Seeking Freelance Visual Designer

We are looking for a freelance visual designer to be our go-to contractor for the foreseeable future (Our previous designer worked with us for 8 years).

Inquirium is a three-person company celebrating our 18th anniversary designing and developing educational software and web applications for universities, museums, zoos, schools, and other non-profits.

We’re looking for a freelance visual designer with CSS and HTML skills who can help us design and build front-end web interfaces for several of our projects. This has the potential to be an extended gig.

Here’s who we’re looking for:
You have a great eye for clean, crisp, visual design. You enjoy iterative design and working in small teams. At the same time, you can work independently, stay on schedule, and don’t need a lot of hand holding to get the job done.

If you were working for us, here are some of the things you would have done last month:

  • Help us create an HTML5/CSS3/React/Bootstrap mockup, based on pencil or wireframe sketches, of a web tool that helps students make sense of literature.
  • Sit in on a weekly client call to discuss their UX and data visualization needs for a custom web app we’re building to allow clients to make sense of large research survey data sets.
  • Sketch in real time during the call to convey and discuss design ideas.
  • Prototype a pixel-perfect visual design for a revised company product site.
  • Tweak the CSS for an existing web application to improve the user workflow.
  • Install and run a local development environment for implementing CSS changes.

And here are some things you would do in the next month:

  • Create a series of drawings/wireframes for a proposed skin to an alpha-stage custom web app that helps teachers visualize data on student achievement, engage in a round of internal feedback, then engage in a round of client feedback.
  • Help refine an existing UX for another client web app; put in place a front-end development framework drawing on tools like React, Bootstrap, jQuery, SASS, and TypeScript.
  • Brainstorm ideas for a revamp of our company website, do some preliminary sketches.

Required skills:

  • A willingness and ability to be a jack of all trades, wear many hats, learn new skills, and do whatever needs to be done.
  • Sketch/Photoshop/Illustrator and a sketchbook are your friends and constant companions.
  • You should be familiar with the concepts of progressive enhancement, graceful degradation, and responsive design.
  • You should be comfortable designing for mobile, touch/tablet, and desktop browsers and apps.
  • You should be comfortable dropping into a terminal to install and set up local development environments, such as a node/npm server.
  • You should be familiar with the capabilities and limitations of HTML5 and CSS3. Extra credit if you know React, SASS, jQuery, and Javascript. Double word score if you’ve worked with Django templates or another templating system.
  • You should be familiar with version control software. We use git and hg.
  • The job can be tailored to fit your strongest skill set, but a visual designer’s eye is an absolute must.

Experience is important. We’re looking for someone who can hit the ground running and make an immediate contribution to our active projects. This is not a good fit for someone looking for on-the-job training.

Another thing that’s important is your ability to work and communicate remotely with folks in different time zones. Our offices span three cities, and we rely heavily on online tools (Slack, Trello, Basecamp, Bitbucket) for talking, sharing design materials, and providing feedback. Our approach is to schedule a meeting, send an artifact ahead of time with specific feedback requests, meet to discuss, then work independently on follow-up action items.

If you’re interested in this job, convince us that you’re the one! Email jobs2019@inquirium.net

Inquirium is hiring a front-end web developer

Inquirium is looking for a freelance developer to build out the front-end of a site that will help principals and school districts determine how well their schools are producing high school and college graduates. The site is based on ground-breaking research data that provides insight into the various obstacles that students face on the way to graduation. Our mission is to help school stakeholders make sense of this data in ways that leads to better outcomes for their students and their schools.

Inquirium is a three-person company celebrating our fourteenth year of successfully designing and developing educational software and web applications for museums, zoos, schools, and other non-profits.

We are hiring a front-end developer who can work with a visual designer to implement interfaces that allow users to explore and visualize school data in interesting, useful ways. This position is primarily focused on front-end work, with some collaboration with a back-end developer to nail down a RESTish API for retrieving school data.

The initial commitment is a half-time position through the end of 2014. However, there is the potential for ongoing work with this project in 2015, as well as work on other Inquirium projects.

Here’s who we’re looking for:

You enjoy iterative design and working in small teams. At the same time, you can work independently, stay on schedule, and don’t need a lot of hand holding to get the job done.

You’re comfortable working with modern Javascript frameworks like Backbone, Angular or Ember, and with tooling like Grunt and Bower. You’ve built web interactives before, whether as one-offs on a page, or as full-blown single-page applications. You know how to talk to REST (and non-REST) services.

You may not be test-driven, but you understand what testing buys you and use tests when appropriate. You’ve worked with complex web sites long enough to understand their maintenance challenges and be proactive about addressing those challenges.

You have experience working in languages other than Javascript. While your primary responsibilities will focus on front-end development, familiarity with back-end technologies like Django, Node.js, or Go are a plus and may come into play in other projects.

Another thing that’s important is your ability to work and communicate remotely with folks in different time zones. We are a distributed company, with key staff in time zones across the US. We rely heavily on online tools for talking, sharing design materials, and providing feedback. Our approach is to schedule a meeting, send an artifact ahead of time with specific feedback requests, meet to discuss, then work independently on follow-up action items. Since much of our communication is asynchronous, your ability to write clearly and well is important.

If you’re interested in this job, contact us at jobs@inquirium.net and convince us that you’re the one!

Now Hiring: Project Coordinator / Dynamic Jack-Of-All-Trades

We are looking for a Chicago-based freelance project coordinator / jack-of-all-trades to work part-time coordinating day-to-day administration of several design projects. Your primary responsibility will be keeping our projects on track and humming smoothly.

Inquirium is a nimble, three-person, company celebrating our 12th anniversary successfully designing & developing custom educational software and web applications for K-12, museums, zoos, and other non-profits.

Here’s who we’re looking for:

You are an independent self-starter with unsurpassable communication and organization skills, in both face-to-face and remote settings. You are completely fluent and happy using online collaboration tools with remote teams, have an eye for details, and don’t need a lot of hand holding to get the job done. You are easy to work with and have a sense of humor.

If you were working for us, here are some of the things you would have done last month:

  • Participated in design meetings for 6 different client products that promote innovative learning and teaching in K-12 classrooms
  • Contributed to a weekly call discussing the redesign of our product website
  • Documented several project planning meetings
  • Helped write and copy edit company blog posts
  • Maintained a Basecamp record of meeting summaries, action items, and project resources
  • Organized an internal Dropbox of design documents
  • Triaged incoming client feature requests & curated feature backlogs in Trello

Required skills:

  • A willingness and ability to be a jack of all trades, wear many hats, learn new skills, and do whatever needs to be done
  • Experience with software design projects (familiarity with Agile design & development practices is a plus)
  • Strong writing, copy-editing & word-processing skills; Able to polish and format professional-looking deliverables

Location:

Applicants must be based in Chicago and willing to work at our offices near Halsted & North Ave. At the same time, the ability to work remotely with staff not based in Chicago is a must.

What we offer:

  • Intellectually stimulating and socially beneficial education projects
  • Work with nimble, fun, distributed teams
  • Opportunity to learn more and grow with us — if you have a particular skill set or interest, we want to put it to use
  • No bureaucracy — you have the chance to make an impact
  • Established — we’ve been around for 12 years and have a proven track record of success & longevity.

Should you turn out a good fit, there’s room for greater involvement and expanded roles on a more full-time basis, including participation in social media, branding & customer support for one of our Inquirium-made products.

Application Requirements:

To apply, send an email, with resumé, to jobs@inquirium.net telling us why you’re the one. Get our attention and show us how you communicate. If you catch our interest, we’ll contact you to follow-up.