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JOB: UI designers at AOL


Erika Metalski




It is an exciting time at AOL. After celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary earlier this year and reflecting on the impact our brand has had on revolutionizing the Internet, we are now charting the next 25 years. We are pioneering a new standard for high quality content on the Internet and reinventing how content is distributed to new and existing communities.

Core to our company’s DNA is innovation and creativity. We have recently launched a year-long “Project on Creativity” with iconic artist Chuck Close to create an AOL Originals collection, and have collaborated with artists from around the world to showcase work and build community on

The AOL Media Design team brings our company’s commitment to innovation and creativity to our suite of 80+ sites, including Engadget, Moviefone, and MapQuest. Our responsibilities include: brand development, large scale web platforms, mobile experiences, Flash development, video experiences, and advertising support (pitches/concepts, custom integrations). We are focused on building groundbreaking interaction design and world-class visual design. As a member of the media design team, you would join a team of top designers, and be a direct contributor to the products we develop. We hire from top creative powerhouses like AKQA, Big Spaceship, Code and Theory, and Fantasy Interactive.

We’re seeking a talented User Interface Designer with a passion for creating the best interactive experiences and solving complex usability problems. We’re looking for someone to collaborate with a team of designers, product managers, and developers to create forward-thinking, user-focused designs while meeting business objectives and needs.



– Create user-focused designs by considering market analysis, usage data, site metrics, and usability findings

– Participate in user testing and research

– Develop taxonomy structures, site and navigation maps, user flows, and wireframes

– Work closely with design and technical leads to establish and maintain functional and aesthetic product consistencies

– Present work to design, product, and development teams and senior executives for review and feedback



– Bachelor’s degree (Master’s, Fine Arts preferred) or equivalent experience

– 6-8 years of directly related experience in information design

– Proficiency in industry standard UI design software (OmniGraffle, Illustrator, Photoshop, Visio, Dreamweaver, Fireworks)

– Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

– Ability to work in a collaborative team including development, product, and programming

– Ability to define, articulate, and evangelize the role of UI design within the company

– Fluency in best practices for web-based information architecture and design

– Familiarity with development practices