Product Designer (UI/UX) - Maternity Leave Contract
At Port 443 we work together, laugh together, and eat a lot of donuts together. (Have you seen our Instagram? It’s basically a food blog.) Our products (My Music Staff, TutorBird & AthletaDesk) are always evolving, making for an exciting and dynamic environment. Every day, we’re connecting with thousands of users all around the world. If you ask what they love about us, they’ll tell you that we really listen to their needs and go above and beyond to help them. Our members are at the heart of everything we do. Their feedback and ideas help to shape our products, and at the end of the day, we’re here because of them…
…and because of the donuts.
You’re a curious and empathetic person who can put yourself into the shoes of our users and think of creative solutions that meet their needs. You’re a team player (don’t worry, we also hate that phrase and we promise not to use it again) who loves to collaborate with members of other departments to get things done – get ready to become fast friends with the front-end team! You’re flexible and always ready to hit the ground running, figuratively and literally – we’ve got a treadmill desk at the office! You’re a strong communicator who can translate from member-speak to developer-speak and back again. You love to dive deep into data and user insights and could run user testing all day (but don’t worry, you won’t be!). You’ve got a good sense of humour – feel free to tell us your most groan-worthy G-rated joke in your job application for bonus points 😂 (And you don’t mind that we still use the 😂 emoji even though apparently it’s not cool anymore!)
- Diploma or degree in Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Software Development or related field
- A customer-centric mindset
- Familiarity with how designs are affected and constrained by the limitations of programming
- Proficiency with current design tools such as Figma and Hotjar
- Comfortable/proficient in creating and maintaining design systems on Figma using libraries and components
- Experience working with an existing product
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ideas! We want someone who’s excited to share their thoughts and suggestions with the team
- Basic marketing/branding knowledge is a plus
Your responsibilities will include:
- Conducting research, such as user interviews and user testing, to understand user needs
- Turning concepts into deliverables: wireframes, user stories, user journeys, and mockups
- Designing user interfaces using industry best practices that will be seen by thousands of people
- Working on a team that gives you a voice and the opportunity to present design ideas to cross-functional teams and senior leadership
- Communicating your designs to developers in a clear and comprehensive manner and addressing any of their concerns
Meet the Team!
Dan is the founder & president of the company, so none of us would be here without him! 😊 He oversees everything going on at Port 443, and his hands are in a lot of the development projects. He’s the guy who makes sure that everything is always running smoothly. Lately, you can find Dan taking meetings while walking on the office treadmill desk! Fun fact: did you know you can suddenly develop an avocado allergy as an adult? Dan knows! 🥑
Griffin is one of our front–end developers, whose lightning speed working through tickets is an instrumental part in making our software the fun & functional product our members love. As an avid explorer he loves to be outside – whether he’s going on a hike or just enjoying a day skipping rocks by the lake. One thing we love about Griffy is his willingness to go with the flow – whether it’s a new nickname we throw at him or an impromptu Spice Girls dance party! 🕺
Ishika is one of our fabulous front–end developers whose enthusiasm has brought even more fun to the team. She’s thoughtful and friendly, making it easy to work alongside her on a project and easy to talk to around the lunch table! Though she’s already travelled to some pretty cool places (ask her about the trip to Cairo!), one thing still on her bucket list is a solo trip to Bali ✈️
Ken is our Project Manager, keeping our many tasks on track and projects running smoothly! He’s always looking for ways to improve our processes and make things as efficient as possible for the team. He’s also always looking for ways to put a smile on your face – stop by Ken’s office in the morning to say hi and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great day 😀 When looking at his impressive resume you might think he’s done it all, but one thing still left on his bucket list is to visit the Arctic and see the Northern Lights!
Mack is our Product Designer with an eye for UI (and yes, that was an intentional rhyme)! She loves to dive deep into user insights and create design solutions that enhance our members’ experience across the board. Outside of work, you can usually find Mack working out… orrrrrr doing an extensive search for the best cannoli around 🙈 She also loves to travel and can’t wait to visit Europe someday!
Marc once let us decide the fate of his haircut by Slack poll and shaved his head! As a member of the back-end development team, he’s working on all the things “under the hood” that keep our products running. He’s always got the perfect thing to share in the #random channel, whether it’s his quarantine needlefelt animals or the adorable videos of his pets 😻
Nicolas is another member of the front-end development team. He’s focused on programming the logic that goes along with the design… and fixing the third-party text editor again when we find another bug. He’s a competitive and talented gamer – he’s won first place in our first two company Mario Kart tournaments! 🥇
Ojas is our Software Developer in Test, or as we like to think of him… our Bug Exterminator! He spends his days developing and performing tests on our products to uncover any bugs or issues for the team to fix before deploying changes. He’s also an absolute ray of sunshine who brings such a positive energy into the office! Even the most pessimistic team members can’t help but smile when Ojas is around 😊
Shannon is one of our fantastic front-end developers whose curiosity and creativity make her a joy to work with! A lover of music, she’s a secret karaoke master who’d love to learn to play the ukelele some day. By day, she’s hard at work helping the team upgrade our products to the next level, but by night she loves to go home, unwind, and enjoy some delicious comfort food. (Her preference? Pierogies 😋)
Thomas’ skills as a developer means he can jump between working on the front-end, the back-end, or the servers to help out wherever he’s needed. His hobbies outside of work include everything cool you could possibly think of. Cooking? His IG looks like a professional chef’s. DIY? He can build just about anything. Swords?! YES ⚔
Todd has the perfect dad joke for every conversation and the best track record on Untappd! As QA Analyst & IT Coordinator, he handles escalated bugs, tries to “break” pre-release features (so we can fix them, of course!), aaaaand deals with any incidents involving coffee spills & laptops 🙈 You can always count on Todd for his quick wit, rapid-fire puns, and impressive bowling skills at our Annual Bowling Bash!
Vick is our Star Wars enthusiast and diehard fan of Toronto-based sportball teams! As a member of the front-end development team, he’s focused on making sure that what our users see actually looks and works like it’s supposed to. In his spare time, Vick can be found watching hockey, playing hockey (NHL game series or good ol’ fashioned street hockey), reading books about hockey… look, he really likes hockey okay?! 🏒
Wedad is our other Product Designer! Her impeccable eye for detail brings a fresh perspective on our designs, and her sweet natured personality brings some calm to the office. She loves to cook so much that when we asked her if there was one food she could eat every day for the rest of her life, she couldn’t narrow it down! While she’s still got a few travel destinations to check off her list, she had an amazing trip to Tanzania that you’ve gotta ask her about 🐘
- Free snacks and coffee – are you Team Hazelnut or Team Regular?
- Company social events throughout the year – significant others welcome!
- Cool company swag when we reach milestones – check our IG to see some of our past swag
- Comprehensive health benefits plan – now you can stop putting off that dentist appointment!
When you come to work at Port 443, you’re joining a team that balances innovation, excellence, and fun. If this sounds like the perfect fit for you, we want to hear why! To let us know why this job posting speaks to you and what you can bring to the table, send your cover letter, resume, and favourite donut flavour to firstname.lastname@example.org