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Freelance Information Architect

Posted in on October 9, 2013


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Chicago, Il


222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60654

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Razorfish was born digital — it’s in our DNA. Today, we use that lifeblood to transform business at the convergence of creativity, technology and media. We accomplish this by building brand experiences that engage consumers wherever/whenever/however they live in the digital world. We’re at the top of our game. In 2013, we were included on Advertising Age’s A-List for the second year in a row — a first for any digital agency. Forrester listed us as a “Business Transformer” in their Agency Report, and as a leader in their Mobile Wave. Gartner also named us a leader in their Agency Report.

At our core are brilliant people, including the 2,500 Fish in our offices in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

If you’re interested in a career with us, consider this: LinkedIn ranked Razorfish the 15th most in-demand employer in the U.S. and the 31st worldwide. Speaking of rankings, we scored a perfect 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Now we want to hear from you.


We’re seeking a Freelance Information Architect in our Chicago office. The Information Architect is responsible for developing IA documentation (site maps, transaction flows, sketches, scenarios, wireframes, navigation models) for both web sites and applications. This is not a back-seat support role. You will actively collaborate with the Experience Lead, as well as other team members including other Information Architects, Content Strategists and User Researchers, and others from our Creative, Technology and Strategy groups. A firm understanding of user-centered design processes and interaction design principles will be crucial to your success here. Ideal candidates will have a healthy sense of humor, a fondness for the conceptual and are ready to finally work in a place where they are no longer the smartest person in the room.



Core Duties/Responsibilities:


• Creating the information architecture and interaction design for transactional, informational, and marketing website
• Understanding target audiences’ needs, tasks, and goals and translating them into creative concepts and functional components
• Translating business requirements into meaningful interactive experiences
• Participating in immersive user research, concept testing, and usability testing
• Participating in the development of user personas and scenarios to clarify results of user research and focus the team’s design efforts on the needs of key users
• Collaboratively developing prototypes for demonstration of concepts to clients
• Conducting competitive audits and market research
• Developing and documenting detailed user experience specifications for highly interactive interfaces


Required Skills/Knowledge/Experience


• Demonstrated ability to execute on IA of complex transactional interfaces, taxonomies and metadata frameworks, and templates for content management systems
• Demonstrated experience conducting or participating in user research and translating user research into design decisions
• Demonstrated experience using web analytics data to inform design decisions
• Demonstrated ability to develop big ideas, and execute flawlessly against them in a highly collaborative environment
• Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
• High tolerance for ambiguity matched only by your desire to organize it
• Experience developing architecture for mobile applications desired

Required Experience:
•5+ years experience as an information architect, interaction designer, or experience designer (or similar role)
• Degree in a related field, such as Library Science, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Technical Communications, English, History, Anthropology, Economics
• Advanced proficiency in a variety of design tools including Visio and/or InDesign, as well as the MS Office Suite



This position is a freelance opportunity only.



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