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Lead UX/UI Designer
New York, NY, USA  |  Full Time

We are looking for a lead UX/UI designer to make the Tastemakers platform an addictive, world class product that meets the needs of black millennials and culture curious travelers around the world. You’ll user test, design UI/UX, and own the Tastemakers visual brand. Our designers are multi-faceted with distinct points of view. While they are not afraid to experiment they back up their work with data that maintains that our users and community are at the center of our decisions. We see our technology as a community interface and an entirely new experience inspiring travelers and entrepreneurs across the world - our design team brings that vision to life.

Our day-to-day switches between user research, usability testing, post-production for social, wireframe iteration, and high-fidelity mockup delivery. Our month-to-month switches between different, design projects: including the Tastemakers global re-brand, web platform, mobile app, curator experience, and more.


Tastemakers designers are expected to be ambitious, opinionated, user-centric, and data-driven. We are building a marketplace with many different user types, may different user products, and the goal of connecting travelers, creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs in the real world. Product lives online and offline and you’ll have a hand in every step. Your day-to-day will vary, but you can expect to spend your time as follows: 30% on UI, 30% on UX, 20% on brand design, and 10% on user research, and 10% on post-production and contentYou’ll be responsible for:

  • Applying user-centered design principles and processes to create the best possible web, mobile, and in-person experiences
  • Working with a multi-disciplinary product team to iterate and turn designs into scalable features
  • Conducting regular quantitative and qualitative UX research, including user interviews and usability testing
  • Prototyping and test user flows in collaboration with entire product team
  • Designing and iterating wireframes and high-fidelity mockups of product screens
  • Taking ownership of the Tastemakers visual brand
  • Developing brand collateral for events, activations, and community engagement
  • Continuously communicating with the product team and all of Tastemakers HQ


  • 3+ years of experience with end-to-end UX/UI product design
  • Comprehensive understanding of Adobe Design Suite and digital design tools
  • Experience with cross-platform design (Responsive Web, iOS, Android, Email Campaigns, Print)
  • Experience working closely within multi-disciplinary product teams including software engineers
  • Great communication skills - the ability to effectively communicate design ideas and decision rationale
  • Traveler-centric prioritization and team-centric collaboration


  • Experience with post-production (video and still) for social and web publication
  • Experience working with travel and/or startup environments
  • Experience working alongside software developers
  • Experience building products for diverse audiences

We Offer

  • Travel, cultural curiosity, and meeting new people as core to our culture
  • Work on a suite of products that will change the travel industry for the better
  • Small-team collaboration, mentorship, and pair programming
  • One fully-covered large design conference, retreat, or workshop series per year
  • An annual team conference in Africa
  • Ongoing internal team workshops and local design conference access
  • Monthly happy hours with our HQ team in New York
  • Health Insurance
  • Monthly MTA benefits
  • Tastemakers experience credits, to be used by you or gifted away
  • 0% - 1% Equity (depending on applicant experience)


Think you have the skills and passion for the job? Are you excited to work for a global team changing the narrative on travel? Then please introduce yourself and send a resume to careers@tastemakersafrica.com.