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Senior UX Designer

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Aquent is seeking a highly strategic and technically savvy Sr UX designer to work within our Interactive Design group. The UX Designer will partner with a collaborative, cross-functional team to design portals, applications and Web properties. The Designer will contribute to the concept, strategy, and cross-platform integration while following a user-centered design process.

The ideal candidate should be a self-motivated, energetic, problem solver who challenges the mundane and looks for unique conceptual solutions to address strategic needs.


Research and Analysis Responsibilities

• Conduct primary research via user interviews, focus groups, and contextual analysis to generate actionable insights for user experience designs
• Design usability tests, draft test scripts, and perform test moderation
• Effectively communicate research findings to design teams and stakeholders
• Monitor industry, technology and competitive trends to continually identify opportunities for applying improvements
• Support continuous improvement of user experience strategies, tools, documentation, and processes
• Excellent presentation skills to effectively communicate research findings to design teams and stakeholders

Interaction Design Responsibilities
• Problem solve with innovative strategic concepts is a must
• Design new user experiences that drive the next generation of Web, Mobile, and applications
• Create wireframes, site maps, feature lists, specifications and other artifacts to describe the intended user experience
• Research, analyze, and interpret a variety of inputs to conceive and document user experience requirements
• Effectively represent the voice of user to influence and improve design decisions
• Develop interactive design simulations using Axure or similar design tools
• Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team that includes visual designers, content specialists, and developers during ideation, design, and development
• Consult with the team throughout development and rollout to ensure designs are understood, implemented and communicated appropriately
• Mentor junior UX designers and team members on usability, experience design, and related topics
• Participate in scoping and planning of projects
• Contribute to internal innovation projects related to user experience
• Ability to design enterprise level systems, anticipate users needs, and pivot based on findings is a must
• Understanding of design philosophies as they relate to responsive, adaptive, native, and mobile web apps

Qualifications
• Minimum 5+ years experience designing user interfaces for Web, tablet, and mobile, following user-centered design principles
• Portfolio of past UX/IA projects that demonstrate innovative solutions as well as samples including task flows, site maps, wireframes, etc. required
• Experience designing for native Mobile and Responsive Web
• Undergraduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction or related field, graduate degree in Human Computer Interaction or related fields preferred
• Experience of providing critical analysis of user experience designs based on heuristics and other accepted design principles
• Experience with group facilitation, user interviews, heuristic evaluations, task analysis, usability test design and moderation, and card sorting
• Experience working with Agile methodology preferred
• Knowledge and understanding of social media strategies and platforms
• Knowledge and practical application of accessibility factors, per ADA Section 508 requirements and W3C WAI guidelines
• Proficiency with design tools, such as Axure, Visio, Omnigraffle, iRise, Fireworks
• Adobe creative Suit is a plus
• Knowledge of CSS, HTML, and Javascript preferred
• Knowledge of video, motion graphics, Flash and photography a plus
• Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
• Ability to sell ideas with strong negotiation skills
• Ability to work collaboratively with Creative Director, team members, and internal clients
• Ability to balance user-centered design skills, visual design sensibilities, and understanding of technical constraints in design thinking
• Ability to work autonomously and manage time effectively
• Agency experience is preferred
• Experience working on corporate branding and marketing campaigns is preferred

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