Senior Associate - Interaction Design

Delhi, India Full-time

Job Purpose and Description

Increasingly, Quicksand’s body of work entails researching, designing and developing digital solutions across a variety of platforms including mobile devices, browsers, desktop apps, tablets and other digital assistants. We have also been working with emerging technologies like augmented and virtual reality, gestural interfaces and gaming platforms. While we recognize that the applications and formats in the world of technology are expanding by the day, we are looking for individuals who bring a strong foundational understanding and skills in the area of user experience and user interface design. It is expected that the individual will bring skills that span the various steps starting from information architecting, wireframing, front-end prototyping and detailed interface design. While the dominant applications for the studio are still in the realm of websites, browser apps and mobile apps (and therefore we are expecting a strong portfolio in these domains), we expect that a foundational understanding of user experience and human-computer interaction is translatable to any new digital interface and we expect the candidate to be willing to experiment and tinker with new applications.

Technological interventions are an ever-increasing interest and mandate from our clients and for internal projects, and this role will be a leading voice in assisting the studio in exploring and developing innovative solutions to challenges in both the corporate and social impact contexts.

Some specific responsibilities of this role are:

 

Research & Concept Development

  • Gather and evaluate user requirements in collaboration with project managers, design researchers and end-users
  • Translate user insights into feature level specifications for the concerned digital solution  
  • Illustrate design ideas using storyboards, interaction flows, sitemaps
  • Identify and troubleshoot UX problems in an iterative process

 

UX Design

  • Wireframe concepts (including interactive prototypes) using a variety of tools and softwares (Sketch, Proto.io, Principle, Invision, Adobe XD, click-through Keynote)
  • Code for web and/or mobile app experience (JavaScript/CSS/HTML, Objective-C, etc.)
  • Design detailed and beautiful user interfaces for web, mobile and other platforms based on core UX principles (using tools like Sketch, Photoshop)
  • Conduct layout adjustments based on user feedback, oftentimes gathered in-context

 

Documentation & Collaboration

  • Develop comprehensive documentation for the final solution including user experience insights, design principles, style standards on fonts, colors and images
  • Prepare and present rough drafts of their solution concepts to internal teams and key stakeholders
  • Ability to work closely with front-end and back-end developers and engineers to bring the digital solution to life

 

Independent R&D

  • Researching, evaluating, and informing colleagues and other stakeholders about UX/UI trends and strategies
  • Tinkering with new technologies and steering studio’s experiments in these domains
  • Steer thought leadership for the studio in the wider field of interaction design

 

Qualifications

Successful candidates will champion the field of interaction design within the studio and lead the translation of a deep user understanding into relevant and seamless digital solutions. Some specific qualifications you would need to have are:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Interaction Design, New Media Design, Engineering (Computer Science) or related fields from a leading program in India or abroad
  • 4-7 years of professional work experience as a UI/UX/Interaction Designer or similar role
  • Extensive portfolio of digital design projects demonstrating specialisation and a passion for this field
  • Avid technology enthusiast and tinkerer
  • Knowledge of wireframe tools (e.g. Wireframe.cc and InVision)
  • Familiarity with HTML, JavaScript, and CSS design capabilities
  • High level of skill using design software like Sketch, InVision, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Webflow, Proto.io, etc
  • Fluency in responsive design, mobile/tablet UI UX
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of any other languages (including Hindi) would be a definite plus but not mandatory
  • Ability to think critically and have exceptional attention to detail
  • Some evidence of independent creative work would be viewed very positively
  • A roll-up-your-sleeves attitude towards your work  

 

Location

The position will be based in Delhi, India with frequent, project related travel to other studio locations. It will also involve a chance to meet and work with consumers across the spectrum for projects, as well as travel to workshops, client meetings and the occasional company offsite!

 

Compensation

A compensation package commensurate with your skills and experience will be designed for you.

 

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About Quicksand

Quicksand (www.quicksand.co.in) is a leading design strategy and innovation consultancy in India, recognised globally for its expertise in user-centered design. Our work spans both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors across emerging markets, and has involved envisioning innovative new programs, products and services that are future facing, and still rooted in the everyday reality of people they aim to serve.

Quicksand was set up in 2005 in New Delhi, and now has studios in Bangalore and Goa as well. Our work over the last 13 years has contributed to a global discourse on human-centered design and design thinking— a new approach to creating solutions that are sensitive and relevant to the end user while driving business and social impact. We make this possible through our expertise in learning from the field— distilling meaning from the lives of people, communities and cultures - and applying this knowledge in building solutions that are at the intersection of business, technology and design.

Today, Quicksand consists of close to forty full-time employees and consultants with diverse profiles and qualifications - ranging from management, technology, engineering, product design, communication design, design research, new media, film and photography, sound design, social sciences and entrepreneurship.

Some of our noted clients include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Unilever, World Bank, Wellcome Trust, Nokia, Unicef, Samsung, Cisco, Google and Coca Cola.

 

Working at Quicksand

In the interest of full disclosure, the Quicksand office structure is likely different from what you’re used to. We are a collection of professionals with diverse backgrounds that are united by an ideology, not an industry. We are passionate about applying user-centered processes to improve people’s lives and a typical project requires everyone on the team to roll up their sleeves and dive in.

Our work tends to be a mix of collaborative as well as independent, self-driven effort. There will be times when you are asked to take on responsibilities that may fall outside of those specified in the job description and at other times you’ll be expected to lead the team on a skill or a domain you specialise in. You will have the freedom to explore, create, and push-the-envelope.

This seemingly fluid nature of operations can be rewarding and frustrating in equal measures. We expect team members to figure the balance of openness vs structure they need at work, and unlearn top-down structured approaches that they might have experienced in other organisations or previous engagements.We expect to learn as much from you as you will learn from us.

Finally, regardless of the position you are applying for, there are a few traits that define us as individuals and as a team. We value a strong work ethic and thrive in a collaborative, cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, startup environment with minimal supervision. By extension, it is part of our job profiles to reach out to people - regardless of whether they are our clients, users or partners - and build genuine, respectful relationships that can make work both meaningful and fun. We value thinking on one’s feet, being resourceful and entrepreneurial. Deadlines energise us and no matter how constraining the circumstances may be, we would never drop our standards of high quality work.

 

Get in Touch

In case this resonates with you, please apply via this Recruiterbox posting with your most current resume/CV, a portfolio of work samples and projects that demonstrate your skills and credentials, and links to relevant online work, personal website, and/or blog. Please also include a thoughtful cover letter that shares a bit about yourself, and why you are excited about working with Quicksand. Submissions without these essentials will not be considered for the position.

In the course of our initial conversations, we might also require you to work on a small case study, which would help us gauge your skills and also enable you to understand our requirements better.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Apply for this opening at http://quicksand.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk01t72?apply=true