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Codecademy // platform for learning to code
Design, Full Time    New York    Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2020
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Hello, World! Codecademy has helped tens of millions of learners upgrade their careers, build meaningful projects & gain confidence in their skills with engaging, accessible, & flexible education on programming & data skills. We provide hands-on interactive lessons ranging from Python to R to JavaScript & everything in between. Our learners have gone on to start companies, new jobs, & new lives thanks to what theyve learned with Codecademy, & were thrilled to take that impact to the next level.

Codecademy was started in 2011 by two college students in a dorm room at Columbia that were frustrated by the huge gap between education & employment. Almost a decade later, we are a growing, diverse team of 100+ headquartered in SoHo, NYC. Weve raised over $40m in venture capital funding from top investors including Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Naspers, Y Combinator, & more.

If you want to help build a business that impacts tens of millions of people each year & helps them lead better lives, join us! 

As the first Communications Designer to join the Codecademy team you will play a pivotal role in elevating our existing visual design & driving human-centered visual content throughout the organization. Through close collaboration with cross-functional teams you will push the boundaries of our visual expression into new & exciting territory. 

Communications Design is vital in helping those who share our vision of a forward-thinking, accessible tech education to truly see us, & it helps millions of learners to encounter, understand & practice new skills. As we scale our product further, the importance of excellent, consistent visual design will only increase. You will help us reach our goals by thinking creatively & exercising your craft to build a bigger Codecademy that our learners can love, while also establishing & guiding our teams on consistent use of design patterns.

The successful candidate will have a history of thinking outside the conceptual box while delivering well-crafted & reliable results. You will have thrived in fast paced environments, using your exceptional communication skills to evangelise boundary-pushing visual designs. You will have demonstrated success in collaboration with cross-functional teams to drive consistency & to release work on deadline. We are looking for someone who can balance rigor, velocity, & inventiveness to shape the future of learning for millions of people. 


  • Translate Codecademys existing brand principles into a consistent, expressive & strategic framework for visual communication, & contribute to its continuous evolution
  • Contribute to our scalable visual design system of type, color, layout & communication components
  • Create branded identities & artwork for our suite of products, web pages, events, exhibitions & swag
  • Establish a conceptually-grounded direction for visual expression & execute with precision
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams as well as fellow designers, establishing & meeting deadlines
  • Support our team with guidance on human-centered visual expression.
  • Work within our high level visual guidelines, but know how to experiment & push into new territory
  • Challenge yourself & teams to strive for excellence, establishing & communicating a high bar for quality


  • You are comfortable with a fast-paced environment, being flexible while maintaining high standards & an attention to detail
  • You are comfortable creating responsive, interactive designs as well as working in print
  • You collaborate well with others, skilled in accepting & also giving feedback, & are comfortable participating in our regular critique sessions with design peers
  • You lead by creating inspiring visual designs, establishing & communicating a consistent vision, planning for success & delivering on expectations
  • You understand how to sketch/prototype in order to support quick collaborative work with minimal wasted effort
  • You are proficient in industry tools & have ability/willingness to learn new skills. At Codecademy we use Figma, Adobe Suite, Principle, HTML/CSS/JS.
  • You have a strong command of typography, layout, color & illustration
  • You are confident at presenting ideas to both peers & stakeholders
  • You have experience designing in a self-directed way with multiple stakeholders across a company
  • You have a portfolio showcasing mature visual design skills & an ability to meet complex problems with thoughtful & efficient solutions


  • You are fluent in designing with code
  • Your bring your life experiences & outside creative pursuits with you to enrich your perspective as a designer
  • You are a lifetime learner

At Codecademy, we are committed to teaching people the skills they need to upgrade their careers. Codecademy aims to educate a richly diverse demographic of users with our product & in order to accomplish this, we believe our team should reflect that rich diversity. Our company celebrates diversity in all of its forms-- race, gender, color, national origin, marital status, sexuality, religion, veteran status, age, ability, disability status-- & works to create an inclusive workplace where people of all backgrounds & beliefs are empowered to better their futures.

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