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Push the edge of impossible

This is what we do. Every day. Not satisfied with simply what is, we take initial concepts and intentions and push them beyond what’s expected to create actively engaging experiences that stand apart from the competition. If you live on that same line that teeters between impossible and revolutionary, you may just be the one we’re looking for.

Our Smashing Values

We are a band of artists, engineers, creators, and mischief-makers that harness the power of play to make things that matter.
The Business of Fun
Forget the tired “work hard, play hard” corporate jargon. Wouldn’t you rather work in an environment that is so enlivening you can’t believe you actually get paid to be there? Thought so, and it might look something like this: buzzing around the office via scooters, the not-so-infrequent tequila Friday, and most importantly, working with the mantra of making things that matter. We also have the best digs in town. Located right next to Pike Place Market, you’ll likely find Smashers wandering around the market grabbing some of the freshest food in Seattle, buying flowers, or jogging along the waterfront. Bonus points, you can’t beat our view.
Got the Chops?
Design Director
At Smashing Ideas, a Luxoft company, our focus is simple: be digital pioneers who make things that matter. Our pioneering spirit, along with our background in Motivational UX, has allowed us to build a consulting business that helps companies bring new digital products and services to market that transform their businesses and cultures.

Our clients, who are partners and extensions of our teams, are pioneers and change agents themselves. Some are in the early stages of digital transformation, while others have established practices. Regardless of the stage, we serve as their catalyst for innovation.

We are seeking a passionate, highly seasoned Design Director with a deep understanding of human centered design to spearhead design innovation for a wide range of projects and clients. As a leader, you will approach your work from a multidisciplinary, holistic perspective and guide your teams by playing an integral role in translating business objectives and customer needs into compelling, elegant, and engaging experiences.

This role requires 10+ years of experience working in the digital product design space.

Responsibilities:

The Design Director will help set the direction, style, and execution of Smashing Ideas’ design processes. They will collaborate with a variety of teams to transform our clients’ business needs into innovative solutions. A mastery of interaction design, user research, and leadership is essential.

Design Team Leadership:

  • Lead projects and participate in proposals, Smashing Ideas Design Team vision and leadership, hiring and growth, and outreach
  • Model the behavior that demonstrates our values – Create with Heart, Keep It Real, Paddle Out, Raise the Fun Flag, Ride-or-Die, and Stay Curious – as well as working out loud, assuming good intent, and being armor-off
  • Lead, nurture, and manage direct report designers; be a mentor and an advocate for career growth and success for all designers
  • Evolve the Design Team’s philosophies, methodologies, processes, techniques, tools, and share and teach them throughout Smashing Ideas
  • Help shape proposals and estimating project work effort to apply human-centered design methodologies to satisfy client needs
  • Be a thought leader in Smashing Ideas and in the local design community by publishing articles, presenting at conferences, and engaging with outside talent to promote Smashing Ideas’ position as an innovation leader

On Projects:

  • Plan and choreograph workshops, design activities and deliverables for projects and proposals, often including creative briefs, journey maps, personas and archetypes, design concepts and explorations, visual mood boards, flows, wireframes, prototypes (low-medium-high fidelities), visual comps and assets, and design language systems
  • Plan staffing needs to balance individuals’ passions and growth needs, project outcomes, team chemistries, client constraints, and project goals
  • Lead the collaborative creation of the project vision, and use the vision as a guiding tool to ensure alignment and excellence
  • Partner with strategy, research, development, and program management leads to ensure solutions are delivered on schedule and deliver real value (including fiscal, experience, and brand value) to users, clients, and Smashing Ideas
  • Lead and inspire designers to create world-class, innovative design across all design facets including UX, information architecture, interaction, motion, animation and UI that supports and reinforces the product vision, brand and business objectives
  • Be a player-coach – be an individual contributor as needed to cover, supplement, inspire, and go over-and-above expectations in any facet of projects including design research, workshops, ideation, interaction, UX/UI, prototyping, usability testing, asset production, and delivery
  • Partner with key client stakeholders to ensure their engagement, contribution, and success

Does this sound like you?

  • 10+ years of design experience (preferably in an agency or client services environment)
  • 5+ years managing creative/design teams
  • A portfolio that demonstrates your expertise in creating stellar digital products and services
  • A passion for ideation, exploration and problem-solving
  • A willingness to challenge conventions (including your own)
  • Actively seeks critique of work and ideas as opportunities for improvement
  • A user centered design approach to user engagement
  • Seeks ambiguity since it is rife with opportunity
  • Can jump out to the 10,000-mile view and tackle big assumptions, then zoom back down to the details and make sure everything fits together sensibly. Sees the big picture and sweats the details
  • Can effectively present work to clients, internal teams, and executives for review and feedback
  • Can clearly communicate and articulate design intent and rationale with compelling reasoning and research
  • Can write well, as it pertains to behavioral archetypes, experience narratives, directional copy, and other related artifacts
  • A desire to develop bi-directional, inspirational relationships with clients and teammates
  • BFA or BA in Design, related field or equivalent professional experience

* Smashing Ideas is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are committed to hiring and cultivating a diverse team and inclusive environment.

