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Jobs: UX teaching positions at BrainStation

Posted: April 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »

The folks at BrainStation are looking for some help teaching a UX course at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener. Here are the roles that they’re looking to fill.

Lead Educator – UX Design

Classroom Manager – User Experience Design

Teaching Assistant – UX Design

Follow the links for details on the positions and how to apply.

 


Job: Visual Designer at D2L

Posted: April 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: | No Comments »

Company: D2L
Location:
 Kitchener, Ontario or Winnipeg, Manitoba

What would I be doing in this role at D2L?

  • You will be helping learners achieve their full potential. Think about the good you will do for the world!
  • You will be researching, designing and influencing products that are going to have an impact on improving teaching and learning.
  • You will make the products more usable and beautiful. You will work with layout, typography, color, and motion to guide users through the product and evoke an emotional response. You will push creative boundaries. You care about every pixel.
  • You will work with an agile scrum team delivering mobile and web-based solutions that benefit learners, teachers, and those who support them.
  • You will collaborate with our team of product designers—experts in visual design, interaction design, user research, accessibility, and front-end development. You will have an opportunity to share your expertise and be supported by other like-minded people. You will continually learn and look for ways to innovate.

What would my main duties be?

  • Demonstrate a passion for our users. Participate in a variety of research activities to understand our users’ motivations, behaviours and unmet needs. Validate design ideas and respond to user feedback
  • Iteratively design and specify the visuals for key parts of our mobile and web apps
  • Rapidly prototype designs so that they can be demonstrated and tested
  • Refine the composition and layout of key screens
  • Create the detailed visuals elements and subtle animations that make our apps beautiful
  • Be a champion for the brand within product development

What is D2L looking for from me?

Visual designers at D2L demonstrate excellence in:

  • Layout
  • Colour
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Motion Graphics and Animation
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Mobile App Design

In addition, we like to see:

  • A track record of delivering successful mobile and web application
  • Experience working in an agile development team
  • Good understanding of mobile and web technologies and an appetite for learning more
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Degree in graphic design, digital media design, or related discipline

Ready to make a difference?

Contact Pete if you’d like to chat about the role – peter dot rothe at d2l dot com. Otherwise, apply online now.

Reference #: D2LVDWIN


Job: Product Designer at D2L

Posted: April 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: | No Comments »

Company: D2L
Location:
 Kitchener, Ontario

What would I be doing in this role at D2L?

Whether you are an experienced interaction designer or a recent co-op graduate, we are looking for creative problem solvers to transform product requirements into highly functional user interfaces.

You will be designing and influencing products that are going to have an impact on improving teaching and learning. You have a good intuition for what makes an effective experience and a love for designing software to meet our clients’ goals and expectations.

You will collaborate with your team, usability specialists and other designers who will challenge you to create the most desirable software. Whether you are designing a web or mobile application, our designers are technically savvy and stay on top of the leading technologies they are designing for.

You will continually learn and look for ways to innovate. You thrive in an Agile development environment and culture where designers speak freely and collaborate to solve interesting problems. You take pride not just getting things done, but delivering the best.

What would my main duties be?

  • Take product requirements and consolidate them into software workflows that meet user expectations
  • Develop user stories, wireframes and high and low-fidelity prototypes to communicate a compelling design vision
  • Collaborate with your development team, product owner and graphic designers to ensure feasibility of design concepts
  • Conduct user research and focus groups by interacting with the community and internal stakeholders
  • Proactively vet designs to ensure seamless user experience across the product suite

What is D2L looking for from me?

  • Strong analytical, communication, facilitation, negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Experience taking a design from concept to software delivery
  • Experience creating storyboards, wireframes, flow diagrams and interactive prototypes
  • Strong visual design sense
  • Understanding of Agile and other project methodologies
  • Knowledge of user-experience design principles
  • Graphic design skills are considered an asset
  • Knowledge of accessibility principles is considered an asset

Ready to make a difference?

Contact Pete if you’d like to chat about the role – peter dot rothe at d2l dot com. Otherwise, apply online now.

Reference #: D2LCPD


May 2015: UX book club returns with Indi Young

Posted: April 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | No Comments »

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Indi Young has become a bit of a UX celebrity around these parts. Her empathy workshop at the region’s premier UX conference, Fluxible, followed by a D2L sponsored lunch and learn left us all wanting more. So, we’ve decided to go get some more!

We’ve selected her latest book, Practical Empathy, as the topic for our May meeting. Anyone at all involved in developing a product needs to have a solid understanding of its users and empathy is a tool that can help develop that understanding. It’s a mindset that focuses on people, helping to reveal their thinking patterns and perspectives. The book focuses on how to gather and compare these patterns to make better decisions, improve your strategy, and collaborate successfully.

But wait — there’s more! We will discuss the book as a group for the first portion of the evening and then Indi will join us live from San Francisco for the last part. Come prepared with questions, or just come looking for answers.

There are many locations to buy this book, including Amazon.ca, or Rosenfeld Media. (Psst…if you came to Fluxible and *still* haven’t used your free ebook coupon for Rosenfeld Media, now’s a good time to redeem it!)

Hope to see all of you soon!

Register

Thursday May 21st, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Boltmade Offices
Waterloo, Ontario

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