Product Designer

  • Design & User Experience
  • Full-time
  • Remote friendly

2021-04-14 23:40:10 UTC

Zette is hiring for our first full-time product designer!

🗞️ About Us

Zette is a venture-backed, early-stage media tech startup whose mission is to bring down the barriers to real news by increasing access to journalism for all, while empowering publishers and creators to continue producing high quality work. Founded by Yehong Zhu, ex-Forbes journalist and Twitter PM.

  • The problem: Fake news is free, but real news is not. In 2020, media outlets are forced to churn out clickbait headlines, surviving off razor-thin online ad margins—or to gate their content behind paywalls, effectively turning the internet into a walled garden.

  • The solution: Product innovation in the media technology industry has been anemic for a very long time. To access information, you have to subscribe to dozens of publishers at once—even if you don't regularly read most of them. Until now. Our product solves this problem by providing one paid account to access all the news you'd want to read.

  • Our mission is to democratize information by making high-quality online content accessible to everyone. We believe that better access starts with 1) bringing down paywalls for individual articles, 2) giving readers access to a wide variety of vetted journalistic sources, and 3) compensating publishers fairly in the process.

🚀 About the Role

We're a small team of technologists passionate about building a better experience for content consumption—and we’re looking for a mission-driven designer who shares our ideals.

  • You will serve as our first full-time product designer. You will work hand-in-hand with our CEO, lead engineer, content + marketing strategists, and others in building our product and brand assets that meet our business goals, brand goals, technical capabilities, and user needs.

  • You will own the designs you ship. You will create holistic design solutions, set up user and web interfaces, and implement existing assets into new brand assets.

  • You will make design decisions and validate them with user research. Within the end-to-end decision processes, you will validate your solutions with user surveys, tests, and interviews.

  • You will create cross-platform, engineering ready design deliverables. Our MVP is a Google Chrome extension, so familiarity with web-based products is required. You'll also be designing across desktop and mobile, so experience designing products on multiple platforms is a major plus.

  • Management opportunities will come over the next few years. You'll be contributing a tremendous amount to the founding culture and DNA of the company, especially as we build and scale our team. We're looking for someone who's seen what it's like to grow a team and product from tiny to moderate or large—and who isn't afraid to grow just as fast.

😎 About You

You're an artistic, visual thinker with a demonstrated history of design excellence, and you're as excited about the future of consumer media as we are. As our founding product designer, you will have the agency to leverage your creative insights while playing a major role in ideation, user research, and execution.

  • You're passionate about the future of media—and you're interested in building elegant, bold products for both publishers and indie creators.

  • You have 2+ years of relevant design experience.

  • You have a sharp eye for and enjoy creating bold aesthetics. You're a natural when it comes to brand visualization and can seamlessly integrate these considerations into a sophisticated, user-friendly product.

  • You like designing new products entirely from scratch. You're not afraid to get deep into the nitty-gritty of end-to-end design processes.

  • You have an entrepreneurial streak and/or demonstrated history of design leadership. You've done cool things in the past, both at work and outside the office.

🤓 Responsibilities

You'll be guiding the team in making seamless product decisions considerate of business needs and technical constraints.

  • Fluency in industry standard UX design and graphic design tools (Adobe CC, Sketch, Figma, InVision, Illustrator, etc.)

  • Experience with user research tools or processes.

  • Experience with visual design, including typography, iconography, and brand assets.

  • Experience driving the design process and bringing any collaborators along.

  • Experience contributing to the product development lifecycle of web and/or software applications and can point to examples where you've done so in industry.

  • Working with our team on our Google Chrome extension.

💖 Benefits

We like to treat our employees well.

  • Meaningful early equity stake.

  • Competitive salary for startups at our stage.

  • Generous benefits (healthcare, vision, dental, 401k).

  • The opportunity to see a startup scale from pre-seed upwards.

  • The ability to shape the early team culture around values that matter to you.

  • Awesome coworkers and fun social events (i.e. company offsites, virtual game nights).

  • For anything else—just ask and we'll see what we can do 😉