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    TITLE: UI Designer Positions Available - LeapFrog Toys (Paid)

    TITLE: UI Designer Positions Available - LeapFrog Toys (Paid)

    LeapFrog is looking for a creative, innovative user-interface and visual designer with high energy, broad experience, a talent for digital game design and user interaction, and a passion for creating educational screen based gaming for children ages 4-15 years.

    The designer will help set the creative vision for user interface and will drive the UI experience for LeapFrog in both product and marketing efforts. An animated approach to UI using 2D (Flash) and 3D (Maya) graphics will be highly valued.

    Candidates should have experience mapping out and simplifying information architecture of complex tasks and a solid understanding of the design process from concept to completion. Ideal candidates will be persuasive advocates for good design decisions, equipped with a sense of humor and an ability to thrive under pressure. Candidates must love to work in a collaborative environment.

    The UI Designer will:
    Draft initial concepts
    Work with Creative Directors, Title Producers, Product managers, Technical Directors, Software Engineers, Marketers and other stakeholders in defining and developing the user experience for new product initiatives.

    Craft user experience
    Create deployment-quality mocks and prototypes on tight timelines, including user flow, workflow, user interface, and visual design. Produce a variety of creative solutions for a given problem, both independently and as part of a team. Examples of projects include product and feature enhancements, in addition to improvements and optimizations of registration and transaction flows.

    Drive usability research
    Incorporate product direction based on competitive market research, creative ideas and any field research available. When necessary, conduct usability research to deliver best-in-class customer solutions. Incorporate feedback from QA and customer support as part of this process. Seek out metrics and analytics to analyze design effectiveness.

    Continually test & refine product
    Work with product management, marketing, beta test groups, and stakeholders to iteratively refine and improve the product based on quantitative and qualitative research.
    General Qualifications:
    Talented and inspired visual design sensibilities. Lives and breathes great design. Solid understanding of web design principles, page hierarchy, visual and interaction design, color and page layout.

    Exceptional UI skills.

    Excellent visual and conceptual problem-solving skills.

    Strong product design experience. Experience in identifying requirements and setting conceptual design and product direction from ideation, field research and/or functional requirements.

    Previous experience designing registration flows, landing pages, purchasing flows and email designs is very helpful.
    Excellent organizational skills. Strong attention to detail and ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.

    Demonstrated communication and collaboration skills. Must communicate clearly and effectively; strong analytical and oral communication skills; excellent interpersonal and leadership skills; able to collaborate actively with others in a cross-functional team, including, technical, product and marketing team members.

    Efficient and flexible style, able to manage to aggressive deadlines.

    Candidates will have at least 5 years of designing game user interface, online consumer web interfaces or user experiences, preferably for gaming services, e-commerce destinations or community applications. Expert knowledge of Visio (or other IA mapping tool), Photoshop and Illustrator required. Experience with Flash and animation a plus. Understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and AJAX helpful.
    Hours and Compensation:
    Full time on-site contractor position
    Compensation commensurate with experience.
    In our Emeryville production studio near Pixar.

    The LeapFrog Animation Department consists of a team of 35+ people who work on 6 different animated platforms that range from animated video titles on DVD to handheld and console games. We do a good amount of original LeapFrog character design (internal character development) for our titles, as well as Disney/Pixar, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network licensed titles including: Sponge Bob, Fosters, Dora, Thomas, Backyardigans, Nemo, Toy Story, Cars, Ratatouille, and others.

    We hold ourselves to a high level of animation quality using 2D character animation. Most of our animation pre-production and production work occurs in Adobe Flash 8, using hand drawn frames in conjunction with a "digital puppeting technique." The LeapFrog Animation department consists of a top notch staff of Animation Professionals who are part of the larger San Francisco Bay Area artists' community. In this Animation Department we thrive on creativity and collaboration in a supportive environment. We also know how to have fun.

    LeapFrog is a children's' learning media and educational toy company (see www.leapfrog.com and www.leapsterworld.com). The company is based in Emeryville, CA (right down the street from Disney/Pixar) and we are looking for people who can work on-site. Pay is competitive and based on experience and capabilities.

    If you think you may be interested in joining our team please send a resume and cover letter via email to Dan Roose, Animation Department Coordinator: droose@leapfrog.com.
    The cover letter should include an overview of your animation experience, goals, and interest in working with us. You may look on the LeapFrog corporate site for a copy of the specific job description.

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