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Junior UX Designer

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Junior UX Designer – Downtown Toronto
Employment Type: 3 Month Contract (to permanent)
Location: Front / Spadina
Pay Rate: $30-$35/hour

A design agency downtown Toronto is looking for a skilled junior to intermediate level User Experience (UX) Designer who is passionate about making complex systems simple and efficient to use; ensuring they fundamentally support the client’s needs to minimize error and maximize user experience.

Responsibilities
- Understand and clearly articulate business and customer needs, mental models and work paradigms
- Iteratively create innovative, highly usable, technically feasible and aesthetically pleasing GUI designs with high customer value
- Effectively articulate the designs via story boards or rapid prototypes
- Be able to convincingly communicate the criticality of compelling user needs
- Provide effective input into appropriate UX bang for technical buck tradeoffs
- Work collaboratively to arrive at outside-the-box solutions that are technically feasible, cost effective and provide a superior user experience
- Assist with the review of concepts with customers
- Create concept collateral with guidance/feedback from product management and more senior UX staff
- Assist with or prime formal usability testing (preparation and actual testing) of the developed feature with customer coordination assistance from product management or more senior UX staff.
- Ensure commitments to external or internal customers are met in a timely manner
Required Knowledge
- Strong analytic skills ideally with some experience designing for complex systems
- User interface analysis and design skills including experience with persona development, job shadowing, task flow development, information hierarchy and navigation design
Visual Design Skills
- Ability to deliver effective wireframe concepts and basic visual designs
- Demonstrated understanding of human cognitive and sensory strengths and weaknesses and how to effectively design to support those strengths and weaknesses
- Attention to detail while ensuring higher level goals/tasks are supported across a product module or simple product.
- Ideally experience with customer concept reviews and usability testing
and rapid prototyping skills are a plus

Required Skills & Abilities
• Strong communication skills
• Solid presentation skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to multi-task
• Excellent Teamwork and collaboration skills
• Some experience working with remote teams
• French comprehension is preferred
• Spoken French is a definite plus
• Some experience with making effective business trade-off decisions regarding value of functionality to the user experience vs cost to deliver

Required Professional Designation/Certification
• Minimally a University Degree specializing in Human factors, or Human computer interaction from computer science, psychology or Industrial/Systems engineering preferred
• Preferably a Masters degree in human factors or human computer interaction in any of the above disciplines

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