UI/UX Designer (UI/UX Engineer)

Palo Alto, CA | Game Engineering

Job Description

The Ui/UX Designer (Ui/UX Engineer) is an integral piece of the Engineering Team at Machine Zone and will lead the architect and design of Machine Zone's visual interface and interaction design for mobile, including iOS and Android, and web.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop web applications that will bring an exceptional user experience
  • Develop stand-alone software, web and mobile application interfaces for our users
  • Create and maintain RML and Lua files for implementation on Machine Zone's custom back-end platform 
  • Support client in editing engineers with editing codes, templates, TPL, and RML files
  • Architect future proof front-end pipelines
  • Optimize and troubleshoot existing applications
  • Define user requirements and be able to create detailed specifications 
  • Establish new user interface testing and usability test plans
  • Solve technical issues and problems within the system
  • Work with internal departments on various technical projects 
  • Features include a virtual world, virtual goods, a 3D avatar, and social features including a public wall, profile pages, text chat, and video chat
  • Responsible for sketching, wireframing, and prototyping interfaces; developing visual designs; designing icons; and creating animation schematics
  • Support a product design team in a rapid development process, managing other designers on multiple iterations of each design, and collaborating with product and project managers, QA, and developers

Requirements:

  • 2+ years experience designing complex UI experiences
  • Experience designing for mobile (iOS/Android/iPad/other tablet) platforms
  • Expert knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash CS4/CS5, HTML5, and other relevant design and development tools:
    - Strong Coding Skills in front-end technology 
    - Excellent HTML5, XHTML, CSS3 programming skills coding valid XHTML and CSS mark-ups
    - Experience in developing cross-browser and cross-platform compatible solutions
    - Solid JavaScript programming skills and experience with JS Libraries
    - Knowledge in working with JavaScript frameworks to create rich interactive content
    - Experience integrating with server-side code to produce dynamic pages
    - Good understanding of Web Accessibility
    - Proficiency in Flash
  • Ability and desire to roll up your sleeves and create/cut up assets yourself
  • Ability to identify and clearly articulate UI/UX solutions visually
  • Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts or higher is required 
     

Refer a Friend:

We rely on your referrals for our success, and to show our appreciation, Machine Zone offers a Referral Bonus Program.  If you refer someone to us for a full-time position and we hire them, you will receive a $1000 referral bonus after 90 days of successful employment. Certain rules, restrictions, and eligibility requirements apply. To make a referral or to learn more about the Referral Bonus Program, please contact us at referral<at>machinezone.com.

Top Reasons to Join Us:

  • Be part of the most innovative mobile gaming company with phenomenal growth opportunities
  • Competitive compensation package, bonus initiative plans, 401K, full health benefits, ST/LT insurance and unlimited vacation
  • Located in downtown Palo Alto near all the restaurants, bars, and cafes
  • Food, snacks, drinks, and lunches/dinners with founders
  • Monthly events (offsite mixers, game nights, ice cream socials, etc.), group lunches, holiday party, ping pong table, video games… and more!

About Us: 

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Machine Zone, Inc. (formerly known as Addmired, Inc.) is focused on creating the most engaging free-to-play mobile social games in the world. Launched in 2008 with Y Combinator, Machine Zone has seen explosive annual growth with its highly successful free-to-play games, including Game of War: Fire Age, iMob 2, Original Gangstaz, Global War, Race or Die 2, among others. To date, the company has well over 40 million downloads of their iPhone games and is the recipient of the 2010 Crunchies Award (Techcrunch) for Best Bootstrapped Startup. Machine Zone operates profitably and has raised two rounds of funding from Anthos Capital, Baseline Ventures and Menlo Ventures.

We are a unique, highly talented and ambitious team of free-to-play game experts and rock-star engineers, all focused on building highly engaging mobile experiences for our gamers.  We continue to expand our teams and look for top talent around the world to build not only the most exciting technical and social projects in mobile gaming, but to help create the best gaming company.  Come and be part of the revolution!

Machine Zone does not accept unsolicited agency resumes.  Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website, employees or Human Resources.  Machine Zone will not pay fees for unsolicited agency resumes and will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered property of Machine Zone and will be processed accordingly without fee.

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