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Job: Product Designer at Soundslice

Posted by Adrian Holovaty on September 18, 2017

We’re looking to add a third full-time person to the Soundslice team: a product designer.

After working for five years with part-time design help, we want a full-time person to join our team. Could that be you? Here’s what we’re looking for:

Overview

You’ll be in charge of Soundslice’s design and UX — everything from high-level direction to low-level implementation. You’ll be expected to do everything from initial user research to mockups to coding in HTML/CSS.

Specific projects will be all over the map: from incremental improvements to our music player, to marketing/branding materials for our presence at the NAMM Show, to significant new product initiatives.

To state the obvious: as the third person in the company, you’ll have massive impact on Soundslice.

Requirements

‘Nice to have’s

The pitch

Soundslice is the web’s best way of learning and practicing music. Our state-of-the-art music player, which syncs music notation/tablature with real audio/video, is used and loved by hundreds of thousands of musicians.

Our Store features one-of-a-kind music instruction — and helps artists make a living by giving them a majority of the proceeds. Our technology is embedded in about 70 music-education websites (and growing), including big names such as TrueFire. Many passionate musicians follow our “lick” videos on Instagram.

Much of Soundslice’s value comes from pure UX: the beauty and simplicity of the Soundslice player. Design is front-and-center in our product. As such, your role will be critical for the company.

From a technical perspective, Soundslice is in the upper echelon of modern web applications. With features like offline mode, it pushes the limits of what’s possible in a web page. Working here, you’ll get direct access to this and will be encouraged to continue pushing the envelope.

From a business perspective, Soundslice is healthy and refreshingly independent. We’re proudly bootstrapped, so we’re not playing the venture capital game. While that means we don’t provide free cafeteria food or plush office space, it means we’re not beholden to investors or fundraising cycles. We make decisions with customers and long-term business interests in mind. We’re a sustainable business that’s growing steadily.

From a personal growth perspective: you’d work with me (one of the people who created Django, plus some other stuff). I’m an experienced developer and can teach you a lot, if you’re open to it.

From a workplace perspective: we’re small and geographically distributed. I’m in Amsterdam, and my colleague Corey is in Chicago. We are accustomed to working remotely, so this remote job will not be “bolted on” to an otherwise non-remote team.

Overall, it’s incredibly fun and gratifying to work on Soundslice. This is easily a dream job for a combination musician/designer. If you’re interested, please email me at adrian@soundslice.com with a resume and links to websites you’ve built.