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Freelance UX Designer

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 14:28

The following job description is from the Evidence Based Practice Institute.

Evidence Based Practice Institute
Freelance UX Designer (4–6 month contract)

We’re looking for an experienced freelance UX/UI designer to work closely with our R&D team in designing a product that helps mental health clients get the best possible care.

This person will participate in team brainstorming and will sketch, create wireframes, define interaction flows, and rapidly design semi-interactive prototypes for live and remote user testing.  The position will also help conduct those tests for a full-featured SaaS web application.

Duties will include:

  • Writing code and working closely with developers to apply your deep understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and modern web application design approaches in order to specify user interactions for desktop browsers, tablets, and mobile devices.
  • You should be prepared to have fun solving tough design challenges with a small group of highly creative people in a casual, start-up environment.
  • Designing customer journey maps, infographics, personas, user task flows and design concepts
  • Developing low and high fidelity prototypes for user testing
  • Iterating designs based upon feedback from users or project team
  • Leading sketching and brainstorming sessions
  • Translating ideas from the team and client into a design concept
  • Staying abreast of the latest trends in design, design research and design standards


Your portfolio must clearly demonstrate your deep understanding of user personas, scenarios, and business goals. It should include examples of sketches, wireframes, and explain your role and your thought processes.

In addition, you should have:

  • a proven track record of 3+ years professional experience as a design practitioner
  • a strong understanding of visual design and user-centered design principles
  • experience with software tools such as: Adobe Creative suite, Balsamiq, Axure, MS Office products
  • team collaboration skills and the references to back them up
  • education in graphic design, interaction design, communication design or related field OR compelling work experience
  • excellent communication and listening skills – write, speak and present information effectively, persuasively and confidently in a variety of communication settings
  • strong HTML and CSS skills are preferred

Hours will vary based on stage of development, 20 hrs/week at beginning, need availability during business hours.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, send Cover letter, resume, and portfolio to Tim Kelly at

Why I’m a Designer-Founder (and you should be too), a talk by Kelly Franznick

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 14:00
Kelly Franznick, Blink

January 16, 2015
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.
Loew Hall, Room 216

“UX designers are uniquely suited to a role of the visionary founder but many don’t take on this challenge.” Kelly will talk about his experience as a founder and why the time is right for more designers to take the leap to become founders.

About Kelly Franznick
Kelly is primarily focused on Blink’s methodology. Prior to starting Blink in 2000, Kelly led user-centered design projects at E-Lab (acquired by Sapient Corporation) Lexant, and Immersant. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University’s Design School where he studied industrial design and human factors. He also holds a Master of Design degree, specializing in Human-Centered Design, from the Institute of Design in Chicago.

See the rest of HCDE’s UX Speaker Series lineup » 


UCD/UX Job at Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:46

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is a $70M health research institute based at the University of Washington, with integrated partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and more than 20 other organizations engaged in health research in five states in the Pacific Northwest region.  The mission of ITHS is to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to the clinic and beyond to improve the health of people in our region today.  We develop critical resources to help innovators move their discoveries forward.  ITHS fosters innovative health research, sustains research resources, and provides education and career development programs.

The ITHS is looking for a Computer Design & Engineering  Temporary  Staff Helper with a strong understanding of user-centered design process and user experience (UX) research methods to work with us on designing the next generation of a web-based tool we call FindIT.  FindIT is being designed at the ITHS with the goal of profiling electronic health record (EHR) data for use by researchers.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Computer Design & Engineering  Temporary Staff Helper:

  • Prepare design prototypes for FindIT features and functions based on outputs of FindIT Design Studio, using simple prototypes technologies (i.e., paper, etc.).
  • Assist with the organization of FindIT Design Studios and Innovations and Collaborations Workshops.


  • Bachelor’s degree and some post-graduate education in a design or Computer Science program or equivalent.
  • Applicants should possess knowledge of computer design processes.
  • Prior experience in web-based tool design and paper prototyping.
  • Web design and visualization skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to perform well in complex interdisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills including, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint.


