Web Designer/Animator needed

We're looking for a great graphic designer for an existing social web site.

"Web 2.0" design is all fine and good, but we're looking for the type of person who can take it to the next level. We're creating a site that has a lot of texture and tactility - much more than pretty gradients, rounded corners, and drop shadows. How things interact with each other is no less important than their appearance. We want to capture the real-life physics between objects in the design, how they move and how they react with the user. We want to give meaning to the interface through design and movement. We're looking for someone who knows how to create a stunning textured design, and can capture how the objects in the design relate and interact with each other and the user to produce a gamified experience. We want a web designer who can bring industrial design to a web interface.

You'll of course need to know the tools of your trade, but also know how to create real-life animation to produce real-life movement. Your design will be implemented in HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery, so you should know these technologies, or get up to speed quickly. Not all browsers are up to the task, and so you'll need to design fall-back designs.

You don't need a lot of experience: great ideas how to assemble objects on the page, their design, and the timing of their animation to mimic the real-world are more important.

The three books we currently love are:

Timing for Animation, 2nd Ed by Harold Whitaker
Hardboiled Web Design by Andy Clarke
Mind of the Strategist by Kenichi Ohmae

The company is based in Sydney, Australia, Phoenix, AZ and New York, NY. Some travel will be required. You'll be asked for samples and questioned how you would design an interface.

Consultant as a contract/part-time position with retainer.

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