Designing for the world
A Typical UI Designer Job Description
We are looking for a talented UI Designer work in tandem with our UX Designer as a team to create amazing user experiences. The ideal candidate should have an eye for clean and artful design, possess superior UI skills and be able to translate high-level requirements into interaction flows and artifacts, and transform them into beautiful, intuitive, and functional user interfaces.
Experience and Education
Skills and education necessary to land your dream job may require you to have a four-year or associate's degree in computer science or engineering. In addition, 2 or more years of experience working in junior UI positions or a portfolio of work put together while at college. In some competitive markets, a post-graduate degree may be of use in securing a position. However, with work in the UI and other computer fields, ability to create CSS and develop basic HTML by hand.
Here are some other examples of skills necessary to be successful:
- Extensive online portfolio demonstrating past work experience – including complex data visualization.
- Intuitive understanding of usability
- Strong attention to detail
- Excellent analytical skills and ability to simplify complex concepts
- Prior experience in front-end web design
- Experience in designing for responsive sites
- Skill using graphic applications like Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
- Common sense
- Know how to do wireframes, mock-up's, and write spec's.
- Bachelor's or Master's degree in art, design, human-computer interaction (HCI), or equivalent professional experience
Salary and Location
If you really want to make the big bucks, the best places to work are in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Boston, all with median salaries over the 100k line. Otherwise good places to land a job would be Seattle and Los Angeles both of which are in the mid 90k range for median salaries.