Sr. 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 experienced practitioner who is willing to take creative risks, experiment with ideas and approaches, and do whatever it takes to do the best work possible.


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
Manage user research efforts including designing a research plan, writing screeners, overseeing recruiting, conducting research (i.e. contextual interviews and usability testing)
Lead client workshops and meetings
Create internal and external deliverables including conceptual diagrams, site maps, interaction flows, storyboards, page/screen schematics/wireframes, content inventories, media-appropriate copy, and detailed functional specifications
Work iteratively; develop ideas from sketches to prototypes
Develop new types of deliverables, workshops, or presentations as necessary
Collaborate with visual designers, design engineers, technical partners and project managers to generate superb design work and happy clients
Occasionally direct the work of contractors or other UXAs in a supporting role
Contribute to Hot’s positive internal atmosphere, quality of work, and growth into new fields or industries
Speak and write about your work

Required Skills & Qualifications

Minimum 5 years experience in UX
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 articulate business strategy and branding issues, and to balance these with user needs and technological constraints
Demonstrated ability to manage clients, communicate persuasively, and resolve issues
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

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