erova notebook • a user experience blog by Chris Avore

Now hiring

It’s been almost 6 months since I left the independent life and accepted a position at NASDAQ as what is essentially a product design role, overseeing and responsible for the visual design, information architecture and content strategy of many products and services.

Though I’ve been able to do my share of juggling, it’s finally time to bring on someone to help me out.

We’re looking for someone who has enough skills and experience to understand how static web sites work, with an emphasis on how screens appear in the browser and other devices, not necessarily how data or other content appears on the screen itself.

In other words, NASDAQ needs a contractor who can design and code static sites.

While a portfolio of some work is required, 3-5 years of formal experience is certainly not mandatory.

The position is ideally suited for someone interested in working in a mentoring relationship with me–I’ll do my best to include the candidate in UX activities, including research interviews, usability tests, and understanding the nuances of content’s relationship with design.

We’re also not looking for a polished Photoshop artist when we say we need visual design skills, but we hope someone can take existing PSDs and create new mockups based on prior work if necessary.

I don’t think I’m going unicorn hunting here–I think we have an opportunity for a person who is looking to get a good foothold on the inner workings of a corporate product team who can, with any luck, either be hired full time in a few months or move onto a mid-level UXer, designer, or general maker of digital things when the time is right.

The position is located onsite in downtown Manhattan and telecommuting isn’t an option (for now). I’m also working on the dress code for the candidate.


  • Competent understanding of principles of graphic design & using sketching, Photoshop & paper prototyping to validate and act on design vision
  • Ability to hand-write valid, standards compliant HTML & CSS and a functional understanding of Javascript and libraries such as Jquery to either design screens in the browser or to slice mockups into functional screens across multiple browsers & devices
  • Willingness to learn new methods, approaches and techniques to design useful, usable, elegant websites and software
  • Creative drive and original thinker.
  • Good understanding of customer-focused design and usability principles.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (this isn’t boilerplate filler text: if I can’t understand what you’re trying to communicate, that’s gonna be a problem)
  • Interest in working in a mentee/mentor relationship with senior practitioners
  • General knowledge of the software development lifecycle.
  • Capable understanding of Adobe Suite (primarily Photoshop)
  • Strong interest in interaction design & using data to inform design decisions
Because I’m sure some of these questions may arise, here are some answers (none of which I have any control over, BTW):
  • No HB1 visas right now
  • Start date is as soon as possible
  • Onsite in NYC (near Zucotti Park at 1 Liberty Plaza)
  • Pay rate is pretty decent
  • Freelance designers will have to be W-2 employees of a preferred Nasdaq vendor
  • No travel likely
  • Contract is for 90 days but can be extended

If you’re interested or know someone who might be, email me a link to your portfolio or web site to

If this isn’t clear or you have any questions, I’m happy to answer as best I can.