Design Director, Alto

  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Alto Mail was created to rethink how we interact with email since email is used for more and more transactional messages every day. Our app is has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times on iOS, Android, and we even have a thriving web user base. We’re continuing to expand on that, and we’re also reaching out into new product categories.

Job Description

We're looking for a passionate and super collaborative Principal Designer to join our kick ass team based in Palo Alto, CA. We are looking for creative thinkers that are entrepreneurial, critical of the current experiences around them, and innovators who are energized to re-imagine the way people, brands, and services interact to make email and communications more personal and valuable for everyone involved.

Our Visual Designers work super-close with our product and technology teams to develop design concepts for our most challenging, complex, and innovative projects. They create experiences across all devices with intuitive, elegant, and beautiful interfaces that drive engagement and loyalty to the Alto brand. They have an acute sense of trendy versus timely versus timelessness and dream about digital product design.

Things that we value:

  • Curious minds with an appetite for learning

  • Strong points of view paired with a healthy dose of humility

  • Collaborative mindsets, eagerness for a quality critique, and a great sense of humor

  • User-centric and strategic approaches

  • Ability to give and solicit feedback from other designers to continually raise our bar for quality

  • Strong interests in following the latest trends in design, technology, and social.

About You:

You care about making great products and are willing to design and test in an iterative process to get to the best solution. Sometimes this means hunkering down with an engineer and just cranking out something amazing in an afternoon. You should be knowledgeable about our competitors, understand established design patterns and best practices, but always feel the need to do better. You get inspired, fired up and ready to dig in and work when presented with a challenge and it spreads to the rest of your team.

You can design for different technologies, devices, and mindsets. You love a challenge from your team and are ready to help bring the fastest growing new mail product into adulthood.


  • Excellent communication skills to clearly articulate your design decisions

  • The ability to think at a high level about product strategy and vision and present it confidently

  • Experience tinkering with front-end programming to be able to create a web prototype or a mobile app

  • Having shipped applications or software and understand what it takes to make schedules

  • Must have a portfolio featuring examples of previous design work

Additional Information

EEO/AA Women, Minorities, Veterans, Individuals with Disabilities Employer: AOL offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including 401(k) match and performance bonus. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or other protected category.