Creative Director

As Creative Director at thirteen23, you are fanatical about solving complex problems at the intersection of design and technology. You are a blue sky thinker, but understand the technology and how to keep your feet on the ground. You enjoy mentoring designers and excel at balancing open-mindedness with a strong point of view. You are an expert in human-centered design, have a passion for digital products, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.

In this role, you'll have the opportunity to work with a close-knit group of individuals, leading our creative efforts while also helping us define and evolve our approach to design. Understanding thirteen23’s culture, our inclusive work style, and our studio’s key business drivers will be critical to your success.

What you’ll do:

  • Establish clear vision for creative work that is representative of thirteen23’s best-in-class services while collaborating with a team of like-minded designers, developers, and directors
  • Facilitate and lead an environment where the team can take pride in its work, be daring, push the envelope, and continually grow its skills
  • Direct and/or support design leads to manage our approach, prepare client check-ins, drive design decisions,and deliver high-quality work
  • Direct our design deliverables, leading the team to conceptualize, critique, execute, and validate digital experiences across a broad range of work
  • Lead design thinking workshops and client presentations, communicating and educating our clients on the benefits of design
  • Manage and mentor our design team, setting clear goals that support our career paths, checking in regularly, and identifying growth opportunities
  • Support our business development efforts, including contributing to project proposals, participating in scoping exercises, and helping pitch the work
  • Help conceive and drive internal initiatives, strengthening our design practice and thought leadership while also increasing the visibility of the studio
  • Transfer knowledge of design best practices, experience frameworks, and interaction patterns to the design team and company at large (e.g. workshops, brown bags, studio presentations)
  • Maintain a strong presence both industry-wide and in the local design community

What you’ll bring:

  • 8+ years relevant experience designing engaging software experiences
  • A firm understanding of human-centered design with a demonstrated ability to deliver strategic design thinking in support of inspiring products and interactive experiences
  • Experience managing teams and coordinating design across the full lifecycle of a project
  • Intimate knowledge and experience with current design and prototyping tools
  • Proven experience collaborating with cross-functional teams consisting of researchers, designers, developers, and directors
  • Strategic thinking coupled with a firm understanding of the software development process
  • An interest in emerging technologies and new forms of human-computer interaction
  • Strong communication, including presentation and written skills
  • Empathy and emotional intelligence

What you’ll get:

  • A positive, balanced work life
  • Full benefits including medical and dental
  • 401K matching
  • Team lunches, activities, and outings
  • 24/7 access to gym/showers in our building
  • 24/7 parking in downtown Austin

If this sounds like you, contact us at jobs@thirteen23.com!