Design Technologist

Los Gatos, California
Do you feel equally at home dreaming up new ideas to create elegant and delightful user experiences as you do rolling up your sleeves and writing the code that brings these ideas to life? Do you have the mindset of a Product Designer but the skills of a Senior Front-end Engineer? If so, we’d love to chat. The Design Technology team is looking for a new addition to the team who can help us continue to make progress on Netflix’s mission to entertain the world.
About the Interactive Experiences Design Team
This Design Technologist role is slated to support and partner with our Emmy-award-winning Interactive Experiences Design team. If helping the team whose charter is to imagine and design what the future of interactive storytelling on Netflix looks like, then this might be the role for you.
About the role
Our discipline goes by many names, including Design Technologist, UX Engineer, Creative Technologist, Design Engineer and UX Prototyper. This unique combination of Design perspective + Engineering skills allows people in this role to make impactful contributions at each phase of the product lifecycle.
In practice, this means you will help brainstorm and then write the code that breathes life into new design concepts, making them tangible for the team. This helps us validate ideas both internally and with our users via in field qualitative research. You can act as a bridge between the Design team and our cross-functional partners helping to ensure both design fidelity as well as technical feasibility.
In addition to working on projects that aim to improve the user experience in our product, our team also looks for opportunities to leverage technology to super-charge the design process through building internal tools to yield a more efficient workflow.
About you
You have a creative mind and a deep understanding of interaction design. You care about the design details and are driven to push the user experiences you create beyond acceptable to make them exceptional. You have an entrepreneurial spirit and bring your own creative ideas into the conversation (instead of waiting for others to tell you what to make).
Your engineering skills are rock-solid, but you’re never done learning. You have a curiosity that compels you to try new technologies, build for new platforms and solve new technical problems. You don’t suffer from ‘analysis paralysis’ and prioritize trying a bunch of ideas quickly over meditating to find the perfect architecture.
You thrive on collaboration. You’re inclusive in your engagement with your team and cross-functional partners. You’re mature enough to not have an ego, and you welcome honest, open feedback as easily as you give it. You demonstrate selflessness by prioritizing making the right call for the business, team or project over your own personal opinion.

You bring

  • A great portfolio showing several years worth of complex, highly usable interactive UIs.
  • Several years of senior-level experience writing HTML, JavaScript and CSS applications and fluency with modern frameworks and libraries such as React and NodeJS
  • Experience creating performant animations on the web using both CSS and JavaScript
  • Proven leadership and strategic ability to drive initiatives and projects with teams
  • The communication skills to clearly articulate your concepts—and evangelize on their behalf
  • Professional experience working in the interactive media or video game industry is a strong plus.
  • Familiarity with other relevant tools such as Unity, Framer, Processing, etc. is a plus
  • A love of movies, TV shows and interactive media is a plus

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