Product Designer at Kapwing
San Francisco, CA, US
Kapwing empowers digital storytellers and entertainers.  It’s an online image and video platform that helps creators make and share media from the browser. We’re helping modern creators express themselves, tell bite-sized stories, and design in the “4th dimension” (content with a timeline).
 
We’re also a seed-stage startup founded by two X-Googlers/Harvard/Stanford and backed by Kleiner Perkins and other top VCs. We raised $1.7m in July 2018 and have grown 5x in size (usage, MRR) since then. We’re growing our team (right now, 7 FTE) before raising our Series A this spring. Read more about Kapwing in TechCrunch.
 
We're looking to hire a full-time product designer to design innovative creative software (interactions and visual design). As Kapwing's first designer, you'll join a scrappy, user-oriented, fast-paced design culture and help us build our design practices from the ground up. This is a full-time role reporting to Kapwing's CTO at our HQ in San Francisco.

Responsibilities

    • Work with engineers to build new video and image editing experiences
    • Consult on design projects and add visual polish to existing implementations
    • Audit existing UI for opportunities and propose product improvements
    • Establish design best practices for a growing front-end team
    • Guard against both feature creep and analysis paralysis

Requirements

    • Love for delightful web experiences, beautiful UI, and responsive websites
    • Experience and/or interest in creative software design
    • 2-6 years of experience in UX and/or visual design role
    • Technical: Familiar with javascript and front-end prototyping tools
    • Fast paced: Comfortable
    • Context switching: Can advise on small design questions as they arise.
    • No ego: Prioritizes the company and team before their own interests. Able to reflect on their own weaknesses and areas for improvement.
Our culture
We’re an engineering-heavy team, all interested in learning the latest web technologies and applying them to video, photography, and social media content. Founded by two product managers, Kapwing has a strong design and UX orientation when building new products.
 
Team Kapwing is scrappy and creative, and we love launching random things for fun (check out Cartoonify!). Everyone does a bit of everything, from operations to supporting our customers. We love the creators who use our product and embrace pop culture, design, music, and media trends. We order lunch together, play card games (Coup) every day, go on spontaneous offsites, and do a regular happy hour on Fridays.
 
Also, Kapwing pays full-time salaries and offers health benefits. We value diversity across all dimensions and keep reasonable hours. Kapwing is based full-time in San Francisco.
 
Our hiring process
We don’t believe in whiteboarding algorithmic questions. Our interview process is a short, behavioral interview about your engineering experiences, and then we typically like to set up a small project that we will complete in tandem. Once the project is complete, we’ll review it together and schedule an onsite interview to talk about architecture and technical design. Based on feedback from your project and onsite, we'll make a hiring decision.
 
Founders
Julia Enthoven and Eric Lu previously worked together as product managers on the Image Search team at Google. The company was founded in 2017, and bootstrapped to over $100k ARR before raising money mostly through Product Hunt launches, a popular blog on entrepreneurship, and SEO.