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Product Designer

Notion

About Us

We make software that anyone can mold and shape to take on every challenge — from taking personal notes to running large companies. Based in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, we've been building together since 2016 and are trusted by customers including Nike, Airbnb, Slack, Samsung, and more. We're excited to be growing a team as diverse and creative as the millions of people we reach worldwide, and a company where everyone can thrive.

About The Role

Imagine yourself in the 1970s or 80s thinking through how computing should look and feel for people who had never seen it before. That's what we're trying to do at Notion — make software that feels timeless, with the craftsmanship of German cameras, playfulness of Japanese toys, and mass appeal of Coca-Cola. We have no end of fascinating challenges that can only be solved by someone with innate product & UX sense, technical aptitude, great taste, and impeccable craft.

What You'll Do

  • Design product concepts that balance vision, craft, speed, and business potential.
  • Craft every detail of new product features, from idea to UX to pixel-perfect execution.
  • Run projects end to end with engineers to drive your vision to the ship line.
  • Partner closely with our Customer Experience, Sales, and Customer Success teams to understand what each of our diverse user segments need, want, and love about Notion. Use this data and acquired intuition to prioritize, plan, and scope our product roadmap.
  • Work with Marketing to devise new ways to tell great stories throughout the user lifecycle, and across our site, product, help guides and other channels.
  • Create new patterns that are intuitive, practical, and convergent. Evolve our design system intentionally as we scale.

What We're Looking For

  • You have well-rounded skills and experience to run projects independently end to end. 5+ years of working experience.
  • You can create clear, intuitive, and visually appealing human interfaces. (UI)
  • You can untangle vague conceptual problems, and have a sharp intuition for the most accessible mental models and flows, so users can immediately start gaining value out of the product. (UX)
  • You can do basic coding in HTML + CSS + basic Javascript. (Even better if you're capable of procedure or React-level Javascript.)
  • You care about the business needs, implications, and practicality of your designs. You don't get stuck on pretty UI or deep abstractions, and can balance between craft, speed, and the bottom line.
  • You have strong beliefs, loosely held. You're a good listener who collaborates well with different stakeholders. You observe and internalize all inputs and feedback to help you reach an optimal decision.
  • You like to tell stories using both words and visuals, and strategize the best way to make your point.

Bonus Points

  • You've designed and built great tools with small teams in the past.
  • You bring unique strengths and perspectives to the team. We're looking to build a diverse team where our skills and experience can complement each other.
  • You can polish features in the codebase.** We love to hire designers who can code so there's less communication and hand-off cost with engineers. But this is optional, especially if you are super talented in designing the purest and easiest solution to hard product design problems, and rallying your teammates to execute towards it.*
  • You've experienced the pain of fragmented tools and information silos created by them, and have a strong urge to fix it.
  • You're familiar with the work of computing heroes like Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Bret Victor, etc. — and understand why we're big fans.
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