SmartLogic | Product Designer - Technical.ly

Product Designer

SmartLogic | Baltimore, MD | UX / Design

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Description

We’re a web and mobile product development consultancy based in Canton (in Baltimore, MD). We’re a progressive and inclusive company that is on a constant mission to improve our business processes and operations. You’ll always be learning and surrounded by smart people.

We’re seeking a Product Designer who can self manage projects involving the wireframing, design, and prototyping of various web and mobile products.

The primary business objective of a Product Designer is to ensure products built by or bid on by SmartLogic, give a professional, user friendly, and modern impression to our clients and their customers.

You’ll always be learning and surrounded by smart, hard working people.

We strive to create an environment where everyone has the freedom to create the best products for our clients. What does that mean?

  1. Our team is always improving our process. Have an idea for how to work smarter? We want to hear it. We’re constantly looking for ways to build better software with less stress.
  2. No separate project management. We know you do your best work when you control the deadlines and client expectations. There are no layers in between you and the client: you have ownership of the project.
  3. We emphasize communication. We have daily standup meetings, constantly hang out on chat, and encourage open and honest communication, both internally and with our clients. This reduces stress, improves our work environment, and results in better work.

REQUIREMENTS

We’re looking for a Product Designer who can handle the full process, from client communication to implementation.

  • Create and manage our design process. Right now our team consists mostly of software developers. We will seek your guidance on best practices around building a design process that produces the best results for our clients.
  • User interface design. We expect you to understand color theory, site/app layout, hierarchy, typography, and other fundamentals that together will create compelling user interfaces for the software we build. We seek candidates with experience creating user flow diagrams, wireframes, and full color mockups of web / mobile applications.
  • Creation of clickable prototypes. We use tools like InVision and Sketch to build consensus on scope and user experience.
  • User experience design. Our software should be intuitive and a pleasure for all stakeholders to use, and for our developers to build. We create B2B and B2C software. We seek candidates that can conduct stakeholder interviews, define user personas, and address usability concerns. We further expect you to understand the various idioms of web, iOS, and Android development.
  • Implementation. You’ll work directly in the codebase to help build our software applications. We seek candidates with experience using SASS/CSS, Javascript (in particular ReactJS), React Native, and asset pipelines (e.g. Webpack or Brunch).
  • Experience operating in a sales capacity. While we’re not expecting you to lead our sales process, you will be involved in various meetings with prospective clients, helping them to understand how our design processes can address their needs. We’ll also seek your help writing parts of our proposals that pertain to product design.

Requirements of all employees at SmartLogic

  • Independence, drive, and motivation. We expect employees on our team to take ownership of their projects. You have the power to make decisions that will lead to the best work for our clients.
  • Demonstrated communication skills. Because we don’t have separate project managers, you must be adept at explaining technical problems in plain English.
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What sets SmartLogic apart from other development consultancies?

There’s definitely a sense that we’re one of the good guys in the software development agency world. There’s a lot of ways where a company can focus on prioritizing getting as much money out of a client as opposed to developing a long term relationship with the client and I think we definitely skew on the end of focusing more on what’s best for the client as opposed to what’s best for the bottom line.

What is the best part about working at SmartLogic?

It’s never boring. Every day is a little different: there is a wide variety of clientele, there are no shortages of challenges and we’re encouraged to learn from each other and from our projects. And it’s a very relaxed environment with a flexible schedule and no one wearing suits and ties.

What’s work/life balance look like here?

We have core hours from 10am – 3:30pm everyday, so everyone is expected to be in the office or online during that time period. And then how they make up the rest of their hours is up to them.

How do employees stay connected with one another?

Slack, walking around the office, Skype, daily standup meetings and weekly lunch meetings.

So, what’s for lunch?

There’s a grocery budget: everyone puts what they want in a spreadsheet and Relay Foods delivers. We have a kitchenette with protein bars, Greek yogurt, fruit, pop tarts; it’s very health-conscious. For the weekly lunches, if there’s an agenda, we order in, if not we go somewhere nearby like Mission BBQ or Atwaters.

Do employees hang out outside of work?

There are company events and activities and some team members hang out on their own. There are a few people who like to go rock climbing together. We’re a big family, but we’re not the ‘happy hour after work’ office. We don’t really need that.

How does SmartLogic encourage diversity in a white, male-dominated field?

We sponsor a lot of events to encourage diversity. But regardless of whether it’s diversity of ethnicity or diversity of thoughts we often have different developers come in and speak on whatever topic it is that they might be interested in or any projects that they might be working on for the company to watch.

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