Visual and UI Designer

Interchain is a young, ambitious, and values-led team working on the core blockchain technology of the Cosmos ecosystem and the Cosmos Hub. We’re headquartered in Berlin, Germany, but our team stretches from the west coast of the US to eastern Europe. We keep in touch through Slack, Discord, Github and Zoom, and meet in person periodically (when COVID permits). The systems we develop secure billions of dollars in value, but we try to focus our attention on projects with a shared purpose, to enrich the natural environment and create a world where communities have greater agency. We strive to build world-class software while not taking ourselves too seriously and having plenty of laughs along the way.

Your ability to reduce complexity, identify needs, and deliver on common design goals make you a trusted partner. You enjoy nurturing junior team members while working with technical partners across products and disciplines. You’re comfortable setting the vision and managing execution in all areas – research, graphic design, web design, UI, and visual media.

A successful candidate will switch contexts effectively between solo efforts and team projects, and tackle a wide array of design challenges. They will enjoy the rigor of producing high quality design systems, knowing that feedback drives the process, and enjoy the challenge of building a design-centered culture. They will be thoughtful, open minded, and future-thinking.

The best candidates will possess a solid understanding of user-centered design principles, excellent visual design capabilities, and a skilled eye. They will have a desire to thoroughly research design problems, and craft solutions that captivate and challenge users and technical audiences in innovative and delightful ways.

You will be expected to:

  • Be an aesthetic champion of the Interchain and Cosmos brands
  • Act as a leader for the visual and graphic design discipline within the organization
  • Collaborate with Marketing, Content, Community, Product, Leadership to build consensus, drive evolution ICF and Cosmos’s visual identity, develop style guides, and design processes
  • Deliver conceptually driven art direction across all formats and channels – web properties, campaigns, Email, Social Media – and create a cohesive brand experience for all audiences and touchpoints.
  • Transform ICF Mission, Initiatives, Programs and Cosmos Technology (features, benefits) into thoughtful, compelling, visuals assets
  • Deliver inspiring, provocative, and robust results
  • Commission and manage freelance creatives as needed
  • A command of visual and communication design principles including typography, iconography and grid systems with experience applying this knowledge to web and software applications.

An ideal candidate will possess:

  • Portfolio or samples of work demonstrating smart, brand-building designs and executions across a variety of channels - web, mobile, social media, etc.
  • 5+ years of design experience at a brand, client, or agency
  • 3+ years of UI/UX experience designing for mobile and web
  • Understanding of design process beyond campaign work
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent design taste and sensibility
  • Expert proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign / Figma / Sketch / Illustrator with a keen eye for typography and imagery
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills, including exacting attention to detail and follow-through
  • Collaborative, team oriented, proficiency working across organizations, gives and takes direction and feedback well
  • Blue-sky thinker with experience leading design sessions with technical partners
  • Ability to effectively manage simultaneous projects, and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Please Note: Qualified applicants will be asked to submit a design portfolio for their resumes to be considered.

Nice to haves:

  • Experience creating video or web animations / motion graphics
  • Frontend coding knowledge (HTML, CSS, javascript)
  • Experience designing with underlying technologies in mind (iOS, Android, etc.)
  • Portfolio of beautiful user interfaces for iOS and Android applications
  • Experience as a designer on a shipped web and/or mobile application
  • Knowledgeable about inclusive and accessible design, or curious and willing to learn
  • Understanding of the Crypto universe broadly and Cosmos ecosystem specifically
  • Knowledge about Interchain Foundation audiences and their communication styles – Developers, validators, relayers, investors, users, investors, newbies
  • Experience with G Suite, Zoom, Slack, Discord

Not sure if you're a fit? Please feel free to apply anyways, and we'll take it from there.

Interchain GmbH believes that great people come from a broad range of backgrounds, and that the diversity of our team is one of our strengths. Discrimination has no place at Interchain GmbH and we do not discriminate on the bases of race, colour, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to fighting bias and discrimination in our workplace and in our communities.