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September 1, 2019 - No Comments!

UX + UI Designer

At Backpack Interactive, we believe in the bigger picture. We’re a small but mighty strategy, UX and design studio committed to serving educational technology and non-profit projects that make the world a better place. Our clients demand results, so our employees have to make complex choices quickly. We want you to make big decisions and to be accountable for them. The only way it works is by hiring the very best design thinkers and problem solvers we can find. Sound like you? We’re seeking a thoughtful, experienced mid-level interactive designer to join us on-site at our DUMBO headquarters.

You’ll be a member of our award-winning team, responsible for helping to create beautiful, production-ready designs, then working closely with development teams to make sure they turn out just the way you had envisioned. The role demands thoughtful execution, an obsession with quality, the optimism to creatively solve problems while keeping the user in mind, and the ambition to take projects from start to finish.

If you’re an experienced designer who sees the big picture, revels in the small details, and is eager for the opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to great work in a low-ego, maker-centric environment, then let’s talk.

Skills and qualities we look for:

  • 2–3 years of professional design experience
  • A design-related degree or experience
  • A portfolio that demonstrates your creative problem-solving abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong typography skills
  • Expertise using both Sketch and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficient with Zeplin, and InVision or Marvel
  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication and presentation skills
  • Confident in your expertise and perspective, but eager to learn from others
  • Fluent in a variety of prototyping methods and tools to explore and communicate ideas along the way.
  • An understanding of the end-to-end interactive design process
  • Experience using appropriate UX methods and design thinking to inform solutions
  • A passion for working collaboratively
  • Big plus: experience designing for kids, education or games

To apply for this position, please email hello@backpackinteractive.com with your cover letter, resume and a link to your online portfolio. Applications without portfolios and cover letters will not be considered. The position is for full-time work onsite in our DUMBO office.

August 7, 2018 - No Comments!

LINK App for Learning Ally Gets Top Rating

EdTech Round Up, the industry's premier source for educational technology news & reviews, honored the audio reading app we designed for Learning Ally with their top grade: 5 apples, "Outstanding". Reviewer Michael Karlin made special mention of our design for the app's interface and highlighted key UX features, writing:

The overall design of Learning Ally’s mobile reading app is centered around simplicity.  Symbols are used instead of words, and the interface is meant to be one where even early elementary students would be able to navigate without difficulty.

Additionally, Learning Ally is based on AAA accessibility standards.  Students can modify the reading speed, and the highlight and background colors can all be customized. Plus, students can change spacing, margins, and color of text as well.  In short, students have lots of control over presentation and experience.

The Backpack team is thrilled that this important application is getting more recognition so that it can reach more struggling students.

Read the review:

http://www.edtechroundup.org/reviews/learning-ally-an-educational-reading-app-for-students-who-learn-through-listening

Check out the case study.