Senior Interaction Designer

May 16, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
Harvard Business Publishing Harvard Business Publishing
The Interactive Designer is a key member of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) Design Department and the HBR Product Development team that includes visual and information designers, project and product managers, editors, and technical developers.

The Design team work across all of HBR to ensure improved design quality and better integration of design within the organization.

The Product Development team creates products that help managers put HBRs ideas to work. Examples include: web-based interactive tools to size markets, set profitable prices, and maximize customer lifetime value; downloadable tools and templates that accompany the HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case; PowerPoint presentations that translate HBR books into actionable strategy discussions.

This position reports to the Creative Director who directs/lends guidance in relation to design outcomes and the HBR brand.


Manage the product design process, helping to drive decisions, track issues, and estimate resource needs and schedules

Become immersed in HBR content on which products are based

Determine products mandate, feature set, and business requirements

Contribute to the definition, scope and phasing of project timelines

Develop user personas, scenarios of use, interaction models

Design and specify user interfaces and information architecture using participatory and iterative design techniques

Create wireframes and functional prototypes

Develop creative concepts and directions from creative briefs

Create functional specs, documenting feature behavior in detail

Document visual branding in a style guide

Participate in user testing or fieldwork

Ensure exceptional design execution

Collaborate with third parties to ensure that solutions survive the development process

Collaborate with marketing team

Effectively communicate conceptual ideas and detailed design rationale both verbally and visually to stakeholders


At least 3+ years of interaction design experience

Ability to understand customer needs, motivations and behaviors and translate them into actionable deliverables

Detail-oriented and highly developed organizational skills including the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

Must be a self-starter who will bring original ideas and fresh approaches to each project

Strong knowledge of user interface design processes and methodology, particularly as applied to Web-based applications

An understanding of web-typography.

Strong self-management skills as well as ability to work as a contributing member of a multi-discipline team

Ability to collaborate with other designers and developers to envision and iterate concepts

Advanced proficiency with design and prototyping tools such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Visi0

BS/BA in Design, HCI or related degree preferred.

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