Scribd: Senior Visual Designer at Scribd

Posted by | October 17, 2011 | Web Professional Jobs Blog


Location: San Francisco, Ca


The Job
Scribd is looking for a strong Visual Designer to lead our creative discourse and bring a simple elegance to the face of Scribd’s products. As the Senior Visual Designer, you will work amongst the other Scribd designers and engineers to create compelling designs primarily for Scribd’s high-traffic, consumer website.
Scribd is an engineering-driven organization with a talented group of product-oriented professionals who iterate quickly, collaborate closely with designers during product development, and execute designs with consistent attention to detail. This is an opportunity to exercise innovative thinking, have a significant impact on our hardworking team, and lead your own projects to completion.
About Scribd
Scribd is a YCombinator startup based in San Francisco. Our vision is to build the future of publishing, and we’re already one of the top 100 sites on the web with over 90 million monthly visitors. We’ve won lots of awards and raised 20M along the way, but the journey is only 1% finished, and we’re looking for talented technologists of all kinds to take Scribd to the next level.
There is a lot of deep technology operating behind the scenes at Scribd. We have scaled the world’s second largest ruby on rails site, invented the first HTML5 document reader, and done original work on textual analysis. Scribd is a very engineering-driven company: as an engineer here you will have a lot of responsibility to choose the projects you work on and to define the way they get built. And because we have a large userbase and deploy new code daily, your work will likely be used by millions of people on your first week. 
Scribd has a unique company culture that combines a laid-back atmosphere (we have company go-karts and an office zipline) with a total focus on doing great engineering – the best way to experience it is really to read through our jobs page and watch our infamous go-kart racing video. For more info on our technology, check out our tech blog and this article about our break-through HTML5 technology
Recently we launched our first mobile application, called Float, for web and iOS. Float is more than just an app, though; it is a digital reading service that aims to bring all of your favorite reading sources into one platform. We’re combining news articles, blog posts, books, and more into one integrated reading experience that works across all devices. For more info, check out some of the great coverage we’ve had about Float, or try it out yourself at

The Ideal Profile
Strong eye for usability and design
Comprehensive illustration, iconography, and website design experience
Comfortable working in a fast-paced, start-up environment
Willing and able to multitask
Focused and self-motivated (links to personal projects a plus)
Savvy with social media sites and mobile apps
Interest in working closely with front-end web engineers
Interest in learning about file format optimizations for the web, spriting assets, and providing assets to engineers in a way that allows for efficient software implementations
Familiarity with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
Work amongst the Scribd design team to help create and implement visual guidelines on the Scribd website
Support the Marketing, Sales, and Business Development teams by creating compelling visual materials in a tight timeframe
Quickly create and iterate on various designs using wireframes and comps
Work collaboratively with engineers to complete final implementations
Build HTML prototypes to demonstrate and test your visual concepts
BA/BS in Visual Design, Interaction Design, or other visual arts preferred
Design portfolio required – send file or URLs of sites/applications
Proficient working in Adobe Photoshop and/or Fireworks
Strong illustration/iconography abilities
Experience designing for social sites and applications
Intimate understanding of social websites (like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc.)
This is a Full-time role in San Francisco, CA.
If you don’t live in the SF Bay Area, see our page about benefits and relocation for more info about moving out here.
All communication is held confidential. 

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume with the subject "Your name — Senior Visual Designer — via 37signals" to

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