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UX Designer in Home based - EMEA

4 days ago
The design team at Canonical is looking for a User Experience designer, expert in current design thinking with an appetite for technology and innovation.

Remote role (EMEA time zone required) with good travel opportunities, predominantly to the US and Europe. Great benefits on offer too.

About us

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading operating system for container, cloud, internet of things and hyperscale computing, central to modern tech from development to production.

Our design team, centred in Europe, has specialists in visual and UX design, and front and back end development. We collaborate, as product design squads, with global distributed development engineering teams.

We count on our team to bring together deep design-thinking, technical domain knowledge, with great instincts, through a rigorous process – to shape products for a very demanding audience. You’ll fit in if you have equal appetites for design, innovation and technology.

Read more about the design team >

About you

You are passionate about taking on complex design challenges meeting user needs and you enjoy working with the design team and teams across Canonical to deliver on the strategic vision for the company. You should have some experience as a user experience designer in either agency, company or freelance environments.

You will be working closely with other user experience and visual designers, front and back-end developers, and project management, as part of the design team, reporting to the Head of UX under the Design Director.

What you will be doing

You will be part of a team working on web applications for enterprise cloud services, IoT and embedded devices, bringing exciting new projects to life and improving existing ones.

  • You will plan and conduct research with target users and stakeholders from the business to identify and document users' needs and requirements as well as business requirements and KPIs
  • You will provide sketches on paper, wireframes, information architecture, prototypes and detailed specifications for implementation teams and for testing purposes.
  • You will work with developers to communicate and evaluate designs through to implementation - keeping a constant and open communication channel and ensuring products are delivered to a high standard.
  • We try as much as we can to share our experiences and knowledge within the team and to the community through informal presentations, the design blog and other events. 

Required skills and experience

  • Ability to create great looking wireframes that work across a variety of form factors
  • Keenness for exploring alternative options and iterating designs based on input and feedback from the team, stakeholders, and users
  • Aptitude for working at different levels of fidelity, taking an initial idea from sketches to final detailed artwork, and everything in between
  • Desire to work collaboratively with team members across different disciplines
  • Ability to articulate clearly and effectively your design decisions to team members, engineers and stakeholders
  • Ability to work in an agile way and manage your own workload to deliver designs to agreed timescales
  • Proficiency in using your preferred design and prototyping tools
  • Basic understanding of HTML and CSS
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 2~4 years experience in a similar role

What we offer

  • Opportunity to help shape a company and products with strong influence in the open source community
  • A fantastic work environment within a team of friendly people with a broad range of skill sets, from UX and visual designers to researchers and engineers
  • Opportunity to create work that will potentially be seen by millions of people
  • Remote role (EMEA time zone required) with good travel opportunities, predominantly to the US and Europe. Great benefits on offer too.
  • Benefits package, including cycle to work scheme, pension scheme and health insurance

Canonical believes a diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class software and services which meet the world’s computing needs. We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Mid Level
Full Time

UX and Design Lead (f/*/m) in Remote

12 days ago
Frontastic is looking for a UX and Design Lead (f/*/m) to join the team on a full-time basis (32-40hrs per week). We’re a fully remote company currently searching for candidates living in Europe (UTC to UTC+3).

Do you have a background in interaction design, visual design, and user experience? Then this position could be perfect for you!

What you’ll do
Together with a small product team of 4, you’ll work alongside engineers in teams that own parts of the Frontastic product to make sure our user experience is best in class. Example problems you’ll get to tackle are “signup experience for new developers” and “real-time content preview for marketers.” You’ll define our design strategy and work through design problems from beginning to end, from research and analytics into concepts, and designing the detailed workflows and interactions.


