User Experience Architect

Posted 16-02-2012, offered

Hot Studio is a leading experience design company with offices in San Francisco and New York. Dedicated to creating elegant solutions for complex design challenges, we collaborate with business leaders, innovative organizations, and emerging companies to create breakthrough products and services that have global reach and local impact.

The ideal UXA candidate will be an enthusiastic practical-minded perfectionist. You are passionate about user experience, willing to take creative risks and do whatever it takes to do the best work possible. You can handle a range of project types—some of them simultaneously—from discovery to concept to design to writing. You should enjoy working independently, taking initiative, and being innovative.


Design the information architecture and interaction models for client projects. This may include websites, mobile experiences, kiosks, or other touchpoints
Work in close collaboration with clients and internal teams to develop initial strategy—addressing product, brand, marketing, content, and overall user experience
Conduct user research including contextual interviews and usability testing
Participate in client workshops and meetings
Create internal and external deliverables including conceptual diagrams, site maps, interaction flows, storyboards, schematics/wireframes, content inventories, media-appropriate copy, and detailed functional specifications
Work iteratively; develop ideas from sketches to prototypes
Collaborate with visual designers, design engineers, technical partners and project managers to generate superb design work and happy clients
Support UX Leads on projects
Contribute to Hot's positive internal atmosphere, quality of work, and growth into new fields or industries

Required Skills & Qualifications

Minimum 2 years hands-on experience
Experience designing and conducting user research, including contextual inquiry and usability testing
Superb writing and presentation skills
An outstanding portfolio that demonstrates your approach to projects, quality thought, storytelling, and an ability to bring your ideas to life
Excellent deliverables including prototypes, detailed page schematics, sketches, interaction flows, site maps, navigation systems, and web-appropriate writing
Ability and willingness to sketch/use whiteboard in front of clients
Ability to understand how to business strategy and branding issues with user needs and technological constraints
Ability to work well with clients, articulate issues and communicate persuasively
Experience working in small collaborative teams
Familiarity with technical issues and ability to work constructively with engineering teams
Great attitude and ability to handle change
Ability to work independently, prioritize, and solve problems proactively
Creativity and attention to detail

Relevant Experience

Background in graphic design, writing, product and business strategy
Experience with experiences beyond the browser—mobile, audio interface

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