Product Designer

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • January 25, 2023
Apply from Japan Only
No relocation to Japan
(No visa sponsorship from overseas)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required 👍
English: Fluent
Minimum Experience
Senior or above

About Us

Our Mission: Smarter, safer, connected driving in any vehicle

Driving technology always feels old. Not by a little bit. Years and years out of date. Is that really just “the way things are”? We don’t think so and we’re here to fix that. We believe vehicles can be 1000x smarter, safer, and more connected to the world around us. We’ve started on this mission by building a mobile-based connected vehicle platform used by millions of drivers in over 150 countries. In 2019, we joined forces with Honda as their first startup acquisition, and now we’re expanding our vision by bringing together software and hardware to build new products that solve real needs for millions of drivers around the world.

About The Role

Drivemode is a design focused company, and run on a very iterative, hypothesis, and data-driven process. As a Product Designer, you will be working on new software products with our world-class engineering and product management teams, alongside Honda’s hardware divisions. The position will ensure our products are easy to use, valuable to our users, and crafted with a high level of execution. 

What You Will Be Doing

  • Design the user experience of new features from concept to launch with our product managers, engineers, and Honda’s hardware teams
  • Take broad, conceptual ideas and turn them into useful and valuable products for drivers
  • Wireframe, prototype, and design end-to-end flows that are simple and elegant
  • Create visual systems for new products that uphold Drivemode’s design standards
  • Gather data, customer feedback, and iterate on features that are being used by people all over the world
  • Freedom to test new ideas and push boundaries

  • What We’re Looking For

  • 3+ years of experience designing, shipping, and iterating on mobile applications or software at the level of whole features/products for an entire end-to-end experience
  • Visual designs skills that encompass a great eye for layout in desktop/mobile interfaces, typography, iconography, and color
  • Interaction design skills that showcase your abilities in understanding people’s needs and how they affect a user’s experience
  • Great communication and presentation skills that will allow you to defend complex design ideas
  • A thoughtful web portfolio demonstrating your passion for simple, intuitive, and beautiful design
  • Business level English

  • Nice To Have

  • Motion design and graphics
  • Business Level Japanese

  • EEOC Statement

    Drivemode is proud of a very diverse team with employees coming from 5 continents/11 countries as of today. Diversity in our workplace has played an important part in our success; we recognize each employee’s unique background, knowledge, experiences, ideas, and viewpoints which are all critical in developing a product that has the greatest impacts on drivers all over the world.

    Drivemode provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,  disability, or any other characteristics that make you unique. 

    Smarter, Safer, Connected driving in any vehicle.

    We were founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs from Zipcar and Tesla Motors and acquired by Honda in 2019. In 2020, we released Honda RoadSync with Honda motorcycle team. In 2023, our CEO Yo Koga was named as Global UX Officer and Drivemode is set to expand further to transform Honda and win in the growing Electric Vehicle market with our expertise in software and user experience.

    Our Current Work

    Honda motorcycles
    We are building a modern software platform for Honda's new electric motorcycles. The platform, including mobile app and infotainment system, will be deployed in many countries. Not only working with Honda's motorcycle engineers as one team, we also do our own in-house hardware prototyping to enable us to learn and move quickly. The goal is to provide seamless motorcycle rider experiences with deeply integrated software and hardware.

    Honda/Acura vehicles
    We are working on a vehicle companion app & platform for Honda's next generation electric vehicles. The app will be a critical part of connected service offering for any future Honda & Acura vehicles globally. We are working closely with Honda's industry-leading hardware and vehicle experts to design the software and hardware as one experience for users.

    Our Future Direction: This is just the beginning for us; we expect to expand our scope into other software driven areas for Automotive while continuing to grow and build on more capabilities

    Working at Drivemode
    We’re a diverse group of Silicon Valley and Tokyo entrepreneurs who want to make driving better. Our approach focuses on speed, learning, flexibility, and data-driven decision-making. We aren’t just “coders” or “designers;” we are problem solvers who understand that why you do something is just as important as what you do. We love challenges: the bigger, the better.

    Our organizational structure is flat and everyone has an opportunity to share ideas, regardless of manager or job title. Openness, transparency, and communication are always priorities. We trust our employees’ abilities to make decisions in the best interest of Drivemode and give them the freedom to do what it takes to bring out the best in themselves and others. We provide support, mentorship, and growth across all positions to help employees identify and reach career and developmental goals.

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