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Cupertino, CA | Full Time
8 Days Ago

Job Description

Summary Description

 

A Senior Designer on the Design Systems team works closely with creative and technical disciplines to create considered and elegant design systems supporting the visual design of apple.com, marketing and event email communications, and select elements outside of Interactive. This hands-on design lead role balances creativity and logic, and helps ensure a holistic approach is thoughtfully applied across platform typography, iconography, motion, and interface elements. The ideal candidate has strong communication and presentation skills, experience leading a small team of designers, and contributes to positive collaboration with multi-disciplinary team members; a strong understanding of branding principles, style guides, and product design; an elegant design aesthetic, with exceptional attention to detail; Photoshop and Sketch expertise, with working knowledge of HTML and CSS.

 
 
Responsibilities
 
Strategic Designer
 
• Lead fellow designers and contribute to the creation of holistic, elegant design systems with a high degree of polish and attention to detail.
• Audit current implementations, and identify potential areas for simplification and improved consistency.
• Design with flexibility in mind, ensuring designs are accessible and adaptive to varying workflows, viewports, technologies, and locales. • Stress test designs across all possible variations, and refine as needed.
• Create prototypes to convey states, transitions, and/or behaviors.
• Prepare design files for final documentation. Ensure layout, typography, and specs are pixel perfect.
• Communicate flexibilities and/or limitations to both designers and development, as needed. 
 
 
Collaborator
 
•Work closely with the Retail Sr Art Director to understand design direction and help inform priorities.
•Collaborate with Art Directors and larger project teams to explore and iterate on design options.
•Consult with technical disciplines to ensure designs work within given limitations, and files are prepared with all necessary information to support the design intent.
•Promote thoughtful and purposeful design, rather than an enforcement of rules.
•Help define and/or improve how teams collaborate and leverage existing tools. 
 
 
Presenter
 
•Determine the best medium, and optimize design files for creative review –be it print, onscreen visuals, prototype, or code.
•Create presentation flows that establish and build on a foundation of design rationale.
•Clearly articulate design rationale and any applicable limitations.
•Participate in healthy debates to ensure design systems are as robust and considered as possible. 
 
Required Skills and Experience
 
•A minimum of 5 years experience in product design (especially for web), defining or extending design systems, and/or working within a brand’s strict style guidelines.
•Photoshop and Sketch expertise, including file organization, and preparation of pixel-perfect files for design team use.
•Clear communication and presentation skills that speak to both creative and technical audiences.
•Strong understanding of web development, including HTML and CSS.
•Preferred: UX and/or UI experience.
•Preferred: Acuity in iconography.
•Preferred: Working knowledge of Principle.
•Preferred: BA or BFA in Graphic Design (or equivalent).