IGN Entertainment: Senior Interaction Designer/Information Architect

Posted by | August 22, 2010 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

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Location: San Francisco, CA

URL: www.ign.com

Senior Interaction Designer/Information Architect
**Please apply online at www.foxcareers.com and use reference FIM20330**
Do you have a passion for designing great user experiences? Do you have a strong interest in defining the future of online entertainment and gaming? IGN, the largest videogame information site on the web, is looking for a motivated, entrepreneurial minded Senior Interaction Designer to help define the future of IGN’s overall user experience.
As a Senior Interaction Designer at IGN, you are a flexible, results-oriented, and experienced design leader who will drive IGN’s user experience strategy on key initiatives from inception to launch. You can drive significant consumer insight based on user-centered design research, have significant technical expertise and extensive leadership skills. You combine a great instinct for developing compelling user experiences with a strong focus on users needs, strategic thinking, and a technical aptitude to work cross functionally with engineering, editorial and other internal business stakeholders.
You should be a high contribution team member, able to operate independently with little oversight by the design leadership in a fast paced environment. You should be able and willing to also mentor and help guide less seasoned members of the team.
Responsibilities include
– Leading the definition of user requirements while collaborating with Product, Engineering, Editorial, and other stakeholder groups to define the overall user experience vision and scope of specific projects
– Creating and owning the interaction design schedule of specific projects & initiatives
– Leading the generation of new user experiences from research and customer insight findings to final design
– Manage cross-disciplinary alignment around new initiatives — serve as a key influencer on gaining support for and advocating user experience innovation
– Apply user-centered design processes to create high quality user experiences, some examples include:
– Defining User Experience themes
– Developing Behavioral User Personas
– Goal & Task Analysis
– Drafting Storyboards and application flow
– Creating Sitemaps and page/module inventories
– Define detailed use cases
– Define Wireframes, Content Hierarchy, and overall page layout / functionality priority based on user research
– Scoping, planning and managing multiple design projects from strategic design definition to launch
– Create the user interaction model, workflows, information architecture, schematics and interface guidelines/specifications
– Facilitating project communication and asset exchange across a multidisciplinary team throughout all phases of the project
– Helping create interactive prototypes for user research
– Working with other designers, product managers, and engineers to setup, observe, and translate usability studies into design improvements
Skills
– Candidate must have examples they can show that demonstrate strategic creative thinking and be able to articulate why they chose the way they did to meet strategic objectives
– 3-6 years of experience in Interaction Design or Information Architecture participating in the complete product development lifecycle of several successfully launched websites
– Must be process driven, demonstrate strong interaction design skills, careful attention to details and have expert knowledge of user centered design principles
– Significant people and organization management skills
– Prefer degree in HCI, Industrial Design or Computer Science
– Must have a solid grasp of graphic and web design principles and an excellent understanding of current web technologies
– Must be able to develop new approaches to complex design problems via different design research methods
– Must have strong analytical and leadership skills
– Must be organized, able to act independently, and be able to rapidly switch between different projects in a fast-paced environment
IGN Entertainment, a unit of News Corporation, is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN’s properties reached more than 46.7 million unique users worldwide December 2009, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore Media Metrix. IGN’s network of videogame-related properties (IGN.com, GameSpy, TeamXbox, FilePlanet, Direct2Drive and others) is one of the Web’s leading videogame information destinations. IGN also owns and operates one of the leading male lifestyle websites, AskMen.com. In addition, IGN provides technology for online game play in videogames. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices across North America, Europe and Australia.
 
**Please apply online at www.foxcareers.com and use reference FIM20330**

To apply: **Please apply online at www.foxcareers.com and use reference FIM20330**

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