Product Design Intern - Fall 2021


Product Design Intern for PCS Software, Inc. - Fall 2021

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Company Description:

Founded in 1997 and located in Houston, Texas, PCS Software, Inc. is the leading developer of hosted software solutions designed specifically for the ground transportation industry.  PCS Software is an AI platform for the transportation logistics marketspace providing the trucking industry’s most effective transportation management platform (TMP) to improve fleet management and delivery systems and increase profits for our customers. Through innovation and invention, our software individualizes work routines, consolidates workflows, and streamlines management controls to improve accountability, transparency, and eliminate costly and redundant manual processes.

Job Description: Product Design Intern

PCS is currently hiring Product Design Interns with visual design skills and an understanding of user experience who want to help create products that change the way people use transportation management system platforms. In a design role with PCS, you will be doing more than making things look good. You will be tasked with solving complex problems in a way that is intuitive and easy to use for everyday people.  You will be working with other designers, developers, product managers, and customers throughout the design process —from creating user flows and wireframes to building user interface mockups and prototypes. 

We are looking for a designer who relentlessly pursues solutions —not just for beautiful design, but also for a seamless user experience as well. The right candidate will have a genuine passion for web and mobile technologies, understand modern design tools, and user experience.

What We Look for in Candidates:
You need to have depth and breadth. Depth is critical for understanding ownership and how much work you put into an end-to-end experience. We want evidence that you have both thought about a design beyond prints and visuals and have considered all the complex pieces that go into making products.  PCS Product Design interns will have three areas of focus that include motion, visual, and interaction design. 
Motion Designer: 
  • Create motion studies for enhancing usability, interaction, storytelling, and delight.
  • Work closely with UX partners and product managers to ideate and define.
  • Work closely with engineering to integrate into products.
  • Work closely with research to test and inform user experiences.
Visual Designer: 
  • Produce quality design that accurately reflect a visual design language or brand guideline.
  • Understand of typography, color, grid, and composition. Demonstrate best practices for pixel-perfect production considerations and methods.
  • Use a broad range of style that can be consistently executed with an aesthetic personality or voice that is consistent, though not restricting.
  • Develop and communicate underlying concepts that inspire design implementation.
Interaction Designer: 
  • Produce and test interaction flows and mocks that accurately communicate product functionality to product, engineering, and visual design team members.
  • Pair research with an intellectual curiosity that encourages testing and iteration is essential.
  • Understand modern web and/or mobile environments such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Android UI, and iOS UI, as well as how the technologies of each can be used to further enhance the overall experience.
  • Appreciate aesthetic details.
  • Currently pursuing a full-time BA/BS/MA/MS degree in Graphic Design, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction or related field
  • Currently enrolled as a Junior or a Senior in a full-time degree program or a 2021 recent graduate with a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • A design portfolio that demonstrates design principles for web and/or mobile platforms
  • Proficient in FigmaAdobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and In Vision, with an eagerness to learn new tools.
  • Demonstrable proficiency with design tools (Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Illustrator, After Effects, Quartz Composer, Framer Studio, etc.) and familiarity with front- end engineering and/ or working with engineers. 
  • Ability to apply brand visual assets in a user interface context and understanding of user-centered design principles. 
  • Solid analytical, creative, and visual thinker with excellent communication skills, both verbal and visual. 
  • Strong design background in fundamentals along with relevant internship work, work experience, or personal project experience outside the classroom in interaction, graphic design, or motion design. 

Success Factors:
  • Solid track record of longevity at one company and the ability to show growth in your career progression
  •   At a personal and interpersonal level, we are looking for individuals who thrive and excel in teams and demonstrate big-picture thinking, willingness to explore new avenues, be persistent when things do not go well, and be committed to delivering and maintaining a high “Do/Say” ratio
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, at the technical and managerial level, are also key to success
  • Ability to communicate with customers to understand and document the simulation requirements, then ideate, plan, develop, and deliver simulation tools are required
  • Skill and ability to: collect, curate, organize, synthesize and/or analyze data to summarize findings and develop conclusions and evidence-based recommendations are essential.

To apply, you should be:
  • Majoring in Graphic Design, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction or related field with 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Able to meet all technical knowledge, skills and experience as listed
  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with a graduation conferral date between May 2022 - August 2023, a 2021 graduate, or enrolled in graduate school.  
Estimated Start Date: Fall 2021
Houston, Texas, in the Westchase district; onsite, no remote work available
Commitment: 5 days a week

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