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Interaction Designer

In a nutshell:

We are seeking an Interaction Designer to join our Tokyo Studio. As an Interaction Designer, you will work with designers of different backgrounds to turn bold new ideas into tangible products and services that improve people’s lives.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

Interaction Designers create impact by building immersive, compelling experiences with digital at their core. As an Interaction Designer at IDEO, you will design, prototype, and execute delightful human experiences which act as the interface between an organization’s customers and their products, services, and brand.

Why IDEO Tokyo?

IDEO Tokyo’s mission is to help enable change in Japan through creativity. As part of a small studio that is still growing, this person must demonstrate a collaborative working style, great communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a non-rules based environment of creative innovation.

Once here you will:

  • Work on projects that identify and solve problems across a variety of industries with organizations large and small, established and new.
  • Collaborate with designers from different backgrounds such as design researchers, industrial designers, business designers, and fellow interaction designers to develop holistic solutions for our clients.
  • Design websites, apps, and a wide variety of other digital/physical interactive experiences with the end user in mind.
  • Create “looks like/works like” prototypes that communicate designs to potential users and client stakeholders.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We work hard, but we also 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 both the design process and your career.

Relevant experience and mindset:

  • 3–5 years of interaction design experience in a design studio or creative consultancy.
  • Bachelor’s and/or graduate degree in Interaction Design, Graphic Design, New Media, HCI, or other relevant degree.
  • Strong portfolio and elevated sense of design: you know the difference between “good” and “great” and are able to work through team dynamics, clients and timelines to deliver excellent design.
  • Must be fluent in HTML / CSS / Javascript and have extensive experience with a variety of graphic and interactive prototyping tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, InVision, Framer, etc. After Effects a plus.
  • Prototyping: You are ready to learn from failure, embrace an iterative process, and you understand that success comes sooner with trial and error. You have hands-on experience in creating low and high fidelity prototypes, at speed.
  • Systems thinking: You love complex questions and use your work to communicate that complexity in simple ways.
  • Team skills: You work best in a participatory, team-based environment. You support and inspire teams through collaboration as well as direction, vision, and planning of deliverables.
  • Communication: You have strong verbal and visual presentation skills, as well as an articulate point of view about design. You understand the value of design within a business context.
  • Openness: Designers need to be flexible and open-minded. You are optimistic, generative, and open to new ideas and ways of working.
  • Human-centered: You can articulate a human-centered approach to design and are comfortable going out into the world for inspiration. You understand basic human-centered design philosophy, embrace ambiguity, and want to continually evolve design methodologies.

Some previous projects to check out:

  • Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google: When Google teamed up with Levi’s to craft a jacket with technology woven in, the company turned to IDEO to help make the experience of wearing the garment feel seamless, intuitive, and familiar.
  • Rise Science: Partnered with a sleep analytics start-up to develop a comprehensive sleep training system for professional athletes and scale the business.
  • GE CT Scanner: Redesigned the user interface for CT scanners to optimize the technician’s workflow, patient safety, and image quality.
  • Future of Automobility: An online visualization of how life with driverless cars might really look and feel. It considers four scenarios: “Moving People,” which looks at how commutes will change when we can look away from the road; “Moving Things,” where we examine automated package-delivery fleets; “Moving Spaces,” where we envision mobile offices meeting people where they live and parking in underused areas of our cities; and “Moving Together,” which explores how the interior of future vehicles will be customized to meet our personal needs during ride-sharing.

Application requirements and instructions:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a link to your portfolio or work samples of interaction design. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project. Please indicate your role and contribution for each project submitted.


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.