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Human Centered Design Lead

Human Centered Software Design | Saint Louis, MO | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

Just as the 1904 World’s Fair brought innovation to St. Louis, 1904labs inspires innovation in new and exciting ways by bridging gaps between the talent community and clients who have cutting edge needs.

We provide our team members with challenging and rewarding work, competitive compensation and the opportunity to openly pursue their own individual startup ideas during the work day. We challenge the conventional norms by encouraging our employees to innovate their own product ideas during collaboration times, separate from our client work.

At 1904labs, we are agile and innovative technologists. Cutting edge technologies don’t scare us, they fuel our fire.

The Role

As a Human Centered Design Lead you will assist in creating user interfaces for a variety of software products. We build cloud based software, data engineering, and decision science software and solutions for our clients in a variety of areas, including geospatial/mapping tools, financial tools, and big data analytics.

Our Human Centered Design Lead role is a synthesis of HCD/UX research and design. You will demonstrate proficiency in both aspects of the role. You may specialize in user research, visual design, or interaction design; but you are able to leverage all of your own and your teammates’ skills and abilities to help drive research-informed design into products.

You'll work in an Agile environment, and will be embedded with developers to define and deliver new solutions for our clients. You’ll work closely with members of the delivery team to translate concepts into living, breathing code. You will iterate on interactions, informed by data, to deliver a superior user experience.

As the HCD Lead, you will co-lead the team along with the Agile Engineering lead. You’ll work closely together to ensure project success. You will interact directly with the client product owner, providing leadership, and to advocate for the needs of the user. You will focus on both tactical and strategic aspects of the project, attending to the day-to-day of delivery while keeping sight of the product vision.


  • BS degree in IT-related field or equivalent practical experience

  • 4 years of working on a team designing and developing websites and applications

  • Fluency with wireframing tools

  • Fluency with interactive prototyping tools

  • Qualitative research skills and experience, including the ability to conduct requirements gathering, prototype evaluations, and other user research methods

  • Agile or Lean knowledge and experience

  • Portfolio of design and/or research artifacts

  • Excellent team skills (communication, collaboration)


  • Standard Benefits Program (medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k), professional development and education assistance, PTO)

  • Innovation Time  - we allow 10% of your time to be devoted to innovation hours.  This time can be used to foster individual ideas, personal projects, start up ideas, improve an open source tool or for career advancement and self-education.  All during traditional working hours.

  • Dress Code - we don't have one

This role is located in St. Louis, MO.  While we would prefer local candidates your current location is not the most important factor; please help us understand why you would like to call St. Louis home if you would be relocating