UI Design Lead

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Full-time

UI Design Lead

RS21 is a data science and visualization company specializing in transforming data into intuitive, insightful information that can be used by organizations and communities to help create effective solutions to the complex problems they face. We do good with data, and evoke childlike wonder with our inspiring info viz while doing it.

As our Lead UI Designer, you have keen interest and abilities in the following: UI, information design, visual design, and team leadership. The ability to put together interactive prototypes (and teach others to do so as well) is critical. You will report to the UX/UI Director, you will mentor a growing team of 2-5 UI Designers, and also be a key individual contributor to design work. Your ideal type of squad consists of inventive developers, brilliant data scientists, and killer UX / UI designers working in a collaborative, agile environment.

In other words, you do really cool stuff and have fun doing it.

PS: If this isn’t your jam, we’re also hiring Sr. UX/UI Designers – check our site for more info and the posting!


01 Have a strong background and experience in digital visual design, including IxD, UI design, typography, and prototyping

02 Have expertise in several of the following: fonts, palette selection, image strategy, geospatial representation / cartography, micro-interactions & animations, and complex interactive information visualizations

03 Be confident in leading consultative client engagements, including client workshops and pitches

04 Play a lead role in ensuring that each RS21 product is effective, engaging, usable, consistent, and aligned with client’s goals

05 Guide & mentor the UI Designers - from coaching to hiring, the UI team will follow your lead and you will set the bar for UI design excellence at RS21

06 Have experience streamlining workflows and/or visual elements to influence user behavior and interactivity

07 Have a solid understanding of information architecture, information design, typography, fundamental design principles, visual flow, and intuitive design

08 Work closely with the dev team to deliver on a sprint-by-sprint basis

09 Contribute to RS21’s thought leadership

10 Collaborate with fellow team members to keep up with trends and developments in big data, information visualization, interaction design, AI, and AR/VR


 01 Degree (or other education/experience) in Visual Design, Graphic Design, IxD, HCI, Communication Design, Fine Arts, or related field

02 Strong design portfolio that showcases a variety of strategically-founded, conceptually strong and tactically clear digital work across several domains

03 Experience with guiding and mentoring small digital design teams

04 Information design experience / a hefty library of Tufte, Ware, or Few

05 Passion for visual innovation and beautiful execution

06 Expertise with Figma, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite or vector-based UI tools - and a willingness to learn new tools as needed

07 Positive, optimistic, collaborative approach to creative problem solving

08 Ability to work in a group or independently

09 Excellent presentation, planning and organizational skills

10 Ability to work through ambiguity and act in a consultative manner with clients

11 Understanding of Front-End Development languages (HTML/CSS/JS)

12 Ideal experience of 5-8+ years 


We're always looking for the next trick up our sleeve. Any secret talents or experience with cool additional skills? Motion Design? AR? VR? Branding & Logo expertise?  

We are looking not for a particular level, but for the right person and skill-set to lead UI work at RS21. Pay and exact title commensurate with education, experience, and skill. Relocation to Albuquerque is preferred if you are not currently a resident, but we will consider the right remote employee in the Chicago or DC areas as well. Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

RS21 is a dynamic, rapidly-growing company doing great things, and we're looking for the right people to help move us forward. If you're a fit for this position, please fill out online application below. You can also download the application and submit it, along with your resume and cover letter, to rs21hr@rs21.io.  


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