Senior Product Designer

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

About Shortwave

We're a venture-backed startup building the future of digital communications on top of the world's most ubiquitous messaging platform — email. 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 first product, a brand new inbox experience for Gmail, launched in February 2022. The Verge called it "The Google Inbox successor I've been waiting for".

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 our early team met Andrew while working there building the infrastructure behind millions of today's mobile and web apps.

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

About the role

We're looking for an experienced designer who can help us take our product to the next level, both on mobile and on the web. We care deeply about great design and effective collaboration between our design, product, and engineering teams (this blog post might give you a taste).

You will:
  • Own product & design initiatives
  • Collaborate with other designers and product managers to define the vision for new features and explore ideas
  • Pair with engineers to get your ideas built
  • Design simple and clean visual UI. Create wireframes, prototypes, and pixel-perfect mocks
  • 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 product designer with experience designing consumer-grade mobile & web applications.

  • A firm grasp of the design processes and methodologies needed to 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:

  • Illustration skills
  • Experience with frontend web or mobile development

What we offer

We're looking to hire the best and brightest, and we strive to provide the best work environment tailored to you.

  • 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 ~2.5 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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