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Product Developer

at Sparkart in Oakland, CA   —   Jul 19, 2014   |  
Sparkart isn't a design firm. It's like one in some ways, but we're deeply interested in technology and business on top of the pretty pictures. In fact, we also develop software. Visit any of our sites and you'll be using the most advanced content, community, and commerce-driven site development platform in the world. Think Drupal, Ning, WordPress, ExpressionEngine, Magento, etc. all rolled into one powerful RoR platform with Apple-like attention to detail and design and over a million users. We've built it over the years to empower our clients to do all sorts of things. Check out our sites to get an idea.

We're working hard this year to turn our platform into a hosted service product and we need help. We're looking to form a tight 2 person design/build team to accomplish this mission with the support of a very talented team of software engineers. You will hit the ground running.

Sparkart has been in business since 1999 with the resources to execute and the agility of a bedroom business. Join us and we'll create something very special together.
Defining new features on your own initiative and in reaction to business requirements, writing specifications and building HTML/CSS/Javascript prototypes
Helping to refactor our front end codebase to scale better as we add features
Partnering with our User Experience team to constantly improve our production process, defining rapid development methodologies such as patterns and templates
Providing support internally to our largest customer: Sparkart
Potentially helping develop a better Ruby-based templating system
Have extensive experience with freelance/open source projects
Alternatively able to prove a fiercely independent spirit while still respecting the benefits of full time, dedicated employment
Ideally have experience working with lifestyle brands via the worlds of advertising, publishing, broadcast media, gaming, or related industries
5+ years of experience with web standards based development
2+ years of experience with Javascript (jQuery preferred)
Bonus points for Ruby on Rails experience
Are naturally curious, highly organized, and love problem solving
Demonstrate strong ability in typography, layout, and UI/UX
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