Tuesday, 12 February 2013

JOB VACANCY; Lead User Interface Designer

Who are we?
We are a team of young Kenyans who want to disrupt education in Africa by making it mobile, social & accessible through massive on line open courses. Due to the NDA’s we cannot share the whole project brief here. This project though is being managed by Social Edge Africa.

We are looking for individuals who are yearning to do the best work of their lives. To put their names into something that will shape Africa in the coming decades, to be part of a team that built something for the continent that we proudly call home.

Position Overview: We are looking for a sharp eye, brilliant mind and fast hands. As our first senior designer, you will shape the image of our company by translating sketches into visible brand symbols and elements.  This is a fantastic experience for up-coming designers who want to build a solid & remarkable portfolio. Through Dynamic-Split Model of Equity Allocation the successful candidate may have an option to join the company as a co-founder.

About this role

As a designer you will work with developers throughout all stages of the product cycle. You strive to synthesize all forms of input in coming up with simple, coherent design solutions, articulate and defend your decisions to the whole team.
You should be passionate about mobile & crazy about cool apps and passionate about the role of education, sharing of knowledge and peer to peer learning and its potential to solve Africa’s problems.
This role is based in Nairobi Kenya.

Responsibilities
  • Translate design requirements and collaborate closely to create creative digital assets.
  • Design, extend and prepare visual concepts and features the company.
  • Work with the team leader to collect and synthesize requirements and articulate into a coherent user need.
  • Partner with developers to inform and improve design recommendations and understand what constitutes a successful design for a given problem.
·         Define visual strategies and apply design methodologies to develop concepts and graphic elements for digital properties development.
  • Develop and maintain design wireframes, mockups, and specifications as needed
  • Create and advance site-wide style guides

Requirements
  • Experience with User Experience Design.
  • Experience developing consumer or commercial web application interfaces
  • Knowledge of current methodologies and tools used in user-centered design
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating high-calibre visual and interaction skills
  • Mastery of the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Strong graphic design skills, including an eye for good typography, composition, and use of colour
  • Detail oriented, driven and self-motivated
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize projects, and communicate progress and expected milestones
  • Comfortable & disciplined enough to work with no supervision at all.
Desired (not required)
  • Designing user growth-related features for social products/services
  • Designing for mobile web clients
  • Conducting user testing.
Application Information: Please send a letter of interest, resume, salary requirements and an online portfolio link or submit one to Nateford@socialedge.co.ke. Candidates should come prepared to discuss their creative and production role for each entry. 

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