Forio Online Simulations : Lead UX/UI Designer

Posted by | May 30, 2012 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

Location: United States

URL: www.forio.com

Forio is looking for a lead user experience / user interface designer. We are looking for someone who is passionate about designing and developing innovative web applications, who has a high degree of technical competence and is excited about web and data design.
The highlight of the opportunity is this: Forio is working with a major publisher producing business-oriented data visualizations and simulations on a monthly basis. This work began this spring and will last for several years. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to produce a series of visualizations on a variety of topics that reach hundreds of thousands of people. You will have the opportunity to shape the overall design of an entire product line and guide others in implementing pixel perfect, beautiful experiences.
This is for a full time on-site position based out of our San Francisco office.
About You

You have a passion for innovative design and are looking to apply your skills in a simulation-oriented online gaming environment. A natural problem-solver with strong conceptual abilities and eye for detail, you have expert design sensibilities, strong experience in visual design, and intellectual rigor. You are able to run with general art direction and UX specs to help develop a beautiful and functional application.
You should be comfortable gathering project requirements, creating design specifications, making screen mockups, working closely with developers during implementation, and using feedback for the next iteration of the project.
From a technical perspective, you have a passion for user experience design, information architecture, and interaction design. No specific degree or experience is required, but a strong product design portfolio (including personal projects) will be very helpful. Ideally you will have some game UI experience and be an avid gamer.
You should have a firm understanding of CSS and browser compatibilities, know which features work in which browsers and when to utilize a certain tool from your web development tool belt. You should feel comfortable developing sites that look and perform equally, or degrade gracefully, across multiple platforms.
We’re looking for:

  • Great communicator. Design is important, and you need to be able to explain why you make the decisions you make.
  • Strong knowledge of a design software package (Adobe Photoshop/Fireworks preferred) and wire framing tools (OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, etc).
  • Strong knowledge of HTML, CSS.
  • Experience working on multiple browser PC and Mac browser platforms, including: IE and Firefox.

Nice-to-have’s:
  • Experience with CSS frameworks such as SASS or LESS a big plus.
  • Skills in client-side development in JavaScript.
  • Working knowledge of jQuery or other js browser frameworks, as well as other js libraries such as Underscore or CoffeeScript.
  • Experience in usability testing and design (A/B) tests.

What it’s like at Forio:
Forio has become a major player in the world of web-based simulations and predictive analytics software. We are a forward-facing company that is constantly pushing the envelope of what can be achieved in different platforms, and are constantly experimenting with new technologies to do so.
We are a team of experienced and passionate professionals, and now is a great moment to join us and have the opportunity to have a part in determining how we do things and what tools we use. We are a friendly team that encourages close collaboration and discussion.
We work with major brands and companies and you will have an opportunity to engage the client directly.
We have a fantastic office in the heart of San Francisco, and are conveniently located close to Caltrain, buses, and BART. We also like to break out beers every Friday and talk about the stuff that makes us tick.

To apply: Send a resume to jobs@forio.com. Include a short email note telling us what appeals to you about this position and how you think you might contribute. (no attached cover letters, please).

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