Lead UX Designer

Do you find yourself bursting with excitement when you realize you just experienced a seamlessly designed interaction? Are you a critical thinker with an equally critical eye for design? Do you walk through the world often frustrated with poorly designed products and services, and know that you could have helped them work better? Do you enjoy being an advocate for the user throughout the complex design process that lead to cohesive systems? You could be just the person we’re looking for. We’re in search of a well-rounded visionary to fulfill the position of Lead UX Designer, and join our growing team as we strive to make sure every single product and experience we touch involves user experience thinking from start to finish. For this role you will primarily be delivering digital experiences while working with interdisciplinary teams of interaction designers, industrial designers, and engineers to guide our integrated product development process. Our team has a depth of expertise in the hardware space, and your work will focus on the relationships of software and hardware systems. As a Lead UX Designer, you will balance high-level project strategy with hands-on research and design work that shapes everything from the high-level vision of a product experience, to the detailed digital interactions that make the product delightful to use.

 

You Will:

Bring Your Leadership Chops

  • Work with key decision-makers to develop plans and strategies for the integration of design methods into a wide variety of projects across platforms and industries. Collaborate closely with all disciplines – Strategy, Industrial Design, Brand and Business Development
  • Manage projects that involve design, research, testing, and strategy
  • Lead brainstorms and workshops internally and with clients to help define problems and opportunities at a variety of points throughout the design process

 

Dive into Research and Testing

  • Plan and conduct innovative and informative qualitative research, user requirements analysis, task analysis, information architecture design, and usability testing
  • Synthesize and organize research findings into actionable insights, opportunities, and design principles that truly inspire and can be utilized during the design process
  • Work with designers and engineers to strategically integrate user testing into the design process
  • Work closely with all disciplines throughout the design process to ensure the user’s voice is heard

 

Design Delightful Interactions & Experiences

  • Ability to quickly design and prototype experiences at a variety of fidelities, while not being tied to any specific tool or technique
  • Be a passionate advocate and practitioner of micro-interactions, and user interfaces using participatory and iterative design techniques, including observational studies, customer interviews, usability testing, competitive audits, market research, and other forms of requirements discovery
  • Take the lead in moving from research to user flows and wireframes, into detailed visual mockups to develop an informed design language and thoughtful product execution
  • Guide and contribute to developing beautiful visual design languages, and documenting the supporting assets in organized design systems

 

You Have:

  • 6+ years minimum relevant professional experience working in digital experience design on interdisciplinary teams to research, build, test, and deliver great products. Experience in a fast-moving consultancy is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in product design, interaction design, human-computer interaction, or a related field
  • An ability to communicate your design and the decisions that led to it through strong verbal, written, and visual presentation skills
  • Experience working on design research and strategy, and crafting product solutions
  • A systems-focused way of viewing the world and enjoyment for working on complex challenges and crafting exciting product solutions
  • Mastery of modern design and prototyping software such as Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, Framer, Principle, InVision, etc.
  • Experience managing design teams throughout the product development process and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced consulting environment
  • An outstanding portfolio showcasing innovative product design solutions across a breadth of business verticals, and strong rationale for your solutions

 

You May Have (but it’s not a dealbreaker if you don’t):

  • Familiarity with physical product design and how UX methods work in both the physical and digital product spaces
  • Motion design experience
  • Experience working with, and managing, multidisciplinary design teams
  • Quantitative research experience
  • Experience working with engineers to implement designs
  • Graduate degree in HCI, interaction design, or similar

 

About Us:

Whipsaw is an Industrial Design and Engineering consulting firm founded in 1999 and located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Whipsaw creates products and brand experiences for many diverse industries including housewares, consumer electronics, medical, and business products. Our clients range from startups to large international corporations. Our purpose is to make excellent products and experiences. Our solutions aim to support our client’s business objectives, with a goal to increase revenue, improve market position, and enhance corporate value.

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