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UX Designer / UI Developer

We're growing our design and development team, and we’re looking for someone who can balance modern web design with the front-end code that makes it work.

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We’re growing our design and development team, and we’re looking for someone who can balance modern web design with the front-end code that makes it work.

Here’s what we’re looking for: someone who can balance user-centered web design with solid front-end development skills. We need someone who can make complicated websites easy to use. Who can design responsive and accessible websites, and then handle the HTML/CSS to make them a reality.

This is a design-forward, but development-dependent position.

Responsibilities.

  • Create and communicate visual solutions for content-managed websites — both internally and client-facing.
  • Collaborate with the strategic design team to help build a strategic content and design plan.
  • Build design systems to act as a toolbox for the design process, leaning more toward blocks and elements than full-page templates.
  • Create design assets that can communicate the functionality of a website. This includes but not limited to: wireframes, mockups, style guides, etc. (We use Figma for wireframes and design files.)
  • Extend existing design systems for support clients and ongoing sites.
  • Work seamlessly with our back-end developers and the rest of the development team on projects of all sizes & scope.
  • Translate design mockups into flexible HTML and CSS to be used in the completed project.
  • Maintain current skills and industry best-practices
  • Be accountable for tasks, track time, and keep team members in the loop
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with both teams and clients

What we’re looking for.

How much experience are we looking for? We’re not looking for any specific degrees or a certain number or years under your belt; talent is talent. Here’s some of what should describe you:

  • Has a strong eye for design and a desire to create user-centered, content-driven websites.
  • Understands the connection between good design and user goals
  • Enjoys working on and with a team
  • Experienced in grid systems/CSS frameworks (Bootstrap is our preference)
  • Experienced in CSS pre-processing (SASS is our preference)
  • Some familiarity with javascript/jQuery 
  • An understanding of how design and front-end fits within a content management system.

Bonus Points

  • Experience with agile methodologies is a plus.
  • Experience working within a team and all the technologies that entails — from development technologies like source control and continuous integration to communication technologies like Slack and Figma.
  • A familiarity with building accessible websites is also a big plus.

Our values.

Blend believes that our clients deserve our honesty and integrity and that our office culture should reflect those values. We believe in five core values: passion, progress, integrity, advocacy, and authenticity.

Within the roles of UI Developer / UX Designer, you will work with the team and our clients in a way that reflects these core values. Passion for building great things on the internet. Progress in continuously furthering your knowledge base. Integrity to do the right thing, even if it means suffering negative impact. Advocacy in providing the right solution even if it's more challenging. Authenticity in never being afraid to admit to limitations and understanding that the right answer to a question is an honest one.

The successful candidate will be able to align with these core values, and in doing so our clients and projects will benefit.

The perks.

  • Competitive salary (based on experience)
  • A formal profit-sharing plan, paid quarterly after the first year and based on company profits
  • Group Health Insurance offered through UnitedHealthcare
  • Vision and dental coverage through UnitedHealthcare Dental and Vision Service Plan
  • Simple IRA Plan with employer match 
  • Long Term Disability is provided at no additional cost to all employees 
  • Basic (employer-paid) Group Life and Personal Accident Insurance
  • Paid maternity & paternity leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and WorkLife Services Benefit
  • Be Well @ Blend Wellness Reimbursement Program
  • Hybrid work environment

To view our office and learn a little more about our culture at Blend, visit our Instagram.

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Building a website is like building a house — each decision is built upon the decisions that came before. Just as an architect doesn’t just throw a number at you and begin working on blueprints, we don’t begin working on a project until we fully understand the scope. We do that through our discovery process.

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