  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  • Experience with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator or other related software.
  • Competency in one or more of the following languages: SQL, Drupal, PHP, D3, R.
  • Working knowledge of SQL Server.


Read more on UW Hires, position Req #115817 »

SWE Evening with Industry Career Fair

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:30
Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:30 — 5:00 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the University of Washington invites you to attend the 33rd annual Evening with Industry.

The career fair is open to all students looking for internships, co-ops, and full time employment in the fields of engineering, science, or technology.

If you have further questions, please contact

Design Research Internship at Motorola

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 17:04
Motorola Mobility
Design Research Internship

Basic Qualifications

Currently pursuing a BS or MS or equivalent degree in Design, HCI, Psychology, Anthropology & Human Factors.

Scope of Responsibility/Expectation:

As part of the Design Research team, Design Research Interns work collaboratively with design teams as well as with our product management and engineering partners. As a Design Research intern, you will be expected to support research activities including conducting interviews, going on site visits, evaluating concepts and leading the design team to clear recommendations. In this hands-on, fast-paced environment, there will be an opportunity to enact change and see your recommendations come to life in the market.

Ultimately, being an intern at Motorola Mobility means you do a lot of listening, observing, brainstorming and iterating with a great diverse group of designers, engineers and researchers. This opportunity results in being part of an innovative team with amazing experiences.

Specific Knowledge/Skills:

The ideal candidate has previous experience in consumer electronics experience in addition to having excellent communication skills. All intern candidates must:

  • Be passionate about their area of specialization
  • Demonstrate a clear “point-of-view” relating to their design research
  • Work well in a collaborative team environment
  • Be motivated toward excellent work outcomes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills &
  • Proven leadership, persistence and creative thinking required.

Additional Skills:

  • Interviewing and observation skills
  • Working knowledge of Usability and Ergonomics
  • Analysis and synthesis skills
  • Data analysis and statistics is a plus

About Motorola Design Research

The Design Research team is part of the larger Consumer Experience Design team at Motorola. Motorola’s world-class design process involves a broad scope of creative perspectives; exploring and defining design challenges; helping to define strategy; creating exceptional designs; and communicating these ideas.

Please note that we are only considering students who are in the midst of their education or who will be returning to school following the internship.

The CXD internship program will provide students with a close-up view of careers in design research, meaningful practical experience, and insight into the role of design research in Motorola’s product development lifecycle.

All intern candidates should submit a resume & research reports/portfolios as part of the application process.

Interested applicants should contact Mike at


UW Minor in Entrepreneurship

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 16:06

From the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship:

Applications are NOW OPEN for the entrepreneurship minor for non-business majors.
Deadline: January 25, 2015

Apply now »

Some people are just born to change the world.  They see opportunities everywhere—from the daily annoyances to the grand challenges that face our society. But we can tell you that it takes more than a great idea. It takes the savvy skill set, knowledge, and energy of an entrepreneur.

If you’re a visionary with the passion and determination to shape the future, get the business know-how with the Foster School’s new, competitive Entrepreneurship Minor.

Open to all non-business undergraduates, this 31-credit competitive minor offers students the opportunity to leverage their unique talents, as well as their new-found business knowledge, to achieve their start-up goals.

Learn more or apply here:

Roundup: UW Resume Workshops before HCDE Career Fair

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:06

Students, are you ready for the HCDE Career FairHCDE’s annual Career Fair, open to current UW students and HCDE alumni, will connect you with HCDE corporate partners to discuss internships, job openings, and career opportunities.

Make sure your resume is in top shape by first attending one of these upcoming workshops at the UW Career Center:

Resume Lab for International Students
January 13, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall
Develop lifelong resume writing skills and clearly communicate your unique knowledge, skills and experience to potential employers, graduate school programs and others interested in knowing about you. We will pick up where the resume workshop leaves off. Attend or review on line The Resume Basics workshop and come with a draft of your resume for review by a counselor and your peers.

Resumes-Getting Started
January 15, 12:30 – 1 p.m.
January 23, 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Mary Gates Hall
Not happy with your resume? Let us help! We will discuss format, style, and how to write a resume that best reflects your strengths and talents.

