A senior user experience designer is a team leader who works with designers, product engineers, and product managers to create a friendly and intuitive user experience architecture. The senior user experience designer starts with a solid understanding of human cognitive science; by understanding how human beings think and operate, the designer can determine the broad framework for how the user experience should be for the company's product. These senior professionals work with the design team to create wireframes, mockups, and prototypes to demonstrate interaction and design concepts. Senior designers then help implement the interaction and design concepts into the company product by working alongside the product engineers. Finally, the senior user experience designer works with product managers to continually pursue customer satisfaction with usability studies and testing.
Most senior user experience designers hold at least a bachelor's degree in design, human-computer interaction, cognitive science, or a related field. Senior user experience testers must have excellent usability and visual design skills . They must know industry best practices for web application design, PC application design, and usability. Additionally, senior user experience designers must be capable leaders who can motivate the design team to follow the senior designer's vision and follow through on delivery. Finally, the senior user experience designer must be diplomatic and capable of resolving disputes in a responsible manner as conflicts with the product engineers can arise.
Senior User Experience Designer Tasks
- Develop example high-level requirements, conceptual diagrams, and visual interface designs.
- Create key design deliverables specific to each product, such as scenarios and use-cases.
- Create user-focused designs informed by market analysis, customer feedback and requirements, and user research analytics.
- Design mock-ups and click-through prototypes as necessary for each product.