Product Designer

This is full-time role for a remote, US-based employee.

About Shortwave

We are a venture-backed startup founded in January 2020 that is building the future of digital communications on top of the world's most ubiquitous messaging platform — email. We're on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to high quality, decentralized, and secure messaging.

We have an experienced team distributed across the US, with almost half of our team located in California. Our CEO Andrew formerly cofounded Firebase (later acquired by Google), and much of our early team met Andrew while working there building the infrastructure behind millions of today's mobile and web apps.

Our first product is a brand new inbox experience for Gmail that keeps your inbox organized by default. We believe that email should prioritize people, not advertising, getting through your inbox shouldn't require busywork, and sending an email should be as fast as typing a text message. Our product is currently in pre-launch testing with a select group of alpha users.

We're well-funded by top-tier investors including Union Square Ventures & Lightspeed Venture Partners.

About the role

We're looking for a designer who can help take our product to the next level, both on mobile and on the web.

You will:
  • Own product & design initiatives, collaborating closely with our lead product manager and lead designer to define the vision for new features and explore ideas
  • Pair with engineers to get your ideas built
  • Create wireframes, prototypes, and pixel-perfect mocks
  • Design simple and clean visual UI and expand our design system with new components
  • Conduct user research, both informally and in structured studies, and analyze and present findings so we all can understand our users better
  • Iterate quickly using sketches, prototypes, and product experiments
  • Contribute whatever other skills you have: illustrations, writing code, CSS, designing t-shirts, etc. (we're a small team)
  • Add a bit of your own flair to our product 🧞‍♀️

About you

We're looking for a passionate and creative interaction designer with experience designing consumer mobile applications.

  • A firm grasp of design processes and methodologies and can take app ideas from the concept stage to production
  • Designed a complex consumer mobile application, preferably at a product-led, tech-forward company
  • A high level of finesse & polish in your work
  • Experience with modern application design tools, such as Figma
  • Good communications skills both verbal and written, and a passion for talking with users
  • A willingness to work hard and learn new things quickly

Bonus points:

  • Visual design & illustration skills
  • Experience with frontend web or mobile development

What we offer

We're looking to hire the best and brightest and are trying hard to provide the best work environment around.

  • Competitive compensation, including generous equity grants
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Flexible work hours and vacation
  • Remote-first team — you can work from anywhere
  • Regular (every ~2 months) offsites where we get the whole team together, often in fun locations like Hawaii 🏝
  • A mission-focused team with fun coworkers (ok, we're biased... but we really are nice people!)

How to apply

Please email us at In your email, help us understand what makes you unique and extraordinary, and why you're excited about Shortwave. Also include a resume or a link to your LinkedIn, as well as links to anything you've built online that you'd like to share with us (GitHub, Dribbble, personal website, etc.).

We're looking for team members who have passion, grit, and integrity. Even if your experience doesn't precisely match the criteria above, please consider applying.

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