THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED; HOWEVER, WE DO VALUE GREAT TALENT AND CONTINUE TO ACCEPT OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS. Before you reply to this career opportunity and answer our call for an awesome Mobile UI/UX Designer, I would like to invite you to read Our Story… and yes, please start at the beginning. It is important to know where we have come from for you to truly get a sense of the opportunity in front of you. http://www.yo.com/#!/our-story If you can see yourself writing the next chapter of this evolving story, we would like you to apply and become our UI/UX mobile design expert. Who are we? Well that is a little murky. Officially, we are Left of the Dot Media. Established in 2010 and located in the heart of Maple Ridge, Left of the Dot Media turns million dollar domain names into multi-million dollar businesses. But ‘we’ should also be considered Yo.com, YO! Media, and the entire half of the company focused on bringing this new brand to market. After working on the brand in stealth for 7 months, we launched YO! in private beta in the first week of October. Our MVP will be released later this year. In brief, YO! is a transformative mobile app [I didn’t want to write the over-used word ‘disruptive’ even though it is] that empowers users to share and connect without the Internet. This includes chatting, calling, messaging, sending large files (apps, photos, videos, music) to those most relevant in your life… all without traversing up and across the Internet. This allows data to move at extremely high speeds, off-the-grid, and for free – a true empowering innovation for the developing world. Yeah… we think that sounds kind of cool too. If you are the right candidate, Our Story inspires you. You read our BHAG out loud to your cat or significant other and said, “You know… why can’t I change the world?” Your dreams are as big as ours. Our mission is to connect every person on the planet, whether they are connected to the Internet or off the grid entirely. Yep. Every single one of them. Our ideal candidate (or candidates as we have enough work for more than one in similar roles) has experience in Android mobile application design. We are building for iOS too, but the reality is the majority of our users will be Android by necessity rather than by choice. We have a few $100 smart phones from India in our office that we are currently testing on and the user experience for these devices matters more than the Technorati in Silicon Valley. OK… fine… if you have iOS experience do let us know that too. We do appreciate the sense of style and design from across the Apple ecosystem and you can too. You do not have to program or design the app, but the ability to wireframe and communicate requirements will be required. After all, what role does design play but allow a user to interact with the functionality intuitively. We used to exaggerate and say our office is waaaay out here in Maple Ridge, but we have subsequently learned that people who live downtown get scared by that statement. If you do commute, it is only 35 minutes against traffic from downtown Vancouver, and as we are just across the Golden Ears Bridge, we are extremely convenient to all the talented people in the Tri-Cities, Langley, Surrey, Mission, New West and all points in between. We located our offices out here (and moving soon into new, nearby digs to accommodate our growth) as we felt that Maple Ridge was a growing, vibrant community filled with talented people who are sick and tired of wasting 500+ hours on the West Coast Express every year. When we set up shop out here more than 1 year ago  2 years ago 3 years ago (holy $h!t, time flies when you are having fun), it was because we were finally fed up with commuting and realized that we could create something awesome right here in our own backyard.

Personality:

  • You must be a risk taker who has a passion for entrepreneurism.
  • We still classify ourselves as a Startup even though we are an international team of 50 (We are presently 10 in Maple Ridge and 40 in Bangladesh, though we envision doubling in the next 4 to 6 months). As such, you must want to work in a Startup.
  • You realize that failure is an option, because failure means that you have started
  • Maybe you have worked in an agency designing an awesome mobile experiences, or maybe you worked internally for the mobile initiative of a larger company, but in any role, you had wished to be part of a smaller team where you would have a direct impact on the business as a whole
  • You must be a self-starter and be able to manage yourself and your projects
  • You can self-learn as things change; and quickly, because learning is something that you have to do daily
  • You should be up-to-date on your Internet memes (that way you know if we are laughing at you or with you). Bonus points if you have earned a whack of karma on reddit.
  • You should want to build something really cool, so that in a couple of years we all say, “Wow! Look what we’ve built together”
  • It is OK to be an Apple fanboy/fangirl, but realize that more than half the world, especially in developing markets, will never convert to iOS
  • You must believe in the mantra of “Work hard, play hard.”
  • You must be able to laugh at yourself and roll with the punches
  • You must tolerate animals (On any given day, we may have a dog in the office. Or sometimes a cat. Though never together. That day was not a good one).
  • You don’t have to be good at Darts or Foosball, but you should be willing to learn or you will constantly lose and be the one doing the coffee run to Waves on 207th

