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Interactive Digital Designer

Date: Apr 3, 2021

Location: Evanston, IL, US, 60201

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 16649

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Interactive Digital Designer


Role Summary:

You are an energetic visual designer and a creative problem-solver who can’t wait to design engaging digital experiences for students and educators as part of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of K-12 students and teachers. Our design team is an international group of light-hearted, like-minded creatives who want you to help propel us into a new age of innovative and effective digital educational solutions.


As an Interactive Digital Designer with strong, bold visual design skills, you’ll be part of a cross-functional team where you’ll concept and develop unique digital products for our users that are delightful and easy to use. Your portfolio should show how you can break convention for more engaging results. Solid knowledge of typography principles and an understanding of the communication value of color and functional animation is essential. While experience in the educational field is not a prerequisite, having the ability to adapt great design solutions to different users (e.g., age, accessibility) is desired.



Since you will be working on a cross-functional team of product managers, marketers, designers, engineers, subject matter experts and other key stakeholders, you must be a team player. Your tasks will include:

  • Creating digital design solutions that are a delight to use and provide a frictionless path through content. This could be designing responsive layouts, UI kits, documenting user guides, presenting to your team, innovating new visual solutions and more.
  • Creating experience maps, storyboards, user scenarios, wireframes, mockups and user flows for rapid testing and iteration
  • Validating ideas and designs using best practices in accessibility and UX Research
  • Collaborating and communicating professionally with other internal teams and key stakeholders
  • Designing and exercising ownership of user-experiences from low-fidelity rapid prototypes to hi-fidelity mockups
  • Creating and communicating detailed specifications and design intent to engineers
  • Using illustration, iconography, animation, and other visuals to provide engagement, information and improve comprehension
  • Staying abreast of design trends and looking for creative ideas and inspiration in parallel / analogous worlds


  • BFA or equivalent in graphic design, multimedia design, digital design, or visual arts
  • 2+ years of interaction design experience
  • Proficiency in digital design with a high level of sensitivity to typography, color, impactful and logical layout, and motion graphics
  • Strong work portfolio that demonstrates systematic and creative design thinking, responsive grid-based layouts, and an understanding of UI/UX best practices
  • Strong ability to recognize and predict use cases and user interaction, including happy path as well as edge and corner cases, and incorporate them into designs
  • Familiarity with foundational HTML, CSS, and front-end frameworks
  • Understanding of information design / architecture, and user psychology
  • Experience or understanding of working within a cross-functional team or large-scale software development lifecycle using agile methodology

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.

For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  

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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