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Interaction Designer

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Aquent's client, a large tech company headquartered in Mountain View, CA, is seeking an Interaction Designer for a 9–month assignment in their Seattle offices.

As an Interaction Designer on this team, you will pursue this principle and define the way the next generation of software development is done. Your efforts will result in useful, usable products that delight and empower a broad spectrum of users around the world—from the first-time user to the sophisticated expert. Achieving this goal requires collaboration with teams of Designers, Researchers, Engineers and Product Managers throughout the design process. Depending on the project, you may be involved in all aspects of design: from early explorations through concept prototyping and pixel-level specification. Your day may involve designing interfaces, mapping out user journeys, creating visual assets, brainstorming in a large group, or prototyping interactions. You have a strong interest in technology and have worked alongside engineers and product managers.

Top 3 Daily Responsibilities
1. Collaborate with researchers, other designers, product managers and software engineers.
2. Balance product, development and user-centered goals to help shape overall product experience.
3. Help define the user experience for Cloud Platform services.

Additional Responsibilities
- Develop storyboards, mockups and prototypes to communicate interaction and design ideas.
- Assess the usability of products and make constructive suggestions for improvement.

Required Skills
- BS/BA Degree in Design (Interaction, Product, Graphic or similar - Manager will also look at candidates who have 4 years of interaction design in lieu of degree).
- 2 years relevant work experience in interaction design
- Comprehensive understanding of interaction conventions and aesthetic principles.
- Ability to produce low and high fidelity mockups using industry standard software (Sketch 4).
- Ability to prioritize and manage workload independently to meet project goals.
- Strong understanding of web and application design.
- Excellent communication skills in expressing conceptual ideas and design rationale.
- Experience building good, collaborative relationships across geographically distributed teams.
- Familiarity with user research methods or experience working closely with researchers.

Nice to haves
- Web standards development or prototyping skills (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript).
- Familiarity with cloud computing or data center technologies.
- Familiarity with software development lifecycle.

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