Hornet Networks is hiringProduct Designer

Full TimeProduct Design
Posted 2y ago

Founded in 2011, Hornet is the world’s queer social network with over 30 million diverse users, providing a safe and global home for the LGBTQ+ community. Hornet has disrupted dozens of markets to become the number 1 queer app and is rapidly expanding its sizable user base across Europe and the United States. 

We are driven to create and expand a safe place for the community to enjoy the entire spectrum of queer life and friendships - casual meetups and lifelong relationships, political advocacy and personal expression, mental support and sports buddies, intellectual chat, and silly memes. Every day, we strive to reimagine what a queer app can be and how it can better serve our community. Our diverse team spans the world, bringing together a wide range of perspectives and incredible talent.  

Do you want to join Hornet? We are looking for a Product Designer to join our core team, starting immediately. We prefer you already have a familiarity with Hornet and the market in general and are looking for the chance to make meaningful changes that push the space forward.


Your Tasks

You will be responsible for 5 key areas:

  1. Holistic Experience Design
    • You will work on answering the following questions: How will we delight? How can we best serve the needs of the queer community? How can we make our onboarding experience more effective? What will motivate users to have a higher level of commitment to the product?
    • You will take designs from concept through to production 
  2. Prototyping
    • We predominantly work with Figma and Sketch to create prototypes at different levels of fidelity for illustration and validation of concepts before using engineering resources
  3. User Testing
    • You will get in a cadence to validate/refine ideas, collect new insights, and assess the value of ideas or prototypes before shipping
    • You will work with the Product, Growth, and Engineering teams to run AB tests and measure their performance
  4. Interaction and Visual Design on iOS, Android, and Web
    • You will work on the visual design (composition, typography, iconography, incorporating brand strategy, create and maintain a style, etc.)
    • You will focus on underlying conceptual models, task flows, control layouts, etc. 
    • You will create simple experiences that support complex problems
  5. Product Orientation
    • You will work closely with our data engineer and growth team to understand user behavior, AB test performance, revenue drivers, etc.
    • Your success is measured by the success of key metrics within the product


Your Profile & Experience

  • You have a deep understanding of our user base, members of the LGBTQ+ community from every corner of the world, you understand the unique problems they face, how we will solve them, and the value we bring to them
  • You bring 3-5 years of experience in designing consumer mobile experiences
  • You are proficient in Sketch, Figma, Principle for Mac, Zeplin, Abstract, InVision, and Adobe Suite
  • You have experience in designing within brand guidelines, as well as collaborating with the design team to evolve those guidelines 
  • You can demonstrate strong UX and visual skills in digital products 
  • You have a strong interest and capability in designing highly innovative and engaging user experiences with an eye for functional design and a strong visual aesthetic
  • You possess technical skills to synthesize high-level concepts and ideas into concrete high-fidelity designs
  • You iterate and develop multiple solutions at a fast pace while keeping a high standard of visual aesthetic
  • You are creative, enthusiastic, and passionate about design and continual experimentation, iteration, and optimization
  • You show a strong ability to fluidly adapt to new UX design patterns and solve problems in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • You have a strong sense of ownership 
  • You are excellent in communicating and presenting and have sufficient English skills
  • You think at a high level about product strategy
  • You always put the user first along with our company vision
  • You feel comfortable working in a remote team


Our Benefits

  • You will be part of our mission to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community
  • We offer a flexible work environment where you can work fully remote
  • We have central hubs in Los Angeles and Cape Town if you like to head to the office
  • We have quarterly product/engineering meetups in person
  • All Team Hornet gets together once a year in attractive locations to meet up with remote colleagues


Do you want to become a part of Hornet? To apply, please submit your resume and a link to your portfolio. Bonus points for candidates who can articulate their passion for our mission in a concise cover letter.

We are looking forward to hearing from you! Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our team members and a better product for our users and community.

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