If you think back to your school or college days, the best memories you have are those with your friends! Your first day in college, your best friend, your dorms, hanging in the corridors, your school canteen, all nighters before exams & chilling for weeks after exams - our school lives are filled with so many awesome interactions, experiences & memories. In each of them you’re with a friend, never alone! Humans always have, and will always continue to learn from one another. We, at Openhouse, are a social learning platform that allows students to learn the way we learn best - socially.
Founded by Stanford grads, we are a nimble startup headquartered in Bangalore. We are currently building a team of passionate & talented folks from around the world. Collectively we’ve learnt & worked at awesome environments like Harvard, Ashoka, IIT, Uber, Microsoft, Mckinsey, Swiggy & Truecaller to name a few. We’ve also been backed by venture capitalists, Accel and Matrix Partners, to add some steam to our engine!
Covid has reshaped every aspect of our lives and education has become front & center for most families. The world is learning to learn online & the industry is seeing tremendous tailwinds. With hundreds of millions of students taking classes online, one thing has become clear - the current edtech world solves the ‘access’ problem, but fails miserably when it comes to engaging & retaining children.
We believe that we can change the above. If kids are going to actually learn online, the experiences should be so intuitive as if they feel they are in person with their friends. We are building an online learning platform from scratch that is student-centric: allowing for interaction, questions, discussions & collaboration both inside & outside the classroom. Our goal is not just to build an awesome classroom experience, but rather an engaging & sustained online community where students spend quality time & actually get to learn from each other!
We’re looking for our lead product designer who is equally excited about the world we’re creating & will bring their expertise in terms of product design, interaction design, and visual design. As we’re building our product ground up, you will be involved in every step of design & decision making. You will help set the standard for how our products should look & feel. If you’re passionate about taking on complex problems and designing elegant, simple solutions that surprise and delight users, you’ll love this role.
Support and drive some design initiatives end to end to help us build a delightful & intuitive user
experience for our online world. Get your hands dirty via prototypes, mock-ups, and wireframes.
Work closely with the Design lead,PMs, engineers, learning designers & content creators to conceptualize & realize our product vision.
Continuously solicit feedback from users & ingrain that in our design process.
Help create our organization’s design language & drive adoption across teams.
Enjoy talking to/ understanding middle school & high school kids.
Enthusiastic about an iterative design process, motivated by group critique.
Strong initiative & comfort with ambiguity.
Adding an innovative lens to product thinking.
Ambitious about setting new industry standards.
At least 1 - 2 years of experience in digital product design and/or service design.
Ability to clearly communicate concepts and designs through sketches, wireframes, high fidelity comps, and prototypes.
Ability to work well cross-functionally. This role will work closely with product, brand and experiences teams and it’s crucial to effectively foster good relationships.
End to end journey thinking: It’s essential to step out of the details to understand the holistic journey of our users.
First principles thinker since we’ll be chartering new waters in the field of education globally
Exceptional attention to detail & obsession to constantly improve design quality
Have cross-platform design experiences (iOS, Android, Web, H5 etc.)
Awesome to have:
Experience working on social or consumer facing products.
Zero to one experiences building products from concept to launch Ability to holistically combine online and offline experiences.
Diverse graphic capabilities (basic illustration & motion skills)
The best classrooms have an awesome learning culture. We think of our organization as one large classroom, where each of us is a student trying to learn from & teach one another. We have all sorts of people here: humanists, tech junkies, educationists, designers & wanna be designers! Since we are a small organization, we function like a tight-knit family where we care for each other’s work but also for each other’s lives. We’ve often heard that the first 50 team members set the culture & pace of an organization, which is why we take time and carefully pick our team.
If you grab a sneak peek into our tribe, you’d find us to be super real. We are all encouraged to call a spade a spade, even if this means disappointing a peer. Coming up with prospective solutions is good, but we care about how well the experience is crafted - aesthetics do matter. Think of Disneyland, Nike, Airbnb, Wework, Apple: the best folks know not only how to deliver a product/service, but also make it beautiful. Most importantly, we are all students!
Right across the team. from engineering to product, community to classroom, we think of how we’d feel if we were students – and this reminds us to keep learning and growing!