Jason Fried

June 2, 2021

Hiring up! Product designer?

Over the past few weeks, many people have emailed asking me if we're hiring, or about to hire. Good news: Yes we are! In fact, we're aiming to hire a lot of people across a number of positions. If you're interested in joining our team, I'd encourage you to get your name on the list at basecamp.com/jobs to be notified when we post any public openings.

One position we'll be focused on in particular are product designers. And before we post a formal job ad, I thought I'd put a semi-quiet call out right here, on my HEY World. Any excellent product designers lurking? I'd love to hear from you — just reply to this email or email me direct at jason+designers@basecamp.com with a bit about you and some work samples.

At many companies, product design is split into different roles: UX, UI, front-end development, etc. At Basecamp, it’s all one role. This means our designers are generalist. That along with having great visual taste and sensibilities, you must be able to write your own front-end HTML and CSS (BEM). You'll pair up with a back-end programmer to bring the feature to life.

We believe the best designs come from someone who can see it all through, from ideas to visuals to the finished product. We work from the interface first — starting with design, rather than ending with it — so you'll be involved in the work right from the beginning. Our projects are design-led, so you’ll have a lot of flexibility, freedom, influence and impact right away. We follow the 6-week cycle Shape Up process, invented here.

You'll get to work on Basecamp and HEY — leading products that push the industry forward. Further, you'll work on the whole product, not just small parts of the product. You won't be sequestered on a team that only gets to work on to-dos, or messaging, or whatever. Working at Basecamp as a designer means working on everything we do, including UI for internal tooling, our marketing sites, experimental projects, brand work, and whatever else we cook up together.

For example, recently you may have worked on Cover Art, HEY World, email Recycling, a new attachment viewer, etc. And that's just for HEY. We're getting rolling with an all-new version of Basecamp 4 right now, so you'll play an important part in bringing brand new ideas to a pioneering product that's been helping companies run projects, manage clients, and communicate internally for nearly two decades. All together, with Basecamp, and HEY, we serve over 100,000 paying companies/customers, and millions of individual users.

And while a number of companies that have gone remote, but, unfortunately won't be staying remote, Basecamp is forever remote. To make sure time zones overlap with our current design crew, we're looking for someone living in Canada, the US, Mexico, Central, or South America.

Further, working at Basecamp means you won't be mired in meetings, shaking your head at burdensome process, or be asked to put in hero-hours. Your nights and weekends are yours, not ours. All we ask is a reasonable 8-hour day and 40-hour work week, and we'll stay out of your way so you can do the best work of your career. We hope you'll join us.

Depending on your skills and experience, you'd come on board as either a Senior Designer at $160,000 or a Lead Designer at $189,092. Be sure to review our benefits package as well.

Think you'd do well here? Then let's do it. I'd love to hear from you. Know someone who might be a good fit? Let them know and have them get in touch by emailing me direct at jason+designers@basecamp.com.

Thanks!