At IDEO, our world-class multidisciplinary teams creates innovative solutions to address core human needs. In order to do this, we work with the latest tools and technologies to support and experiment within all aspects of our design process—from research to design; from concept to implementation. Software Designers at IDEO work closely with small teams that could include interaction designers, design researchers, industrial designers, graphic designers, electrical and mechanical engineers - inventing new solutions for some of the world’s biggest challenges. We collaborate with clients ranging from bold startups with emerging technologies to some of the most well-known brands of all time.
Following a “build to think” approach, front-end software developers at IDEO shine at bringing designs to life - moving beyond static screens or strategic frameworks into tangible, visceral, living creations. Colleagues in this role will design software with a diverse range of fidelity; from quick and dirty user experience prototypes designed to facilitate research interviews, to limited-scale public software pilots that have a direct impact on end-users, to sample interface animations. You will often collaborate with external partners as well - firms with specialties in specific disciplines (from AI to VR to IOS) to help move the concept into a market-ready form. Software Design colleagues have the opportunity to explore projects that span mobile to virtual reality; wearables to interactive installations. You will have one foot firmly planted in the code world, but also consider yourself a designer as well - you are happy playing in the space of conceptual direction and visual language as much as ux flow, information architecture, and front-end code.
We believe software development is a creative discipline, not an execution task. Software discipline colleagues are creative problem solvers who often employ unorthodox yet ingenious ways to push a design and experience forward. You may modify an off-the-shelf PC driving game to integrate with an automotive simulator experience or collaborate with city organizations and data scientists to access, map and visualize raw energy usage data and expose human behaviors using open APIs. This isn’t a place where structure, rules, and instructions are given to you from above - it’s up to you to design how you want to collaborate with others to bring ideas to life in a way that lets your project team test concepts with sets of users, as well as give clients a compelling tease of what the full experience could be. Projects can range from co-designing and building a richly animated front-end experience of a two-sided healthcare portal, creating prototypes of financial services apps for the working poor, all the way to connecting live data into an immersive VR simulation by collaborating with a digital environments designer.
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