We’re hiring at the Powerhouse! We’re looking for a UX/UI designer to join the Digital Engagement team as we work on a new digital strategy, build a new museum in Parramatta, renew our Powerhouse home in Ultimo, digitise 300,000 objects and push some amazing research and artistic collaborations. This role will work on our website, online collection and help shape visitor experience for all our venues.
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) is an executive agency of the New South Wales State Government. Embodying the best of design ingenuity and innovation, the Museum profiles one of the world’s great collections and is a highly successful interdisciplinary institution that sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in supporting the brand and vision of the city.
The Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta is one of the largest cultural infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in Australia. The project will transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions and carry forward its legacy to reflect the changing needs of the contemporary communities of NSW. A key element of the project will involve the design of the future visitor experience, onsite and across digital channels.
The Digital Engagement team’s purpose is to enhance visitor experience through innovative digital services. Visitor interactions with the Museum involve many digital touch points, ranging from discovering what’s on offer, exploring digital experiences in our exhibitions, accessing the Museum’s online collection and visiting our key venues – The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museum Discovery Centre.
The UX/UI role is new within the Digital Engagement team and the museum is in a process of renewal aligned with the delivery of a new museum in Parramatta. The role will suit a self-starter who is open to the challenge of leading the UX/UI function as part of a small, dynamic team. The role will focus on aligning internal teams with varying objectives within the museum to deliver a leading digital customer experience.
Key highlights of the role:
Under the direction of the Digital Engagement Manager, design and develop the MAAS website and related web, digital content production and interactive projects
Apply experience design and human centred design processes to digital projects to ensure high quality, audience focused outcomes.
Facilitate collaborative IA/UX and design activities such as discovery workshops, design sprints and user testing to gather knowledge; define goals, prototype and test solutions as required.
What will it take?
We are looking for someone with the following attributes to join the team:
Minimum 5 years’ professional experience as a UX/ web designer working on front-end development
Qualifications in Design, Media Arts, UX or related disciplines
Advanced computer skills – Web, interaction, and responsive design skills including HTML authoring, design and collaboration tools (e.g. Sketch, Coda, Figma, Miro, Invision, Photoshop).
Sound knowledge of front-end web development including HTML, CSS, jQuery and WordPress, responsive layouts, interface motion design, HTML5 and CSS3, ‘web app’ design principles and UX research. Exposure to next-generation frameworks (React, XML/JSON, GraphQL) is a plus.
Creativity and idea generation – ability to generate new ideas, lead activities such as ideation workshops and draw on a range of inputs to synthesize and produce high quality creative concepts.
Knowledge of or experience with cultural content of the Australian galleries, libraries, archives, and museums sector (preferred not mandatory).
Experience with video post-production and motion graphics would be highly advantageous (preferred not mandatory).
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