Essential Skills

  • 3+  years of mobile application design
  • You will have prior UX experience
  • You will have designed apps and user interfaces and be able to proudly show us some examples of your work
  • You have high expectations of yourself and others.
  • You must have launched mobile apps onto Google Play and Apple App Store (and thus know all the ‘gotchas’ along the way)
  • Proven experience defining specs, creating wireframes/mock-ups, user flows and other artifacts to the agile development teams and refine quickly as needed during project sprints.
  • Thorough understanding of both the Android and iOS Developer guidelines for effective design
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent College + Life Experience preferably in HCI, Human Factors, Interaction Design, or related field of study
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

 Useful Things

  • You know what is possible with Google’s Material Design and can help get our MVP to embrace these design principles (while acknowledging that our customers will not always be using the latest hardware)
  • Experience in planning and observing user tests and other design research activities.
  • Proficient with UX design programs such as Visio, Omnigraffle, Photoshop, Illustrator, Axure, etc.
  • Experience with UI/UX for web or desktop applications as you may be required create awesomeness in other platforms as well
  • You appreciate strong UI/UX -- you may not be a designer, but you can spot beautiful design! Though if you are a designer, that is OK too.
  • Knowledge of the Android API and application framework
  • Knowledge of animation and digital expression
  • You consider yourself a thought leader and demonstrate this via blogging, networking at industry events, or speaking at conferences (or at least a willingness to try)
  • Knowledge (and willingness to accept) that sometimes it requires we work around the clock — not because someone is poking you with a sharp stick, but because you want to and we need to
  • Knowledge that you don’t know everything and that we don’t know everything, but if we put our heads together, we can probably figure it out at least as well as anyone else.
About the Job                          So what will you be doing?
  • Work directly with Product Managers to design new features and products
  • Collaborate with our Engineering teams to get your designs and user flows implemented
  • Work with the design team (unless you can design yourself) to create assets, production, screen layout, UI design and conceptualization
  • Drive design discussions and collaborative sessions with teams and stakeholders, helping generate concepts and inspire peers and teams.
  • Help create and maintain style guides and pattern libraries.
  • Gather, define, and document functional requirements for our mobile applications.
  • Work closely with our domestic and offshore development/engineering teams to define product features while making sure the product meets specs as well as your expectations.
  • Define intuitive and easy-to-use user interfaces and flows as wire frames or mock-ups.
  • Build products from existing ideas, while helping to develop new ideas based on your industry experience as well as an innate sense of what the customer will want

Compensation & Next Steps

  • While your salary will be competitive and based on your experience, we believe that as we build this out together, we can all share in the upside and increase compensation as revenues increase for the brands you are involved in.
  • If you are interested in working on a world-class network of premium web businesses, then please send us a few portfolio examples, a recent resume (online links are fine) along with your salary expectations to careers@leftofthedot.com and/or careers@yo.com. No phone calls or unexpected visits please because we have developers here and they are easily startled.
  • Thanks in advance for considering us, and while we thank all those who apply, only those who are being considered may be contacted.
Left of the Dot (and YO!) is a small, but growing company. Fit and a willingness to learn is more important than experience. But because we are small, we apologize in advance if we can’t respond to everyone. Learn more about us at www.LeftOfTheDot.com or about our next hot project at www.Yo.com