UI Designer

Job Description
Are you a UI Designer looking for a new opportunity?

CONTEXT THE IMPACT OF THE ROLE
The UI Designer (UI) is primarily concerned with what a final product looks like and how it is laid out.
This is done in collaboration with the work of a UX Designer. UI Designers are, therefore, responsible
for designing each screen and/or page, as well as each step of the user’s process, in order to ensure
that his/her experience and interaction with a product is aligned to the overall vision created by the
UX Designer. It is critical that the UI Designer compliments the work done by a UX Designer by
means of ensuring that the look and feel, as well as the presentation and interactivity of a product
are visually appealing for the users.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE UI
UI Business Development Alongside the UX Designer, if Required by the CCO
Aim: Collaborate with the UX Designer, who will actively assist the CCO in the early phases of
business development with regards to putting together high-level designs as sales tools to get clients
on board. Furthermore, ensure that estimations for budget purposes include the work required by the
UI Designer so that accurate insights are provided and costing is appropriate.

  • Attend client meetings, if possible, to gather information about what the client is looking for
  • Collaborate with the UX Designer who has been actively involved in understanding the high-level problem/idea of the client to gain a deeper understanding
  • If required, provide the UX Designer with input so that he/she can successfully formulate a mock-up of what a product will look like for the client
  • When working on estimations in the quoting phase for clients, the CCO will do this via consultation with the UX and UI
  • The Designer’s input at this stage is critical, as the time he/she will take to work on a specific project has an impact from a budgeting and costing perspective
  • UI Visual Design in the Discovery Phase
  • Aim: To actively gather and understand as much information as possible from the client
  • This should commence from the very beginning of the process so as to understand the visual design requirements aligned to the problem, the user and the market
  • Gathering information includes several different elements which are critical before kicking off a project for it to be successful
  • This includes the following:
  • The UI Designer is to attain feedback from the UX Designer who was part of the initial meetings with the client
  • Based on information gathered, the UI Designer is to start putting together some of the design guidelines whereby colours, button sizes and fonts are brainstormed and considered
  • This starts the formulation of some possible designs, kicking off the beginning of the iteration Research that is conducted by the UX designer is then fed to the UI for him/her to conceptualise what something should look like
  • The UI Designer is responsible for considering what works and what does not work from a product perspective
  • UI Designer would spend time reviewing sites that are applicable for the audience and users, in order to gain further insights into what could work best visually
  • The role of the UI Designer could include the creation of branding if a client does not have branding created yet
UI UI Design Phase
Aim: Ensure that the requirements identified in the Discovery Phase are transformed into a visual
design that are aligned with the UX design of the system, whilst also considering information from
the client, as well as what would be best for the users .

