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Interaction Designer, Yahoo! Living Room
Yahoo! Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

As the No. 1 Internet brand, Yahoo! serves hundreds of millions of people worldwide. That's a whole lot of human beings making Yahoo! their destination of choice. The Sunnyvale, CA based Communications and Consumer Services User Experience Group designs many of the leading products and services for that population: including Mail, Messenger, Photos, Address Book, Personals, Mobile, set-top, and desktop applications.

Under new creative leadership, we're staffing up to take a quantum leap forward in the ways that people connect with one another on planet earth. If you're a brilliant designer who dreams up new interaction metaphors in your sleep, then we need your brains and skills to help make it happen. And we're prepared to compensate you well for your contributions.

  • What do YOU think needs to be done to seamlessly bridge devices like cameras, mobile phones, terrestrial phones, TV, music players and computers to make end-to-end user experiences feel fluid and effortless?
  • How do YOU think that various communications modalities should come together to enable dynamic shifting between synchronous and asynchronous temporal relationships?
  • What services and tools do YOU imagine should be offered with unlimited storage to enable social networks to bloom more fully than ever before? And how would you employ those technologies to help people looking for a soul mate?

If you're ready for the challenge, check yourself for the following personal characteristics:

  • Armed with competitive technical know-how
  • Even keeled and comfortable in a kitchen with multiple cooks
  • Design for big picture strategic integration and don't sweat the small stuff
  • Totally sweat the small stuff and will do whatever it takes to ship with fit & finish
  • Can embrace "Life Engine" as your mantra


You will be a key member of the User Experience & Design team for the Yahoo! Living Room product suite. This interdisciplinary team consists of smart and fun interaction designers, design researchers, visual designers, and prototypers that matrix into a functional organization of product managers, engineers, and marketing professionals. The team's opportunity is to define and develop a growing suite of living room and set-top products for navigating and managing personal content and broadcast.

  • Identify UI requirements; help define project approach and the user experience strategy
  • Set conceptual design and suggest product direction based on field research and functional requirements
  • Create the user interaction model, workflows, information architecture, schematics, prototypes and interface guidelines
  • Work with user experience researchers to design and observe usability studies and translate the findings into design improvements
  • Work with visual designers to refine the interactive experience and retain user focus
  • Work hand in hand with engineers to deliver the final product
  • Facilitate project communication and asset exchange across a multidisciplinary team throughout all phases of the project


  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Human Factors, HCI, visual design, industrial design or related area
  • At least 3-5 years experience as a key member of a UI design team participating in the complete product development lifecycle of several successfully launched software applications
  • Must demonstrate strong analytical / functional interaction design and communication skills

The time is now. Send your resume and portfolio link to careers@yahoo-inc.com and be sure to reference the job ID # RX0400001985 in the subject heading of your email. Then go tell all your friends that they should jump ship and come with you to Yahoo!

Received: 17-Dec-04