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Product Designer

Mid-Senior Level, Full-Time – New York, NY (onsite)

Sayspring’s mission is to empower creators to design and interact with voice applications. We’re starting with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but our ambitions are much bigger. Voice UI’s are going to have a profound impact on how people interact with digital devices, and the design community needs the tools and platform to craft compelling user experiences and add personality to voice assistants. Sayspring is that platform.

We have built an easy-to-use visual interface to let anyone create a voice prototype and actually talk to it on any Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, with no need to code or deploy anything. This isn’t about building a one-size-fits-all WYSIWYG editor to dumb down voice apps. This is about removing the technical barriers to this new medium to allow for a proper design and UX process.

We consider ourselves a Design First company, and have a deep belief that voice as an interface won’t reach its full potential until designers have a seat at the table.

As a Product Designer, you have a big job ahead of you. Creating a visual interface for designing the fluid conversational flows of voice applications is no easy task, and future versions of our product will surely look quite different than what we have now. You’ll have a massive impact on forging the direction this product takes, and have the opportunity to sway how voice design is done across the entire industry.

Being at the forefront of voice design, we’ll also have a role in establishing UX conventions and design systems for voice. What does Bootstrap or Material Design look like for voice? No one knows yet, but it’s up to us to figure it out.

If this kind of design challenge sounds exciting, we would love to hear from you.

What You’ll Do

  • Establish and execute on a design vision to grow our platform for creative professionals working on voice applications.
  • Think deeply about design processes and workflows in organizations of all sizes, and translate the needs of those users into future iterations of Sayspring.
  • Based on research and product learnings, develop new features and improvements to our platform and website.
  • Find the right balance between design process and product delivery for our team.
  • Learn from an experienced startup team with backgrounds in product, design, and development. Our last startup, SideTour, was acquired by Groupon.

Skills and Knowledge

  • An online portfolio and/or work samples that you feel best demonstrates what you have to offer. Ideally this work will showcase your process, not just final designs.
  • There is a broad range for years of experience required, because it’s hard to say exactly who is the right person to handle the task of translating conversation to a visual interface. Maybe that requires tons of experience, maybe it requires fresh eyes. But somewhere between 4-10 years of experience is probably a good start.
  • Experience with prototyping. If you don’t use Invision, Marvel, AdobeXD, Flinto, etc, and have opinions on the strengths and shortcomings of products like them, then this probably isn’t the right role for you.
  • Strong ability to communicate and advocate for your designs, through written explanations and discussion.
  • An enthusiasm for spreading the word about Sayspring and Voice Design across the design community. The occasional blog post, speaking at meetups and conferences, and staying on top of the fast-moving world of voice will all be extremely helpful.

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