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UX-Oriented, Senior-ish Front-end Developer

Posted September 11, 2017 in Thoughts


Lara’s Dream Employer seeks a UX-Oriented, Senior-ish Front-end Developer with advanced HTML/CSS knowledge, working JavaScript knowledge, and a background in visual and UX design. This role is part of a small team that operates as the link between UX and back-end development. The UX-Oriented, Senior-ish Front-end Developer will take leadership in working with the UX team to transform their work and ideas into interactive experiences using modern front-end technologies and development standards.

At Lara’s Dream Employer, we work hard to promote a cross-functional team. Our ideal candidate for this role is passionate about helping designers and content providers understand the technology behind what they create and is always devising methods to smooth out the idea to implementation workflow.

Responsibilities

  • Work with UX team to ensure technical feasibility of designs and contribute technical insight during the creative process.
  • Work with back-end team to ensure a clean content structure, implemented according to specifications.
  • Architect semantic, accessible markup in plain HTML and templating languages.
  • Write clean, modular Sass/CSS using abstractions and a design system/style guide mentality.
  • Apply visual design/UX knowledge during development process to improve upon existing designs.
  • Use JavaScript and animation to add UI interactivity and user engagement.
  • Craft UI components within frameworks like React or Vue.js.

Bonus Responsibilities

  • Illustrate engaging graphics and characters to complement written content.
  • Transfer graphics from software to code, exporting and optimizing clean SVG files.
  • Create subtle, narrative SVG animations using CSS and GSAP.

Technologies We Use

While we strongly believe in selecting the right tool for the job, here are a few we often refer to:

  • WordPress and its REST API
  • Laravel
  • Templating languages (Pug, Twig)
  • Sass and CSS-in-JS
  • JavaScript (ES+)
  • React
  • GreenSock Animation Platform
  • D3.js

Given our “right tool for the job” mindset, we are always adapting to and researching new technologies. Our ideal candidate should, however, have extensive experience in UI development and best practices regarding accessibility and performance, as well as experience with some of the technologies listed above. That being said, at Lara’s Dream Employer, we value passionate people and the ability to adapt and learn quickly over intimate knowledge of a specific language or framework.

Lara’s Dream Employer is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to increase diversity in the tech industry. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other communities traditionally underrepresented in this field.

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  • Hi Lara - I live and work in LA as well!

    My company is in the middle of creating a Design team with a lead designer and a design-oriented developer. We want to make something like Shopify Polaris for our open source ecommerce framework. If that sounds interesting at all, would love to meet and chat!

    machiko yasuda
    @machikoyasuda
    machiko@reactioncommerce.com

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  • Sorry, but there's a typo or something in your second sentence:
    "This role is part of a small that operates as the link"
    Small what??

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    • Ooh thank you, Mike!

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  • > Templating lanuguages
    "languages" probably.

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    • Whoops...thank you!

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