  • Collaboration between the UX and UI Designs begins before the Wireframes are built
  • As the UX Designer defines the movement through the site, the UI Designer should get insight from UX of what is going on, in order to attain sufficient insight for him/her to start considering how this would look visually
  • The UI Designer should attain the primary flow from the UX Designer
  • This is considered the most critical aspect of the system, and should become the starting point for UI Design
  • The UI Designer is to spend time thinking about what something will look like and how a user will interact with it to achieve real success – this includes considering form styling, buttons, error messages, card styling, headers, paragraph stylings, etc.
  • UI Designers are to provide support, give input and collectively brainstorm with the UX
  • Designer, acting as another set of eyes while working on the design
  • As the UX prototypes all screens and makes all things ‘clickable’ active, the UI Designer should be translating their system designs with visual designs to ensure they are complimentary
  • Internal review: the UI Designer should be part of the internal review, whereby collaboration with Dev’s takes place to modify and enhance the prototype before the client sees it
  • The UX & UI Designers and Developers work together to assess if there is anything that needs to be modified
  • This is valuable because the Developers have product-development knowledge and the Designers have user and interface experience and knowledge; together, they can collaborate to create a meaningful solution
  • Here, the UI Designer plays the role of an expert from a UI perspective, as he/she is aware of what the client’s requirements and what is desired from a UX perspective
  • This enables the UI Designer to model the product from a look and feel point-of-view, while considering what the best solution would be for the users
  • The above internal assessment and feedback phase is followed by a further iteration before the client meeting takes place
  • When meeting with the client to take them through a refined version of the prototype, the UI
  • Designer will share their current ideas in terms of colour palette, font, etc. to attain input from the client
  • It is the responsibility of the UI Designer to keep all documentation up to date
  • This includes all design files, flows and assets relating to the project currently being worked on
  • CI and Style Guide Creation: for projects/products that do not have an established brand, the UI
  • Designer would work on defining the look and feel of the product
  • These branding efforts would include mood boards, style guides with font treatments, colour palettes, iconography, and an initial set of app icons
  • UI Product Development
  • Aim: Collaborate with the UX Designers and the Developers to effectively translate the client requirements into actual functionality
  • Liaise and collaborate with the UX Designers and Developers to ensure that what they have worked on makes practical and functional sense in relation to the designs which have been created
  • Work with the Developers to explain and translate the design ideas into the product development itself. Ensure they receive the necessary guidance and input to ensure success
  • At this stage of the process, the UI Designer’s role is to assess and check if the development work completed is aligned with both the UX system design and the UI visual designs
  • UI Testing and Iteration Post Deployment
  • Aim: Work alongside the UX Designer, who assesses a product once it has been launched into the market, to fully understand the experience of real users, with the intention of modifying and iterating to further enhance the user experience
  • The UX Designer is responsible for assessing the back-end analytics of the product to gain a better understanding of how it is being interacted with by the actual user
  • This is critical input for a UI Designer to understand
  • Analysis of the back-end analytics therefore involves understanding what is working and what is not, what is necessary and what is not, and what requires iteration and/or modification from all Designers involved
  • Based on the analysis completed by the UX Designer, iterate and make the necessary UI changes if required
  • This is known as data-driven design
  • UI Contributing to Internal Design Requirements
  • Aim: Create designs for Platform45 to use in the market that are visually appealing and represent who the business is well
  • When required by the business, get involved in working on key presentations to ensure they are designed well and represent the brand
  • As these presentations are used both internally and with possible new clients, ensure the standard and quality of work is exceptionally high
  • UI Scheduling Time & Reporting on Budgeted Time Spend
  • Aim: Ensure that time is sufficiently planned and managed across the span of the week to ensure design efficiency and effectiveness. The team needs to aim to be a profitable business unit and hence work towards billable targets
  • On a weekly basis, take part in the Team ceremonies to attain clarity on priorities for the week
  • These will typically come from the PO who should specify what is required to be done
  • In the planning session, provide the Teams with input on what is possible or not possible for the week, and what can and cannot be committed to
  • Commit to the hours required from a UI Design perspective for each of the active projects being worked on, in order for the Teams to be clear on your key goals
  • When multiple projects are being worked on simultaneously, ensure that you are able to effectively consider and plan what needs to be done, and by when, to reach all goals committed to across projects
  • Ensure that budgeted time provided to you is tracked and documented accurately and kept up-to-date daily, in order for the COO to understand the design capacity across the team/s
  • If at any point during a sprint, a Designer finds themselves with excess capacity, this needs to be brought to the attention of the Head of Design and COO as quickly as possible, so as to enable other design requirements to be met across the business

Should you wish to apply for the position, please apply directly via this job board, please ensure that you quote reference number 201479 subject heading or email body.

Please note that due to the high volume of CV's received; only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Should you not receive communication from our offices within two weeks of submission please note that your application will not be considered for this position.

We will keep your CV on file and re-establish contact with you should opportunities in line with your expertise become available again.

Job Type
Full-Time Regular

Location
Cape Town Western Cape

Min Salary
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