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Job: UI/UX Designer at Aeryon Labs

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Location: Aeryon Labs in Waterloo, Ontario

The user experience of the Aeryon Scout is what sets it apart from the pack. We’ve made an aerial vehicle that can be flown by anyone using Google Maps and we’re looking to enhance our current design. As Aeryon’s UI/UX Designer, you would own the user experience, transforming ideas and turning them into real-world product designs.

Job Description

  • Work closely with the R&D team to build product demos, prototypes, and interfaces
  • Define user interface design standards for Aeryon products, optimize ease-of-use and achieve an integrated and consistent product look and feel
  • Represent the “user experience ” and translate customer requirements into defined product features and specifications
  • Conduct ongoing research on user interface development

Required Skills

  • Bachelors degree preferred along with 4+ years relevant design experience
  • Portfolio required to demonstrate front-end product design and graphic skills
  • Strong graphics production capability experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and other graphics tools
  • Experience with Agile software methodology
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with the team as well as outside vendors
  • Experience managing multiple design projects
  • Detailed-oriented and committed to delivering dynamic, visually appealing design under tight time constraints
  • Willingness to learn new programming techniques and skills
  • Familiarity with Java/Swing an asset

To apply, please visit Aeryon’s careers page.


(March 2012) REAP project demos and design feedback

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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Wednesday March 7, 2012
5:30 to 7:00 pm
FELT Lab at Quarry Integrated Communications
1440 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario
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We like to mix up the kinds of events we do at uxWaterloo. It keeps things interesting, provides exposure to a wider range of ideas, and enables us to share our expertise with the community.

Some of you will recall our visit to the Felt lab back in November. That event was a chance to try out some of the interesting interactive display technologies at Felt. Well, we’re going back, but this time we’re on a mission to help students in the Research Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) at the University of Waterloo by providing them with feedback on the projects that they are working on.

Come out and share your insights and design expertise with the next generation of UX practitioners and researchers, while learning more about exciting new technologies. The discussions are sure to be enlightening all around.


Job: Front-End Engineer at Sortable

Posted: February 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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Location: Waterloo, Ontario

Our mission at Sortable is to make it easy for people to make decisions about which product or service to use, for example their next camera, phone, or tv purchase, or their next meal, movie, or trip. Sortable’s focus is making these decisions easy for ordinary people by handling all the data analysis and surfacing the best options in simple, beautiful interfaces. Sortable is a 7 person engineering driven startup, our fast growing websites are used by millions of visitors each month, and we need to expand!

We need talented frontend engineers to help us build simple and powerful web interfaces for mobile and desktop users. Designing interfaces that make complex tasks simple is what drives you. You live and breathe HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript — we’re talking clean, minimal markup, with fast page loads, and responsive layouts for multiple devices. At Sortable you’ll have the opportunity to build software that get used by millions of people. Join us to change how people make decisions online.

Skills

  • Extensive HTML5, Javascript, jQuery and CSS3 experience
  • Experience with Scala, Java or C#
  • User interface design
  • Mobile frameworks such as PhoneGap
  • Ability to take responsibility and release features users love that drive our vision forward
  • Top-notch communication skills – we’re a small team, you’ll need to fit in well
  • Bonus: Worked at a startup before, active in open source, personal projects, active blog, linux experience, spending way too much time researching which product to buy

Environment

We use Scala for most of our development. In addition, we have written tools or services in Python, Bash, and Java. We want our team of developers to have fun and be productive, so we’ll expect you to bring your own ideas and suggestions as to what hardware and software should be used.

Other tools and services we use include: Lift, PostgreSQL, Redis, Mercurial, Jenkins, Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3) and Ubuntu.

Benefits

We offer competitive salaries (80-120k+ based on experience and ability), health benefits, equity in the company, and kick ass developer machines. If you’re interested in building the future of how people make purchase decisions with a group of nice, funny, smart people, then Sortable is the place for you.

To apply please view our front-end engineer job posting


(February 2012) The user experience of conferences

Posted: February 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Thursday February 16, 2012
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Bauer Kitchen (private room booked under “UX Waterloo”)
Located in the Bauer Marketplace

What makes for a truly amazing conference experience?

Not everything we build as user experience designers is digital (service designers have known this forever!). Even if your own work to date has been strictly online, much of your knowledge is transferable to the real world. So this month, we put that idea to the test — by digging into the DNA of a successful conference experience.

Come prepared to share your own conference experiences, or to chime in with reactions to what others have to say. There’ll be no presentations this month, just informal discussion among UX peers. Have you been to a conference before? Let’s hear about it! Describe what you loved about the experience, and share some low points as well.

Your ideas could very well influence KW’s very own UX conference in September, Fluxible 2012.

RSVP requested

We’re meeting in a private room at the Bauer Kitchen, booked for “UX Waterloo”. Please note that food and drinks will not be supplied, but you’re free to place individual orders if wanted.

Please RSVP below if you plan to attend. Attendance will be capped at 20 people, so sign up soon!

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