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UX Designer 6month contract

$45k - $65k est.

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The Company

500px is the leading online network for photographers. Our mission is to connect the world’s photographers and provide them with opportunities to discover inspiration, get exposure and rewarded for their work, and help them learn and grow their skills. Every month, millions of people from around the world use our website and mobile apps to find and share the world’s most inspiring photography.

***Please note that we are all currently working remotely until staff feel safe and comfortable returning to the office. Once we do, we expect to continue granting our team the flexibility of choosing to work from home or anytime from our HQ, but will confirm this once our plans are firm.

The Job

We love what we do, and we know you do too. We are looking for someone to not only come along for the future ride, but also to help shape and own it. Our users are creatives and they have unique needs that are at the heart of everything we do. If you enjoy working in a collaborative environment to produce and deliver smart innovative applications for a dynamic user base then we want you. Our future involves moving into the exciting world of NFT art sales and with that brings a unique challenge to carve out and craft a distinct experience in a progressive emerging space.

This position is a 6-month contract with the possibility of extension.

What you'll be doing:

  • Contribute to product design thinking, and advocate for the user to enable creation of user-driven success-focused digital experiences
  • Partner with Product, Content and Engineering teams to solve problems and identify trends and opportunities
  • Work with the executives and the larger team to support existing, and future product strategy related efforts
  • Research and understand all facets of our future north star and provide insights that can be created into measurable analytics
  • Inform, influence, support, and execute our product decisions
  • Brainstorm and collaborate with other designers, content, product and with engineers
  • Diagram site architectures and user interfaces using sitemaps and wireframes
  • Work with developers to help create high-level prototypes as necessary
  • Support continuous improvement of user experience tools, documentation and process

Our ideal candidate:

  • Loves creating amazing digital experiences that are rooted in empathy and are apart of and promote a holistic brand vision
  • Is well versed in product design and understands how interactivity can be used to enhance the experience and how to implement it
  • Has a deep understanding of design systems and building products in agile, bringing their technical knowledge to promote working smarter alongside developers
  • Collaborates often and with ease, bringing a friendly and open personality to whatever the task or discussion without bringing ego to the table
  • Utilizes design to not only meet the needs of our users but can understand and address the needs of business, and can solve for this
  • Is comfortable moving quickly when things are in motion and performs well in a multidisciplinary setting

What you must have:

  • 4+ years of UX Design experience in the Product Design field
  • A diploma or degree in design or related discipline (or proven history of experience)
  • Been a part of a team that has shipped software that solves real user’s problems and achieves measurable business outcomes
  • A portfolio demonstrating this with previous work that shows your design thinking, methodology, process, and overall UX approach
  • Documentation skills to produce and maintain specification documents, text strings, flowcharts, wireframes and other documentation that define the user experience
  • Familiarity with business requirement gathering, site assessment, competitive analysis, and secondary research
  • Inclusive design philosophy with a strong editorial sense
  • Comfort being the primary UX designer and/or researcher on product design projects from end to end
  • Fluency in responsive design patterns, iOS / Android applications patterns and Human Interface Design Guidelines
  • Familiarity with Native App, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS design capabilities
  • Expert knowledge of UX tools, design systems, and delivery methods

Bonus points for:

  • Experience working on online social platforms with a large user base
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including comfort in presenting
  • Understanding of how interactive models can enhance the user experience is a big plus.
  • A passion or understanding of photography (tell us what you shoot!) and/or fine arts
  • Being a member of the 500px community
  • Experience within the photography industry or photography-related field


  • Competitive salaries
  • Flexible work hours
  • Great health and dental benefits starting on day one
  • HQ in downtown Toronto within walking distance of TTC and Union Station, lots of great nearby food options, and dogs are welcome
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Amazing coworkers from around the world
  • Generous time off policies for vacations, sick days, birthdays, religious observances, civil involvement, new babies or pets, emergencies, or even if you just need to recharge
  • Life-friendly Zoom calls – we love to see your pets and hear your kids’ jokes!

Interview Process

  1. Phone screen: < 30 min conversation with a hiring manager
  2. Case study
  3. Team interviews: 2-3 hours on Zoom where you'll e-meet multiple members of our team


We believe diverse teams perform better, and we seek to increase our overall team diversity. We make active efforts to reduce the impact of unconscious bias in our hiring process.


500px welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.