Position Opening: Director of Design Research for SonicRim Ltd

Position Opening: Director of Design Research for SonicRim Ltd at 665 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94107. Works for design research firm consulting to Fortune 100 and other businesses. Interacts at a high level with design teams of client companies to inspire innovation in product design. Drives the use of information design and visualization, in addition to participatory design and co-creative methodologies, in research projects and workshops. Position requires MS in Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, or a closely related field. Coursework to include Information Design. Must have published as author or co-author in peer-reviewed journal(s) on the use of information design in design research and spoken on this topic at professional conference(s). Must have six years of progressive, post-MS product design research experience, of which four have been in a consulting firm environment. Consulting firm experience to include pre-design-phase, user-centered research utilizing ethnographic, participatory and projective research methods, co-creation workshops, fuzzy front-end design research for businesses, support technologies for qualitative research, and quantitative computer database analysis techniques combined with information design and visualization techniques to interpret research results to business clients; usability testing, interaction design across multiple domains (such as personal computing, communication, entertainment, mobility, gaming, computing accessories and controllers, embedded technologies, office products, transportation, and food preservation); prototyping; analytical and concept exploration; and design planning. Consulting firm experience must also have included assembling contextual research and ethnographic data; translating insights by crafting personas, creating design/opportunity frameworks, and prototyping/sketching interfaces and immersive spaces; identifying design+business implications, mapping value chains and industry landscapes, and envisioning product evolution; developing custom information visualizations, and inventing new tools and techniques to enable firm to perform and present innovative design research to clients that otherwise would not have been possible. Must have ability to apply information design and visualization to design research and incite innovation in products. Email resume to carolyn@sonicrim.com

Posted on November 10, 2015

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