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Interaction/UX Designer

Upswell k

Portland, OR | Onsite or Remote Possible

Sep 14
Job Description

In this role, you’ll design user-centric digital products and experiences for Upswell’s research, institutional, and social sector partners. You will collaborate with our software developers, art directors, and content strategists to create websites, apps, installations, and immersive environments. Our ideal candidate brings a strategic understanding of interaction, user experience, and product design to solve ambiguous problems. You are curious about user motivations, and believe early prototyping and iterative design will help meet their needs.

What You’ll Do
— Work collaboratively to establish interaction and user experience concepts, approaches, and scenarios
— Create and develop design specifications, including wireframes, user flows, site maps, storyboards, and prototypes
— Interact with clients to elicit and clarify business, functional, and content requirements
— Facilitate design and testing workshops (on-site, remote), synthesize findings, and generate insights

What We Require
— 2-4 years experience working in a collaborative interaction and user experience design and/or product design environment
— Excellent attention to detail and the finer points of execution
— Demonstrated ability to articulate and justify a design rationale
— Demonstrated experience with design prototyping tools such as Figma, Adobe XD, Sketch and the Adobe Creative Suite
— Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills

What We Offer
Upswell offers a salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include:
—Full health and vision insurance
—401k retirement plan with company matching
—Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, including:
10 days vacation the first year, and 1 additional day per year after, for up to 15 days total
5 days sick leave
6 company holidays
5 days off between Christmas and New Year’s Day
Optional work from home on Wednesdays (fully remote under COVID19 conditions)

What We Believe
Equity is fundamental to our culture of creativity and collaboration; inclusion is a commitment that fuels excellence in our work. We are a practice that values difference across gender, race, sexuality, age, identity, nationality, and lived experience. Our mission to stimulate different ways of seeing, understanding, and engaging with the urgent topics of our time greatly benefit from a range of perspectives and diversity of all types. We encourage women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, veterans, persons with disabilities, and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

Application Details

Please submit a cover letter, résumé/cv, and website and/or LinkedIn profile to, with “Interaction/UX Designer” in the subject line.


Upswell unites storytelling and technology to stimulate different ways of seeing, understanding, and engaging with the urgent topics of our time. Our studio was founded with the intent to provide digital design and creative services to mission-driven leaders and cultural organizations tackling 21st century challenges, including questions related to civic engagement, public history, climate change, and technology innovation. We've had the opportunity to work with world-class institutions and organizations such as the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the International Center of Photography (New York, NY), the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Canada), the Canadian Museum of History (Ottawa, Canada), the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada), Mobius Science Center (Spokane, WA), NOKIA Bell Labs (Murray Hill, NJ), Adobe (San Francisco, CA), Intel Labs (Hillsboro, OR), the University of Arizona Archaeological Mapping Lab (Tucson, AZ), Clemson University (Greenville, SC), the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA), and the Oregon Historical Society (Portland, OR).