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Visual Designer

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Our client, a leader in the financial services industry, is looking for a Visual Designer with proven experience designing for large, complex websites or desktop applications on an 18 month contract basis.

Overview:
The Visual Designer on our client's Digital User Experience team collaborates with business and technical teams to advocate for and develop user-centered design and interaction concepts. S/he is a member within the Creative Services team which is a multi-disciplinary group of user interface designers, visual designers, and writers/editors who collaborate closely with each other and with the larger organization to create compelling, user-friendly and informative customer experiences for a variety of audiences.

Responsibilities:
- Work with Creative Services and project team to create and refine designs that deliver transactional, promotional and educational information in an appealing and dynamic manner.
- Develop design concepts for new and updated features and functionality, taking into account web and technical standards and approved style guides.
- Provide creative direction that extends the company’s brand and assist in the development of wireframes and prototypes.
- Develop and present design recommendations to the project team and key stakeholders that meet business and end user requirements and appropriately incorporate feedback into the final design.
- Prepare design deliverables and specifications for hand off to the technical teams.
- Participate in the development of a variety of design principles, best practices and process and contribute to the enhancement of the style guide.
- Represent and advocate the design perspective and serve as a resource throughout the organization by answering questions, facilitating decisions, sharing opinions and perspectives and suggesting new and innovative ideas.

Requirements:
- 3-7 years of experience designing for large, complex websites or desktop applications that integrate database-driven content, including enhanced media with application-like functionality.
- Strong interaction design and communication skills; solid understanding of design principles.
- Keen design sensibility and a passion for design, from high-level concept to pixel-level detail.
- A proven track record collaborating on and distilling complex issues into easy-to-understand requirements.
- A talent for synthesizing research, market trends, competitive data, etc. into successful designs.
- Proficiency with design software (e.g., Photoshop and Illustrator) and an understanding of Visio, InDesign, Fireworks and Flash.
- Knowledge of the strengths and limitations of HTML and CSS strongly preferred.
- Visual design and information architecture experience preferred.
- Financial industry transactional design/IA experience preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in product design, interaction design, or human-computer interaction.

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