ChefSteps ISO World-Class Designer

ChefSteps has come a long way in the past few months. Our sous vide course is closing in on the half-way mark, the forums are a hive of community activity, and we’ve created our first food product. Our team is continuing to push the limits of what’s possible in the kitchen, and figuring out new ways to share our fascination with the how’s and why’s of cooking using our skills as writers, photographers, musicians, and filmmakers. We’ve hired our second software engineer and continue to build out the site and the course; look for some great new features soon.

Taking a step back from all of that activity, we are headed toward a larger vision. We want to bring culinary education into the modern era, and use science to help you make your cooking more delicious and enjoyable than ever before.

We are ready to add another piece to this puzzle: a great designer that can help us make the website look and function in a way that does justice to that larger mission. Everyone here has tremendous respect for the work of designers. We know that a great designer doesn’t just make pretty pictures. They make or break the entire experience that the community has with your content. A great design enhances great information, makes it easy to find what you want, and directs you to things you didn’t yet know you wanted, all while being almost invisible.

Could you be the designer we are looking for? Or do you know someone who is? Here’s how to tell:

  • The pace of work at ChefSteps is breakneck. You are comfortable with that pace, with surfing uncertainty and refining on the fly. We believe in iteration, not immaculate conception.
  • You are a switchblade. You are equally capable of contemplating the information design of a meal timeline in a PDF ebook, designing a logo from scratch, figuring out what variations of a landing page we should test, or creating a new template for our weekly emails.
  • You know how to strike a balance between beauty and functionality. Beautiful pixels are important. Beautiful pixels that serve their intended purpose are golden. (Well, actually a lot of times they are #ffffff.)
  • You are both strategic and tactical. You’ll help hold the big picture of what we are trying to accomplish over the next several years, but will also be very happy to get into the nitty-gritty of what needs to get done right now.
  • You have a modern, minimalist aesthetic that will work well with our photos and video.
  • Working with a world-class interdisciplinary team in startup mode isn’t intimidating, it is your idea of a great time.

Bonus points:

  • If you are able to do some HTML and CSS yourself, in addition to handing over pictures to implement, that’s a great thing.
  • If you have a love of food and cooking, it couldn’t hurt.
  • If you live in Seattle, we’d love to have you on-site, but we’ll consider remote work if you can spend some time with us getting started.

Sound like a dream job to you? Got the skills? We’d like to talk with you. To start the conversation, please send an email to michael@chefsteps.com with:

  • A link to your portfolio or to one or more sites where we can see what you’ve built. If it was a collaborative effort, let us know what is yours.
  • A paragraph or two about why you think you’d be a great fit.
  • Take a look at the existing chefsteps.com and suggest 1 to 3 things that you think should be the highest priority to improve.

We look forward to hearing from you, and please send this post to anyone you think might be interested!

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