Senior User Experience Architect & Full UX Stack Project Lead

Chicago, Illinois 60613

Employment Type:
Temp to Perm
Date Added:
June 10, 2015

Palace Gate seeks a seasoned User Experience Interaction Designer / Project Lead capable of leading projects and teams and working directly with clients to develop vision and define scope. We’re looking for someone who is equally passionate about designing elegant user experiences as they are using systems thinking and human-centered design as a source of inspiration to solve complex problems. You have a particular interest in creating positive social impact through the design of learning systems, platforms and business contexts.

This is a contract-to-hire opportunity for our premier interactive design firm in Chicago, IL.


This role will include a range of digital, large-scale and complex public and private sector challenges. Key activities include: project leadership, structured thinking to inform information architectures and other conceptual frameworks, design leadership, talent development and business development.

As a Senior Interaction Design Lead you get to collaborate across disciplines to create integrated design solutions for a diversity of industries, scale and mediums. In this role you get exposure to and involvement with all parts of the design process: proposal writing, user research, concept development, prototyping, working with developers and design stewardship.

Relevant experience

  • Diverse project experience. You have experience executing projects and leading teams through concept ideation, UI concepting/wireframing, design strategy and working across multiple mediums.
  • A generative work style. You are able to prototype rapidly in multiple mediums and levels of interactivity.
  • Storytelling skills. You are able to compellingly communicate the story of design solutions to clients.
  • Leadership experience. You have experience leading a project team, managing scope, managing deliverables and managing client interactions.

Once you’re here, you’ll...

  • Get to work with people like product designers, interaction designers, communication designers, electrical and mechanical engineers; together you’ll be able to prototype quickly and realistically.
  • Get to part of all types of projects and use your systematic approach to designing at both macro- and micro-interactions help create an integrated design and approach
  • Go out into the world for inspiration, and use research-based insights to spot opportunities for innovation within constraints
  • Champion the impact of design on everyday life
  • Build an understanding of the value and dynamics of client organizations, and partner with clients to drive innovation
  • Design digital, service, organizational and systems experiences; think beyond screen UI.

Professional Experience and Background

  • You’re a confident and flexible leader of interdisciplinary teams where harmonious collaboration is imperative; your sweet spot is the intersection of design and technology.
  • You are an experienced interaction designer and, regardless of your current role, you love getting your hands dirty in the design process to create elegant digital experiences.
  • You are great at understanding how to turn human behavior and needs into real concepts and are obsessed with what design and technology can do for people.
  • You’re a systems thinker; you love solving big problems and can logically visualize complex systems, user interaction flows and beautiful user interface.
  • You’re agile; you can nurture a cohesive product vision and finesse visual designs at a vector or pixel level, if necessary.
  • You are passionate about building, managing and continually evolving digital products throughout the product life cycle.
  • You get what it takes to build something—regardless of the means. Overseeing a development partner or working with an in-house team, you’re comfortable vetting and aligning partners, and shepherding stakeholders on the journey of bringing software to market.
  • Open-source doesn’t scare you at all
  • You value the impact of large-scale work and its power to create meaningful change

Qualified candidates may send their resume to:

Palace Gate Corporation is an information technology consulting and full-time placement firm that is committed to the success of our clients and our talented placements alike. Palace Gate is consistent in matching the right people with right opportunity. Our company approach is simple: understand our clients’ requirements, business needs and cultures in order to quickly identify the best resources to meet those needs and achieve business success. Palace Gate Corporation offers full medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plus match and weekly direct deposit.

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