Date: May 12, 2015
Job Title:  Visual / Interaction Designer I
Department:  Design
Reports to:  Art Director
Effective:  ASAP
Exemption Status: Exempt
Location:  Madison, WI
Compensation: $41,900 - $58,700

Applicants must apply via our website. Resumes sent from Indeed or LinkedIn will not be reviewed.

Nature and Scope

Filament Games is seeking a Visual / Interaction Designer I to collaborate with our closely knit team of game development professionals in Madison, WI. As a Visual / Interaction Designer, your job will be to inspire, entertain, and educate our users through innovative, beautiful digital media experiences. You’ll have the chance to work on games spanning a variety of topics across both desktop and mobile platforms. Your artistic vision will play a key role in establishing both the form and function of the games you work on.

We’d like to see someone who:

  • Loves designing and implementing beautiful interfaces based on principles of graphic design and usability
  • Looks for ways to enhance the user experience in the form of elegant design solutions and novel user interactions
  • Is comfortable taking the time to iterate upon and polish designs, animations, and other assets
  • Has enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary collaboration

Include a cover letter, addressed to Connor Hayes, a resume, and a visual portfolio (preferably web-based) showcasing your very best work. We are looking for exceptional visual designs, UI samples, and comprehensive digital design solutions.

Authority, Responsibility, & Relationships

Authority

  • Manage your project art pipelines and delegate tasks to the illustration team
  • Provide estimates to the production team

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with team members to shape the tone, look, and feel of your projects
  • Work iteratively with the illustration team to establish and maintain visual styles
  • Work iteratively with the game design team to translate pitches and storyboards into wireframes/mockups/motion concepts/prototypes/experience designs that explore and communicate the design
  • Work iteratively with the engineering team to create game-ready assets and functional, polished UI infrastructure
  • Review, critique, and integrate illustration assets
  • Revise work according to critique, changing requirements, and user and stakeholder feedback
  • Limited travel to observe in-classroom playtests
  • Meet with project stakeholders

Relationships

  • Reports to: Art Director
  • Direct Reports: None currently
  • Coordinates activity with: Design, Art, Engineering, Web, and Production

Measures of Success

  • Create engaging, clear user experiences that bring reason to the subject matter
  • Develop innovative solutions for common usability issues
  • Implementations match the fidelity and intent of the original design
  • Effective cross-disciplinary collaboration: from engineering to art to production to game design
  • Generate comprehensive asset lists
  • Complete features and assets in a timely manner
  • Stay current with latest relevant technologies

Requirements

Experience

  • Degree in Graphic Design, UX, HCI, Art, Animation, or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years using visual design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Demonstrated experience designing sleek, usable interfaces and/or graphic layouts

Required Skills

  • Strong aesthetic sense and visual literacy: layout, color, visual hierarchy, and typography
  • Ability to use graphics and motion to document and communicate user flow, animation, and transitions
  • Ability to design in a variety of styles
  • Strong written, visual, and verbal communication skills

Personal Characteristics

  • Imaginative and innovative
  • Driven to create exceptional art assets and to constantly improve your craft
  • Comfortable sharing, inspiring, brainstorming, and communicating ideas and concepts
  • Empathy, not ego: committed to understanding and empathizing with users, always open to design input and iteration
  • Passionate about design and technology

Desired Skills

  • Animation
  • Drawing or illustration
  • Experience using Adobe Flash
  • Experience using Unity
  • Familiarity with CSS and HTML
  • Familiarity with classic and current games

About Filament Games

Filament Games is a game production studio that exclusively creates learning games. Our core competency is combining best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences. Accordingly, our senior staff is comprised of individuals who are equal parts game and instructional designers. Our “dual literacy” and high standards have earned numerous awards over the past several years.

Benefits:  Filament Games is an awesome place to work. Why?

  • Our team is a creative, interdisciplinary group of people who are making a difference. Through innovative educational games we’re working to modernize education and revolutionize learning!
  • We believe that the best work – and the best life – comes from a health balance between work and play, discipline, and fun. Our office culture reflects this. For example, we have flexible work hours, LAN nights, grill outs, sketch nights, Show-n-Tells, ropes course outings, and the occasional Nerf battle.
  • Our stylish, fun and relaxed office is conveniently located on the near-east side of Madison, a lively city with a world-class university, vibrant tech industry and beautiful state capitol. The near-east side is a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood near Lake Monona that offers affordable housing, eclectic restaurants, music venues and retail stores- all within walking distance of our office. Even better, we’re only two miles from the heart of downtown and the university.
  • Filament offers a competitive benefits package, including health/dental/vision care, short & long term disability, a Flexible Spending Account, 401k retirement plan, subsidized metro travel, discounted gym membership, discounted parking, generous paid time off and extended holidays.

To apply please visit our Careers website at https://filamentgames.bamboohr.com/jobs/ and click on the position that you would like to apply for.

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Applicants will be considered for positions on the basis of qualifications and ability to perform the job for which they are applying without regard to race, religion, creed, sex, age, residency, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical appearance. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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