We believe you can’t be a great software company without great design. We believe in clarity, smooth user experiences, the right words in the right places, well organized and clean code, and all the little touches that make an interface feel just right. You should believe in these things too.
What you’ll be working on
Designers at 37signals are always working on different things. You may be working on polishing up an existing feature in Basecamp or designing the UI for a brand new feature in Highrise. You may be revamping Backpack or fundamentally rethinking some UI in Campfire. Or maybe you’re involved in designing a brand new product or a new marketing site. You may be asked to come up with something no one has ever seen before.
Work on products that define an industry
At 37signals you’ll be working on products that people rely every single day on to get their job done. Your work will impact millions of interactions. You’ll be working with some of the best designers, programmers, dev ops folks, and customer support people in the industry. Our team is top notch and we want you to make it even better.
Solve real problems
Our projects are always focused on solving real problems. When the problem goes away we know the design is right. Your job, as a designer at 37signals, is to make our customers’ problems go away.
Be a leader
At 37signals, designers lead the teams. Each development team is made of up three people – two programmers and one designer. The designer also manages the project. In addition to designing the screens/elements, you’ll keep the team focused and make calls about what’s important.
What we’re looking for
We’re not looking for a certain design style, we’re looking for a certain design approach and taste level. Simplicity isn’t enough – clarity is where it’s at. You think about how people interpret the objects on the screen. What they think about, what moves them, what frustrates them, what makes them happy. You know that the right design decision can make all the difference.
You’re excited to discover a better solution, even well into a project. You don’t mind throwing something out in favor of a better idea or implementation. Projects at 37signals start with real code. Feedback from an evolving prototype guides the team. While we’re very pragmatic about code, it is important that your design/code is easy to change in response to feedback.
You love to write, too
You understand that copywriting is design. The words matter as much as the pixels. Great visuals with weak words are poor designs. You should care about how things are phrased as much as you care about how they look.
Chicago or anywhere
We’re open to hiring the best person no matter where they are. If you’re in Chicago all the better (we have an open desk for you in our office), but if not that’s fine too – more than half of our company works remotely all over the world. If you do want to relocate to Chicago we’re open to that as well.
How to apply
Send relevant work samples, and anything else that will make you stand out, to email@example.com. Include [UI DESIGN] in the subject of the email.
It doesn’t matter where you went to school, or if you even graduated. It doesn’t matter if this is your first job or your fifth. Doing great work and being driven to improve yourself and everything you touch is what matters.
If we think you may be a good fit we’ll be back in touch with step two of the application process.
We’ll be accepting applications for this position until June 6, 2011.
We look forward to receiving yours.
Derikon 24 May 11
Is there a reason why you don’t post this on your Job Board?
Is it starting to become to obvious that the vast majority of 37signals profits come from Job Board and The Deck (and not from it’s products)?
JFon 24 May 11
Derik: The job is on The Job Board.
Austinon 24 May 11
@Derik—I’d actually doubt that. Odds are pretty strong that the job board and ads are less that 10% of 37signals overall revenue, maybe even less. The catch is that they also likely cost an insignificant amount to maintain.
Eric H.on 24 May 11
@Derik, I think by any estimate that accusation is silly.
Levion 24 May 11
Rickyon 24 May 11
Daveon 24 May 11
Was a designer ever hired from the last go-around last December (2010)? I don’t recall ever seeing an announcement about a designer being hired. I do recall announcements this year about a programmer and support, but not a designer.
JFon 24 May 11
Dave: Yes. We promoted one of our programmers to designer. Since he came from within, we didn’t make an announcement of a new team member.
Daveon 24 May 11
Thanks Jason, good to know. Having applied the last time I was wondering if I should try again or not. I guess if you really want it… it is. However, I hate becoming a pest trying to get thru the proverbial “dip”.
Michelleon 24 May 11
I don’t qualify but based on your criteria, work ethics and the atmosphere, this is a cool and likely great company to work with. Even your “Note” section is spot on. Kudo’s. -MichAnnLive (twitter)
Jennon 24 May 11
So designers are more senior (and important) than programmers at 37signals?
Elsaon 24 May 11
This job seems to be a great opportunity. I just wondered how much of HTML/CSS is required.
JFon 24 May 11
Jenn: I used promoted incorrectly there. I should have said switched.
munton 24 May 11
not to veer off topic, but whatever happened with the support opening you had?
Kev Pelletieron 24 May 11
JZon 24 May 11
@Elsa “…you must code well-structured HTML/CSS”
You have to be comfortable working directly with HTML/CSS in our application code. We don’t often make Photoshop comps. Our designers start and work directly in code.
Franklyn Sargenton 25 May 11
What does the job pay?
Kev Pelletier @vigormusicon 26 May 11
munton 26 May 11
UNICORNS AND GLITTER!!!!!
ikbearon 29 May 11
This post is more interesting than that job :)
Vanessaon 31 May 11
Guys, don’t make a decision yet! I’m applying today and I’m exactly what you need. :) - Vanessa
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