Interaction Designers (IxD) understand how users and technology communicate with each other and focus on designing engaging interfaces with well-thought-out behaviors. They work to create user-centered and engaging experiences that enable users to accomplish their goals in the most effective and enjoyable way possible.
High responsibility for a product’s success
The introduction of a digital product often means that users have to change their habitual behaviour. But they will only do so if the new process is intuitive, joyful and easier, and faster than the previous one. This means that designing the users' interactions with the digital product is a key factor for its success! And this is precisely the responsibility of an interaction designer.
Outstanding and successful interaction designers must be able and do more than "just" creating beautiful visual designs. They must know and understand the target group, they have enough technical knowledge to challenge the engineers on what is feasible, they have communication and collaborations skills to work in a cross-functional team and they have a keen eye on details.
Especially understanding and empathizing with the needs and behaviors of users is crucial. Interaction Designers should be able to put themselves in the users' shoes and design intuitive and easy-to-use solutions.
Interaction Design @ DPS
There is a long list of things an Interaction Designer should know about and do. But don't worry! At DPS you will learn and practice many of these fields and gain practical experience. As the interaction designer in a cross-functional product team, your job is to take care of the design and the usability of your prototype and your product. You will envision user interfaces that are intuitive and well thought through, so they will delight the user at any stage. You will be a user experience practitioner who enjoys doing user research as well as prototyping and testing. In the end, you will build a digital product that users really love!
What you will get
Gain hands-on experience as an Interaction Designer in a cross-functional product team.
Receive intense training and support by domain experts and experienced mentors and coaches.
Get insight into design-thinking techniques, agile working methods, and the lean start-up methodology.
Improve your interpersonal skills through working in a diverse team.
Work closely with our industry partners.
Expand your professional network.
Access Europe's largest innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Work in our inspiring Innovation Campus, the Munich Urban Colab.
Be part of an international community of more than 700 forward-thinking alumni.
Get a certificate after successful completion.
Recieve up to € 1,000 per month in the form of a scholarship.
What you will do
Build a digital product with a great user experience that users really love.
Apply suitable user research methodologies to develop a deep understanding of the users.
Continuously conduct user tests to deliver valuable insights for other team members and to improve the user experience of your product.
Conduct rapid prototyping and craft design sketches at different stages of your product to enable your team to continuously implement user testings.
Provide various concept sketches, prototypes (low- and high-fidelity), and visual designs in order to identify and create the best possible user experience.
Collaborate closely with other members in your team, like software engineers, AI specialists, and product managers.
You will work in an interdisciplinary team for three months and build a digital product together with our industry partners.
To enrich that experience, the DPS teams are not only solving problems through creating digital products – they also extend their professional knowledge and skills in workshops held by domain experts from all over the world.
During the whole program, the DPS core team will mentor all participants, give guidance and react to challenges that come up at short notice.
... have a Bachelor’s degree or completed vocational training in interaction design, user experience design, human-computer interaction, UX/UI or a similar field
... love to work hands-on and to create and try out new things
... are interested in and knowledgeable about digital trends, technology, and culture.
... have a passion for creating and trying out new things.
... can demonstrate excellent teamwork skills and are motivated to grow as an awesome team player.
... are a natural problem solver who is passionate about digging into complex problems to devise new approaches that get results.
... have excellent communication skills in English; German would be a plus. You will know how to communicate clearly – verbally and written – and have the ability to build strong relationships between people.
... you can fully commit to DPS during the twelve-week program. No side project, university course, or exam is acceptable.
... are available for 40 h/week during normal office hours.
... can be on-site in Munich for the program and be willing to come to the office at least three days a week.
Prepare your CV and cover letter. Fill out and send the application form.
Wait. To be fair and equal to all applicants we wait until the end of the application phase until we send you feedback on your application.
If this stage of your application is successful, we will invite you for an interview call where we will talk about your motivation and qualifications. We will also (try to) answer any questions you have.
Some days after your interview, you will receive a final confirmation. Please be patient as we receive a lot of applications from all around the world.