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Lead Visual Designer (Design Systems) Full-time

Published at 2023-07-19 - Viewed: 1880 times - Wikimedia Foundation (Worldwide/Remote)

Location: Remote (working hours between Indian Standard Time and Pacific Time)

Duration: Permanent

Hours: Full time


The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting Wikipedia and other Wiki projects. The Foundation operates one of the world’s top five websites and has global reach and impact. Technology and innovation are critical in our quest to support every human in freely sharing knowledge.

The Product Design and Strategy Group at Wikimedia is looking for a Lead Visual UX Designer with a solid understanding of user experience and product processes. You will be working in the Design Systems Team as well as with a talented team of designers to create and maintain Wikipedia and other Wiki projects. In this role you will contribute to evolving and moving the visual language of our products forward, whilst also fostering a respect for our visual legacy and unique history.

You will be responsible for…

Develop and drive adoption of design guidelines to work across all relevant product touchpoints, including mobile apps (iOS, Android) and web (mobile and desktop) from within the Design Systems team, in close collaboration with product designers.
Creating and championing documentation for visual design standards and principles.
Developing information design standards for reporting complex data, such as charts, graphs, geo-tagged information, flow maps, process diagrams and timelines.
Leading communication and design support for key presentations within the team, including collateral for blog posts and bringing visual delight to product launches and special projects.
Defining our overall illustration style and approach with the team.
Skills and experience….

The right person is better than the right set of experiences. These are the traits we’ve identified that make great additions to our team so far.

Training and / or a background in communication design and product design.
Experience working on a digital product(s) demonstrated by a strong portfolio of work solving clear user needs in a thoughtful, intentional manner.
Exceptional visual design and iconography skills, with the ability to express ideas, data and other information using different visual styles and methods for different audiences.
A solid understanding of interaction design patterns and some experience designing for motion.
A solid understanding of accessibility standards.
A great communicator, with the ability to get your ideas across clearly and simply.
Comfortable working in a collaborative environment and able to inspire others with your ideas, whilst also accepting direction and being flexible to changes when needed.
Highly self-motivated, showing the passion and motivation to complete tasks to the best of your ability, whilst always looking for opportunities to develop your skills further.
Additionally, we’d love it if you have...

Illustration and animation skills
Coding or prototyping experience
Experience design for and testing with different audiences (internationalization/localisation)
Experience working in interdisciplinary remote teams
Experience contributing to Wikimedia projects
Your application should include a…

Cover letter explaining your interest in the role
About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a remote-first organization with staff members including contractors based in more than 50 countries. Salaries at the Wikimedia Foundation are set in a way that is competitive, equitable, and consistent with our values and culture. The anticipated annual pay range of this position for applicants based within the United States is US$119,993 to US$186,300 with multiple individualized factors, including cost of living in the location, being the determinants of the offered pay. For applicants located outside of the US, the pay range will be adjusted to the country of hire. We neither ask for nor take into consideration the salary history of applicants. The compensation for a successful applicant will be based on their skills, experience and location.

All applicants can reach out to their recruiter to understand more about the specific pay range for their location during the interview process.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or +1 (415) 839-6885.

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