Do you have what it takes to be a Kicker?

Kicker Studio is looking for a Senior Interaction Designer to join us in our mission to make technology speak human. Because a user interface should feel as natural as a conversation, Kicker has set out to create meaningful innovation that connects people with products that fit seamlessly into their daily lives.

With several exciting projects underway, we are looking for perpetually curious, creative, and passionate people to join our team and tackle problems not found anywhere else. The right designers will have experience across a broad spectrum of interface challenges, with a targeted interest in creating multi-platform experiences using new technologies like touch, voice, and gesture. If you love to concept, design, and prototype in the space where consumer behavior, client brand, digital and physical interfaces meet, you might have what it takes to be a Kicker.

As a Senior Interaction Designer at Kicker you are tasked with researching, inventing, conceptualizing, and defining new paradigms for interaction with products across multiple contexts, and designing the cues and feedback necessary to make the technology behind them disappear. You prosper in a collaborative work environment; you enjoy partnering with our clients and our team, and you work well both on-site and remotely. You understand and can work with new technologies like touch, voice and gesture. You have the ability to communicate your thinking quickly, through sketching, models, wireframes and mock-ups. You tirelessly defend the user experience, and bend technology like a material to make the experience make sense.

You fit the Kicker profile if you:
Demonstrate mastery alongside the willingness to develop skills and learn new competencies; share opinions with the team; offer and receive sophisticated, thoughtful critiques; welcome the opportunity to watch ideas evolve through collaboration; manage multiple projects under tight deadlines while paying attention to detail; demonstrate initiative and adhere to deadlines; and play nicely with other intelligent and talented types.

Core Responsibilities

  • Observe users and conduct interviews, ethnography and task analysis.
  • Turn research findings into design opportunities and constraints.
  • Develop concepts, user scenarios and personas to model user types, actions, goals and expectations.
  • Refine ideas through wireframes, flow diagrams, storyboarding and rapid prototyping.
  • Conduct usability studies of existing interfaces and prototype designs.
  • Collaborate with sensory designers to craft interface cues and feedback.
  • Create client-ready deliverables that communicate design thinking and facilitate decision making.
  • Document form and behavior and develop functional interaction specifications.
  • Travel if necessary.

Specific Requirements

  • Five to seven (5-7) years creating interfaces, applications, and digital or physical products, including professional services experience.
  • Advanced use of tools of the trade such as Illustrator, InDesign or Omnigraffle.
  • Strong understanding of interaction design principles and best practices
  • Understanding of wireless and mobile technologies, and design opportunities with emerging technology including touch, voice and gesture.

This is a three+ month contract position located San Francisco, CA with frequent client collaboration throughout the Bay Area.

How to apply: Submit a letter of interest with salary requirements, a resume and a link to your portfolio to jobs [at] kickerstudio [dot] com.