Design team

Design Director

South Africa – Full-time
At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. Our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform! Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time.

Since launch in August 2013 we have grown exponentially, amassing over 15 million users across 179 different countries who have created more than 1 billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we are capable of!

About the team

In the Templates Design Team, our mission is to make beautiful design accessible for everyone. With millions of users using Canva everyday, this is an opportunity to redefine visual communication and have a global impact on the way people communicate across print, social media, video, brand, and so much more. 

About the role

You will direct the creation of the world’s best collection of designs and content, by working with a talented team of product managers, designers, copywriters and content specialists in Sydney and Manila. Your templates will be used by millions of people around the world.

Set the trends that people follow to communicate ideas. You’ll be responsible for researching, ideating and articulating what makes a beautiful template for print, social media platforms, branding, digital, presentations, videos, and more—and bringing them to life. 

You’ll use your knowledge of the latest design trends to keep Canva ahead of the curve, working closely with the product teams to understand their roadmaps and ensure that our templates evolve and inform new features. You’ll create and refine our template style guides; and take initiative to propose and implement strategies to improve workflow and process. 

What you'll be doing

  • Direct design on key template projects across the Template Design Team at Canva
  • Research and direct content strategy for our templates campaigns, working across a broad range of verticals and topics to ensure every Canva user has what they need for success
  • Brief a design team to create beautiful and usable animated and static  templates
  • Brief and manage the asset creation process with our internal and external sources of imagery, music tracks, video footage, stickers, and animations, — so that we have the best assets to work with
  • Own curation and quality assurance for templates
  • Work closely with the team developing Canva’s product – and ensure that our templates evolve with and inform our features
  • Research competitors, trends, patterns and best-practises, visual/interaction design inspiration, user and business insights
  • Ensure our designers create with usability requirements in mind
  • Produce and integrate effective & efficient design practices
  • Support the team’s scalability through documentation and process improvement.

Experience you'll need

  • At least 5+ years experience as a Creative Director, Design Lead, or Art Director, directing strategy and design across a team.
  • Deep understanding of design and the latest industry and social trends. You’ll be across every platform, with profound insight on what makes a design successful
  • Experience leading creatives, and communicating design feedback to encourage designers to improve their work in accordance with design fundamentals
  • Familiarity with preparing files for print, and working in a CMYK colour space
  • Experience briefing photographers, videographers, and illustrators to create assets for your team to use
  • An understanding of various video and social media publishing platforms, so that your content can be designed to better engage & reach audiences

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Personal Details

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Additional information

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