Sr. UX Designer- Contract-SF Peninsula

As a Sr. Designer, you’ll be asked to do more than just create design comps, interactions and specs (though you’ll have to do a lot of that!). To do this you’ll use your knowledge of the UX process (research, conceptual design, prototyping, testing) in collaboration with other architects, designers, content strategists, researchers, product managers and engineers.
You’ve created business and consumer product experiences for different channels and platforms, often working with senior UX leaders and managers to complete these projects.
A seasoned veteran, you can craft experiences for any channel or platform, and you are a leader in the creation of business and consumer product experiences. You can work without close supervision but you seek out and welcome feedback from senior UX leaders and managers.
You love to solve complex problems and work closely with others who feel the same, and your solutions merge with a larger structure to create a cohesive design ecosystem.

Skills You’ll Have:
• Strong tendency towards visual thinking – using techniques like storyboards and sketching – to communicate interaction design concepts.
• Strong understanding of design theory and concepts to create effective visual communication with hierarchy and balance (E.g. Typography, color, space, contrast)
• The ability to work with design templates and patterns to create and maintain a scalable and consistent web site.
• Familiarity with process flows, site maps, wireframes, screen prototypes, and functional specifications.
• Ability to manage your time and deadlines, as well as the ability to adapt to the ever-changing priorities of the eCommerce business.
• Constant drive to stay up-to-date with the latest industry news and developments.
• Capability to adhere to team processes and standards, while contributing ideas for improvement.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently without sacrificing a consistently high level of attention to detail.
• Excellent presentation, communication, and negotiation skills.
• Experience with business requirement gathering, site assessment, competitive analysis, and secondary research.
• Experience negotiating business decisions.
• Inclusive design philosophy with a strong editorial sense. You gather feedback judiciously, but know when to adjust your designs and when to follow your initial vision.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in design or other related field and 3 years of experience or 7 years of experience with visual and interaction design with the bulk of the experience in interactive design problems.

$55/hr

Please send resume and portfolio to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Web Designer- Sonoma County- Contract Position

Working closely with the Web Art Director, develop innovative mobile design solutiond from concept to final design and production based on direction provided by both the creative and web marketing teams to grow and evolve the online brand and achieve overall marketing objectives.

Duties:

  • Design all mobile content for mobile site.  Must be able to partner with creative team to understand desktop experience then optimize for the mobile experience
  • Drive recommendation for mobile friendly email designs and support responsive emails if/as needed
  • Make recommendations for evolution of mobile platform design with the goal of increasing conversion
  • Manage timing, overall schedule, review processes and deliverables for projects

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Web Design related field
  • Minimum 2 years working in an advertising agency, design studio or creative department environment
  • Experience in developing mobile websites and best practices
  • Expert skills in Adobe Photoshop; proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • Animation and video editing skills a plus
  • Interaction and usability design skills and ability to work on interactive projects
  • Thorough understanding of the web development process
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong conceptual thinker
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

Please email resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Graphic Designer- Vacaville, Ca- Direct Hire

Packaging Design is a Must!

  • Coordinate the aesthetic look of the total package in regards to structure, graphics, copy, layouts, photography/illustration, and typography to meet package objectives.
  • Ensure federal packaging and trademark guidelines are met in both design and copy.
  • Create both the design and production work for packaging and products.
  • Maintain brand asset library for all channels including final files and related artwork and illustrations
  • Maintain communication between product marketing, procurement and printers in the development of artwork
  • Provides clear verbal and written direction to printing vendors and manage and develop new vendor contacts and quotes for outsourced projects
  • Ability to gather artwork assets and provide them to vendors in a variety of requested methods (CD, FTP, download link, etc.)
  • Work with IT on maintaining proper back up files for assets
  • Develop and maintain branding guidelines
  • Expert level proficiency in Macintosh environment, including Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Word and Excel In addition, must have good command of print technology and graphic applications.
  • Excellent sense of color and type, layout, design with illustration skills preferred.
  • Understanding of production and pre-press are essential, especially roto and litho printing methods. Attend press checks as necessary Experienced in strategic and conceptual work for new products and brand designs/redesigns
  • Have strong production and design capabilities
  • Be able to manage schedule while keeping deadlines
  • Ensures clear and timely communication within department and with other departments to maximize quality, productivity and minimize down time.
  • Maintains artwork and design process integrity.
    • Ensures clear and timely communication within department and with other departments to maximize quality, productivity and minimize down time.
    • Maintains artwork and design process integrity.
    • Acts as a problem solver and team player.
    • Must have good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Must be efficient in Mac with full knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and Excel
    • Keeps management team abreast of significant issues or developments identified during routine activities and actions being taken to improve the situation.
    • Presents technical information and or procedures to the team

