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Interactive Design Services (Independent Contractor)

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Submit proposal requirements via email only as outlined above for consideration by Friday, January 18, 2013 5PM PST

Request for Proposals:Interactive Design Services (Independent Contractor)

Metro is seeking the services of a talented and motivated interactive designer to work on a project by project basis to assist with the creation of new web applications, websites, and mobile apps that help Angelenos get around the Southland.

You will work with Metro's interactive web design staff and others to design mission critical projects for our websites and mobile apps in a high-profile, high-traffic, fast-paced creative environment. You will design web and mobile user interfaces, transit-based interactives, and new web features supporting Metro agency goals.

We are looking for someone who is highly organized and thrives on solving problems. We seek someone with deep technical knowledge of web and desktop applications, user interface and interaction design, and modern web technology (CSS, Javascript, JS Toolkits, UI Libraries, and UI Toolkits).

Services will be provided as an independent contractor and do not include employee benefits. We are seeking a minimum commitment of one year with option to renew annually.

Scope of Work

  • Provide design support services for the creation of web pages, components, and graphics within the Metro design guidelines including visual, and user interface design.
  • Provide interaction design support services for new interactive features, page component, web modules,
  • Produce wireframes and flowcharts to demonstrate user flows and interactive components. You should be familiar with HTML, CSS, user interface toolkits, and JavaScript toolkits.
  • Create functional application prototypes for demo and testing purposes.
  • Provide web production support services preparing and hand-off of assets.
  • Use best practices to create ADA/Section 508 elements, optimize your web files, and use web authoring tools (Adobe CS Suite).
  • Documentation: Capture web guidelines / best practices and project status using a wiki tool.
  • Attend meetings and perform work at Metro's downtown Headquarters building as required.
  • Collaborate with team to ensure all requirements are met

Sample of Deliverables

  • Design updates to metro.net adaptive design templates
  • Redesign of metro.net primary landing pages
  • Transit System Line, Station Information pages
  • Design of widgets and small online apps (sample: System Status, System Alerts)
  • Mobile application user interfaces
  • Design of secondary Metro affiliated websites

Compensation & Terms

  • Independent Contractor's compensation shall commensurate with qualifications and experience and subject to negotiation with Metro.
  • Metro will pay against submitted invoices per terms of the contract.
  • Insurance is required to work at Metro; specifics will be discussed at time of selection.
  • Services will be provided as an independent contractor and does not include employee benefits.

Period of Performance

  • Independent contractor shall complete work by December 30, 2013, unless this Contract is terminated earlier or extended by Metro, as provided in the Contract.
  • Metro may extend the Period of Performance at its sole discretion by exercising up to two one year extensions by issuance of an appropriately funded modification to the Contract.
  • Funding for this Contract is based upon availability of funds as determined by Metro's fiscal budget which runs from July 1 through June 30 of each fiscal year. If funding is not approved for any subsequent fiscal year during which the Contract is in effect, Metro will issue a stop work notice.

Submittal Requirements

Interested candidates are requested to submit the following materials via email only:

  • Letter of Interest (why you are interested and why you would be the most qualified proposer)
  • Qualifications and experience (resume and references)
  • Samples of work (portfolio and links)
  • Schedule of availability and proposed hourly rate of compensation

Evaluation Criteria

Note: the most highly qualified candidates may be invited for an interview.

  • Fee Proposal (30%)
  • Designer Skill Set & Experience (30%)
  • Portfolio of work (including websites, coding, process, etc) (30%)
  • References & and availability (10%)

Proposal Deadline

Submit proposal requirements via email only as outlined above for consideration by Friday, January 18, 2013 5PM PST.

Attn: Lan-Chi Lam, Interactive Design and Strategy Manager Subject: Interactive Design Services (Independent Contractor) Email: laml@metro.net Questions: You may contact Lan-Chi Lam with questions via email.

Please, no off-shore or job placement services.

Candidates only! It is NOT OK for recruiters or others to solicit this company.

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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation's transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country's largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people - nearly one-third of California's residents - live, work, and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area.

Metro’s design program, built and maintained in-house, engages our audiences with a friendly voice, bright color and richly varied imagery, important elements in one of the country’s toughest markets for public transit. Here, where American car culture was born, Metro’s design has bolstered a 50 percent increase in public approval between 2002 to 2008.