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