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BrightDrop Industrial Designer

  • Location
    • Palo Alto, California
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted

Description

About The Team
BrightDrop User Experience (UX) is made up of multi-disciplinary teams of Software Designers, Researchers, Writers, HCI and Human Factors experts, Creative Technologists, and Industrial Designers. Our goal is to design and build the most relevant and  delightful products we possibly can.

About You
You have a rare combination of creative vision and capacity to execute, you can think systematically and create amazing experiences while getting into the nitty gritty of technical details, you are an amazing creative while staying humble and in collaboration with others. You love greenfield challenges where your designs can push the boundaries for what is possible to fully express your creative confidence and deep love for craft. As an Industrial Designer, you’ll help BrightDrop define and design user experience with physical products in the BrightDrop delivery ecosystem. 
 
You’ll design interactions with our family of e-carts which move smaller payloads and can be used with, or independently of, our delivery vans. There’s also the in-vehicle experience, customized to streamline delivery. And then what’s next? You’ll be pivotal in defining it. No matter what’s needed to physically support deliveries and the people who make them happen, you’ll design. You’ll create compelling and useful experiences across all touchpoints for customers ranging from delivery drivers to the general public.

What You Will Do

  • Help us envision the future(s). Conceptualize, visualize, and develop new product designs including aspects of form, aesthetics, and physical interactions.

  • Explore product architectures that consider details of how people use and perceive the product. 

  • Create design language that defines BrightDrop product families. Create signature elements that are usable, meaningful, and recognizable.

  • Use sketching, 3D CAD and renderings, hand built physical mock-ups, and 3D prints to build prototypes that simulate experience with the product and how it might be built. 

  • Work with other designers, design researchers, and engineers to analyze and test product usability in the prototype lab and in the field.

  • Determine detailed designs inclusive of materials, mechanisms, shapes, and surfaces.

  • Create product design documentation (renderings, models, mechanical drawings, CAD, written reports). Iterate with Product and Engineering groups as product design is specified and converges on what will be shipped.

  • There will be a particular emphasis on:

    • Proficiency in drawing and visualization, coming up with several solutions for a product requirement.

    • Developing user experience journeys and scenarios, laying out how people interact with the product in different contexts, considering usability and ergonomics.

    • Defining materials, construction, mechanisms, forms, finishes, and manufacturability in cooperation with other groups involved in the new product development process.

    • Working closely with strategists, researchers, and other design disciplines to shape holistic experiences involving physical, digital, service, and brand components.

Additional Description

We Are Looking For

  • 5+ years professional industrial design experience with a strong product development background.

  • Experience in taking designs from forward-thinking concepts through detailed production.

  • Willingness to dive into projects with a blank slate & learning/listening mindset.

  • The ability to bring consumer-level polish to industrial-grade products.

  • Experience collaborating in distributed multifunctional teams, across Human Factors, HCI, Engineering, and Product, as an industrial design lead.

  • Ability to operate autonomously as an early member of the hardware product design team. Experience mentoring junior designers.

  • A nimble, iterative, hands-on approach to problem solving and product definition. 

  • A university degree in Industrial Design, Architecture, or a related design or engineering discipline

  • Great to also have:

    • Experience in delivery, autonomy, or mobility domains.

    • Experience designing physical products for rugged environments.

    • Experience working in an agile environment – agency or start-up background is helpful.

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