Lead Product Designer

London, England, United Kingdom – Full-time

Canva’s Commitment and Mission

At Canva, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key to building the best product, team and company. We look for many different skills and abilities, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. So, even if you don’t think you quite meet all of the skills listed or tick all the boxes, we’d still love to hear from you! 

Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 75 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 2,800 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of. 

Join us and design your future.

About the Product Design team

One of the principles of our design team is to ‘show the future’. As designers we transport the rest of the company into a future we’re yet to build. A big part of the role of a product designer at Canva is to be a visionary—visualising and reinventing the future of design. 

Product designers at Canva take the dream and make it something everyone can relate to and rally behind. We start from the very early stages: finding the right problem to tackle, exploring ideas for how to solve it and then refining it into a coherent solution. Our product designers carry out research, brainstorming, sketching, prototyping, and collaboration with our engineers to ship great products.  We are empathetic user advocates and respect our users’ opinions through interviews, usability testing, and data analysis, as well as wireframing, flowcharting, and journey mapping to show the different stages that customers go through as they come into contact with Canva.

About the Data Visualisation group you’ll be joining 

At Canva we believe data visualisation is a critical visual communication tool for working professionals, small business owners, students and educators alike. That’s why the Data Visualisation group is on a mission to create powerful yet extremely easy-to-use tools that make it a snap to create beautiful charts, graphs, diagrams and infographics that tell meaningful stories.

Rather than being restricted to specific use cases, our charts, graphs, diagrams and infographics work seamlessly wherever they’re embedded, from videos to interactive presentations, to documents and more.

Data visualisation is a key company strategy in order to unlock growth and increase adoption. Pursuing our mission will not only support our existing user base, but will give new reasons for people to find and use Canva, further supporting our company-critical Monthly Active User targets.

About the role

  • As our FIRST Product Design hire based in the UK, you will;
  • Audit the current data visualisation features in Canva
  • Partner with a Product Manager and Engineering lead to shape the long-term design vision for data visualisation tools in Canva.
  • Communicate your design vision, (both short & long-term) and rationale to your team and wider business
  • Design and regularly ship new data visualisation elements with consistent and beautiful UI that is simple, powerful and accessible.
  • be go-to product designer on all things data visualisation, including design patterns and best practices for charts, graphs and diagrams.
  • Identify product design needs in the team, and eventually help to grow and lead a team of product designers
  • Help identify roadmap priorities for the future
  • Help the team to uncover user needs through conducting user research and synthesizing/sharing your findings
  • Be an advocate for using data to inform design decisions
  • Embrace the principle of 'Just simple enough' - advocate for bringing a simple and intuitive experience to a product space that has traditionally been much more complex and technical.

Experience you'll have

  • You have a portfolio that showcases beautiful UI, innovative Interaction Design & considered UX.
  • It would be a bonus if you have some data visualisation experience OR an interest in designing for data.
  • You have designed solutions for a range of platforms such as; desktop; web; native mobile and touch.
  • You love exploring complex problems & enjoy whiteboarding ideas to confidently come up with simple, elegant solutions that everyone can move forward with.
  • You are a designer that is constantly inspired—motivating those around you through your passion and creativity,
  • You have experience shipping new products and features that address your users’ real needs.
  • You shine through your designs—creating user flows and wireframes that simplify user interactions
  • You are eager to visually communicate your ideas through prototypes to test with users.
  • You thrive in a collaborative workplace; partnering with other designers, engineers, product managers and other disciplines throughout the company.
  • You appreciate big-picture thinking. While details are everything, creating an experience that always keeps our users in mind is equally as important.
  • You are an empathetic user advocate that values the backing of research and data analysis when it comes to designing modern solutions.
  • You enjoy a little flexibility in your work. Our growth means there are constantly new things to work on every day.

Working at Canva 

Our culture is unlike anywhere else and we design your #CanvaLife experience to empower you to do the best work of your life.  

Whether you’re in the office, working from home or choosing your own adventure, our benefits for permanent Canvanauts include: 

Flexible hours and a hybrid working model which values work-life balance and gives you the option to choose how you best work 

Equity options to be truly a part of the Canva journey Unique and flexible leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development

Our very own Canva University, internal coaching and Employee Assistance Programs to help you be your best self

An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance for you to spend as you choose on personal education, wellbeing, home office and social connection. You know better than anyone how to Vibe & Thrive! 

Virtual and in-office clubs, events and celebrations for you to connect with your teammates

Canva For Good program matching your not-for-profit donations, Force for Good leave (3 paid volunteering days) and a range of sustainability and ethical initiatives to get involved in

Support for family and carers including a parental leave policy that prioritises inclusivity recognises the diverse representations of modern families

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. Please note that interviews are conducted virtually. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.