Experience Designer

| Austin

About Us:

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online.

The Opportunity:
As an Experience Designer for HomeAway’s Global Experience Design Group, you’ll thrive at the intersection of the user, data, technology and design. You’ll place a deep focus on user insight to help you keenly understand user experience problems and opportunities. That understanding enables you to craft compelling solutions that are intuitive, thoughtful, simple and delightful. If you thrive in a positive environment where you’re surrounded by a supportive, talented and passionate design community who inspire each other to take their craft to the next level, then keep reading.
Is this you?

  • You tap data to innovate big ideas, but your portfolio proves that small details and taste are just as important to you.
  • You develop clear design strategies for how, what and when to test an experience.
  • You transform business problems into user experience opportunities, ultimately designing, testing and launching usable, useful and delightful solutions.
  • You mentor designers and inspire the team by leading a great example.
  • You leverage tried and true practices, but when necessary you invent the new standard.
  • You bring a systemic point of view to problem solving, yet you know how to isolate specific design issues and opportunities.
  • You identify, investigate and validate design problems within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • You are a champion for the team and by working hard, respectfully and humbly, you earn trust and respect from your colleagues and managers.
  • You are constantly sketching and exploring the spectrum of possibility.
  • You prototype your ideas and get them in front of users so you can learn and iterate towards excellence.
  • You are the difference that moves good to great.
  • You aren’t limited by device or platform, yet you are versed in responsive web and native mobile.
  • You don’t believe hierarchies make you a better designer, but you want to be rewarded and acknowledged for your great work.
  • You are equal part Interaction Designer, Visual Designer and Prototyper.

Required:

  • MFA, BFA or BS in Human Factors, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, or equivalent experience.
  • 3 to 6 plus years of experience in web (responsive desired), native mobile, product, graphic,interaction or information design.
  • In depth knowledge of design principles and experience simplifying complex systems.
  • Extensive knowledge in multi-screen layout, final production art, information design,typography, color, composition, flows and UI specifications.
  • Proficiency in Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, Keynote or other visual design, wire-framing and prototyping tools.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working in an agile team environment.
  • Impressive portfolio that you’re proud of.

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Annual target bonus or commission.
  • Paid vacation and sick time.
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit).
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program.
  • Free snacks and beverages.
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team.
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com.
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk.
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass.
  • Casual dress.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

HomeAway has five offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.
11800 Domain Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Insider's spotlight

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

HomeAway has the best work-life balance out of any company I've worked for. Not only are you given plenty of vacation time, they actually encourage you to use it. Around here, we call it a "whole vacation" because you're supposed to enjoy your time away from work and return recharged.

Kayla

Employer Brand & Digital Media Specialist

What projects are you most most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.

Juliana

Software Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've learned to always be flexible and always question all assumption to a logical conclusion.

Dottie

Partner Success Account Manager

Passion for the business. When you genuinely believe in our mission and the unique value we offer owners/travelers, our clients feel your enthusiasm and want to work with you.

Nevo

Regional Sales Manager

Perks of working here

401(K) Matching
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Dental Benefits
Game Room
Generous PTO
Health Benefits
Onsite Gym
Generous Parental Leave
Parking
Stocked Kitchen
Vision Benefits
Volunteering Opportunities
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