Sr Designer, Design Systems

Cupertino, CA
Job Terms:
up to ~$88/hr, DOE
Start date:
Posted By:
Jennie Brandon
1+ yr (potential to extend)

Job Description:

The Senior Designer on our client's Design Systems team works closely with creative and technical disciplines to create considered and elegant design systems supporting the visual design of the client company, marketing and event email communications, and select elements outside of the Interactive group. This hands-on design lead role balances creativity and logic and helps ensure a holistic approach is thoughtfully applied across platform typography, iconography, motion, and interface elements. The ideal candidate has strong communication and presentation skills, experience leading a small team of designers, and contributes to positive collaboration with multi-disciplinary team members; a strong understanding of branding principles, style guides, and product design; an elegant design aesthetic, with exceptional attention to detail; Photoshop and Sketch expertise, with working knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Strategic Designer
-Lead fellow designers and contribute to the creation of holistic, elegant design systems with a high degree of polish and attention to detail.
-Audit current implementations and identify potential areas for simplification and improved consistency.
-Design with flexibility in mind, ensuring designs are accessible and adaptive to varying workflows, viewports, technologies, and locales.
-Stress test designs across all possible variations and refine as needed.
-Create prototypes to convey states, transitions, and/ or behaviors.
-Prepare design files for final documentation. Ensure layout, typography, and specs are pixel perfect.
-Communicate flexibilities and/or limitations to both designers and development, as needed.

-Work closely with the Retail Sr Art Director to understand design direction and help inform priorities.
-Collaborate with Art Directors and larger project teams to explore and iterate on design options.
-Consult with technical disciplines to ensure designs work within given limitations, and files are prepared with all necessary information to support the design intent.
-Promote thoughtful and purposeful design, rather than an enforcement of rules.
-Help define and/or improve how teams collaborate and leverage existing tools.

-Determine the best medium and optimize design files for creative review – be it print, onscreen visuals, prototype, or code.
-Create presentation flows that establish and build on a foundation of design rationale.
-Clearly articulate design rationale and any applicable limitations.
-Participate in healthy debates to ensure design systems are as robust and considered as possible.

-Keen interest in championing brand identity through a balance of consistency and flexibility.
-Proficiency in the formal elements of design, with a strong focus on typography, balance, and proportion.
-Systematic thinker; able to anticipate the impact of design decisions well in advance of their application.
-Excellent digital file structure and asset management skills.
-Passion for pixel-perfection and order. Unparalleled attention to detail.
-Ability to articulate ideas verbally and digitally; be clearly understood by creative, product management, and development staff.
-Ability to deliver strong design rationale and supporting files in a tight timeframe.
-Ability to thrive in a challenging, fast-paced, creative workplace.

Required Skills and Experience
-A minimum of 5 years experience in product design (especially for web), defining or extending design systems, and/or working within a brand’s strict style guidelines.
-Photoshop and Sketch expertise, including file organization, and preparation of pixel-perfect files for design team use.
-Clear communication and presentation skills that speak to both creative and technical audiences.
-Strong understanding of web development, including HTML and CSS.

Preferred: UX and/or UI experience.
Preferred: Acuity in iconography.
Preferred: Working knowledge of Principle.
Preferred: BA or BFA in Graphic Design (or equivalent).

Client Description:

Our client, a leader in consumer electronics, is one of the greatest, most innovative, world-changing companies ever created! More like a cluster of start-ups versus a large company, they are single-handedly credited with creating some of the most impactful products of this generation.

Working alongside some of the brightest and most talented people, the work you do here will add up to something big that could not be done anywhere else.  There is no doubt that your best work will be brought out achieving some hefty goals at a heroic pace.

One thing we know is that you WILL NOT ever be bored.​

WORKING WITH AQUENT: long-term assignments with Aquent gets you access to some pretty cool things:
- You're paid weekly
- Subsidized health (including term life and LTD) and dental benefits after your first four weeks of work (averaging at least 20 hrs/wk)
- Access to Fidelity 401(k)
- Access to FSA Program
- Direct deposit for your pay check
- Access to our Talent Rewards Program (we reward for referrals!)
- Access to free online courses via Aquent's Gymnasium, to help you develop your skills: http://gymnasium.aquent.com/
- Access to free online courses via Lynda.com
- Aquent support: your Aquent Agent checks in with you during the course of your contract to make sure you're happy and progressing according to your expectations (we're also there to be looking for new opportunities for you when you're close to wrapping up)