Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0005
Title Visual UX Designer
Job Type Full Time Regular
Union Unaffiliated
Location Denny
City Seattle
State WA
Work Schedule Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm

At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.

The Seattle Times serves the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a difference to our community. As a news media company, we cut through the clutter and provide readers with news and information that is timely, relevant and easy to access in every way they consume it. Founded in 1896, we remain a family-owned business deeply rooted in the community and is committed to principled, investigative news coverage.

The Visual UX Designer position is perfect for a design professional with a strong portfolio of work that demonstrates range and talent in UX design and research. The Visual UX Designer collaboratively develops high-quality user experiences for new and existing digital products. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented multi-disciplinary designer who is motivated by a wide scope of responsibilities and thrives in a fast-paced environment. Make an impact as part of a collaborative, dynamic team in the heart of Seattleā€™s thriving South Lake Union neighborhood.


  • Translates business goals, user needs, design direction and operational requirements into effective user experience strategies
  • Designs the UI architecture, interaction flow and functional user interface for content-rich, customer-facing websites and mobile apps
  • Performs competitive design and product experience research including heuristic evaluations. Plans, moderates and synthesizes user research studies.
  • Brainstorms creative concepts and iterates quickly through design cycles
  • Creates user scenarios, task flows, original visual design concepts/mockups, wireframes, prototypes, iconography systems, graphic files, UI patterns and development specifications
  • Applies usability findings, customer input, site analytics, audience data and other UX research information to design activities
  • Advocates for useful, usable and desirable user experiences and articulates user experience issues and concerns to stakeholders and design partners
  • Collaborates with product, content, consumer insights, data analysis, marketing, news and development teams for design reviews and handoffs in a sprint-cycle environment
  • Helps maintain and contributes to the pattern library; creates and adheres to brand and design style/interaction guides
  • Communicates conceptual ideas and design rationale to design partners and stakeholders. Provides and responds to constructive feedback from design and project team partners and leadership.
  • Researches and identifies evolving design innovations and opportunities, and is comfortable innovating in a quickly evolving news media industry
  • Minimum 2+ years professional experience as a user experience designer, visual UX designer or similar role
  • Portfolio of interactive design work that demonstrates experience creating a range of user experience design deliverables and highlights both functional and visual design capabilities
  • Experience designing user-friendly interactive solutions for websites and mobile apps, preferably content-rich, consumer-facing experiences. News media and subscription-oriented experience a plus.
  • Familiarity with user research techniques, including moderated 1:1 user testing and remote surveys
  • Strong conceptual skills, a critical eye for detail and the ability to translate complex concepts into successful design/messaging solutions
  • Strong visual design skills in typography, layout, color and use of imagery
  • Knowledgeable about web standards, accessibility and browser compatibility
  • Proficiency with design and prototyping tools (Sketch, Invision, Visio, etc.); expert user of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) Experience Design, After Effects and light video editing tools a plus.
  • Skilled at designing within technology frameworks and with standard web technologies such as HTML and CSS. Familiarity designing and working with WordPress preferred.
  • Experience working within an Agile and/or Lean Development environment. Familiarity with JIRA a plus.
  • Preferred: Degree in interaction design, human-computer interaction, user-centered design, web design, visual design or comparable professional work experience
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