UI UX Designer, Student Engagement (Contract to Hire)

DreamBox Learning - Bellevue, Washington - Full time

About Us:

At DreamBox, we believe all children can excel at learning, no matter where they start, where they live, or who they are. Along with district administrators, teachers, principals, and parents, we are dedicated to helping children realize their potential. Yet every child must be challenged, encouraged, and engaged in an individual way.

That’s why we developed our revolutionary Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology, and combined it with a rigorous curriculum and an engaging game-like environment, to change the learning paradigm. If you are interested in learning more, take a look at this recent efficacy article published by Business Wire.

About the Role:

As a UX/UI Designer for Student Engagement at DreamBox Learning you will work with a team of Artists, Curriculum Designers (teachers), Product Managers, and Software Engineers to create engaging and interactive Learning Environments that make learning fun and motivational for millions of Kindergarten to 8th grade students. This role is involved in working with the team to gain a deep understanding of the learning process; broad awareness of platform design (i.e. game and/or educational platforms); and the ability to create beautiful, easy-to-use, and intuitive experiences that tailored for all ages.The learning environments you design, along with the team, may contain gamification elements like virtual currencies, awards, badges, etc. These environments support learning and user agency – a concept that not only motivates students but allows them to report and take ownership in their learning. A strong sense of story and flow are required along with character development. It is our ongoing challenge to make learning relevant and relatable to every student.Creating a fun and educational student experience is at the heart of how we are transforming math experiences for millions of kids. In order to meet this amazing challenge, it is critical that you have experience creating engaging, innovative, easy-to-use, and highly interactive interfaces that focus on user experience, usability and ultimately serve to educate students of all ages.To be successful you will be, first and foremost, a strong experience designer with a background platform game or education design. You will work closely with a team to guide the design process and create a variety of intuitive and innovative engagement models that enhance and support learning for students of all ages. You will translate user needs and feedback into innovative designs and communicate design thinking with product management and development teams via flow charts, wireframes, and prototypes. In this role, you will need to have recent and extensive working experience with complex, modern and feature-rich web applications, and deep understanding of different interaction models and game mechanics.We have a goal to make our product intuitive, educational, fun, and engaging. To accomplish this goal, you will act as a user advocate and work to evolve our lessons and student environments with new lessons, ongoing lesson improvements, and other features that affect the overall student experience.

Take a look at some of our product lessons and student environments here: http://www.dreambox.com/k-8-math-lessons. 

We are a fast-moving and scrappy team supporting a broad set of challenges, products, and users. Successful candidates are problem solvers that can contribute to multiple projects.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Work on the architecture, design, and creation of Learning Environments
  • Contribute to the overall Student Experience primarily through the Learning Environments but also through Lesson Design, and Lesson Improvements
  • Work with the broader design team to support improved UX across our entire portfolio
  • Support the asset creation of lesson assets when needed
  • Participate in User Feedback (e.g. usability studies) Sessions
  • Create and promote deep empathy with learners of all ages and abilities

About You:

  • Teamwork: Self-motivated and able to contribute effectively with teammates
  • Thinky/Speedy: You may be a ‘thinker’ but you are also a ‘doer.’ Work well under time and budget constraints, set clear expectations and always meet your deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree in design or related areas
  • 3-5 years of product design experience
  • Experience working in a product-focused role

Design Skills:

  • This is a product-focused role
  • Usability and Interaction Design: This is definitely a designer position, but with a particular skillset of usability, interactions and flow.
  • Game Design: Experience in working with game and gamification elements such as levels, badges, certificates, mini-games, virtual economies, etc.
  • Visual Communication: Strong skills in quickly mocking up ideas and clearly presenting complex information simply
  • Preference given for candidates with experience creating online games and mobile interfaces and/or consumer or entertainment brand experience
  • Understanding of special considerations in designing for kids (button size, attention span, reading level, instructions, comprehension, etc.)
  • Proficient in early-process techniques such as wireframing and flowcharts.
  • Proficient in creating highly interactive and engaging prototypes
  • Strong ability to incorporate purposeful animations to support engagement and understanding of interactions
  • Familiar with game-design principles, particularly with respect to user engagement

Software Skills:

  • Proficient with design tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).
  • Experience with Animate/Flash, HTML5.
  • Proficient with prototyping software such as Invision, Axure, etc.
  • Familiar with front-end web development (HTML, JavaScript and CSS) – at a minimum, you will understand web constraints.

To be considered, please have an online portfolio that demonstrates your experience and design thinking.

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Ux / Graphic Design

Experience Level

Mid Level

DreamBox Learning

At DreamBox, we believe all children can excel at learning, no matter where they start, where they live, or who they are.

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