Getting Started workshops are short, 30 minute presentations on strategies for success in the job search. Join us for topics including LinkedIn, resumes, and career fair success! Come as you are.

Resume Lab
January 15, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall
We’ll pick up where the ‘Getting Started—Resumes’ workshop leaves off with student-to-student resume reviews and guidance from the facilitator. Before attending the lab please view online or attend the ‘Resumes —Getting Started’ workshop. Bring a draft of your resume to the lab.

Ready to explore further or get some practice? Join us for Labs—interactive, engaging workshops. Some labs are come as you are, others request that you bring some materials with you.

Career/Internship Fair Success-Getting Started
January 16, 12:30 – 1  p.m.
January 21, 3:30–4 p.m.

Mary Gates Hall
What are you supposed to do at a career fair? Learn how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of your time at a fair, how to craft an introduction that makes a good impression, what to wear, and how to follow-up.

Getting Started workshops are short, 30 minute presentations on strategies for success in the job search. Join us for topics including LinkedIn, resumes, and career fair success! Come as you are.

Please Stop Working on UX No One Really Needs, a talk by Paul Elrif

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:26

Please join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for the first talk in the 2015 UX Speaker Series.

January 9, 2015
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.
Loew Hall, Room 216

“There are a lot of really usable products out there that don’t exactly address customer needs.” On Friday, January 9, Paul Elrif will give a few examples of what he means by that, hold a short class discussion on how this problem is so prevalent, then describe one or two methods that can be used to help solve this problem. About Paul Elrif

Paul Elrif is a principal at Caelus where he works on all kinds of UX problems for a variety of clients. Previous to his time at Caelus, Paul spent 14 years at Microsoft, and a couple of years at Hewlett-Packard.  Paul holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from Tufts University.Elrif also owns and operates Dragonfly Nutrition, a nutrition bar company that specializes in making raw, organic, gluten free nutrition bars.

See the rest of the UX Speaker Series lineup.



Town Hall with HCDE Chair David McDonald

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 17:18

Current Human Centered Design & Engineering students are invited to the first ever HCDE Town Hall:

HCDE Town Hall
for Graduate Students
Tuesday, January 20
4:30 p.m.
Design Lab, Sieg 233 HCDE Town Hall
for Undergraduate Students
Friday, January 30
2 p.m.
Design Lab, Sieg 233

Hosted by HCDE Chair David McDonald, this informal Town Hall is your opportunity to to discuss the HCDE department directly with the Chair.

No R.S.V.P. necessary. Bring your questions and join us!

Student Job: Instructional Design at UW

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 14:10

Thinking about a career in the exciting and rapidly expanding field of Instructional Design (ID)? Get a head start as a Student Assistant now.

Online Learning, a department of UW Educational Outreach, has an immediate opening. Web Editor

Location: UW Tower
Flexible hours $12/hr
15–19.5 hrs/wk during academic year (20–40 hrs/wk in summer)

Assist instructional designers (IDs) with Web production and myriad other tasks for publishing online courses. Excellent written and oral English skills are a requirement. Must be comfortable with, or willing to learn, editing Canvas sites (pages, discussion forums, and quizzes); resizing images, adding <alt> tags (HTML); formatting PowerPoints; publishing narrated presentations using Adobe Presenter; processing audio files with Audacity or Audition; plus keeping up with filing.

Send résumé, writing sample (may be an exemplary paragraph from a class paper); and cover letter to Put WEB EDITOR in the subject line.

Employers: Register for the HCDE Career Fair

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:50

Thursday, January 29, 2015
4–7:00 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom REGISTER HERE

Registration for the 2015 HCDE Career Fair is open now!  Recruit HCDE students and recent alumni skilled in user experience, user research, information visualization, human computer interaction, and technology design solutions.

The $500 registration fee includes a membership to the HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program.

Please contact us at with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Meet the Employer: VMware

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:46
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 134

HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program member VMWare is hosting an employer Info Session sponsored by the UW Career Center on January 20. Learn about a company’s culture, hear from current employees, and obtain information about current opportunities and company career paths. This is a great opportunity for interested candidates to network with company representatives.

