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Senior Product Designer - Design System

Remote position, Australia only


Hey there! Are you ready to join the team that's revolutionizing design experiences? We've got an exciting opportunity for you. In this role, you'll be planning and delivering project work for our Easel Design System, collaborating with the team to prioritize requirements and set a clear path forward. You'll also be leading Product Designers and Front-End Engineers to develop reusable UI/UX patterns, exploring components for our Design Systems library, and supporting product teams in delivering world-class user interfaces. Plus, you'll get to audit and improve our existing design system, enhance our Figma library, and contribute to our shared vision of elevating our Design System to a world-class standard. If you have a systems mindset, love collaboration and communication, and have a knack for designing for the web, we want to hear from you! Join us at Canva and experience moments of magic, connectivity, and fun while working towards our crazy big goals. We offer a range of benefits, including equity packages, inclusive parental leave, and flexible leave options. Apply now and let's create something amazing together!

Job Description

Job Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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Where and how you can work

Our flagship campus is in Sydney. We also have a campus in Melbourne and co-working spaces in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. But you have choice in where and how you work. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you're near one), at home or a bit of both, it's up to you.

What you’d be doing in this role:

  • Planning and delivery: Partner with the team, planning project work for the health and evolution of the Easel Design System, collaborating with team members to identify and prioritise requirements for upcoming component delivery and establishing a clear path forward for future work.
  • Advocacy and enablement: Lead Product Designers and Front-End Engineers across product groups to identify, specify and prioritise holistic UI/UX patterns as reusable components across Canva's suite of products, enabling teams to ship quickly and consistently.
  • Discover and define: Actively exploring components and patterns to contribute to the foundational core of our Design Systems component library
  • Supporting consumers: Partnering with Product Designers and Front-End Engineers to answer and guide ad hoc questions and queries, enabling product teams to deliver world-class user interfaces that are usable, useful, and desirable for our users while ensuring our products align with our Design System.
  • Maintain tooling: Scaling the Figma design library through new technological advancements, third-party integrations, optimisation, and general maintenance and support of the Easel Design Kit.
  • Measuring success: Measuring the success and impact of Easel initiatives includes collecting, analysing, and reporting data to provide meaningful insights to the business.

Goals that you'll achieve:

  • Audit: Audit the existing design system and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Evolving Figma Library: Taking ownership of our Easel Design Kit Figma library, enhancing tooling, component examples, theming, auto-layout, enhance prototyping capabilities and develop effective contribution models.
  • Evolving components: Supporting our DS teams through component and pattern development, including design, drafting documentation, fixing bugs and refining existing assets and improving tooling.
  • Leading advocacy model: Working directly with Product Designers in product teams to enhance cross-group visibility of emerging components and shared patterns, creating exposure to holistic systems problems, thinking and processes.
  • Contributing to our shared vision: Utilise the knowledge and insights you've gained in the first six months to help inform and shape our current and future projects necessary to elevate our Design System to a world-class standard.


What we are looking for:

  • A systems mindset: Help build a world-class design system in service of the Canva platform, contributing to user experience and business value. Improve designer and developer efficiency by updating or unifying existing component guidance and defining emerging ideas.
  • Collaboration and communication: Cross-team and cross-functional collaboration and discussion are vital functions of this role. Giving and receiving constructive feedback, supporting incoming queries about the system, and pairing with individuals. You're able to articulate, draft and publish clear guidance, which assists consumers of Easel, Canva's design system, in making informed decisions while being able to understand and speak “Front-End” when working with Engineers. Share knowledge of the design system through articles, documentation and presentations.
  • Designing for the web: Consideration and thoughtfulness across the realm of digital platforms and accessibility requirements to deliver components and patterns that consider all users’ needs, including accessibility, responsive design, web standards, common UI patterns, leading design innovations, and usability best practices.
  • Systems-to-product alignment: Understands, questions, and suggests the right components and patterns for the task so that designers can create coherent, consistent, and delightful product experiences across Canva's platform.

Additional Information

About the group you'll be joining:

Part of the Product Platform supergroup, the UX Platform’s group mission is ‘to ensure a delightful experience for every user on every device’. The group comprises teams that focus on systems, tooling and guidance for Canva’s Design System (Easel), Accessibility and Internationalisation, to name a few.

Our Design System focuses on two streams of work: the development and maintenance of foundational components and increasing adoption of the design system across the org. Our team’s mission is to build a world-class design system that empowers Canva staff to craft consistent and excellent experiences at scale.

What's in it for you?

Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a stack of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:

  • Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
  • Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
  • An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
  • Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

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