Interaction Design Director

  • Commitment: Full-time
  • Location: London
  • Team: Design
Method is an international design firm specialized in creating  brand, product and service design experiences. From our offices in San Francisco, New York and London, we serve clients – ranging from start-ups to household brand names – that expect a collaborative,  engaging process and end-to-end solutions that are equally smart and  beautiful.
The  Interaction Design (IxD) practice focuses on crafting strategies and  design solutions centered on the user for interactions that occur at any  scale – from the single web or mobile screen to large-scale, complex  systems that evolve over time. As a global design practice, the  Interaction Design team is comprised of a diverse set of professionals  with backgrounds such as research, strategy, graphic design, industrial  design, product development, marketing and technical development. What these professionals have in common is empathy for the human condition,  love for experimenting with technology, a strong aesthetic viewpoint,  and a mind for the realities of business.

Core Skills:

  • A  strong portfolio that demonstrates your systems thinking and core  skills across a variety of client categories and interactive design  formats & methodologies, e.g. websites, software applications,  mobile/tablet UI and apps, TV set-top box, interactive walls,  touch/voice/gesture-based interaction models
  • 8-12 years prior work with at least 5 years management experience in a related role
  • Solid academic background in a related field, such as Design, Communication  or Psychology, or commensurate work experience; advanced degree a plus
  • Eloquent  verbal/written communication & presentation skills, with the  ability to successfully articulate design concepts to your team and your client
  • Effective time management skills to balance project schedule with fast-paced deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for the digital design industry & technology at large

Research and Strategy Skills:

  • Ability  to conduct key business stakeholder & key user interviews to understand requirements and insights that shape product strategies and design decisions
  • Experience planning and hosting collaborative  workshops, user research and/or usability testing and conducting  comparative/competitive landscape and content audits
  • Ability to  create user experience goals and conceptual frameworks; user personas,  related key user journeys and relevant flowcharts; information  architecture and, as necessary, content strategies

Design and Technical Skills:

  • Innovative interaction design solutions, exhibited in wireframes, annotations/specification documentation, and prototypes
  • Strong  ability to think visually and collaborate seamlessly with Visual  Designers as it pertains to both interactive & style element  discussions
  • Strong ability to think technically and collaborate  seamlessly with Technologists as it pertains to understanding the  benefits, possibilities and constraints of common coding languages and  platforms; actual coding experience a plus
  • An enthusiasm for iterative prototyping as an essential part of the design process
  • Fluency  with common design software (InDesign, Illustrator, OmniGraffle,  Keynote) for the creation of Interaction Design artifacts and  presentations

Thought Leadership Skills:

  • Up-to-date knowledge of human interface guidelines, standards, best practices and emerging technologies
  • Interest and participation in professional industry groups, conferences, speaking engagements, publications or teaching

Management Skills:

  • Experience with new business development and growing business with existing clients
  • Ability to scope projects and manage projects through all phases, from kick-off through delivery
  • Experience managing less senior interaction designers (and visual designers/cross-department staff) on projects
  • Experience  managing a department, or large account-based team, including personnel  management; providing career mentorship, feedback and performance  reviews; providing input into resource allocation decisions; and  recruiting new talent as needed
Method’s culture is a meritocracy in which small project teams collaborate  across multiple departments and, in many cases, across offices and time  zones. We seek patient and friendly individuals who are smart, curious and opinionated; individuals who have the ability to proactively develop  points of view across categories for an ever-changing product and service development environment. But we also seek those that have the  ability to listen, to consider other opinions, and who are able to work  well with others. At senior levels, we seek managers who can take  direction as well as give it; who can lead projects as well as produce  design solutions as needed.

If you are a curious individual that believes better experiences shape a better world, we’d like to hear from you.
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If you are a curious individual that believes better experiences shape a better world, we’d like to hear from you.

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