Space may be limited and seating is on a first-come-first served basis, RSVP does not guarantee that you will get a seat. RSVP is used for an employer head count, and to notify you if any changes are made to the event.

If you have not already done so, please RSVP for this event in HuskyJobs

  • Look for Employer Info Sessions (horizontal purple menu)
  • Find the VMWare event
  • Click on the date for more details, or just click on RSVP

Careers in Startups Employer Panel

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:37
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB), room 250

Prefer working with a small driven group of entrepreneurs? Love the idea of wearing multiple hats and having a big impact on your company’s performance?

The UW Career Center will host a panel of 3–5 employers sharing insight on what it is like to work at a start-up. The event will be moderated by a counselor from the Career Center and will open up for Q&A to students at the end.

No RSVP required. Questions? Please contact

MOISA Project hiring Research Assistant

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 15:08

The Maritime Operations Information Sharing Analysis (MOISA) team is hiring a 50% RA for Spring and Summer 2015. MOISA is a research partnership sponsored by three Federal Agencies with the goal of better understanding the information sharing requirements for regional maritime safety and security. Sponsoring agencies are the DHS Interagency Operations Center, a congressionally-mandated port security initiative led by the US Coast Guard; the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), established by the White House following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office NMIO), the maritime voice of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
MOISA is the flagship project under the Center for Safety, Security, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR). Established in Summer 2014, the Center is a multi-disciplinary facility and environment where professionals from a wide range of entities (Federal, State, County, City, Tribal, International, Public and Private) team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience.

Job Duties
  • Represent the research team at safety and security events (community meetings, workshops, and exercises) throughout the Puget Sound region (some travel may be required. E.g., Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Port Townsend, etc.).
  • Act as a liaison for research team and collaborating community members.
  • Maintain effective communication among research team, community members, project partners and sponsors, and Principal Investigator.
  • Schedule and conduct interviews and observations with members of the Puget Sound safety and security community (law enforcement, military, etc.).
  • Conduct qualitative analysis of interview and observational data.
  • Review literature.
  • Write articles, government reports, and academic research papers.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations.
  • Develop, track, and maintain study timelines and milestones.
  • Supervise undergraduate students.
  • Assist in hiring new personnel including writing and posting job ads and conducting interviews.


  • Full-time graduate student status at the University of Washington
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, and to relay information accurately.
  • Highly organized, resourceful, and independent; strong ability to prioritize, work efficiently, and maintain attention to detail while handling multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and independently determine appropriate communications and procedures to handle sensitive information with tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Willingness to actively participate by offering suggestions for improving team efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with business process modeling notation (BPMN) or other model-based approaches to systems engineering.

If interested, please send resumes to U.S. Citizens Only.

Internship: UX Researcher at Virtuoso

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:31

The following internship was added to the HCDE Internship Database on December 1.

Virtuoso is looking for a User Experience (UX) Researcher to join our Consumer design team for a 3–6 month contract assignment. Using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods the UX Researcher will conduct UX research and usability testing. The UX Researcher will analyze the behaviors and motivations of our users and work with a team of designers, product managers, engineers and others to develop new features.

Required Skills:
  • B.A. or M.A. (completed, or in process) in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, Information Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Experimental Psychology, Ethnology or related field
  • Excellent observational skills and a great analytical ability
  • Demonstrated experience developing and conducting user research, including lab and field-based user studies, heuristic evaluations, cognitive walkthroughs and contextual inquiries
  • Demonstrated experience developing personas, scenarios and work flows based on user research
  • Examples from past user research work available for viewing and prepared to present it to our team This could be academic work
  • Proficient with Excel, and usability testing tools such as Morae or other comparable tools
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Desired Skills:
  • Familiarity with Axure, Adobe Creative Suite applications or other interaction design tools
  • Experience in designing on web platforms for global audiences

Application Deadline: ASAP! Job will be listed until Jan 01, 2015
Duration of Position: 3 — 6 months
Pay Range: $15-$25/hour
Contact: Tony Corneto,,

HCDE Student Startup Project Needs Your Vote

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 16:01

HCDE student Susan Evans recently participated in Seattle Startup Weekend’s 2014 EDU event—a 54-hour hackathon-style event focused on improving education.

