About the job Product Designer (Contract)
We are looking to bring on a smart, motivated Product Designer to help grow our design agency. This is an opportunity to join a shortlist of approved designers at a growing firm on a freelance basis. You’ll work with us on a project-by-project basis to deliver high-quality work to our clients and level up how we design and scale ventures at ADG. We are looking for designers of all experience levels and backgrounds. If in doubt, contact us or apply!
Want to make a big impact at a growing design company?
ADG partners with startups, venture capital, and large corporations to design and grow new business ventures through venture design and accelerator programs. Our firm has the expertise to offer both consulting and design services. We design, create and support the development of new products and services that redefine contemporary life.
At ADG, we practice a Design & Society approach which balances user needs, systems-thinking and business strategy. ADG has a global portfolio of successful projects across every continent except Antarctica.
Some of these past projects include designing a new venture that rethinks the global supply chain with a Japan-based global automotive manufacturer and leading a startup accelerator that catapulted a former Soviet country, Georgia, into a regional startup and technological hub.
What you’ll do:
You will have the chance to collaborate with an integrated, global, and remote team of designers, researchers and strategists. Our work is fast-paced, never compromises on quality and pushes boundaries. Your work will never just sit on the shelf but will drive change from day one to decades into the future.
You will get to participate in the full process of building transformational innovations, including user and expert research, business and financial modeling, growth hacking, systems thinking and strategic foresight. You’ll get to learn, experiment and try while owning a critical piece of the puzzle.
As a Product Designer with ADG, you’ll be expected to:
Deliver client projects - Add your unique perspective to planning and executing projects. Lead Product Design workstreams and take part in systems thinking, user and expert research, business and financial modeling and other workstreams led by other designers. Help establish a repeatable, scalable and effective product design practice within ADG.
Design prototypes and wireframes - Unpack the product logic and requirements for new businesses in a range of areas, both physical and digital. For instance, unpacking how a global flexible warehousing solution would work. Partner with developers to bring new product visions to life.
Build visual assets and artifacts - Create artifacts to support insights that tell the product story, such as stakeholder maps, mobile app wireframes, and more. You don’t need to be an expert print or graphic designer but you will need to be skilled with prototyping and wireframing tools, like Figma and have a good eye for visualizing complex data.
Define the product identity - Take new venture concepts and build product identities for them, including logos, names, growth strategies, web presence and more. Be the voice of the product in conversations with the client, the design team, and participants and experts.
Design and scale new ventures - This isn’t just tweaking the colors on a website. You’ll be hands on from the beginning shaping the creative and technical nature of new ideas then helping launch and scale them. You’ll guide products and innovations that solve systemic pain points in a viable and sustainable manner. As ventures scale, you may take on an interim role and help transition them to new leadership.
Attributes we’re looking for:
Self-starter – you don’t need the solution defined for you to be able to start tackling a problem.
Detail oriented – you’re able to manage complex projects, dependencies, and timelines to execute impeccably every time.
Highly communicative – you’ll be working remote for this role, so ask questions, keep up to date, and share progress regularly through our online channels.
Ambitious – you’re hungry for growth, high impact work, and learning from other smart team members and clients .
Analytical – critical thinking (quantitative and qualitative) drives our approach, and being able to break down problems and analyze its components with rigour is essential.
Systems and futures thinker – believe design has the potential to impact businesses and societies and can see how design choices we make now reverberate and impact the future
Values trust and good work – we do not negotiate on quality and build reputation through trusted partnerships.
Ideal experience – We are hiring for all experience levels. We prefer a relevant Bachelor or Masters degree but we also love to see a portfolio full of passion projects and experience in a variety of industries.
Join a roster of talented, global designers. Be pre-approved and the first to hear about meaningful work opportunities.
Project lengths vary from 2-day workshops to several months of in-depth design. We recognize and honor that you may be working with other clients or on your own projects.
Competitive rates based on level of experience and qualifications.
A supportive and collaborative environment where everyone owns a piece of the work and contributes to a larger whole.
Ability to work remotely anywhere around the world. Some projects have travel opportunities for in-person collaboration (often outside North America!). While we work primarily in PST we are open to considering candidates located anywhere around the world.
We’re happy you’ve made it this far! Our mission to reimagine contemporary life through design gives us energy everyday. If that’s something you’re also excited by, start the conversation by applying here.