js and CSS Frameworks products (Foundation, Bootstrap) is desirable. 
Portfolio required with application.

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John Gannon
I have over 15 years of experience working in the trenches at successful startups, high growth companies, and VC firms. During that time, I've managed, interviewed, and coached hundreds of people -- and I've worked in almost every business functional role, including marketing, product management, and business development.
John Gannon
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