Senior Interaction Designer

In a nutshell

IDEO New York is in search of a Senior Interaction Designer to join our team. As an Interaction Designer at IDEO, you will work on a variety of projects that integrate digital designs into spaces, brands, services and products. Working at IDEO means you’ll tackle all aspects of the design process from user research to physical and digital prototyping to helping tell the project story to the client. You may be a creative thinker with a passion for pixels, love to make graphics move and have a knack for crafting compelling stories, or you might like to use digital tools to design and build human-centered products and services. We’re looking for someone who is equally passionate about designing elegant user experiences as they are using systems thinking and human-centered design as a source of inspiration to solve complex problems.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

At IDEO we create impact through design. Our goal is to create work that resonates as desirable, feasible, and viable. Interaction Designers sit right in that sweet spot - their impact is felt by blending visual strategy and graphic design to tell powerful stories about our designs.  Their skillset is critical to our work because they tackle all aspects of the design process from user research to physical prototyping to telling the project story to the client. Working as core members of the team, you will help to design, and build, world-class products and services.

Once here, you’ll...

  • Design and prototype digital experiences with human-centered insights and needs at their core.
  • Design digital, service, organizational, and systems experiences; think beyond screen UI. As an advocate of exceptional design, you will elevate ideas and interactions with beautiful and thoughtful creativity. You’ll champion the impact of design on everyday life.
  • Collaborate with an incredibly diverse and passionate group of world-class designers on a wide array of local and global challenges to develop holistic designs for our clients across various industries.
  • Conduct user research and translate insights into tangible designs, prototypes and storytelling.

Relevant experience and mindsets:

  • Experience: You have a few years of interaction/graphic design experience across a variety of digital media. Regardless of your current role, you still love getting your hands dirty in the design process to create elegant digital experiences. You have experience in concept ideation, design strategy, digital prototyping, graphic design and AR/VR.
  • Visual Design Sensibility: You distinguish between “good” and “great” work and know beauty and emotion matter as much as logic. You have a point of view about your work and a passion for design and learning new methods of designing digital experiences. You know details matter. A lot.
  • Systems thinking: You can logically visualize complex systems, user interaction flows, and beautiful user interfaces.
  • Prototyping: You understand that you succeed sooner by trial and understand that digital prototyping can be done at various levels of fidelity and have experience doing and leading that work. Static printouts of a screen won't cut it. Interactions are just that – a visceral experience over time integrating flow and animation.
  • Communication Skills and Storytelling: You have strong verbal, written, and presentation skills, and are able to compellingly communicate the story of your design solutions.
  • Team player: You have experience working with designers from different backgrounds and integrating your design ideas with theirs.
  • Empathy: You are great at understanding how to turn human behavior and needs into real concepts and are obsessed with what design and technology can do for people.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Some previous work to check out:

FloodHelpNY: A platform for engaging and informing New York City homeowners about how they can protect their home and finances from flooding.

IKEA Future of Kitchen: Helping IKEA envision how people's behaviors will shape the design of the future kitchen.

Designs on Citizenship: A design innovation platform that advances creative discussion through provocations around Citizenship

Some articles from our Interaction Design community:

Pop Quiz: we are curious to hear from you

What do you think is the most well designed digital experience in the world right now? What do you like about it? If you could make it even better, what would you do? (Please keep your answer to less than 300 words + any images.)

What we’ll need from you for the application

Please submit your resume, portfolio, and the answer to the pop quiz to be considered for this opportunity.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.