Msnbc.com is looking for an outstanding and experienced web/interaction designer, who is also a big picture thinker and has programming experience. The Labs designer would variably conceptualize new ideas, create wireframes, design mockups, and develop prototypes and front-ends for products around news and emerging technologies. The designer would collaborate with our editorial, marketing, sales and technology departments to come up with anything from a fresh, simple, useful design implementation of a feature on our site, to advocating entirely new, creative products, ideas and interfaces using new technologies and platforms. The designer’s portfolio should demonstrate a combination of innovation and reality, an attention to detail, and solid execution of visual designs and intuitive user experiences.

Core duties:
With minimal supervision, conceive and lead the design of new news products, components, templates, and user interfaces. This includes:
•              brainstorming requirements with stakeholders from all departments
•              creating mockups and advocating for creative ideas
•              understanding success criteria and considering all available research
•              attending user focus groups to gather early feedback
•              working with project managers to break down tasks into deliverables
•              writing and testing standards-compliant HTML/CSS/Javascript

Designing and developing user experiences on a variety of platforms. This may include:
•              designing user flows for web and mobile applications
•              designing and developing interactive or dynamic interfaces using AJAX techniques
•              prototyping and usability testing

Contribute to broad, long-term design projects such as redesigning story page templates for msnbc.com and related sites under the guidance of the Labs Manager.

We’re looking for someone who can do all of these things with:

·         a dedication to clear and consistent information architecture

·         savvy about how content and users flow through a large site

·         a highly developed web design sensibilities with a focus on content and ease of use

·         passion for problem solving through creative solutions that differentiate our site

·         the ability to persuade co-workers through visual presentations

·         a commitment to keeping up with the latest web trends and technologies

·         4+ years in online design and production, with an emphasis on editorial.

Advanced knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript/jQuery, usability and user interface design; expert-level Photoshop user; experience with one or more of the following: server-side programming, MVC frameworks, mobile platform development, Flash/ActionScript; comprehensive portfolio demonstrating innovative uses of technology and content; experience with content management systems; excellent verbal and visual communication; highly motivated, innovative and collaborative.

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