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Product Designer

We're looking for a designer with a broad range of experience to help build the next generation of professional publishing software for independent creators.

Full-time · Remote

Hey there! We're looking for a new member to join the Ghost team, maybe that's you?

We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.

This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our Annual Recurring Revenue is $3,500,000. We're very transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.

Ghost is a full stack web application for running independent publications. It’s one of the most popular modern open source projects in the world, and is used in production by tens of thousands of websites and companies.

Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost. Our users range from hugely popular bloggers like Jeff Atwood, Troy Hunt and Joel Gascoigne - through to some of the world's largest organisations like Apple, Square, DuckDuckGo, OpenAI, Buffer, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, Mozilla, Tinder, OkCupid and many, many more.

Ghost as a business is made up of two primary products:

  • Ghost - An open source CMS/app which can be used for free by anyone
  • Ghost(Pro) - A fully managed hosting platform with powerful automation

The platform is targeted at professional/business users, and in turn funds the entire company to build free, open source software for everyone

About the job  

This role has a time zone requirement due to the way the team works. We're only able to accept applications from candidates in UTC -5 to UTC +5 timezones.

As Product Designer at Ghost, you'll be the driver behind the creation of easy-to-use products that are visually appealing to our customers. Your responsibilities will include working throughout the product development cycle from conducting user research, defining producing specifications, concepting, detailed design, front-end code, design support, and QA. You'll work closely with our development team, other product designers and the customer success team. You're all about figuring out what products and features tie in with market and customer needs.

Everyone at Ghost is an engineer, including our design team. We're looking for designers who are as comfortable working in HTML/CSS as they are in Figma. There's no "hand-off" process at Ghost, all designers deliver their own creations and are responsible to the full spectrum of tasks from ideation, to front-end development, and performance analysis.


What this role involves:

🎨 Creation of user interfaces, features, workflows and new ideas. Working directly on the core Ghost product and helping to define and improve what's coming next.

⚡️ Working with design and marketing teams to define, evolve, and maintain Ghost's identity across all product touch points and documentation.

💑 We work on cross-functional product teams of 2-3 people, usually one designer and a few developers.

👻 Lots of freedom to take control of your process, iterating and learning what works (and what doesn't), and putting your work into production. There's a lot of opportunity for professional growth here, as the team expands.

📢 Communicating effectively with stakeholders when presenting your work and clearly articulating your design rationale

🤹‍♂️ Managing multiple projects, while setting appropriate expectations and meeting realistic deadlines


We’re looking for someone who is:

Very comfortable with code. Ghost is a software company, and everyone here codes in one way or another. You'll need to be comfortable with coding your designs in modern HTML & CSS.

Fiercely independent. All teams at Ghost operate fairly autonomously, and all team members are responsible for helping make decisions about what needs to be done. You'll need to be comfortable ideating, prototyping, testing and delivering designs without someone standing over your shoulder telling you what to do.

Meticulous about style. Despite frequent character assassination amongst UX professionals, aesthetic style matters a great deal to us. We don't A/B test 50 shades of blue to determine what converts best, we care about making beautiful things which we love, ourselves.

Humble but opinionated. We like smart people who have lots of ideas, yet are happy to discard their former opinions whenever a better way of doing things presents itself.

A clear communicator. Good design is good communication, and as a remote team which communicates almost exclusively through writing — concise, written communication is absolutely essential to this role.

An active collaborator. We look for people who actively want critical feedback on their work early and often, and who get a kick out of refining and pushing what they do as a collaborative process because it creates a better end result. No design heroes.

Hungry for meaningful work, and space to do it. Almost all work at Ghost is complex and extremely challenging - but also deeply rewarding. We're not in the slightest bit interested in what Design-Twitter thinks about... well, anything at all really. We're supremely not-cool. 

This is a role where you can help influence design over the long term, not just fulfil a temporary brief which needs to be delivered quickly.

We don't mind where you're based or what hours you work, but this role does require reasonable working-hours overlap with the rest of our product/marketing teams in Europe.

We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a kind, thoughtful group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. Some of us are single, others are married, while others are parents. We actively try to find people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have.

All jobs at Ghost come with

💵 Competitive salary
Based on role, skill, experience and location. 

🌍 Work from anywhere
From a home office, or travel continuously if that's your thing. Everything we do is online. As long as you have wifi, you're all set.

💻 Hardware 
A new laptop + $500 office workspace setup budget.

🏢 Co-working  
If you prefer to work from a co-working space, we'll help pay for it.

📚 Continue your personal development
There's a budget for attending conferences, taking courses, and purchasing books.

✈️ Team retreats
The last few trips have taken us to Dubai, Thailand, Austria & Egypt.

📅 Last Friday of the month off 
We close the office on the last Friday of each month. Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

🏝 Unlimited paid vacation
If you don't take a minimum of a 2 week break yourself, we'll kick you out of the office in December.

👶 Paid parental leave
When the time comes to welcome a new member of the family, we offer generous and fully paid parental leave.

📈 Pay reviews
Everyone receives an annual pay review, and compensation is updated based on performance.

🐶 Dog friendly office
Just kidding we literally don't have an office. So, um. Feel free to work with your dog. Cats are cool, too.


Who you'll be working with

Sodbileg 🇲🇳

Designer

Sanne 🇳🇱

Designer

Zimo 🇭🇺

Lead Designer

Peter 🇺🇸

Product

Our hiring process 

We receive a lot of applications for each position. A real human member of the Ghost team will review each one, so take your time and make your application stands out. Our hiring process and timeline can vary from role to role, but typically you can expect -

Step 1: We'll review your application to screen for a variety of criteria.

Step 2: A video call with the hiring manager and a member of the operations team so we can get to know each other a little better. It's an informal call, there's nothing to prepare.

Step 3: A second video call usually with the hiring manager and another member of the hiring team. This call has a more technical focus and gives you the opportunity to find out what might be like to be a member of the Ghost team.

Step 4: A paid trial project - typically 20-30 hours of work. This provides a great opportunity to understand what it's like to work with each other, prior to pursuing a full time offer.

Step 5: A video call with one of our co-founders, either Hannah our CTO, or John, our CEO.

Step 6: An offer 🎉

How to apply  🚀

The button below will take you to the application form for this position where you can tell us more about yourself. Or, if you know someone who would be a great fit - maybe send them a link to this page?

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