We're looking for a
Thoughtful UI/UX Designer
POSTED 27TH FEBRUARY, 2018 —
Qwilr is a platform for anyone to create beautiful documents as mobile-friendly webpages. We are product focused and product driven, predicated on the idea that design thinking and engineering are not antagonistic disciplines, but can and should work hand in hand.
We’re looking for a thoughtful and visual Product Designer, with at least a few years experience applying their design thinking to real world products, ready to take the next step in their career. Joining Qwilr’s design team of two, you'll help us tackle some large and interesting design challenges coming up this year.
This role is based in Sydney, Australia.
Interesting problems you’ll help solve
Virality, designing a best in class editor, and empowering larger teams
Designing for virality
Although we started out as a tool for creating online business proposals, Qwilr is now being used for landing pages, case studies, online brochures and even this job ad. All of this brings new opportunities to create more value for these higher frequency use cases, and design interesting ways for them to be easier to share and promote online.
Making our editor the best in class
On the surface this might sound like a solved problem, but our goal here is different than most. We are trying to bridge the gap between the web’s deep complexity and a simple but powerful medium people want to communicate with every day. Rather than offer all the controls designers might be familiar with, we want to facilitate fast, empowered design decisions. This year we want to greatly improve that experience, whilst catering to the new and varied use cases we’re seeing and encouraging in the platform.
Empowering large teams using Qwilr
Team sizes using Qwilr have grown over the past few years, and with this increase new complexities have surfaced: review processes, access permissions, comments and the need for team visibility. We want to have these as a renewed focus in 2018, so we can broaden the value Qwilr offers to new and underserved stakeholders in the creation process, whilst retaining the simplicity of our core product experience.
What we’re looking for
A visual product designer with a good grounding in design, looking to level up in their role
In short, we’re looking for a visual product designer, with at least a few years experience applying their design thinking to real world products. We’re totally open to people from non-traditional design backgrounds too, but the following is how we’ll be evaluating candidates:
POINT 1 —
Ability to empathise with the user
We want to see you have a routine ability to understand the people you’re designing for, the context they operate within, and how this translated to your design outcomes.
POINT 2 —
Strength in unpacking a problem
We’d like to see how you explore and unpack a problem, particularly in areas where the brief or context was initially unclear or poorly defined.
POINT 3 —
Attitude to collaboration
We believe great collaboration within design and across teams helps strengthen the solution, and we’d like to see your experience in working with others, especially cross functional teams.
POINT 4 —
Ease with divergent ideation
We’d like to see how you able to iterate quickly around a problem, without getting too attached to any particular path or idea.
POINT 5 —
Attention to detail and polish
We have a very high bar in our design work, and we want to see a similarly high level of execution and pride presented in your work.
What you'll get from us
Impact in your work, with a strong emphasis on being life compatible
We have tens of thousands of users, across 80 countries, creating qwilrs in over 26 languages - and we are growing every day. You will be contributing to a product that is used every day, all over the world.
Qwilr is built on product. It is the centrepiece of our company and the primary medium through which we embody “Undeniable Bestness”.
Qwilr has no requirements about attire or what time you turn up at the office. What we care about is that you produce excellent work and collaborate well. For some people that means working from home a few days a week. For some people that means sleeping late and working in the night. For some people that means going to the gym in the middle of the day. Whatever it is that makes you comfortable, focused and able to produce great work and collaborate well.
Happy and healthy people can focus, push themselves when it matters and do great work. Exhausted and stressed people do not do good work. Period. Part of Qwilr’s focus on “Undeniable Bestness” is a focus on encouraging employees to be mentally rested, to take leave and to lead fulfilled lives outside of work. We want the best people and we want to keep them. Part of that means ensuring that life is compatible with Qwilr and ideally, enhance one another.
We’ve got that list of impressive backgrounds we can reel off (Google, Microsoft, Campaign Monitor, Harvard etc) - but what you really need to know is this: Qwilr is fierce about finding the best people and providing them an environment to flourish. That means we’ve got a team of really smart people, who really care about, and take pride, in what they do.
How we hire for Design
Broken up into stages to evaluate and understand if it's a good fit, for both sides
STEP 1 —
Based on actual area in the product, this will be a small take home task to see how you approach a design problem. Whilst we’re evaluating design thinking and approach, bonus points for visual polish and attention to detail.
STEP 2 —
Interview & Whiteboard
This will be a informal chat with Dom, our Design Lead, followed by a whiteboard session similar to the take home task. This is to see how you approach a design problem in person, and get a general feel for what it would be like working together.
STEP 3 —
Meet the Founders
After this, you’ll come in to meet the founders, Dylan (our CEO) and Mark (our COO). This will be an informal chat. An opportunity for you to get to know us at a human level, and for us to get to know you.