Jonas Downey

Jonas Downey turned his job search into a design challenge. He got the job when he demonstrated his strategic persistence to determine his path in life by proving his ability to solve problems and improve his skills in order to apply again, months after he applied the first time.

Jonas Downey

Jonas Downey a product designer at Basecamp in Chicago. He has been creating ideas and interfaces for Basecamp since 2011.

He also made Hello Weather and Emojisaurus with some good friends.

Sometimes he writes short articles on his blog Boxes and Words and at Signal v. Noise.

Jonas Downey, designer of interfaces, writer of words, maker of pancakes.
Jonas Downey, designer of interfaces, writer of words, maker of pancakes
Hello Weather
The exceptionally useful, no-nonsense weather app for iOS and Android. Get all the weather info you need, and nothing you don’t!
Signal v. Noise
Strong opinions and shared thoughts on design, business, and tech. By the makers (and friends) of <a href=“” target=“_blank” rel=“noopener”&…

I have been following the career of Jonas Downey since he was a member of the Symphony CMS forum and a contributor to the open source project.

He made the transition from front-end developer to Designer at Basecamp.

His path is worth noting.

Jonas, who applied once before but didn’t make the cut, came back strong and determined the next time we posted a designer position. He stuck with it, took our feedback, got better, showed us what he’s been up to since we last talked, and made a strong case for reconsideration. Here’s his second-time-around job application site.
Besides solid design chops, Jonas impressed us with his intelligence, his curiosity, his writing ability, his experience wearing a lot of hats, and his interest in exploring ideas and building stuff.
We’re excited to have him on the team.
Jonas Downey joins 37signals as a UI designer
On October 10th we’ll be welcoming Jonas Downey as the fifth full-time designer at 37signals. Jonas comes to us by way of the Argonne National Laboratory where he was one of the principal designers of their web sites/apps. Jonas will join Craig, Jamie, Scott, and Jason Z in crafting the visua…
Jonas Downey’s 37 Signals Job Application
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Side Projects

Side projects can be a good way to have fun while experimenting and innovating in ways that can demonstrate that you are an innovative, creative, and strategic thinker. Consistent, iterative progress over time is analogous to the magic of compound interest in financial management. People think creativity just happens, but creative people know that knowledge, skill, and experience come from relentless persistence over time to learn your craft.

This Ephemeral Year


Move Slowly and Fix Things
Recently I took a monthlong sabbatical from my job as a designer at Basecamp. (Basecamp is an incredible company that gives us a paid month off every 3 years.) When you take 30 days away from work…
Balancing the Grind with Jonas Downey, Design Team Lead at Basecamp - Balance The Grind | Conversations On Work, Life & Balance
Jonas Downey is the Design Team Lead at project management software company, Basecamp, and the co-creator of weather app Hello Weather.
Prototyping at Basecamp: an interview with UI Designer Jonas Downey
Prototyping, project management software and awesome user interfaces. All in a day’s work for Basecamp’s Jonas Downey. If you were looking for the most popular and lauded...
Jonas Downey – Medium
Read writing from Jonas Downey on Medium. Designer at @Basecamp, co-creator of @helloweatherapp. Every day, Jonas Downey and thousands of other voices read, write, and share important stories on Medium.