Designer | Remote | 3-months

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Ethereum Foundation

Fully Remote

About the Privacy and Scaling Explorations Research Group

We are a cutting-edge technological research group exploring cryptographic and scaling solutions built on Ethereum
Our mission is to build the cryptographic primitives that will form the bedrock of a rich and vibrant ecosystem of decentralized applications (dapps), built on Ethereum
We do this through pure research, creating proofs of concept, and facilitating the integration of technological primitives into decentralized applications
 The Mission

Our design team is responsible for translating cryptographic primitives into usable interfaces for real-world use cases
You will collaborate directly with engineers and designers to iteratively design research-based, proof-of-concept prototypes
As a PSE designer, it will be your mission to make the team’s research tangible and accessible to other builders so that they can learn about and use PSE’s open-source tools
Core Responsibilities –

Enhance usability by creating refined UIs

    • Create and iterate upon low and high-fidelity wireframes
    • Design user flows, layouts, logos, and icons
    • Design or source illustrations and animations
    • Review your designs weekly with colleagues

Own your role as a researcher and designer

    • Deliver production-ready design assets and follow the work through implementation, release, and post-release to measure success and learn with your cross-functional team
    • Be an active team member by proposing new ideas, sharing your work early and often, and giving constructive feedback as we grow together, as a team
    • Run evaluative usability tests of design prototypes to surface insights for iteration
    • Advocate for and incorporate best practices for inclusive design to reach a wider audience

Turn conceptual ideas into realistic product designs that address scaling goals

    • Collaboratively iterate and test designs for complex ideas
      Create metrics for your team to monitor the approachability and accessibility of interfaces, user flows, and site copy
    • Help the team build trust among users by producing contemporary and functional designs
    • Drive interest in our research projects through engaging visuals

About You –

    • You are passionate about education and accessibility

      Accessible design principles are something you continuously strive to understand and apply to your work
    • You are skilled at communicating on a remote, global team

      We are a diverse team of collaborators from many different countries
      You are comfortable exploring both synchronistic and a-synchronistic methods of communication
    • You are resourceful

      Our research projects are exploring new technology
      You possess patience in ambiguity, ask questions, and seek clarity by drawing connections to indirect products and concepts
    • You work well both independently and with others

      No matter who you are working with, you are curious about their needs and goals within the scope of the project
      You welcome feedback and take the time to understand the perspectives of your teammates
    • You take a systematic approach to design

      You ideate and test ways to improve team workflows and production quality
    • You have a range of design skills

      Production can include anything from browser interfaces, landing pages, logos, icons, and design system development
    • Your values align with the Ethereum ecosystem

      Even if you are new to the space, you are interested in open-source collaboration and decentralized systems
      You value privacy as a public good and are curious to learn more about the team’s research

Required Skills and Experience –

    • Expertise with design tools including Figma
    • Strong communication, storytelling, and documentation skills
    • Experience working closely with developers
    • Experience in solving complex user problems through user interface design, creating mock-ups, prototypes (low- and high-fidelity), and user scenarios for reviewing and testing designs
    • Portfolio of previous work including UI designs and sketches that demonstrate an understanding of an iterative and research-based design process + best practices

Contract Details –

    • Opportunity to write a 3-month grant proposal with potential for hire
    • Team members decide their own working hours and are expected to balance collaboration with colleagues and asynchronous work time
    • Fully remote team

Why is this not an opening for immediate full-time hire?

    • Everyone is expected to be a proactive contributor who seeks out opportunities for involvement
      Working on a 3-month grant is a way for you to experience PSE’s unique work environment and decide if it is right for you

To apply for this position, please include the following:

*Cover Letter

Please state your qualifications and why you are interested in the role in 300 words or less*Your resume or CV

*A link to your portfolio

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