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Tuesday 04 March 2014

Help us find a Digital Product Designer

CarbonCulture is a pioneering sustainability start-up built on a real understanding of user-centered design. We’re working with fantastic partners and customers to make digital tools that accelerate sustainable practices in business, government and the public realm. And – in all seriousness – to make this acceleration irresistibly fun. CarbonCulture makes tools that enable people to discover activities that result in social and environmental benefit, as well as being delightful experiences in their own right.

We are looking for a user-centred designer with strong product thinking to come and join us in our lovely offices in Shoreditch. in the coming months we will design and test a number of new tools and we need a designer who ‘gets’ product thinking to join in. Experience shipping digital products for real users – whether games, digital products, public service, retail software or social software – will be valuable.

We're looking for someone with a deep proficiency executing on interaction and service design, with the ability to contribute in other areas. From sketches on napkins to wireframes and user flows, to layouts in Illustrator, you'll be happy using tools with the appropriate level of fidelity.

If you like visualising the patterns in data, that will be a great bonus. If you enjoy public speaking, there will be an opportunity to represent the design practices we'll be using to others in the cultural and creative industries, in and help more designers create sustainability outcomes. Great visual design skills would be a fantastic bonus, but is not a requirement for this role.

Our groundbreaking CarbonCulture platform is joining up the cultural and technical sides of sustainability. It’s already running with UK government departments, in UK cities, and with leading UK organisations and some leading corporations. In trials, we've demonstrated substantial energy savings and exceptional user engagement, this has potential to scale up and make a really big impact internationally. Scaling the impact is what we'll be doing in 2014.

Our work is partly about capturing and analysing data correctly, but it's also about telling great stories and sharing compelling content and tools, about helping people to get together around the things that get them excited, even if being green isn't at the front of their minds. That's why we've built up an interdisciplinary culture, with designers and technologists working in close collaboration. These principles will also drive our newest adventure – promoting healthy behaviours as part of our wider More Associates work – which our designers will be closely involved in.

The newest member of our growing team will work closely with the CEO on all aspects of design including product thinking, interaction design and visual design. Right now we're building up a suite of digital and cross-media products, as well as helping partners as they design their own tools to run on the platform. These products range from simple games to travel utilities, collaboration tools to workplace competitions – the best ones will be deployed in some amazing places for some extremely influential people in the coming months. Last month we started deploying CarbonCulture in the UK Parliament, and other exciting organisations are joining soon.

The right candidate will enjoy design research, and be comfortable with the practice of working with users as well as colleagues to refine a product. Someone who’s passionate about quality, about getting the best experience for the user, and who enjoys the surprising insights that real testing throws up. The role would suit someone who has spent time working in a great team, and is willing to take a central role as we build up our design team over 2014. We work closely with customers and partners, and draw on academic literature and other sources in an evidence-based design process.

We are lucky enough to work with great clients and partners on projects that actually needs doing, and we have a wonderful friendly and capable team who are really looking forward to working with you. Sound good? Send us a CV and covering letter (to Elisabeth.Weise@carbonculture.net). We can’t wait to hear from you.

Summary of requirements:

  • Skilled with user centred design tools and techniques
  • Self-motivated, resourceful and happy working in a fast-moving interdisciplinary team
  • Experience shipping digital products
  • Executional skills in interaction design
  • Interest and capability in visual design (maybe more!)
  • Capable and comfortable in client-facing design roles
  • Able to write and negotiate clear and unambiguous briefs with colleagues
  • Appropriate software and technical skills

Salary: competitive

Location: Shoreditch, London