User Experience Designer Wanted (South of Edinburgh)

7 September, 2009 at 17:53 | In Jobs | 1 Comment

We are looking for an innovative, self-motivated and passionate user experience digital designer to help drive our leading Rich Internet Application forward. Utilising principles of usability, user-centred design, information architecture, and scalable and dynamic user interface design, this position will drive the User Interface (UI) and customer experience forward. This is a lead role involving extensive collaboration with the rest of the business and with an opportunity to contribute to all stages in the design process.

In leading the product forward you will need to be part interaction designer, part information architect, part usability expert, part business analyst, and all about user experience.

    You will be involved in…
  • designing the UI architecture, interface, interaction flow, and aesthetics of web, desktop and mobile applications and websites
  • working with product management and development to translate requirements into compelling, innovative design solutions that demonstrate the power and value of rich client and web based internet experiences
  • developing conceptual diagrams, wireframes, prototypes, visual mockups, and graphic assets
  • the art direct/design the visual design of the web and software applications
  • developing and maintain detailed user-interface specifications
  • building upon and expand established style guides and UI patterns
  • presenting design work to product and executive teams for review and receive feedback
  • promoting usability best practices
  • guiding technical and business teams in user-centred design principles
  • supporting the company’s brand through various design projects and mediums

  • At least 5 years of experience as a user experienced Designer, Interaction Designer, User Interface Designer, Information Architect, or similar role.
  • An online portfolio or samples of work demonstrating related experience.
  • Experience working in a collaborative team and working directly with Developers for implementation of designs.
  • Fluency in best practices for web-based information architecture and design as well as strong knowledge of usability principles and techniques.
  • Familiarity with the technical considerations needed when designing for dynamic online & offline applications.
  • Visual design expertise demonstrated through mockups and style guides.
  • Proficiency in a variety of design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Visio, Axure and Expression Design / Blend.
  • Ability to prototype in HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and/or Flash (a strong plus).
  • Ability to create illustrations for stylized graphic artwork and icons (a strong plus).
  • Demonstrated history of acquiring user data - conducting usability studies and performing user research (a plus).
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Degree in Design, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), or equivalent professional experience.

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Senior C# Developer wanted (South of Edinburgh)

7 September, 2009 at 17:50 | In Jobs | Leave a Comment

We are looking for a pro-active experienced senior C# .NET developer, programmer, engineer and guru to help take our B2C application to the masses and beyond. Our application uses the latest in development methodologies, technologies and infrastructure and is leading the way in Silverlight based Rich Internet Applications. You will work with the rest of the team on rapidly developing our front end application as well as its complex framework, middleware and supporting systems while utilising input from product management and design. This is a lead role involving extensive collaboration with the rest of the business and with an opportunity to contribute to all stages in the development process.

This is a focused development role with an opportunity to get involved in a broad range of technologies including the core Silverlight GUI as well as mobile, desktop and offline components.

    You will be involved in…
  • developing for GUI, application, business and data systems
  • XAML and Silverlight 3+ integration with .Net and SDS for RIA solutions
  • C# and .Net 3.5+ using the latest WPF and WCF technology to build business and data solutions
  • developing stored procedures, SQL and SSIS/SSRS as needed
  • working closely with business and technical teams to understand, document, design and code processes
  • working closely with technical and business teams to understand, document and design and code integration
  • leading the translation of concepts, requirements and source mapping documents into solutions
  • designing, developing, testing, optimising and deploying .Net applications and SQL data components and related functions
  • developing online, mobile, desktop and offline applications, controls and gadgets in support of the core application
  • Candidate must have a deep understanding of application design, development, layout and presentation.
  • 5+ years experience of .Net development, .NET web services and .Net principles and architectures including the concepts, designs and usage of software components, deployments and packages.
  • Experience developing C# applications.
  • Extensive experience and sound understanding of in ASP.NET, XML (with some XAML experience highly desirable), Linq, Windows Forms, WCF, Silverlight and Windows Services and SQL/Stored procedures.
  • General experience with Javascript, CSS, xHTML and DOM.
  • Must be able to analyze requirements, design and specification documents, and provide instructions to other team members.
  • Responsible for version and release management in development, testing, staging and production environments.
  • Manage change control and configuration management for deliverables.
  • Must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to interface with all levels of business and IT.
  • Work well in a team-oriented environment managing multiple priorities, following a project plan and meeting project delivery dates.
  • Highly organized individual with excellent decision making, analytical, problem solving and presentation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills. Must be able to talk and understand clear English.
  • BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent professional experience.

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Dundee’s Software Freedom Day Event

7 September, 2009 at 07:00 | In Event, Third Party Announcement, Third party event | Leave a Comment

Software Freedom Day – Dundee – September 19th 2009

Information Line - 01382 848950 – List of talks, directions and other useful details about the event.

“The University of Abertay Dundee Linux Society” and the “Tayside Linux User Group” have long been establishing their names within the local Free and Open Source Community, as centres of support and advocacy for people from all walks of life.  This September we will be showcasing some of the best that our local community has to offer.

On the third Saturday (19th) of September teams from all around the world will celebrate Software Freedom Day:

“Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of using high quality software in education, in government, at home and in business - in short, everywhere! The non-profit company Software Freedom International  coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, give-aways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.”

This is a real opportunity for people in Dundee and surrounding areas wishing to find out more about FOSS, its culture, its ethics and more importantly how to get started with it. Talks and Practical demonstrations throughout the day , for the novice computer user to the technical evangelist - you are sure to find something to interest you. The event is completely free and open to everyone;

10am - Short Welcome and Introduction to the Dundee Software Freedom Day Event
10.15am - What is free software, and why is software freedom so important?
10.45am - Freedom and Control
11.15am - Free and Open Source Software for Windows
11.45am - Free and Open Source Software for Students
12.15am - Free and Open Source Software in Business

Break for Lunch - (1.00 - 1.30)

1.35pm - Podcasting, from Mic to Audience
2.00pm - Free and Open Source Concepts in Security
2.30pm - SSH (Secure Socket Handler) The Beginners Guide
3.00pm - Basic introduction to building games with blender
3.30pm - Games and the Open Source community
4.00pm - VoIP and Open Source - A look at H.323 (4.00pm)
4.30pm - Thanks and Goodbye, a short wrap-up of the event

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