CMF Designer, Hardware

Google - Mountain View, CA (30+ days ago)4.3

Google's products are known for their clean design, ensuring users can quickly and easily find what they're looking for. As an Engineering Designer, you leverage your strong technical background and understanding of "good" design to look for ways to streamline the user experience. You work closely with the product managers and development engineers throughout the entire production cycle. You design everything from high-level product flow to detailed UI mockups and then use your expert scripting skills to make your designs a reality.

As a member of a fast-paced industrial design team, you do it all, from identifying high level macro trends as a basis for creating moods and stories, developing color strategies, to executing the final color and material on products at factories around the world. Your process demonstrates unique and innovative solutions that push boundaries yet are producible with high levels of quality. You conceptually develop a range of color and materials that will be used as golden samples to target in production with our vendors.

As a CMF Designer you will apply CMF to product, develop CMF stories to support rationale, and create CMF documentation for build release. Additionally, you have prior experience producing golden sample sign off, limit boards creation and sign off, and troubleshoot on product at factories.

Please provide a portfolio showing excellent sense of CMF applied to a variety of product categories with appropriate story/rationale.

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our Hardware team researches, designs, and develops new technologies and hardware to make our user's interaction with computing faster, more powerful, and seamless. Whether finding new ways to capture and sense the world around us, advancing form factors, or improving interaction methods, our Hardware team is making people's lives better through technology.

Manage external consultants and resources to provide our team relevant cultural influences; take this work and make it relevant to brand and the current roadmap.
Create product concepts and Color, Material, Finish (CMF) stories working directly with our Industrial Design (ID) team. Present CMF work to both peers, executives and customers; deliver all CMF assets to the ID, Product Management, Product Development and Software Development Engineering teams.
Develop color palettes that are tied closely to product categories and emerging trends .
Manage product execution, working directly onsite at factory and vendors (create and review limit boards and master samples).
Work with engineers to define parameters to control color consistency across different materials in one product, when applicable; and control CMF consistency across different suppliers of the same part.

Minimum qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design or similar designing field, or equivalent practical experience.
5 years of professional CMF experience.
Experience with KeyShot and 2D software and presentation tools.
Portfolio showing CMF applied to a different product categories.

Preferred qualifications:
Experience in consumer electronics and mobile industry, in addition to recently shipped mass production products.
Proven ability to drive a color and material concept all the way to production.
A keen eye for design (proportions, color, form, typography, presentation) and an intuitive feel for design (culture, functionality, fashion, ergonomics, trends, history.)
Proven ability to work within constraints as well as challenge status quo.
Ability to work independently as well as within a mixed team environment.
Involvement in local and global design community.
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