User Experience Designer

at The Nerdery

Location: Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL

The Nerdery is looking for a highly motivated and passionate user experience designer to be responsible for crafting the architecture and user experience of our projects in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. The Nerdery's UX team covers a broad spectrum of practice areas including: discovery and analysis, user research, information architecture, interaction design and visual design. Our ideal candidate possesses a broad understanding encompassing multiple practice areas, or a deep and focused understanding of a single facet. We strongly emphasize user-centered design methodologies, so an ability and desire to justify design decisions with supporting research is a must.

Demonstrated ability to develop innovative solutions for a multitude of platforms including Android, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter and other emerging technologies
Experience designing interfaces beyond simple brochure sites
Analyze and understand business and application requirements, prioritize and identify user tasks and goals
Develop a wide range of visual deliverables corresponding to your practice area: key insights documentation, affinity diagrams, user personas, research plans, prototypes, and visual design concepts are all examples of documentation we produce on a daily basis
Work effectively within technical, creative, and budgetary constraints
Adapt to a wide range of project types and timeframes
Quickly and efficiently identify and prioritize requirements across multiple projects
Think critically and creatively while maintaining close attention to detail
Possess a high aptitude for learning
Possess a natural inclination towards user experience and general usability, ensuring quality accordingly
Communicate clearly and concisely through both written and verbal means
Proficiency with a variety of design tools including Adobe Creative Suite, OmniGraffle, Visio or equivalent

Educational Requirements:
Associate's degree in relevant field or 3+ years experience as a front end developer, information architect, interaction designer or related role

Experience with Flash, XHTML/CSS and/or JavaScript
Experience working with developers
Experience leading creative teams
Experience with research techniques such as: usability testing, site analytics interpretation and contextual inquiry
Bachelor's degree in relevant field


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