In 1954, in Columbus, Indiana, Eero Saarinen designed a bank with glass walls, no offices, and a completely open floor plan. It was surrounded by trees; the furniture was made by Herman Miller; the lobby flooring was thick, rustic brick. The bank was built with transparency and community at its core.
Since 1954, a lot of things have happened—Saarinen’s bank branch is now a conference center, people increasingly live on the internet, and it’s hard to think of a single bank that still applies design thinking to their product.
Mercury is building a bank for startups. We believe building a bank in 2021 revolves around thoughtful design, and we’re looking to add a product designer to our team to help.
- Take ownership of large portions of a complex product.
- Work across the entire design stack, including: speccing projects; designing workflows, detailed interactions, and high-fidelity visuals; and ensuring quality implementation.
- Find elegant solutions to user problems, and think critically from the user perspective.
- Simplify and cull design elements with a ruthless eye.
- Craft designs from first principles (referencing existing solutions is often a poor idea in banking).
- Imbue mundane tasks and flows with a feeling of wonder.
- Prototype multiple visual and UX concepts and then narrow them to the right solution.
- Explain and debate the reasoning behind your product decisions.
- Work directly with 2-4 engineers, the business team, a product designer, and a visual designer.
- Have the ability to design whole systems, not just interface elements or static pages.
- Have experience and interest in the entire design stack, including UI/UX, visual design, and interaction design.
- Have experience building for a variety of form factors, including mobile.
- Understand when no design is the best design.
- Have a strong personal design aesthetic and also understand the Mercury aesthetic.
- Want to create elegant, calm designs that predict and exceed users’ expectations.
- Feel comfortable anticipating and designing for edge cases.
- Understand the balance between perfect design and getting to market.
- Exhibit kindness and humility in everyday interactions.