Art Director/Designer with Data Visualization expertise

Location: Portland, OR

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Vizify, a well-funded Portland, OR based technology startup, is looking for a creative whose concepts and designs will be core to our product and business.

You’ve got exceptional design talent and ceaseless passion that will help us bring a sense of magic and wonder to social software. You thrive in a fast moving, small startup environment that transforms ideas into working prototypes in days rather than months and then learn from watching real people interacting with your work.

The ability - and commitment - to create beautiful and intuitive graphics and experiences driven by  how people will use the service is essential to every facet of the product, from registration, to editing, to interacting with, to sharing, and to viewing people's profiles.


  • Own and develop the visual design language and identity for's site and services.
  • Conceptualize, prototype, and design the user experience and core feature set in collaboration with the rest of the team.
  • Conceptualize, prototype, and design data visualizations, infographics, and visual representations of individual and group data or relationships.
  • Desire to contribute to and engage in the larger conversation of the future of data visualization and human-centered interaction design.
  • Design electronic or print assets for use in online and real-world marketing and communications with key company stakeholders.
  • Design and maintain marketing and communications across print and digital media.


Must haves:

  • Awesome design skills. Your work is expressive, understandable, and above all, useful.
  • Passion for creating highly-visual representations of people-focused information.
  • Desire to become an expert in data visualization (or already be one), and in developing entirely new ways of representing data in both static and interactive forms.
  • Ability to communicate well, brainstorm, prototype and show off new concepts in a rapid-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Curiosity and a spirit of intrepid inquiry to iterate and refine a design until it "works".

Nice to have:

  • You know the abilities and limitations of modern web browsers.
  • The ability to render your designs in clean and compliant HTML/CSS. You can creatively find ways around the latter (especially cross-browser quirks).
  • Data or information visualization experience, and/or related experience with visualization libraries/tools such as Processing, Raphael, d3 and Polymaps.
  • Experience designing for mobile browsing environments (iOS, Android) phones/tablets.

Triple word score secret level extra bonus points:

  • Familiarity of designing within a Ruby on Rails programming environment.
  • You've designed native mobile applications (iOS, Android) for phones and/or tablets.
  • You're an information designer comfortable working with data (e.g. you've done statistical analysis in R). 


Vizify creates highly visual and interactive profiles for people from the sites and services they already use to help them stand out and make an awesome first impression online. We support Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn now and will support many more in the coming months (such as Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, FourSquare, Klout, etc).

Vizify is:

  • A proud Portland, Oregon startup, located over Bakery Bar for convenient caffeination (not to mention the bacon scones).
  • A recent graduate of both the TechStars and Portland Seed Fund accelerators.
  • Well-funded by an amazing set of backers including proven entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
  • Founded by Todd, Eli and Jeff who collectively have decades of software dev and product management experience, and have been part of previous successful startups.
  • A mellow and nutty-tasting cheese beloved by millions. 

We believe:

  • In building software that brings out the best in people, is a source of delight, and that is almost uncanny in the way that it anticipates your needs.
  • That the golden age of data visualization and personal data/analytics lies before us, and that Vizify can play an important role in bringing this age to life.
  • In working with people who are extraordinary at what they do. Our job is to clear the path of distractions and give you what you need to achieve great things.
  • Audacious goals matter.
  • That subversive humor and irony go together like gin and tonic.

We offer a competitive salary (based on your experience) including employee stock options.  If you are interested, please apply with a resume and cover letter.

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