Design Lead, Brand

San Francisco

A Design Lead at Ueno runs small to mid-sized projects with minimal oversight from a Creative Director. Design Leads are responsible for the quality and creativity of their projects. They lead colleagues, work directly with clients, and stay on track with budget and timeline.
Hello there.
Are you our new Design Lead?
Let’s see.
You’re a good designer. Whatever it is, you’ve got it.
And you want to get better. This should go without saying.
You’re independent and confident. Like this bullet point.
You’ve got a bit of experience. You’ve been around. It’s not a numbers game but you’ve probably been a designer for about 6 to 8 years.
You’re about ideas. Pixels are important, but they’re not always what this is about.
You’re a leader. But it doesn’t mean you’re an asshole. Leadership at Ueno isn’t about telling other people what to do. You lead by listening and by example.
You like people. That doesn’t mean you can’t be an introvert. We like introverts. It just means that you are good at working with the rest of us, whether it’s designers, developers, producers, clients, the people who clean our office, or the ones bringing our lunch.
You’re a magician. You listen to our clients and work with them (and the rest of us) to magically create the very thing that somehow makes their wishes come true.
You’re the punk who shows up on time. You’re organized. You make things happen. You make sure your project stays on budget. And you take deadlines very, very seriously.
You have opinions. And you can articulate them. (And you’re not afraid to tell our CEO when he’s saying something that doesn’t make any sense.)
You’re like this, or like that. You are what you are. We like it.
You’re a person in the world. You don’t know everything, and you don’t think you know everything. But you’re curious. You want to know more. After all, it’s a big world.

Now, about #branding.
You’re into #brands. You know the the power of branding and know what goes into designing a brand.
• You’re digital first. Like us. Like our clients. (Business cards are nice but that's not really what this is about.)
You’re macro, you’re micro. You’re an expert creating design systems and can flex into the gnarliest interaction detail.
Youre a thinker. You understand that branding isn't about the way things look. You’re an equal partner to strategists and researchers, and you can competently channel them when they’re out of the room.
You can do anything. You came to brand design through history and happenstance, but you don’t want to limit yourself. You can also do product, marketing, and anything else that comes your way.

Sounds like you?
We want to hear from you. Scroll down and tell us about yourself. (Nothing bad will happen.)
Benefits and perks
Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
22 days PTO + 10 days sick leave
Parental leave
401K Matching
Pre-tax Commuter Benefits
$1,000 birthday bonus
$100/month fitness stipend
$1,000 annual learning stipend
$2,500 annual conference stipend
Daily catered lunch and snacks

Ueno is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are strongly in favor of diversity and inclusion.
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Our bright and bustling office in Soma is a hotbed of creativity. We’re just down the street from Twitter, who for some reason still hasn’t asked us to work for them. What’s up with that?


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