Morningstar brings inspired problem-solvers together with one goal in mindto help investors reach their financial goals. At our core, were one of the worlds top investment research and data companies. But where we set ourselves apart is how we use that data and research to serve a diverse range of users. Our investment data and research enables us to deliver analytics and insights with a purely independent view, and then we leverage the latest in technology and design to deliver an array of solutions that best meet our users needs. This foundation of research, data, technology, and design uniquely positions us to provide a complete set of services to investors all around the worldultimately helping people make better decisions about their money or money they manage for millions of people all over the world.
Our Design Culture
The Morningstar design team is dedicated to creating thoughtfully-designed financial products and services so that people across the world can make the best investing decisions for themselves and their clients. We synthesize complex financial information into experiences that empower our users to deliver better outcomes. We do this by not only creating the look and feel of a product but also driving product direction: prioritizing the biggest opportunities to support our users and the business while maintaining a strong sense of product ownership and its resulting success. The design organization is made up of several disciplinesvisual, UX, communications, content, and researchunited to help each other, and the whole company, grow. Were always seeking designers who are motivated, are driven to deliver user-centered outcomes, and are equally committed to craft and compassion.
We are looking for a product designer for our Financial Planning team in our Professional Software group. Backed by Morningstar's independent research, methodologies, high-quality data, behavioral science and innovative product design, our newly formed Global Financial Planning team builds modern software that helps advisors extend from investment selection to holistic advice through engaging software arming them to deliver goals-based advice and insights in the best interest of their clients. This multi-talented individual will be involved in all parts of the design process: concept development, creative visualization, user research and testing, UX writing, system design, and prototyping. This person will work within a cross-functional, global team developing software for financial professionals. We seek a curious, entrepreneurial designer who loves the challenges of elegantly simplifying complex data, translating user needs into intuitive, rewarding interactions, and beautifully expressing our brand.
This position is based in our Chicago office.
Youll be great at:
Owning all parts of the design process from discovery, definition, development, and delivery
Identifying connections between products, services, and touchpoints to account for a great user experience
Utilizing user-centered design methods in day-to-day work to inform design decisions (such as user research, prototyping, and other design thinking)
Creating high-fidelity prototypes and other artifacts that communicate design direction and execution considerations
Guiding teams to build coordinated solutions that will support the end-to-end vision of the product experience
Solving navigation and information organization challenges
Making and articulating decisions around information structure, relationships, and content strategy
Visualizing and communicating a users task flow through various parts of a product and system
Creating visual artifacts to visualize and communicate design direction (such as wireframes and low-fidelity prototypes)
Applying creativity, logic, and critical thinking in new situations to find the best solution, while continuously striving to find better ways of doing things
Actively seeking out new challenges and tasks and be tenacious in overcoming obstacles to achieve results
Demonstrating core design skillsespecially concerning typography, composition, information hierarchy, and data visualizationto create delightful, engaging experiences that reinforce the Morningstar brand
Solving challenging information and communication design problems and being able to present multiple concepts for consideration, with sound rationale
Supporting the Morningstar Design System by using consistent interactions, patterns, and conventions
Youll also do things like:
Collaborate with the product owners, designers, and engineers on your squad to make product decisions
Clearly articulate design decisions and share your process with stakeholders and other designers
Participate in critiques, workshops, design studios, and other design activities
Participate in user research and prototyping activities, such as helping with planning, taking notes during sessions, and helping analyze the data
Adapt your work and approach to meet changing priorities as they occur
Be curious, resourceful, flexible and adaptive
Have a desire to solve challenging information, communication, and systems design problems
At least 3 years of relevant professional experience designing for software, web and/or digital products
Strong knowledge of Sketch, Invision, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Mac OS X
Knowledge of HTML and CSS
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Experience working with Design Systems
How to apply:
Include a link to your online portfolio or attach pdf samples along with your resume.
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