With the goal of encouraging kids to enjoy reading Evans and her team of designers, developers, educators, and business executives created a prototype for an iPad app called Book Thoughts. Book Thoughts empowers kids to share their book recommendations with each other in real time.

Evans’s team submitted Book Thoughts to the 2014 Global Startup Battle. The team needs your support to make it to the judging phase in the battle: please take a minute and vote for Book Thoughts today!

Additional teammates include Parita Kapadia, User Experience Designer at Microsoft; Jami Schwarzwalder, Librarian at Pierce County; Amitai Rottem, former Software Developer at Microsoft; Sarah FIlman, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft; Jaime Wong, Program Manager II at Microsoft; and Reetu Gupta, former Manager at Honeywell.

Vote Book Thoughts in 2014 Global Startup Battle.

Shobe Prize: Registration Now Open!

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:37

2015 Shobe Prize Pitch Day:
1/15/15 Register here »

The Shobe Prize is an annual competition sponsored by Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) alumnus, Matt Shobe.

  1. Students give a 5-minute idea pitch to Matt Shobe on January 15, 2015.
  2. Finalists are invited back in February to present a polished proposal to a panel of judges.
  3. Judges select up to two winning student teams to win the Shobe Startup Prize: teams receive up to $10,000, office space, and one-on-one mentorship from faculty and industry professionals during the spring and summer.

​By the following Autumn quarter, students have a prototype and a refined sales pitch, and are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a judging panel of professors and industry representatives.

Eligibility: Each team must have at least one student enrolled in any of the UW departments involved in dub; HCDE, MHCI+D, iSchool, CSE, or Design.

Designing Technology to Support Self-Experimentation for Health, a talk by Julie Kientz

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:52

Wednesday, December 3
4:30–5:20 p.m.
241 Mary Gates Hall (MGH)

Find the event on Facebook

People can currently access countless applications, websites, and sensing technologies intended to improve their health. Despite the overwhelming number of options, we have not yet seen widespread, sustained adoption nor the promised health benefits of these technologies. Some of the issues Professor Kientz and her research team have uncovered in previous work is that people often do not understand what data to collect to help their specific problem and lack scientific rigor in analysis of the data they collect with these devices. Analysis is often done without the consultation of a medical professional and without sufficient understanding of data trends and causal relationships. To help address this issue, Kientz is working to develop an approach and set of technology tools that will allow people to conduct self-experiments to better answer their health questions. Her approach consists of guiding people through the process of developing hypotheses, testing those hypotheses through single case study designs, and then helping people interpret the data to make better decisions about their health. In this talk, she will discuss the problem space, describe her design approach, and present prototypes for tools she is in the process of developing. Kientz will also discuss her application of this approach to two domain areas: tracking food triggers for irritable bowel syndrome and helping people understand what impacts their sleep.

About Julie Kientz

Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like “Keentz”) is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering and is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance. Dr. Kientz’s primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. She directs the Computing for Healthy Living & Learning Lab, which focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating future computing applications in the domains of health and education. In particular, Dr. Kientz has worked on designing and evaluating mobile, sensor, and collaborative applications for people with sleep disorders, parents of young children, and individuals with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Kientz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009, and was named one of MIT Technology Review’s top 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2013.

HCDE Winter Celebration — Friday, December 5

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 09:51

The HCDE SA and GSA invite you to join them for the:

2014 Winter Celebration and Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, December 5
5–8:00 p.m.
Sieg Hall, 4th Floor

Find more details on Facebook



iSchool Researchers Hiring Logo & Web Designer

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:28

The following job description was provided by Lavi Aulck, PhD student in UW’s iSchool:

We are a research group at the UW’s iSchool in the midst of starting a project for which we are hoping to develop some promotional material. This includes, but is not limited to, a logo and website. We are looking for a graphic and/or website designer who can assist us in developing these items.

The designer will be compensated at a pre-negotiated rate commensurate with ability. Depending on talent and quality of work, additional projects will also be available from our research group.

If interested, please email