Web Developer - Contract
Smashing Ideas, a Luxoft company, makes things that matter. We value design-thinking, experience-focused products, and accessibility in all our products. We’re looking to grow our web-technology team by adding an experienced web developer with a real passion for crafting efficient, maintainable full stack web applications. We take pride in the things we build, and hope you do too. You will work in hybrid teams featuring folks with a vast variety of skills and specialties, from app and service developers, to UX researchers, content strategists, and visual designers.

We want to hear from you if:

  • Your interests run from the very top of the stack all the way down to the sub-sub-basement.
  • You love expressing ideas as prototypes and experiments.
  • You know how to learn, and are passionate about learning new things.
  • You care, earnestly, about the people using your code, from fellow and future developers to customers of customers.
  • You have and can express your opinions, but are always willing to hear out others and incorporate new information and viewpoints.
  • You are kind and empathetic, and value those traits in others.
  • You’ve been doing this long enough (likely 3+ years) to appreciate the difficulty in getting to a 1.0 release (hopefully with a few stories to share).
  • You enjoy sharing what you know, and learning from others.

On any given day, you’ll find yourself:

  • Interacting with clients and peers to understand their needs and arrive at meaningful solutions.
  • Designing, evaluating, and documenting robust frontend web client applications and backend services that provide the technical backbone of our efforts and products.
  • Authoring well-reasoned, well-tested code emphasizing data-backed APIs, infrastructure automation, and service reliability.
  • Auditing existing code and processes for security vulnerabilities, reliability, and efficiency.

The skills you already have include at least three years of professional experience with:

  • Frontend web development with JavaScript and/or TypeScript
  • Component-based architecture with React or Angular
  • Browser-centric tooling like Sass, Browserify, Webpack, etc
  • Backend web development in any language (Node.js, Python, Ruby, PHP, etc)
  • Building and consuming HTTP-based APIs and web services
  • Database design and management with SQL, NoSQL, etc
  • Version control with git

It would be great if you have experience with:

  • Azure
  • C# and .Net
  • Authentication with SAML, OAuth, OIDC, etc
  • Serverless architecture
  • Web workers and progressive web apps
Senior Web Developer - Contract
At Smashing Ideas, a Luxoft company, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with Global 500 companies to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, AR/VR, websites, internet-of-things, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users. Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Put simply, we solve hard problems and make some really cool things.

Smashing Ideas is seeking an experienced Senior Web Developer with a real passion for crafting efficient, maintainable full stack web applications. We take pride in the things we build, and hope you do too. You will work in hybrid teams featuring folks with a vast variety of skills and specialties, from app and service developers, to UX researchers, content strategists, and visual designers.

We want to hear from you if:

  • Your interests run from the very top of the stack all the way down to the sub-sub-basement.
  • You love expressing ideas as prototypes and experiments.
  • You know how to learn, and are passionate about learning new things.
  • You care, earnestly, about the people using your code, from fellow and future developers to customers of customers.
  • You have and can express your opinions, but are always willing to hear out others and incorporate new information and viewpoints.
  • You are kind and empathetic, and value those traits in others.
  • You’ve been doing this long enough (likely 5+ years) to appreciate the difficulty in getting to a 1.0 release (hopefully with a few stories to share).
  • You enjoy sharing what you know, and learning from others.

On any given day, you’ll find yourself:

  • Interacting with clients and peers to understand their needs and arrive at meaningful solutions.
  • Designing, evaluating, and documenting robust frontend web client applications and backend services that provide the technical backbone of our efforts and products.
  • Authoring well-reasoned, well-tested code emphasizing data-backed APIs, infrastructure automation, and service reliability.
  • Auditing existing code and processes for security vulnerabilities, reliability, and efficiency.

The skills you already have include at least five years of professional experience with:

  • Frontend web development with JavaScript and/or TypeScript
  • Component-based architecture with React or Angular
  • Browser-centric tooling like Sass, Browserify, Webpack, etc
  • Backend web development in any language (Node.js, Python, Ruby, PHP, etc)
  • Building and consuming HTTP-based APIs and web services
  • Database design and management with SQL, NoSQL, etc
  • Version control with git

It would be great if you have experience with:

  • Azure
  • C# and .Net
  • Authentication with SAML, OAuth, OIDC, etc
  • Serverless architecture
  • Web workers and progressive web apps
Backend Web Developer - Contract
At Smashing Ideas, a Luxoft company, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with Global 500 companies to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, AR/VR, websites, internet-of-things, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users. Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Put simply, we solve hard problems and make some really cool things.

