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Visual Designer

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Aquent is a creative staffing firm with an opening for a Senior Visual Designer for a Fortune 500 Client, sitting in Fairfax, VA. The Interactive Graphic Designer will be hired as part of the User Experience team. Individual must be highly collaborative and have ability that spans all areas of the front end development process.

Role Overview:
* The candidate will be responsible for research and design efforts for web based user interface design, creating design concepts that take advantage of today’s technology.
* Will work with Information Architects, as well as BA and TA SMEs and client stakeholders, to develop strategies and specifications for the look and feel of multiple web based projects.
* Synthesize information gathered from client meetings, team collaboration, best practices, branding guidelines and competitive analyses to develop mock ups and user interface diagrams the meet both user and client needs.
* Participate in Usability Testing and help determine how best to integrate these findings into the user interface.

Required skills include:
* 5+ years digital graphic design experience demonstrated through an online portfolio
* Hands on design of web sites and web based applications designed from the ground up (not just sites contributed to or produced)
* Fluency with core graphic design principles and interactive trends (typography, form, color, composition, imagery, brand management, animation)
* Application of leading edge creative in parallel with web standards and usability best practices, including 508 compliance
* Experience carrying design concepts forward from wireframes to XHTML/CSS, keeping in mind how the end product will be built
* Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and Flash
* Expert knowledge of Visio, InDesign and other widely accepted UI design tools
* Working knowledge of HTML/XHTML, CSS, cross browser issues, NET, JavaScript Frameworks (JQuery and JSON) and other evolving interface standards
* Experience with large scale custom application or CMS (Content Management Systems) projects
* Experience with logo and identity design preferred
* Experience with social media, mobile and tablet technologies preferred
* Experience working with Health IT clients a plus
* Experience with print design a plus

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