Senior Experience Designer

| Chicago

The Nerdery is looking for a highly motivated and passionate Senior Experience (XD) Designer to be responsible for crafting the approach and user experience of our projects in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. The UX team covers a broad spectrum of practice areas including: business discovery and analysis, user research, content strategy, information architecture, interaction design,visual design, and usability evaluation. Our ideal candidate possesses a broad understanding encompassing multiple practice areas.

The Nerdery’s project work is diverse, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies and anything and everything in between. Members of our design team are tasked with solving business and user problems in all shapes and sizes and the outputs of our engagements are anything from web applications to marketing sites to native apps and more.


  • Provide strategy and execution for a variety of clients and project types
  • Craft project plans and complete design effort scoping
  • Lead projects of all shapes and sizes independently or as a team for multiple clients.
  • Ensure a high quality of work from each designer on a project team
  • Collaborate effectively with developers and other designers to craft solutions for a variety of different platforms and industries
  • Work effectively within technical, creative, and budgetary constraints
  • Conduct business discovery and user research to understand requirements and generate insights that shape the UX strategy and design decisions
  • Facilitate collaborative client discovery and design workshops
  • Analyze, evaluate, and organize digital content based on users’ mental models of a system or domain
  • Design usable and compelling interactions for websites, mobile applications, native applications, and more
  • Prototype, test, and iterate on designs
  • Evaluate the usability of existing systems as well as preliminary designs


  • Provide assistance to sales during the up-front information gathering process by crafting the UX approach for client opportunities
  • Mentor fellow team members on client work
  • Support hiring efforts by participating in candidate interviews, design challenge reviews, and design challenge workshops
  • Experiment with new tools and design methods to help us continually evolve our design practice


  • Track record of successfully leading and managing complex project engagements
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently identify and prioritize requirements across multiple projects
  • Possesses critical and creative thinking skills while maintaining close attention to detail
  • Ability to pivot and provide varied project approaches as necessary
  • Can communicate clearly and concisely through both written and verbal means
  • Demonstrated understanding of user-centered design principles
  • Ability to facilitate client interactions
  • Ability to conduct research techniques such as: usability testing, card sorting and contextual inquiry
  • Experienced in developing prototypes at varying levels of fidelity
  • Portfolio showcasing experience in designing digital products and/or services
  • Expert-level proficiency with a variety of design tools including Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote, OmniGraffle, Axure or equivalent software programs
  • Possess a high aptitude for learning


  • Five or more years of user experience design for software, Web applications, and other emerging technologies.
  • Academic background in a related field, such as Design, HCI, Psychology, or commensurate work experience.
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Our company is located in the booming West Loop. We are close to the Blue Line Halsted stop, have nearby paid parking and also a bike room.
1033 W Van Buren St., Chicago, IL 60607

Insider's spotlight

What’s the vibe like in the office?

What I appreciate the most is the solution-focused attitude. Projects inherently have risk and problems will happen. When they do, there is no energy wasted on assigning blame. Everyone involved, from president to engineer, asks 'how can we solve this?' and 'how can we learn from it?' We solve it and move forward as a whole.



What projects are you most excited about?

I'm excited to be embedded within large clients. The Nerdery is a driving force for change and it's cool to be at the forefront of that. We're responsible for bringing a client's code and development practices up to date with modern standards. It's not always fast or easy, but is rewarding.



How does the company support your career growth?

I've been able to stretch my learning muscles on a variety of interesting projects centered around my discipline. The folks on other teams are also excited to talk to about the work that they are doing. Personal growth appears in many forms. Continued success through specialized focus and discussions of polyglot natures are both supported here.



I feel that my job is to hire really talented people and then get the heck out of their way. At The Nerdery we are always encouraging our teams to build on their curiosity through office projects, meetups, training and more. My role in this is to be the advocate for our Nerds in supporting this growth.

Gregg Walrod

Head of Engineering

Perks of working here

401(K) Matching
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Conferences & Training
Dental Benefits
Flex Work Hours
Game Room
Happy Hours
Health Benefits
Pet-Friendly Office
Recreational Clubs
Remote Work Program
Some Meals Provided
Tuition Reimbursement
Vision Benefits
Volunteering Opportunities
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