ITHAKA: Visual Web Designer

Posted by | October 18, 2011 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan


Visual Web Designer
Ann Arbor, MI
The Visual Web Designer will be part of the User Experience Design team located in downtown Ann Arbor. However, travel to the east coast to be part of the Marketing & Communications team in downtown NYC will be necessary up to 20% of the time.
What we do.
ITHAKA User Experience is responsible for delivering an exceptional online research experience to librarians, publishers, and end-users. The team comprises individuals who are passionate about design, research, marketing, and technology, and who believe that collaboration, communication, and a healthy dose of fun are the tenets of success. We are experts on user studies, wireframes, and design, as well as sharers of snacks, lovers of product development, and players of Pictionary.  
What you’ll do.
Principally, the Visual Web Designer uses color, typography, and form to solve user experience challenges for the JSTOR platform. You will collaborate with partners in marketing, product management, and software development to deliver design styles, approaches, and visualizations that are innovative and user-friendly. You will consult metrics, testing, and market and user research to inform our unique design, and transition seamlessly between discussions about the role of visual design in our organization to spirited debates about the best M&M variety. (Peanut. Obviously.)
Your skills.
·         You define design guidelines and see projects to their completion.
·         You demonstrate in your portfolio the impeccable sensibility for color and composition of an expert-level design specialist.
·         You understand the value of aesthetic restraint and simplicity, but can design in a range of styles, from modern to cartoon, button glass to flat retro.
·         You manage the balance of form and function in your designs.
·         You thrive in fast-paced environments, managing multiple projects and shifting priorities.
·         You collaborate well with teams, but possess the initiative and professionalism to work independently.
·         You welcome honest, candid feedback.
·         You exhibit a user-centric design approach and think of data and testing as allies in creating the best possible member experience.
·         You work with the Adobe Creative Suite, and have experience with Agile development processes.
·         You work iteratively and thoughtfully in pursuit of the most user-friendly design solution.
·         You recognize that true communication is equal parts listening and talking.
·         You understand the intersection of commerce and design and believe that business objectives are met through meaningful user experiences.

To apply: Interested candidates should submit their resume, a detailed cover letter, and salary requirements to:

ITHAKA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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