Senior UX/UI Designer

| Chicago

ABOUT INVENTABLES

Our vision is to ignite a new product revolution by bringing manufacturing capability into the hands of millions of people.  To do this we are building accessible tools to help makers generate income from their work. The tools we build are software and hardware products designed to help businesses do their own manufacturing cost effectively. Our revolutionary, web-based Easel software is easy to use, whether you are new to designing products or familiar with CNC software. When you’re ready to carve, our X-Carve machine empowers users to create products out of a variety of materials ranging from beautiful hardwoods to colorful acrylics. 

ABOUT THE POSITION

Inventables is hiring a Senior UX/UI Designer to manage all phases of the user experience design process for one of the most creative and exciting SaaS products on the market. In this role you will create designs and user interface elements for our Easel software so users can easily design, manufacture and sell their own products. Your work will have a meaningful impact on our users and their lives. 

As Senior UX/UI Designer, you will take a user centric mindset and continually engage with users to understand their needs by conducting user research & testing, prototyping, as well as proactively identify areas of product improvement.

This is an opportunity to solve exciting and unique user challenges, working cross-functionally with Product, Customer Success, and Software Engineering, to create and foster a product experience that exceeds user expectations.

This position sits on the Product team and will report into the Dir of Product.

You can check out Easel for free at Inventables.com

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and conduct user research and testing aimed at improving Easel
  • Create prototypes for thought experiments, research, testing and development
  • Design flows, wireframes, prototypes, sketches, and high-fidelity visuals of proposed changes to Easel 
  • Grow Easel by designing product improvements that solve prospective users’ problems
  • Keep Easel users engaged by designing for their needs as they establish and grow businesses
  • Keep Easel approachable to new users as it grows in complexity
  • Collaborate closely with the product manager and software team
  • Proactively recognize UX/UI problems and propose solutions
  • Communicate about design changes with the entire company

EXPERIENCE 

Required:

  • Experience as a designer in desktop, mobile, or web applications 
  • Ability to understand what makes an experience good or bad
  • Ability to plan, conduct and use user research
  • Ability to prototype and test ideas
  • Advocate for user-centered design practices
  • Proficient understanding of graphic design, layout, typography and icons 
  • Understanding of web application usability
  • Proficiency with tools like Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Photoshop, InVision
  • Experience working in an iterative, agile environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Passion for making  

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with user metrics and analytics 
  • Capable of thinking through user problems, finding reasonable solutions, mocking them up in detail, and working with engineers collaboratively to build them
  • Ability to talk through designs and explain the reasoning behind the decisions made
  • Self-starter who actively seeks ways to make the Inventables experience visually appealing and easy to use
  • Understand the basics of software development to help acknowledge any technical limitations and have the skills to be able to communicate back and forth with software engineers
  • Startup experience, or equivalent experience in a fast-paced environment

BENEFITS & PERKS 

  • BCBS Health Insurance
  • 401(k) program with 4% company match
  • Annual “exploration budget” to feed your curiosity
  • Annual “creative project budget” to help you stay creative
  • Excellent Parental Leave Policy
  • Flexible Accrued Vacation ("Take what you need" vacation policy)
  • Unlimited snacks + weekly team lunches
  • Workshop / Makerspace Access
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Location

328 S Jefferson St, Suite 260, Chicago, IL 60661