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Associate Product Designer (UX)

Design | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Job Summary

As an Associate Product Designer, you'll design intuitive, accessible and easy-to-use interactions and features for many - from the first time user to the sophisticated expert. Achieving this goal requires collaboration and partnership with Designers, Engineers, Support, Marketing and Product Managers throughout the entire design process – from doing research, crafting user flows and wireframes, to building UI mockups, sketches, and prototypes. At each stage, you will anticipate what our users need, advocate for them and ensure that the final product delights them.

You will also provide support to the team when it comes to design operations, such as evaluating new tools when requested, doing design audits and analysis to assist with internal process improvements and design system work.

You will work under the supervision of the Product Design Lead in our Oakland, CA office. You will also collaborate remotely with the other five team members based in Melbourne, Australia.

We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds. We are looking for someone that is willing to collaborate, learn, and help us bring our design team to the next level.

Key Responsibility areas

Communication

Works with their Product Design Lead to distill complex ideas, goals, and problems in a way that is accessible even to those unfamiliar with the project. Regularly practices verbal and written communication skills, in both one-on-one and group situations.

UI Design

Understanding of visual design basics, such as layout, typography, and hierarchy. Uses our style guide and previous Product Design work to represent the 99designs brand.

UX Design, Research, CX

You will assist the Product Design Lead in conducting research and partner to translate findings into design recommendations.

Culture

Seek feedback and mentorship from Product Design Lead to grow their own skills and design toolkit.

Contribute to an inclusive, diverse and healthy culture. Respond to feedback requests and design critiques from UX team members.

Contribute to the culture of the UX team by participating in other design-led projects, events, and discussions, in order to spread design thinking and enthusiasm throughout 99designs and the wider design community.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • You have 1+ years experience crafting digital products and services; and a real passion for learning.

  • You have a good understanding of the design process, methodologies, and tools.

  • You are a good communicator that loves organizing, documenting and sharing the knowledge from research studies.

  • You have a keen interest in collaborative design sessions, user testing, user flows, wireframes, visual mockups, prototypes and working directly with engineers

  • You are willing to work and collaborate with cross-functional teams (such as product managers and engineers) in an agile environment.

  • You are comfortable working with visual assets, detailing interactions, and learning new prototyping tools.

  • You have curiosity to study and learn about responsive and adaptive web apps, accessibility, new technologies and tools

A bit about us

Backed by Accel Partners (who have also invested in Facebook, Slack, and Dropbox) and Recruit Strategic Partners, 99designs is a dynamic company with offices in Oakland (right by Bart), Melbourne, and Berlin. We love our employees and go to phenomenal lengths to make sure they know it! Perks include: a well-stocked kitchen for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, free weekly lunches, Friday happy hour, transportation subsidies, excellent health care, free local gym membership, an active ping-pong table, board games….oh, and did we mention our commercial grade espresso machine?