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Senior Product Designer



Product, Design
London, UK
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

Job Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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Thanks for stopping by. We know job hunting can be a little time consuming and you're probably keen to find out what's on offer, so we'll get straight to the point.

Where and how you can work

We have a swanky new office in London that has all the bells and whistles. Even though you'll find us in Shoreditch, you have choice in where in the UK you'd like to work. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you're nearby) or at home or a bit of both, it's up to you.

One of the principles of our design team is to ‘show the future’. As designers we transport the rest of the company into a future we’re yet to build. A big part of the role of a product designer at Canva is to be a visionary—visualising and reinventing the future of design.

Product designers at Canva take the dream and make it something everyone can relate to and rally behind. We start from the very early stages: finding the right problem to tackle, exploring ideas for how to solve it and then refining it into a coherent solution. Our product designers carry out research, brainstorming, sketching, prototyping, and collaboration with our engineers to ship great products. We are empathetic user advocates and respect our users’ opinions through interviews, usability testing, and data analysis, as well as wireframing, flowcharting, and journey mapping to show the different stages that customers go through as they come into contact with Canva.

This role will own the surface areas that integrate between Canva and Affinity. Working closely with the Design Lead and Strategy Lead, this senior designer will be creating end-to-end flows for all Content Management, Collaboration and Brand-kit flows.


What you’d be doing in this role

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that's all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you'll be working on when you start, which will likely evolve over time.

  • Polished UI Design: Get your hands dirty and directly solve tricky user interface and interaction design problems by creating mockups and prototypes.
  • Evangelism: Advocate for best-practices, champion simplicity and become a known expert in the complexities of Affinity. Empower others with your knowledge through talks, documentation and hands-on office hours sessions. Drive design quality and consistency across key UI surfaces in the Affinity Editor.
  • Collaboration: Facilitate workshops or collaborative design sessions. Bring together cross-functional peers to align on shared patterns and simplification in the Editor.
  • Stakeholder Management: Communicate directly and frequently with Canva’s founders and other product leadership to keep them informed, involved and in full support of critical design changes. This commonly includes both in-person sessions and frequent async updates via decks.
  • Strategy and planning: Work closely with the team’s product manager and lead engineer to ensure the vision is clear for your work-streams. Take steps to break down initiatives into valuable but achievable milestones. Collaborate with your triad to create game-plans, milestone plans and other artefacts to align internally on the team and communicate outwardly to the company.
  • Voice of the User: Represent the voice of the user within your team, work with data analysts and user researchers to collect and synthesise user insights and regularly empower others by sharing this knowledge.
  • Systems Thinking/Design system: Collaborate with Affinity team to codify patterns specific to the editor.

You’re probably a match if you have

  • Product Design. A portfolio that demonstrates your track-record of shipping simple, elegant solutions to complex problems, resulting in positive outcomes for users (in collaboration with engineers, product managers, data analysts and other disciplines)
  • Human Centred Design. A deep understanding of user research methodology, and a demonstrably empathetic approach to design
  • Problem-first mindset. You're obsessed with identifying gaps/opportunities and enjoy deeply investigating ambiguous problems
  • Ethics. A strong sense of design ethics – with an understanding that the design decisions we make at Canva and Affinity impact millions of lives, everyday
  • Communication. A confident presenter that can rally the team around a new project and communicate the goals and new concepts to stakeholders
  • Data Fluency. You love using data to evaluate user problems, inform your design solutions and measure success
  • Pragmatism. You know when to be scrappy to get something delivered, and when to push back to really uncover the root user need
  • Strong engineering literacy. You love working with engineers and solving complex technical problems

Additional Information

What's in it for you?

Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a stack of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:

  • Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
  • Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
  • An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
  • Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

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Other stuff to know

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.