Hello Canvanauts, I’m Mark. 🧑🚀
I have experience designing data visualization products, an interest in shaping the future of design tools, and a willingness to relocate to the UK. In short, I think I could be a great fit for your open Lead Product Designer role for Data Visualization. Below is a bit more on why I’m excited about the role and why I think I would be a great fit.
Why I’m excited about Canva
Canva is an opportunity to help create the future of design tools. For my next role, I want to create great digital tools. I’m especially interested in bringing digital and print design tools closer together, which is a unique aspect of Canva.
This role is a chance to dive deep into data visualization. Creating data viz tools that are not restricted to specific use cases is just the type of complex product design challenge I enjoy. While my past experience will help, I’m energized by the opportunity to innovate.
Helping people create beautiful, informative designs aligns with my purpose. My purpose as a designer is to help people, which is why I'm motivated to make tools that are powerful, yet easy to use. Such tools help people by empowering them to do their work more efficiently while making the world more beautiful.
Why I’m a great fit
I have experience building tools for data visualization, analysis, and storytelling. At Palantir, I designed multiple products in this space, including Contour, a visual analysis tool where I did a lot of UI/UX work for building charts.
Going deep on complex problems is one of my strengths. I love learning the details of complex problems in order to craft simple UI/UX solutions. As Per Mollerup says, “The designer's noblest aspiration is to present complexity in simple ways.”
I’m willing to relocate to the UK. Though currently based in NYC, I'm interested in relocating to the UK. I would be pumped to help build out Canva’s presence in the UK, and I have experience helping build out design teams in new locations (I was Palantir's first designer in NYC).
Design is what ships.
Design is how it works.
Design is inherently collaborative.
Done is better than perfect.
Less, but better.
Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I hope to hear from you soon!