The Associated Press seeks Mobile Product Designer for its New York City office. Reporting to the Manager of Product Design within Product Development and working on the AP Mobile Development team, the Mobile Product Designer will be responsible for the overall look, feel and functionality of AP’s new mobile news products and services. The designer will oversee the creation of the front-end user experience, taking into account market analysis, customer feedback, usability issues and his/her own experience in what makes a product user interface effective and intuitive to meet business needs, reduce time to market and increase ease of use. The Mobile Product Designer will work on small and agile cross-functional teams to develop user-centric designs for new mobile products and services for the global newspaper, broadcast and commercial online media markets.
Specifically, the Mobile Product Designer will:
Design, prototype and develop mobile AP products using text, video, photos and other media in collaboration with Product and Project Managers, and Content Developers and engineers. Gather user data through contextual inquiries, field surveys and/or focus groups. The user-centered data collected will help align the product’s design, navigation, information architecture and content to fit specific user groups. Manage the interaction and visual design of AP products/interfaces from functional specs, use cases and user-centered analysis to develop a logical user-centered design that is aesthetically appealing, Conduct heuristic reviews, functional testing and usability reviews. Identify key user problems and issues and suggest solutions. Simulate and test new designs; prioritize, implement and re-test; create measurable performance goals, and provide measurements of user performance, and
Contribute and adhere to AP design/usability standards and style guides for mobile product design.
Demonstrated experience in mobile and Web UI design; familiarity with current usability research, theories and methodologies (especially user-centered design processes); comfort with a relatively unstructured and fast-paced environment; flexible and adaptability to new situations, with ability to take on an entrepreneurial, hands-on approach; a university degree in design, computer science, human factors or a related field is required; Master’s preferred.
A minimum of 3-5 years graphic design and user-interface B2B and/or consumer design experience, including user interface prototyping and user needs assessment; demonstrated experience with mobile platforms, such as WAP, Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian, J2ME or BREW; strong presentation and communication skills; experience using Adobe Photoshop, Image Ready or Illustrator. Experience with design on consumer Web applications a plus. Must be able to provide design portfolio and/or samples of work.
For consideration, email cover letter and resume to email@example.com. The Associated Press is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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