Job opportunity: User interface designer at EveryBlock

Jan262012

We’re looking to hire a second UI designer to join our development team at EveryBlock.

We value design highly and try to ensure everything we create is beautiful and usable. This is your chance to have a hand in all aspects of our company, from our Web site to our e-mail alerts to our mobile applications to physical marketing materials. (Ever design a bookmark?)

Beyond straight design work, you’ll have a hand in mapping out product strategy. Your contributions will be varied, your work will be interesting, and you’ll have an immediate, direct impact on the awesomeness of our service.

We like to hire polymaths. You should be as comfortable designing mockups in Photoshop as you are getting dirty in HTML and CSS. You should care deeply about design, but you should also know how to write (simple) code, as in JavaScript or Python. You should sweat details. You should be inquisitive and a quick learner. You should be ready to come to the table with ideas, and you should be willing to be wrong.

Your job responsibilities will span this list (not necessarily in order):

  • Web app design
  • HTML
  • LESS CSS framework
  • Django templates
  • Chalkboard sketches
  • Post-it notes
  • Wireframing
  • Mobile app design
  • Photoshop
  • Copywriting
  • User testing
  • jQuery

You will work very closely with the other designer and four developers. We have a low-stress environment and a culture of getting things done with as little corporate BS as possible. We have a ping pong table. We play a lot of Resistance.

You should have 4+ years experience in web design, with experience building apps from soup to launch.

Though we’re technically no longer an independent startup — we were acquired by msnbc.com in 2009 — we’re culturally very much still a startup, given that our product is still in early stages and we’re still figuring things out. It’s a very nice combination of startup culture with the financial security of working for a big company. (We have great benefits — salary, health care, 401(k), etc.) And msnbc.com is taking the long-view on us, investing in us over time and giving us years to develop a large audience and become profitable. It’s a great company to work for and now is a fantastic time to be joining our team.

You’ll need to live in the Chicago area for this position. Our office is in a comfortable loft space on the north side of Chicago, near a bunch of other startups. Several of us walk or bike to work. We’re also equidistant from the Montrose and Irving Park el stations on the Brown Line, along with several bus lines.

Apply through the official msnbc.com Jobvite site here. Thanks.

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