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Product Designer

Date: May 13, 2022

Location: Any City in US, MA, US, 00000

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 17769

Additional Locations: Fully remote-May be done from any State in the US.

You are an energetic creative, ready to make an impact in the highly competitive and evolving educational technology market. As an HMH Product Designer, you collaborate in an agile environment within high performing, cross-functional teams to define the needs of students and teachers and create and validate effective digital solutions. You have a passion for User Centered Design and a love of problem solving. You bring exquisite visual design solutions informed by current and emerging design trends and technologies to create digital experiences that engage, surprise, and delight users of all ages. In your role as Product Designer, you and a scrum team of information architects, front-end designers and engineers will work through all phases of Design Thinking methodology within an iterative development model–through discovery and research, ideation, rapid prototyping, testing, and delivery.


Primary Responsibilities

UX  As an HMH Product Designer you employ UX best practices that consider student and teacher needs, touchpoints and interactions with the product and HMH platform. You work with your team to identify opportunities to meet teacher needs and improve student outcomes.


  • User Centered Design You are a champion of User Centered Design, focusing your team’s development using the following UCD practices:
  • Satisfy User Stories by creating:
    • User Flows
    • Wireframes
    • Interface/Layout sketching
  • Produce rapid proof of concepts for quick review and iteration:
    • sketches
    • storyboards
    • mock-ups
    • any other relevant visual output
  • User Testing and Research You relentlessly seek feedback from users to support SIS Solutions’ commitment to Build, Measure, Learn


Interaction Design As an HMH Product Designer, you drive innovation by contributing an understanding of emerging technologies and design trends, bring creative data-driven solutions, and develop integrated learning products and engaging experiences to optimize outcomes for our users.

  • Meaningful transitions, motion design, interactive interfaces
    You understand how to guide users’ attention and communicate hierarchy, progress and achievement in an engaging and meaningful way.
  • HTML, CSS, and front-end frameworks
    You are familiar with foundational front-end UI technical knowledge and understand how to articulate your design ideas to developers.

Visual Design Your design solutions demonstrate functional simplicity, design consistency and a modern aesthetic. You contribute to the conceptualization and execution of design solutions that are discoverable, understandable and engaging to a wide range of users, from teachers to K-12 students–delivered across digital media.

  • Prototypes You understand multiple rapid prototyping methods, create wireframes, and can turn them into interactive flows. You can create prototypes for usability testing.
  • Design within Systems You can work within a design system. You champion consistency, flexibility, and reuse. You understand and adhere to Atomic Design and pattern libraries.


Project execution and operational efficiency An HMH Product Designer plays many roles during the course of a project.

  • Exercise ownership of assignments end-to-end to enable project completion to a high standard.
  • Work within an Agile development model and work closely with stakeholders to plan development sprints and scrum teams.
  • Adjust nimbly to new developments and adjustments in project scope
  • Represent the efforts of the SIS team in a persuasive and compelling manner to stakeholder at meetings and reviews.
  • Understand production workflows for all digital media.
  • Document clear and precise design instructions for technical production teams, developers, external vendors, and Quality Assurance groups.


  • Bachelor's Degree in design or design-related discipline (UXD, visual design, IxD)
  • 2 + years of relevant experience in a design role
  • Solid understanding of UX, IxD and motion-graphics design principles
  • Demonstrated portfolio with functional web UI and visual designs across desktop and mobile devices demonstrating an understanding of responsive design principles
  • Understanding of multiple rapid prototyping techniques and wireframing
  • Understanding of UX research processes and best practices for iterative development  
  • Adept at partnering with engineers to release features, products, and/or services
  • Excellent visual and verbal communication skills
  • Adept in programs such as Figma, Sketch, InVision, and prototyping tools.
  • Excellent cross-functional collaboration and communication skills
  • Understanding of Responsive Design principles and best practices
  • Experience in tools such as Figma, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Axure, Zeplin, Principle and/or Invision for creating user flows, wireframes, interactive prototypes and visual designs
  • Understanding of Design systems and repeatable patterns
  • Adept at creating digital documentation for developers
  • Knowledge of WCAG and visual design accessibility standards for digital content
  • Understanding of HTML, CSS & other web technologies
  • Knowledge of User Centered Design principles and practices
  • Adept at presenting ideas confidently to other designers and stakeholders
  • Experience in Editorial Design and Educational Content development a plus
  • Experience working in Agile

Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, et al

Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer

Benefits and Salary Range

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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