Smashing Ideas is seeking an experienced Backend Web Developer to join our Mobile team. The project is to establish an Azure based digital distribution service for our product and its content, and to support the development of a new tool for creating and editing content. If you enjoy collaborating with others, working with purpose, and like to push the edge of impossible, read below and apply to join our community of mischief-makers. We take pride in the things we build and hope you do too.

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with our client to determine requirements
  • Design the architecture for a solution that fits the projects needs
  • Implement the solution in an Azure environment
  • Collaborate with developers to facilitate the development of tools and products that interact with the service
  • Participate in agile ceremonies

Does This Sound Like You?

  • 3+ years of relevant Azure work experience
  • Proficiency in cloud-native technologies and architectures
  • Experience building and consuming a variety of HTTP-based APIs and web services
  • Experience working with authentication and authorization services
  • Experience working with rigorous security and compliance requirements
  • Experience working with Azure Functions
  • Experience working with Cosmos DB or similar database technologies
  • Experience using C# or Typescript within the Azure ecosystem

Personal Attributes

  • Articulate and personable with strong spoken and written language skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical coworkers.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Broad and deep knowledge with an ability to learn quickly.
  • Responsible, self-motivated, and highly dependable.
  • Strong team player with a customer service orientation.
  • Ethical, honest, fair and of high integrity

Ideally, You Also Have

  • Front end web development experience
  • Experience working with large organizations
  • Experience working on projects with high availability/uptime requirements
  • Experience with data collect/analytics
  • Windows development experience
QA Engineer - Contract

At Smashing Ideas, a Luxoft company, we make things that matter. Were a team of creative pioneers partnering with Global 500 companies to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, VR, websites, internet-of-things, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users. Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Designers at Smashing Ideas are knowledge-seekers, user-champions, strategists, and storytellers. What excites and unites us is crafting relevant and meaningful solutions that delight people, clients included.

We’re looking for a motivated QA Engineer on a contract basis to join our team. This role is responsible for testing and analysis of simulation software and Windows desktop applications to ensure quality standards and adherence to functional requirements through manual and automated testing. Working closely with a project team, the QA Engineer is responsible for identifying defects and risks as well as assisting the development team in preventing or resolving quality issues.

Responsibilities

  • Work with QA documentation, including test plans and test cases.
  • Perform functional, performance and content testing and analysis of applications.
  • Write, isolate and regress technical and content related issues
  • Assist with user and acceptance testing.
  • Contribute to continuing improvement of QA department processes, tools and standards.

Qualifications

  • 2+ years experience in QA
  • Experience in testing Windows Desktop applications
  • Experience in working with product documentation provided in multiple sources (test cases, requirements, manuals) in order to test the product
  • Ability to rapidly identify and document technical issues
  • Able to work independently or in small teams effectively.
  • Ability to handle shifting schedules and multiple projects with flexible hours.
  • Demonstrable understanding of test plan and test case creation
  • Understanding of regression and exploratory testing
  • Experience with test management systems, issue tracking systems (JIRA), Git, Build management (Jenkins) and profiling tools.
  • Experience in interpreting wireframes, design comps and functional requirements.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong sense of responsibility

Desired Skills

  • Experience in testing iOS applications.
  • Experience with test automation tools (Unium preferred)
  • Experience with agile development methodologies.
  • Experience isolating issues through logs, analysis tools and code reviews.
  • Experience working on a mass-market product from start-to-finish

Personal Qualities

  • Collaborator:  Ultimately you will become part of a team and build a positive relationship with both coworkers and clients to facilitate better communication.
  • Detail-oriented:  You will be responsible for many small aspects of projects large and small. A desire to thoroughly understand a project quickly is key.
  • Proactive & Organized: You see what needs to be done, and you are on it. You know what stage each of your projects is in and communicate regularly with all team members to ensure each project receives the attention it needs.
  • Tenacious: Success depends on rooting out the source of defects and finding the right answer, not necessarily the most obvious possibility. Do you habitually dig deep to find answers?
  • Adaptive:  Able to pick up and use newly introduced tools and technologies and respond to the needs of the problem in front of you.
  • Communicative:  You will be responsible for relaying a great deal of information. Being able to convey ideas in their simplest form as accurately as possible is essential
None Fit the Bill?
If none of our open positions are a match, fill out the form and let us know why you’d be a great addition. Psst…details matter, so don’t forget to include your resume.