  • Own Frontastic brand’s visual identity
  • Evolve Frontastic’s design processes, principles, and tooling
  • Partner with a product manager to identify and define opportunities that inform our product roadmap
  • Conduct customer research and interviews
  • Translate user research and data into concepts that solve our customers’ problems
  • Facilitate discovery workshops
  • Consider solutions from multiple perspectives and sketch and prototype ideas to quickly assess their viability
  • Iteratively design the detailed interactions required to make the solution a reality
  • Work closely with engineers as you build, iterate on, and ship ideas
  • Conduct user tests to get input on the designs and concepts you and the teamwork on
  • Communicate design choices effectively and with the evidence that went into the design process
  • Share what you’re learning, both internally and with the wider community via our blog

Who you are
  • You reside and work in Europe (UTC to UTC +3)
  • A strong understanding of interaction design, visual design, and user experience (minimum 5 years of experience)
  • Experience in designing and shipping high-quality digital products
  • Experience with user journey mapping, service design blueprints, and other frameworks for defining user journeys and interactions
  • Self-starter, looking for pragmatic solutions
  • Confident presenter and facilitator
  • Comfortable navigating ambiguities
  • Possess the attitude and skills to survive in a complex and highly dynamic remote environment – and you know how to grow this attitude in your co-workers
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills in English

Our values
Our team strives to constantly improve itself following these values:

  • Make an impact: We’re here to change the industry and we’re in it to win it. We’re incredibly focused and our main focus is on customer success. We boldly go out of our comfort zones, we support each other and we love doing what we do.
  • Thirst for learning: We’re addicted to learning and we learn from everything. We embrace our failures as they’re something we can learn from and only help us to improve. We think differently and we know that change is good. We’re curious and innovation leads the way, we’re constantly on the lookout for new ideas that can help our customers (and the world).
  • Diversity rules: We’re proud to be a diverse team spread across the world. We empower the under-represented and we build a safe community for everyone to be themselves while holding each other to account when needs be. We use asynchronous communication as we’re a remote company and need to be aware that we’re not always online at the same time.
  • We’re in this together: As colleagues, with our customers, and with our communities, co-operation and collaboration are key. We help one another as much as we can and we care for each other. We celebrate our successes together and we strive to find the right balance in our lives.
  • Transparency first: We make all information as public as possible and we’re direct (as well as truthful) in all our communications. We don’t just explain what we’re doing but why we’re doing it. This is how we create positive relationships and move forward together.

How we work
We’re a remote native company with regular in-person meetings. We make intensive use of tools like Slack or video conferencing. We try to find a good balance between focused work and communication or in other words between asynchronous and personal communication. There are no fixed expectations regarding working hours, it’s normal for us to take care of private matters during the day – for example, visits to the doctor or picking up children from school.

Our team strives to improve themselves following these guidelines:

  • We offer a
    friendly learning environment

    and try hard not to blame anyone for not knowing something and actively encourage mentoring of your peers.
  • We use practices like co-working and pair programming when it makes sense to keep the amount of knowledge debt low.
  • As a company, we continuously refactor our rules and guidelines. Overall, we have a very transparent, helpful, warm, familiar employee culture.

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. If we receive job applications from yet underrepresented groups those applications will be preferred where multiple candidates have the same score.

Your package

We’ve put together a package for our employees which we think is pretty awesome, but you can judge for yourself.

  • €64k – €79.5k
  • Company laptop
  • An expense policy to support you in creating your workspace in a way that’s most effective for you
  • Development budget of €500 per year
  • Regular in-person and virtual retreats and other events (COVID dependent)
  • Flexible working as standard, as long as you’re available when needed and your work gets done, you’re free to choose your own schedule
  • Contribution towards your private medical insurance where health insurance is not mandatory/organized at the government level
  • Allowance for your home office, or for a co-working space
  • 42 days of paid leave entitlement, including public holidays

Since we currently work from 13 different countries (and counting), it’s very difficult to offer consistent benefits beyond this.

We’d love to hear from you
If this UX and Design Lead role sounds interesting to you, please send a short tweet-style “why me” and link to your portfolio to [email protected] and have your CV attached (as pdf).

Do you still have questions? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch via the same address!

Mid Level
Full Time
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