Role
Freelance
Salary
£220-250 per day (depending on experience). Typically 10-20 days per month
Where
UK or Mainland Europe
Closing date
Closes

About the role

We are working on a number of digital tools and infrastructures to transform the way we design, plan, build and own buildings and places. This includes WikiHouse, an open source building system for zero carbon homes, Plan✕, a platform that allows local planning authorities to publish simple, transparent digital planning services, and a number of other projects in earlier stages of development. It is work that matters. Buildings and neighbourhoods are responsible for over 39% of carbon emissions, and underpin almost all the social and economic crises that we see flooding across our timelines every day.

To support this work, we are looking for a skilled, friendly designer with a great eye for creating beautiful, simple, accessible user interfaces, and a natural instinct for user experience. Sometimes this will involve working with existing design systems, such as Carbon , MUI or the GOV.UK design system.

You will work in short sprints, but over time develop intimate knowledge of the products and ecosystems they are part of. You will work closely with the product lead and dev teams, but also with partners, content designers and user researchers, and from time to time could carry out your own user research, if useful.

If you would prefer to be employed on a part-time rather than freelance basis, please apply anyway

Required

  • An ability to design beautiful, legible, accessible, well-patterned interfaces for desktop and mobile.
  • A natural eye for proportion and legible typography (we typically work with Inter).
  • A do-er / deliverer, able to work quickly and creatively to explore options, create mockups or ready-to-implement designs.
  • Comfortable working in a sometimes uncertain and demanding (but always kind) environment, navigating complex and competing user needs and technical constraints.
  • Good at spotting ways to significantly improve user experience.
  • Willingness to spend time with users and stakeholders to understand needs, listen to feedback and filter it, show and tell, get feedback then iterate. 

Nice to have

  • Experience of working with GOV.UK design system and other systems with a strong emphasis on accessibility.
  • Willingness to get involved in other graphic design projects across the team.
  • Willingness to also get involved in directly building and tweaking designs in Webflow.
  • Enthusiasm for conducting your own, self-initiated ways to get user feedback, and picking through analytics for insights into ways to improve.
  • A good communicator, able to present work and ideas externally.

What's in it for you?

  • Work with a small, but incredibly talented, friendly, and motivated team of people in a high-expectations, but always kind and inclusive environment.  
  • Ridiculously flexible working. Work where you want and when you want (most of the time at least).
  • Take a key creative role in designing socially, environmentally and economically transformative products that will be used by many thousands of people.

Got questions? Not sure if you quite fit this role? Get in touch. Or just apply anyway.

enquiries@opensystemslab.io

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