Product Designer — Pioneer San Francisco

Pioneer is an experiment in building a kind of video game for productivity.

The Harvard campus is a wonderful place to nurture and grow. It affords its inhabitants a network of other like-minded people, an exclusive brand and encourages people to take their passion more seriously. We want to instill those virtues in an online game that anyone can play — not just the elite that make it to the Ivy League.

We’re looking for our first designer to help us with this mission. When we say “designer”, we mean someone who will be great at delivering a world-class experience to our users. That means that even if you’ve never called yourself a designer, there might still be a fit for you. Things you might have called yourself include, but are not limited to: Product designer, visual designer, UI designer, UX designer, UI engineer, UX engineer, copywriter, content strategist, producer, motion designer, film maker, animator, or illustrator.

Titles aside, what you really need is the ability to create a thing that’s fun to use. Ideally with as minimal input as possible.

Of particular note is our lean on gamification. If you have experience or interest in making things motivating to use via game design, we’d love to talk to you. If you like video games, we’d love to talk to you.

You will:

  • Design the application page Pioneers fill out to describe their project.
  • Design the UX for Pioneer peer-voting: what’s the correct way to incentivize people to vote thoughtfully on other players of our game?
  • Work with engineers on a daily basis to implement your work.
  • Make a beautiful page that celebrates the winners of our tournament.
  • Speak to our users and figure out how to make the Pioneer Tournament a more compelling game to play.

You might be a good fit if:

  • You have five or more years of experience.
  • You’re interested in working in a highly collaborative way where the expectations for every single person are high.
  • You’re a clear and effective communicator.
  • Even if you didn’t go to school — education is only part of a person’s experience, and we’re not only looking for people with degrees.
  • Please be sure to include a link to your portfolio.
  • You have the ability to write front-end code, although this is not a requirement

You should include these in your application:

  • 3 things you really like and a sentence describing why you like each. “Things” could be anything: movies, games, books, music, etc. We’re looking for people that have novel and insightful opinions about life.
  • The #1 thing you’d change about Pioneer’s current UX.
  • A paragraph on why you’d like to work for Pioneer.
  • A link to your portfolio
  • Your LinkedIn

We look forward to hearing from you.

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