Visual & UX Designer

We’re a new international journalism newsroom, launching Q1 2020, that’s focused on exploring the impact of technology beyond the Western bubble. Our goal is to surface the often surprising and unintended effects of tech in places that get little attention from mainstream news outlets.

Through compelling storytelling and fresh, innovative design, our digital publication will explore the spaces where tech, culture and human experience collide. We are a mission-driven nonprofit startup that aims to push forward our understanding of technology’s role in rapidly changing cultures.

To build out our vision, we are seeking a curious and creative visual and user-experience designer.

As a designer, you will have the opportunity to work on the earliest iteration of our digital presence, from newsletters and editorial interfaces to the website and off-platform avenues that will reach our readers around the world.

We’re building a rich journalism experience online, with a strong foundation based on exceptional performance, elevating functionality over form, and accessibility for a diverse global audience. You will help elevate our storytelling and establish a visual creative direction that inspires and engages our readers. As we grow, there will be an opportunity to grow with us and shape products within our core journalism offerings and beyond.

This role is based in our New York office.


  • Establish the look and feel for all key interfaces; including websites, mobile devices, and across established and emerging platforms
  • Generate clear ideas, concepts and designs of creative assets from beginning to end
  • Bring the perspective and practical approaches of interaction design and information architecture
  • Join a small collaborative team that spans engineering, design, product, and editorial
  • Work at the earliest stages of a new journalism initiative and be one of our earliest hires


  • A demonstrated understanding of design, usability, user testing, and research
  • Familiarity with template and page layouts as well as interaction methodology
  • An affinity for layout, color, typography, and a keen eye for subtle details
  • Ability to work across our growing organization to define user needs and develop high-level requirements
  • Experience in design iteration – from sketches and mocks to partnering with developers directly in browser
  • Attention to detail in vetting out designs in-browser, across devices, and for cross-platform functionality
  • The ability to refine ideas and come up with new ones to create a highly designed visual experience
  • Ability to communicate ideas and reasoning to non-technical and non-creative audiences
  • Excellent communication, documentation, and commenting skills
  • Curiosity about international affairs and/or the use of technology abroad a plus
  • A strong work ethic, comfort with and an ability to be effective in fast-changing startup conditions, a motivated self-starter

We highly recommend you include links to a portfolio of graphic and digital design work.

Not sure you have the exact experience or background? You should apply if working in web development and journalism appeals to you. We value technical aptitude, design sensibility, and multiple points of view, and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

To apply, email:

  1. Your name and the text “Visual & UX Designer” as the Subject
  2. Your resume and a few lines of introduction
  3. Send it to

If you have concerns that your resume may not adequately reflect your experience and background, or there is additional context that can’t be captured in a resume format; we welcome longer explanations in the email.