Visual Product Designer

| Chicago

Founded in 2012 and recently named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private businesses by Inc. Magazine, RedShelf is a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective through the use of digital instructional resources. Partnering with more than 400 publishers and 1,900 campuses nationwide, we provide leading-edge digital course materials and an end-to-end Content Delivery System for effortlessly distributing those materials. 


Job Summary

As a member of our UX/UI Team, the Visual Product Designer will be responsible for creating visually compelling and innovative experiences for our end users. You will partner with your design and research team members, as well as product managers and front-end developers to create accessible, delightful end-to-end experiences from concept to ship. You are a great collaborator and communicator, possess a positive attitude, and enjoy working with other passionate teammates.


  • 5+ years industry experience as a visual product designer or related discipline

  • Degree in Design (e.g. graphic design, visual communications, product design) or equivalent practical experience - must have a portfolio of work that demonstrates breadth, creativity and innovation

  • Strong understanding of the intersection between data visualization and modern interface design, plus how to apply those across multiple device mediums (responsive)

  • Bring a deep understanding of fundamental visual design disciplines (typography, iconography, composition, color, composition, layout, etc.) and a strong command of industry best practices in interaction design, usability and accessibility

  • Demonstrate extremely strong visual sensibilities, ability to use visual thinking, storyboards, sketching, and communication design to create breakthrough product experiences

  • Can clearly convey conceptual ideas and design rationale to peers, partners and stakeholders - as well as defend and build consensus around design direction

  • Willingness to collaborate and effectively communicate with Front End Development Engineers and Product Managers

  • Capable of balancing multiple priorities and deadlines - from start to finish

  • Has the ability to rapidly understand new products and requirements, adapt quickly to the changing needs of the business, and manage the ambiguity that can sometimes occur in a fast-paced environment.

  • Create and manage design and pattern libraries for large, complex projects

  • Comfortable giving and receiving critical design feedback

  • Proficient with industry standard design & prototyping tools (Sketch, Illustrator, Photoshop, Invision, Zeplin, or some other wireframing/prototyping tool that communicates your ideas well and provides the required assets to your partners.)

  • Understands how to gather user feedback on designs when required, but also has the ability to work quickly off of gut instinct, when necessary.

  • Experience working within an Agile/Scrum SDLC

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills


Other Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Knowledge of Accessibility requirements (WCAG 2.0, A11Y)

  • Knowledge of Ember.js (or similar JavaScript) Frameworks

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advances in higher educational software, course materials, and digital publishing is a plus

  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing

  • Comfort and/or experience in a fast-paced, growing environment

  • Ideal candidate is self-sufficient and highly motivated, self-directed and possesses high energy and a passion for RedShelf

Why RedShelf?

RedShelf prides itself on maintaining an informal but fast-moving, hard-working, entrepreneurial culture. Our team members are smart, innovative, and passionate about improving education through digital technology.

We offer the best of both worlds: the energy and opportunity of a rapidly-growing organization, coupled with the stability of an extensive client base, strong financial backing, and proven track record of success. In addition to a forward-thinking environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal growth, our team members enjoy competitive compensation and benefit packages, including company stock options.

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

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Our development team gets together outside the office once per quarter with things like bowling nights, baseball games and water taxi trips to Chinatown. I try to host dinner parties every few months -- sometimes just for my immediate team, and sometimes a cross-team dinner to mix things up. Hoping for a company-wide Segway tour sometime soon!


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

As a UX/UI designer, I’ve had the ability to have my hands in the production process from start to finish. The RedShelf team is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable and motivate me to design better creative solutions every day.


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

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How does your team reward individual success?

Redshelf isn't an ego-driven or "ninja"/"Superstar"-focused team culture, and that's one of the things I appreciate most about the company. We succeed and fail as a team and collaborate to accomplish shared goals. Leaders at RedShelf hold themselves accountable for team performance, too.


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RedShelf Benefits Overview

On top of our competitive compensation package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent onsite and offsite events including intramural sports, happy hours, and more!

Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
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Pet Insurance
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Generous Parental Leave
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