User Interface/User Experience Designer
Hours per week: 10-20
Starting wage: $12.00/hour
Reports to: NDSU Department or Division contracting for time-slip labor (not eligible for graduate assistant
The User Interface / User Experience Designer will work directly with clients on the redesign and maintenance of clients’ Web sites. The designer will be responsible for the layout, navigation and overall user experience for client websites.
The core focus will be retrofitting and enhancing existing sites using modern design principles. Some of the sites will be web applications. There is the possibility of designing for mobile devices.
Background in Web authoring and visual design required, along with the ability to work with a team on long-term projects involving frequent customer contact.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Design, develop, update, and/or maintain NDSU Web sites for participating departments within a development team.
- Enhance the user experience for both new and existing sites and web applications.
- Creating sketches, storyboards, and process flow diagrams
- Producing layouts
- Conducting usability studies and accessibility tests
- Managing multiple projects for multiple clients
- Building clickable prototypes with original graphics.
- Meet with various stakeholders to obtain a clear understanding of project goals and requirements.
- Using graphic design applications, translate these goals and requirements into purpose-driven, consistently branded designs for websites
- Prepare multiple-option designs, concepts and comprehensive layouts for stakeholder approval, making necessary changes based on feedback throughout the iterative design process.
- Create website design prototypes at different levels of fidelity (from static paper to comprehensive, clickable mockups).
- Incorporate WAI-aaa conformance in site designs.
- Manage assignments so that all deadlines are met. If priorities are conflicting or deadlines are unrealistic, this should be analyzed and articulated to all affected clients and to management before negatively impacting each client’s expectations.
- Experience in Web site layout design and graphic art software
- Ability to work within a project team on long-term projects
- Ability to multi-task and be able to juggle multiple projects
- Strong customer service skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Training and / or experience as an Interaction/UI Designer
- Eye for visual design
- Usability testing or accessibility testing experience
- Knowledge of “grid theory” and other web-friendly layout design principles
- Experience designing for mobile websites
- Experience designing for all browsers without browser-specific hacks
- Familiarity with JQuery and JQuery UI frameworks, components and plugins
- Write a letter of application for this specific job in which you detail at least one project on which you have worked that exemplifies proficiency in all of the minimum qualifications and as many of the preferred qualifications as possible for this position. In describing the project(s), include:
- The task(s) that a client or an instructor presented to you, or as you defined it, if the project was one that you devised.
- The steps that you took to execute the work.
- If a team was involved, outline the role(s) that you played on the team and describe the significance of your role(s) as it related to the project as a whole.
- The tool(s), frameworks, and approach(es) used to carry out the work.
2. A resume that includes professional and education experience.
Preparation for a face-to-face interview:
- Be prepared to show samples of your work.
- Be prepared to tell the client when you can begin working.
- Be prepared to replace an in-line style with CSS directives to simplify a site’s maintenance while improving its usability (we will give you a well-defined CSS and poorly executed HTML and ask you for recommendations on repairing the HTML using the CSS).
- Be prepared to advocate for improvements or enhancements to a Web form that will enhance the site user’s experience (we will give you code of an incomplete HTML form and ask you for recommendations on enhancing it from the user’s perspective).
- Be prepared to propose an alternative to a often used browser hack.