Please forward resume and portfolio to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

User Experience Content Strategist- Contract SF Bay Area

  • Work with designers, product managers, researchers and product marketers to plan and create the content for Ecommerce products, continually improve that content, and evolve our voice and content standards
  • Provides and supports the implementation of business solutions
  • Models compliance with company policies and procedures and supports company standards of ethics and integrity
  • Supports experience strategy and innovation
  • Leads cross-functional team projects
  • Supports continuous improvement of user experience tools, documentation, and process
  • Executes user experience design, prototyping, and content strategy and consultations for HTML, Engineering, and Product Management teams prior to launch.
  • Demonstrates up-to-date expertise in user experience design and documentation, and applies this to the development, execution, and improvement of action plans

Please email resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Production Artist- Contract at Retail Giant in the Bay Area

Responsibilities and Qualifications:

  • Maintaining brand standards on the website through the ongoing updates, maintenance and design of supporting assets including large seasonal campaigns.
  • He/she will work both independently and closely with producers, copy writers, art directors and designers to ensure consistency in quality of work and be able to manage multiple projects to meet timelines and due dates.
  • BA in Graphic Design or other relevant education.
  • At least 1 year of professional design or production experience in the area of software and/or web site design. Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (CS5, CS6, or CC), specifically Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Ability to distinguish good layout/typography, apply color theory, hierarchy and balance.
  • Ability to troubleshoot minor problems with typography, layout, applications, hardware

Please forward resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Copywriter-Contract-SF

The position will be responsible for helping to maintain Xero’s voice across marketing and brand materials in both print and digital mediums.

 

Responsibilities

  • Write engaging and persuasive headlines, product descriptions and collateral for all consumer communications
  • Communicate complex technical data in a clear and compelling manner to our target audiences
  • Develop compelling copy that differentiates the consumer brand and stays true to the brand voice.
  • Ensure copy is right for our customers and helps to aggressively drive key initiatives. Create concepts that are extendable into campaigns and synchronize extensions across other collateral.
  • In-depth understanding of industry marketing strategy and business principle.

You will need:

  • Agency experience preferred working with at B2B clients.
  • Bachelor degree required, preferably with English/Journalism focus
  • 5+ years of copywriting experience in both print and web, with emphasis in branding
  • English proficiency and excellent grammatical, writing and editorial skills
  • In-depth knowledge of B2C and B2B  advertising techniques and marketing principles
  • Ability to understand technical content and quickly learn new material
  • Solid understanding of consumers’ interaction with various media, and strength in adjusting language based on medium

Please send Resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Compliance QA-Contract San Jose, CA

POSITION SUMMARY

The Temporary QA Game Compliance Tester is responsible for testing and debugging pre-released game software for 1st party compliance violations. This position performs regression testing, verifies claimed bug fixes, and enters program defects into a bug tracking database. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, ability to analytically research program defects, strong teamwork and interpersonal skills are required.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES
* Test and debug pre-released game software for 1st party compliance violations.
* Perform regression testing, verify claimed bug fixes.
* Document program defects in a bug tracking database.

EXPERIENCE

* 12 months experience with successful track record in game Quality Assurance position preferred.

* 6 months experience with 1st party standards (TRC, TCR, Lotcheck).
* Comprehensive understanding of the test process and cycle.
* PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS and/or PC testing.

 

EDUCATION

* High school graduate. Associate Degree and additional college course work strongly preferred.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS

* Excellent verbal and written communication language skills.
* Analytical problem solving skills.
* Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
* Good organizational skills.
* Strong ability to focus and remain on task.

 

DESIRABLE SKILLS

* Significant knowledge of current, past and upcoming video games and systems.
* Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, bug tracking software (Test Track, Filemaker Pro, etc.).

* PS4 and/or Xbox One testing experience.

Please email your resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

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