Sr. UX/UI Designer

| Austin
Based in the Bohemian Cowboy capital of the world, Austin, Texas, Literati is a new kind of bookseller. Our mission is simple: to make parents and children love reading together by building a community that sparkles with life, curiosity, and imagination. We have more investors than employees, so if you’re a team player, an expert with a beginner’s mind, a rainmaker, or have a hint of alchemy up your sleeve, then we definitely want to talk with you!
We are looking for a talented, down-to-earth UX/UI Designer experienced in both web and mobile. This is a startup: You’ll enjoy donning many hats and work closely with our engineering and product leadership. You thrive on informed iteration in order to design experiences that work at scale. You have an impeccable design sense, and a keen eye for detail and craft. Collaboration is in your DNA, but you aren’t afraid to prioritize, make decisions and communicate. You’ll come in and make an immediate impact to our small (but mighty) design team, and play a large role in representing our brand visually as a whole.

What You'll Do...

  • Work collaboratively with the Creative team, Engineering, Product, Marketing, and Customer Experience on user experience needs throughout different phases of our product
  • Translate concepts into user journeys, wireframes, mockups and prototypes that lead to intuitive and delightful user experiences for web and mobile
  • Support your design work using all available insights including quantitative data and site metrics, customer feedback, and usability findings
  • Provide innovative, customer centric, information and interaction design recommendations that contribute to an enhanced user experience.
  • Always advocate for the users' needs, and be able to tell our brand story through creative execution

What you need....

  • Education: Preferred Bachelor’s Degree, preference to Master’s Degree in Human Computer Interaction, Engineering, Computer Science, Design or equivalent education/experience
  • Experience: Three or more years of UI/UX design experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience designing eCommerce solutions for web and mobile
  • Expertise in standard UI/UX software such as Sketch, InVision, Adobe, Framer, and the like. Basic HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript skills are a plus.
  • Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders to understand detailed requirements and design complete user experiences that meet product needs and vision.
  • Extensive experience in using UI/UX design best practices to design solutions, and a deep understanding of responsive design.
  • A solid grasp of user-centered design (UCD), planning and conducting user research, user testing, A/B testing, rapid prototyping, heuristic analysis, usability and accessibility concerns.
  • Passion for all things UI/UX and other areas of design and innovation to resolve user pain points. Research and showcase knowledge in the industry’s latest trends and technologies.
  • Previous Mobile and eCommerce design experience preferred

Who you are....

  • A Designer. You have an impeccable design sense, and a keen eye for detail and craft.
  • An Anthropologist at Heart. You love to research and hypothesize elegant solutions.
  • Passionate. Designing global products that are intuitive and bring joy and value to consumers’ lives floats your boat.
  • Empathetic. You understand your customer’s needs, then skillfully translate them into specific interaction and UI designs.
  • Adaptable. You thrive on informed iteration in order to design experiences that work, and at scale. 
  • A Creator. Building elegant solutions for a beautiful customer experience is in your genes.
  • Tool Agnostic. Sure you have preferences in order to be efficient, but you care more about what you're making than what you're using to make it.
  • A Collaborator. It’s in your DNA, but you aren’t afraid to prioritize, make decisions and communicate with authority.
  • A Communicator. You understand the importance of being able to both brainstorm with the wider team as well as articulate your individual design decisions.
  • Humble. Very humble. Ego? Not your amigo. 
  • Bookish. You live for the infinite ways in which books are a mirror for our humanity.

Literati is dedicated to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We believe in the power of literature as a transformative form of technology that helps us see, and reflect upon, our common humanity. A great workplace should do the same—see, reflect, and celebrate the experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent of a diverse array of people. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that all potential candidates can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nationality, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, neurological and physical ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

The Literati office is in the heart of East Austin. Close to a myriad of food, bars, and right off of the train line!

An Insider's view of Literati

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

You do the work, so you deserve the rest. Your individual work-life balance will vary based on the team that you work with, but in Customer Support, our associates can expect to regularly have a 40-hour work week and be paid time-and-a-half for extra hours worked. We also have regularly scheduled work-from-home hours!

Ashley Horton

Sr Customer Support Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We pride ourselves on being a small team in order to stay nimble, so collaboration across teams is as easy as turning around and chatting with colleagues a few desks away. We’ll break out for working sessions as we dig into specific projects, gathering feedback from key stakeholders in order to set a roadmap in motion.

Mike Tully

Sr Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Humility, grit, courage, and dedication (on a cellular level) to building the world’s most beloved literary brand. Expertise in one’s craft is critical, but an expert with a beginner’s mind is far more likely to innovate in unprecedented ways. As stewards of the book object, our team’s success rests in our ability to sow empathy at every turn.

Kelly Carroll

Co-Founder/Creative Director

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

One thing I love from my time at Google was "20% time" which allows people to spend up to one day a week working on a passion project that doesn't necessarily tie into the roadmap. Just eliminating all process and approval is a critical first step. Innovation looks absurd out the gate.

Jess Ewing

CEO

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The office space is for makers who answered the call to adventure. We thrive at the intersection of artisan-crafted daydreams and cutting-edge tech. You’ll see people that are laser-focused on driving progress to OKRs. We think for ourselves, understand how our strategies impact others, and never settle for less than world-class brand experiences!

Vanessa Castañeda

Manager of Partnerships

What are Literati Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Core hours, Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
Parking
We offer employees Free on-site parking.
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is dog friendly daily.
Professional Development Benefits
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