At The Working Group, Designers work alongside Developers and Product Managers, taking ownership of entire products from conception through to deployment.
Everyone in the studio is dedicated to creating business success for our clients and improving lives through technology and design. We believe in crafting purposeful, engaging, and effective digital experiences for mobile and web applications.
We’re looking for a talented Visual Designer to join our team.
About The Working Group
TWG is an Internet software company made up of coders, designers, thinkers, and most importantly, friends. We work with technology start-ups, established media companies, and recognized business brands like The Globe & Mail, Freshbooks, CBC and Telus.
TWG also plays a leading role in the Toronto tech community by incubating start-ups, building our own products, and hosting technology and education events for our community.
We love what we do, and believe that software will make the world a better place.
About The Position
We’re looking for someone who can work along with the rest of the studio team to:
- Advocate for and deliver beautiful visual designs that communicate clearly to users
- Create and implement style guides and design standards
- Pitch and present designs to stakeholders and clients
- Be responsible for everything from visual concepts and high-fidelity layouts to typography and branding
- Contribute to high-level strategic decisions within the team and for clients
- Help lead company design initiatives
About The Perks
- Competitive salary
- Funding for your own computer purchase
- Full health benefits starting after 3 months
- A new phone and paid contract after 6 months
- Healthy snacks and delicious coffee
- A dog-friendly office in Toronto’s downtown core
- Awesome workmates
- All the Nutella you can eat
About The You
- 2+ years experience designing digital experiences for web / mobile
- A strong portfolio demonstrating a range of design styles
- A solid understanding of layout, grid systems, typography, colour theory, visual hierarchy, visual balance, and user interface patterns
- Great taste, and an eye for detail
- A strong desire to always be learning and a love of craftsmanship
- Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Apple iWork, MS Office, Google Apps
- You have a solid understanding of HTML & CSS
- Secondary UX skills in interaction design, front-end development, drawing or animation are a plus
- A Bachelor’s Degree or other formal training in graphic design or a related field
How to Apply
To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your Resume
- A PDF portfolio or a link to your website
Meet the Design Team:
Shiera Aryev is a User Interface and User Experience Designer with a passion for creating meaningful experiences that evoke emotion and tell a story. She honed her storytelling craft at Sheridan with a degree in animation and fell in love with design in Barcelona after graduation. After a year and half in Spain she returned to Toronto, working for Xtreme Labs and startup Jungoo before joining TWG in January 2013.
Shiera is a results-driven designer with strong business analysis skills and a tenacious approach to understanding user problems. Her approach focuses on both aesthetics and functionality and she is a vehement advocate of clean, user-friendly design. She also writes songs, plays music, travels and snaps photos of people. Shiera has a thirst for knowledge and is always looking for new ways of improving her process and expanding her horizons, whether learning to code or attending meetups to connect with other designers. She’s always down for coffee so give her a shout!
Mustefa Jo’shen joins TWG as a Designer crossing the roles of Product Management, User Experience and Development to help facilitate Design Thinking through the planning, design and implementation of digital products at TWG. Motivated by the idea of breaking the barrier to design and shifting attitudes from ‘design is done by people on photoshop’ to one where Design Thinking is something that pervades all aspects of creating digital experiences, he loves involving and empowering everyone around him to be a designer, resulting in great products and experiences.
Mustefa previously led the design @sdelements (www.sdelements.com) and has provided leadership in design with Tucows Inc, and Shopcaster. He specializes in helping people ideate and create great products and experiences by working on strategy, branding, usability, and UX/UI design. He is also a founder at The Writing Project – an education technology startup in Toronto providing a writing framework for students, and is actively involved with the EdTech community and the IxDA.
Born in Moscow, Russia, and Iraqi by nationality, his international background shapes his diversity in approaching life, much like his native city of Toronto. When not working, he’s spending time with his amazing wife and daughter, who inspire him, teach him what life is really about, and keep him grounded.
You can follow him on Twitter for 140 characters or less.
Christopher Mudiappahpillai believes that Design can make the world a better place. His focus on facilitation, with both designers and developers as they solve customer problems, and his project management experience make him a valuable addition to the TWG team. He believes that every problem should be critically considered – “good enough” is not an option, and settling for less usually ends up costing more than the solution is worth in the long run.
Chris worked with the team at Big Bang over the course of three years, where he learned a lot about agile development, design, and scaling software along the way. He took that experience forward into Kera to explore analysis and best practices around web onboarding, usability, and gamification. He joined TWG in May 2013.
A philosophy graduate who has been playing with computers since he was around six or seven, Chris is an avid reader and photographer – feel free to stalk him on Flickr and Good Reads! He also loves to travel, and has a serious interest in extreme sports. You can follow him on Twitter if you’re into that sort of thing.
Liam Oscar Thurston is a graphic designer and illustrator focused on bringing branded experiences to life in an interactive context. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Communication and Design program, Liam has applied unique visual design thinking to a vast range of solutions aimed at improving the human experience.
Leading interactive design projects with ABC News, Red Bull, and Bloomberg, Liam’s experience with Nventive (a Montreal-based mobile agency partnered with Microsoft) honed his sense of efficient user experience design in the modern mobile landscape.
Having a firm grip on a pencil since birth, Liam’s aesthetic sense is founded in expert craftsmanship and a unique perspective on visual culture. A fondness for animals and a passion for popcorn are subtle themes in his personal work (www.liamthurston.com).
Liam joined The Working Group as a designer in 2013, inspired to further innovative design thinking within the mobile web and beyond.