Design Lead

1 year ago

Job Description

About Matter

Matter is building the future of reading.

We're a small, productive team that obsesses about craft, speed, and pushing technical boundaries in service of building the best reading experience imaginable.

We've raised $9M while in private beta from GV, Y Combinator, and many stellar angels, and we just launched to public beta. (You can read more about our launch here.)

We're Hiring

We're looking for people who care deeply about building high quality software.

Weโ€™re a fully remote and distributed team (preference for at least six hours of overlap with Pacific Standard Time). We use modern tools like Linear, Figma, Superhuman, Loom, and Around for collaborative work.

We offer generous salary, equity, and benefits (including unlimited budget for books), and the freedom to define your ideal schedule and office set up.

Design Lead

Design is at the heart of our product and youโ€™ll be the one who owns it. Our CEO has been the designer to date and itโ€™s now time to bring on a world class lead to take Matter to the next level.

What You'll Do:

As our first designer, youโ€™ll own all facets of design, from the 10,000-ft level (whatโ€™s our information architecture?) to the 1-inch level (should this spring animation take 400 or 300 milliseconds?).

Youโ€™ll design across mobile, tablet, web, and email.

Youโ€™ll understand our usersโ€™ jobs-to-be-done, shape our roadmap, and figure out how features should work, look, and feel.

Youโ€™ll work with our CEO and engineers in tight, demo-oriented feedback cycles and youโ€™ll work closely with our engineers on implementation. We ship quickly and youโ€™ll help push the pace.

Who You Are:

  • Senior product designer with 5+ years designing widely used digital products
  • Strong conceptual and systems thinker who is also obsessed with pixel perfection
  • Proficient in interface design across mobile & web. Proficient in motion. (Experience in typography and illustration are a nice-to-have.)
  • Excited to push the boundaries of craft and UX. Excited to design for fidgeting
  • Share our orientation toward modern, elegant, clean, efficient aesthetics
  • Good intuitive psychologist, especially with respect to attention dynamics
  • Operate well in an early-stage environment where there's more change and less structure compared to a more mature company
  • Are passionate about reading and want to reimagine the status quo

How to Apply

Write Ben (CEO) directly at [email protected] with a link to your portfolio and any other information you think is relevant.

About Matter


We believe that reading is magic.

And that we need new tools to keep that magic alive. Think about a moment when a piece of writing opened you up to a totally new understanding of your world. Or when a friend had you read something that ignited a conversation and forced you to articulate a belief you didnโ€™t quite have the words for.

Weโ€™re building a tool to give you more of those moments. A tool that chooses agency over algorithm. Debate over noise. Quality over recency. Weโ€™re a team of fanatic readers who saw internet technology change drastically while our tools for reading remained, dismayingly, the same. So with the backing of GV, Y Combinator, and many stellar angels, we set out to build something better.

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