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Upswell k

Portland, OR

Apr 30
Job Description

In this role, you’ll design websites (desktop + mobile) and applications for Upswell’s cultural, social, and research partners. You’ll work with developers, strategists, and art directors to define strategic approaches and solve ambiguous problems. Our ideal candidate unites visual design, interface design, and user experience and is highly iterative and collaborative. You are curious about user motivations and believe early prototyping will help meet their needs.

What You’ll Do
— Work collaboratively to establish visual and interface concepts based on strategy
— Create and develop design documentation, including visual designs, UI systems, user flows, storyboards, and mood boards
— Create and test prototypes
— Interact with clients and users to elicit and clarify front-end requirements
— Facilitate visual design work sessions, synthesize findings, and generate insights

What We Require
— 2-4 years’ experience working as a designer in a studio or institutional environment
— Excellent organization, attention to detail, impeccable execution
— Demonstrated ability to articulate and justify a design rationale
— Demonstrated experience with design prototyping tools such as Figma, Adobe XD, and the Adobe Creative Suite
— Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
— Experience with motion, animation, and coding a plus

What We Offer
Upswell offers a salary commensurate with experience. Our benefits include:
— Flexible office/work-from-home policy (this position is fully remote under COVID19 conditions)
— Full health and vision insurance
— 401k retirement plan with company matching
— Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, including: 10 days vacation the first year, and 1 additional day per year after, for up to 15 days total; 5 days sick leave; 6 company holidays; 5 days off between Christmas and New Year’s Day

Application Details

Please submit a cover letter, résumé/cv, and portfolio website and/or LinkedIn profile to, with “Designer” in the subject line.

Equity is fundamental to our culture of creativity and collaboration; inclusion is a commitment that fuels excellence in our work. We are a practice that values difference across gender, race, sexuality, age, identity, nationality, and lived experience. Our mission to stimulate different ways of seeing, understanding, and engaging with the urgent topics of our time greatly benefit from a range of perspectives and diversity of all types. We encourage women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, veterans, persons with disabilities, and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.


Upswell unites storytelling and technology to stimulate different ways of seeing, understanding, and engaging with the urgent topics of our time. Our studio was founded with the intent to provide digital design and creative services to mission-driven leaders and cultural organizations tackling 21st century challenges, including questions related to civic engagement, public history, climate change, and technology innovation. We work internationally with world-class institutions and organizations such as the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the International Center of Photography (New York, NY), the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Canada), the Canadian Museum of History (Ottawa, Canada) , NOKIA (Helsinki, Finland), Adobe (San Francisco, CA), Intel Labs (Hillsboro, OR), the University of Arizona Archaeological Mapping Lab (Tucson, AZ), the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA), and the Oregon Historical Society (Portland, OR).

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