We’re hiring a UI / UX designer with experience in brand and visual communication

Hey there! We’re hiring two design roles at the moment. They’re very similar, but have a different primary focus and different experience requirements. You might want to check out the other one as well.

Datawrapper’s mission is to help the world create better visualizations. We provide an easy-to-use, free online tool to create charts, maps, and tables. It’s used by thousands of people every day, among them brands like The New York Times and The Washington Post.

We strive to make best-practice data visualization available to everybody. That means continuously improving our tool — but it also means bringing that tool to its users, which is why:

We’re hiring a UI/UX designer with experience in brand and visual communication to join our design team (4 or 5 days per week).

Full-time compensation will be €45,000 – €60,000, including 30 days of paid vacation and benefits. You can also choose to work a four-day week at 80% salary.

This role is available for candidates working from Berlin or nearby. You can choose to do most of your work remotely, but we’ll spend at least one day a week working together in our Prenzlauer Berg office.

What you’ll be working on

You’ll join David, Alex, and Gustav on the design team. As a team, we’re responsible for product and UI/UX design as well as all aspects of the Datawrapper brand and the company’s visual identity. We share those responsibilities on a project-by-project basis, which is why we’re looking for someone with a strong UI/UX foundation as well as particular expertise in brand and visual communication to strengthen our team’s knowledge.

You can expect your work to include:

  • Web design. Our website is our most important asset for presenting Datawrapper to potential customers. While many of the tasks here could be seen as UI/UX work, we think good web design is still a class of its own. Pixel-perfect responsive pages, stunning visuals, good navigation — everything that makes a good website can be part of the role.
  • Visual communication. Our colleagues on the communications team are busy writing blog posts, publishing the Data Vis Dispatch, leading webinars, and even hosting our very first conference this year. All of that has a visual side that emphasizes the message and lets our brand shine. You’ll create feature images, slide templates, and even videos and animations.
  • Brand. Datawrapper’s brand is shaped by all our teams, and as a designer you’ll take of its visual representation. How does it look and how could it evolve? You make sure everything we create is always on brand.
  • User interface design. Visualizing data is difficult, and our tool aims to make it simple for everyone. That’s a great challenge for UI designers! You’ll create concepts and high fidelity designs to solve our users’ problems.
  • Design system. We aim for a design system with reusable components and helpful guides on how to use them. Whatever problem is in front of you, you’ll look for solutions that can do double duty.
  • Data visualization. While this role isn’t about creating charts, data visualization is at the heart of many of our design questions.

That’s a lot to ask for, we know. You don’t have to be an expert in all of it!

Who we’re looking for

Yes, we are looking for a unicorn: the generalist with additional experience in specific design areas. Your exact education or degree isn’t so important to us, and you don’t need years of experience if you learn quickly and are a good match for the role. Regardless of background, you’ll be a great fit if you’re comfortable with:

  • Elegant “storefronts.” You’ve designed state-of-the-art websites, created assets like feature images, and helped brands to shine.
  • Good documentation. Not all design work happens on the artboard. A big part is documenting your work and communicating about it in person, over chat, or in our project management system. This should be something you look forward to!
  • Standards. It’s rarely necessary to reinvent the wheel. There’s value in existing solutions, whether that’s technical web standards or familiar UI patterns. You should be ready to make use of them in your work.
  • Multitasking. We work on many projects at the same time. You should be able to handle switching between tasks and quickly familiarizing yourself with a given topic.
  • Designing for complex applications. You like to break down tricky problems and design interfaces that make difficult jobs simple. You look for ways to foreground the user’s task and let the interface fade away.
  • Web development. We’re a web-based software company and you’ll be in touch with code, git, and lots of other things related to web development. It’s not required that you write code, but it’s important that you understand it as the medium for your designs.

Bonus: Datawrapper’s working language is English, but it’s a plus if you speak German as well.

Who uses Datawrapper?

Visualizations created with Datawrapper reach over 200 million unique visitors every month and get viewed billions of times. Our chart editor is used by tens of thousands of users — writers, statisticians, data scientists, public servants, financial analysts, and many more. But our most prominent and visible customers are newsrooms. Datawrapper is used by data visualization teams at organizations like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, and many more.

An area chart, locator map, line chart, and heatmap created with Datawrapper.

We build and support Datawrapper with a team of 28 people, which gives everyone a critical and important role in shaping the future of our company.

What to expect from working at Datawrapper

A happy work life! We at Datawrapper appreciate a shared feeling of doing meaningful work, a high degree of freedom, helpful coworkers, and a friendly working environment.

If you’re into data visualization, you’ll like our office with its large library of data vis classics. We also organize a data vis book club.
  • Growth, development, and personal initiative. We’re a small company, which means there are lots of opportunities to grow and learn. If you’ve got an idea and the drive to make it happen, we welcome it.
  • Few meetings. We try to keep meetings infrequent and short. Instead, we believe in written discussions, good meeting preparation, and short 1:1 check-ins.
  • Competitive compensation and benefits, including 30 days of paid vacation, a 2000 euro education budget, and the latest and greatest hardware of your choice.

How to apply

Does all of this sound like something you’d like to do? Great!

Send along your CV and tell us about your previous experience and how you think it makes you a good fit for this role.

→ Send it all to jobs@datawrapper.de with the subject line “Designer with experience in brand and visual communication”

We hope you apply, especially if you’re from a group that’s underrepresented in our office.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

– David and the Datawrapper team