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Design Lead, Arcadia



Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Snap Inc is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

Arcadia is Snap's world-class AR creative studio that is focused on delivering the next generation of branded Augmented Reality experiences. At Arcadia, we have no limits. We approach every project with an open mind, allowing us to develop innovative ideas and execute them with precision. Our team of world-class experts, who pioneered mobile Augmented Reality, are dedicated to translating new technology into the most impactful and effective experiences for our partners. With AR as our primary focus, we can deliver exceptional results across platforms, web and app-based environments.

At Arcadia, our team of skilled storytellers and conceptors applies technical artistry and craftsmanship to strategic insights. We work in a multidisciplinary environment to develop "labors of love" that delight consumers and deliver results for our partners. Our mission is to bring beautiful AR ideas to life that move the world.

We’re looking for a Design Lead to join the Arcadia team at Snap Inc.

What you’ll do:

  • Inspire and lead others to create impactful and innovative Augmented Reality experiences that shape consumers' behavior

  • Be passionate about your work and create a working environment that nurtures and challenges high-performing studio talent

  • Working closely with the Head of Design, you will have a strong bias for action, a passion for perfection, and a keen eye for detail, along with excellent collaboration skills

  • From the initial briefing stage through to the final end-user experience, you will bring exceptional creative thought and craft output, listening and responding to briefs and identifying gaps and opportunities to enhance the studio's creative output.

  • Inspire and guide the creative team to deliver exceptional results

  • Establish the art direction, style, and tone of communication for AR projects and marketing assets

  • Provide feedback on the work of other designers to ensure that it meets the required design standards and creative vision of the project

  • Collaborate with other departments such as project management, technology, and client services teams to ensure that the design solutions are aligned with the project objectives, technical feasibility, and client needs

  • Be instrumental in developing and delivering exceptional AR experiences that exceed client expectations and inspire consumers

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Deliver and inspire award-winning work that utilizes immersive media and AR to bring about dramatic changes

  • Listen and respond to briefs holistically, understanding gaps and asking appropriate questions to act upon them

  • Inspire creative colleagues to originate pioneering ideas, play an active role in brainstorming, and communicate thoughts clearly

  • Work across multiple projects and disciplines to ensure the delivery of best-in-class solutions to clients

  • Establish art direction, style, and tone of communication, proposing and delivering world-class executions of innovative interface and interaction design experiences

  • Stay up to date with the latest AR design and technology trends, continuously learn new skills, and apply them to improve work practices and procedures

  • Demonstrate excellent communication and leadership skills, managing and mentoring a team of creatives

  • Participate in and support new client pitches

  • Present design work confidently to stakeholders, building trusting relationships

  • Share knowledge with Snap and Arcadia teams and mentor mid/junior designers

  • Serve as a public ambassador for Arcadia, communicating the studio's story and the stories of our partners

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience in a dedicated digitally-focused design role, either agency or client-side

  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Motion/3D, Interaction Design, Visual Communications, or other design-related field preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience working as an Art Director or in a similar role, with a portfolio showcasing previous AR projects and digital design work

  • Advantageous to have experience working in a creative/agency environment and proven creative success in collaborative multi-functional teams

  • Strong knowledge of AR development platforms such as Unity and ARKit

  • Considerable experience developing successful concepts, many of which have been adopted by clients or other team members

  • Expertise in common project management and design software such as Google Docs, Keynote, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Figma

  • Advantageous to have extensive working knowledge and use of other design tools such as After Effects, 3D software (Cinema 4D, Blender, Maya), sound design tools, and video compression tools

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and provide us some information.

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office 4+ days per week.

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets.

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!


In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

Zone A (CA, WA, NYC):

The base salary range for this position is $152,000-$228,000 annually.

Zone B:

The base salary range for this position is $144,000-$217,000 annually.

Zone C:

The base salary range for this position is $129,000-$194,000 annually.

This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs.