Principal UX Designer (AR/VR/XR) at Cantina

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Principal UX Designer (AR/VR/XR)
What we’re about
Cantina is an award-winning strategic design and development agency based in Boston with expertise in digital design, mobile app and web development, IoT, connected devices, and experience strategy. We work with companies in all major industry sectors ranging from the Fortune 500 to high growth startups. Our clients include some of the largest and most innovative companies on the planet, and we are actively exploring and doing work in a variety of exciting areas including health & wellness, financial services, sports tech, AR & VR, and machine learning. At our core, we are team of creators, innovators, builders, designers, engineers, and strategists who love what we do. We are committed to designing and building experiences that truly matter, and that enhance the human experience. If you are excited about this opportunity, and you’ve got what it takes to make an impact in this critical role at Cantina, we want to hear from you!
What you’re about
We’re looking for a Principal-level designer — a master of the craft of experience design — to bring demonstrable design leadership and expertise to our experience design practice. You will play a critical role in designing virtual, augmented, mixed and cross-reality experiences, in addition to more traditional web and mobile interfaces. You will be a leader in Cantina’s growing XR design discipline and help build a viable service offering.
Cantina’s design process is driven by research, data and collaboration. You should be fluent in the use of research as a primary input to your work. You should methodically seek and embrace insights based on sound data gathered through that research. You should be adept at presenting findings and then tying both micro and macro design decisions back to specific data. You should relish a process that relies upon evidence and rigor rather than impulse and intuition, but know when and where to get value from the latter.
You are first approachable, second smart, and people enjoy being on your team and working with you. You eschew individual heroism for shared team success. You’re over the “Big Design Up Front” mindset and have seen the light of iterative design. You see communication and collaboration as the keys to success. You have strong opinions, but you know how to see other’s point-of-view and incorporate it into your work.
Key Responsibilities
  • Bring an informed point of view around design best practices for one or several augmented/virtual/cross reality (“AR/VR/XR”) mediums.
  • Serve as a source of AR/VR/XR design knowledge for our clients and your teammates.
  • Understand and embrace technical possibilities and constraints of latest mixed/augmented/virtual reality technologies.
  • Employ conceptual thinking to create world-class digital products and services across platforms, reconciling user needs, business goals and technical realities
  • Work directly with clients to design end-to-end experiences using participatory and iterative design techniques such as observational studies, customer interviews, usability testing, and other qualitative and quantitative research techniques to uncover insights, learn about user behavior and verify design concepts
  • Develop sound UX concepts, including the definition of customer needs, task analysis, and the creation of personas, storyboards, scenarios, user flows and use cases
  • Translate concepts into designs that illustrate simplicity despite conceptual complexity
  • Lead multi-day design sprints and collaborative workshops with multiple participants across project and client teams
  • Effectively communicate research findings, workshop outputs, conceptual ideas, detailed design, and design rationale both verbally and visually
  • Create instant tangibility for the project team (including the client) through storytelling and rapid prototyping, from paper sketches to digital prototypes
  • Define UI through information architecture, wireframes and user flows and validate with usability testing
  • Embrace Lean UX and Agile methodologies
  • Lead pre-sales engagements and marketing events from a design perspective to educate prospects on Cantina’s design practice
  • Partner closely with technical developer and project manager teammates to ensure that design specifications are implemented & UX best practices are adhered to
  • Creation of 3D assets for VR/XR prototypes and projects
  • Demonstrable knowledge of best practices for UX design in AR/VR/XR environments
  • Project history showing your design contributions for AR/VR/XR experiences
  • Ability to lead in-depth conversations specific to design within these emerging environments
  • 3D modeling, animation, and rendering experience with one or more of the following or an equivalent:
    • Blender, ZBrush, Houdini, Maya, 3D Studio Max, Cinema 4D, or After Effects

Nice to have:
  • Experience working with Unity, Unreal, or other 3D engines
  • Experience with computer vision, machine learning
  • Competitive base salary commensurate with experience
  • Bonus (based on individual and company performance)
Benefits and perks
  • 100% employer-paid insurance premiums for health, dental, vision and disability
  • Optional company-paid mobile phone plan
  • Company-paid bike share program
  • Flexible work arrangements (such as work from home days) available upon request
  • Paid parental leave for up to six (6) weeks
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match
  • Vacation time accrued to twenty (20) days per year
  • Convenient downtown Boston location
  • Snacks, refreshments, coffee, tea and more in the office

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On the 19th floor of a building that stands 450 feet tall, Cantina's in the heart of the Financial District. The walk score ranks 98 to amenities.

An Insider's view of Cantina

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What does your typical day look like?

I start my day usually with a team check-in, then dive right into my tasks planned for the day. There are, of course, days that aren't as predictable but that's an aspect of the job I enjoy. In any case, there's always time for lunch and catching up with others at the office/project.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Communication is key. Willingness to be open and adapt to new situations.


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What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Cantina is a place to foster a team that brings drive, creativity, smarts, kindness, openness, and caring to the challenge of solving hard problems and creating things that will add value for people. We'll do this for businesses and for community.


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How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

To me, the best indicator of a good work-life balance is the feeling that you have enough time. Enough time to sleep, to feel like part of a team, to relax, to hone your skills, to recover from illness, to get your ideas across, to spend time with loved ones, to learn, to make a lasting contribution, and to do anything else you might want to do.


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What are Cantina Perks + Benefits

Cantina Benefits Overview

We support our employees by providing competitive pay and benefits, an inclusive and affirming culture, and opportunities for accelerated career growth in a stimulating environment. We also get out of our peoples’ way so they can do their best work by limiting bureaucracy and a formal management structure; fostering a rich learning environment where anyone can take the lead.

Cantina encourages collaboration across the company and strives to make everyone feel included in its success.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
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Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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