Job opening: User experience (UX) designer with passion for accessibility

Mats is sad. He is a developer who loves to code. But our UX-team isn’t supplying enough design specs. So Mats has to do some design himself 😢 Can you help us make him happy again?

Mats looking sad with illustrated teardrop in front of three screens.

Okay, let’s switch to a bit more serious approach: we’re looking for a UX-designer to join our Stockholm office. Here you’ll be able to make the digital world a better – more inclusive – place!

We’re a small but growing company – soon we’ll reach the milestone of being 10 colleagues (we started out with 2 in 2016). But we only have one dedicated UX and accessibility person. So we’re at least going to double that!

But what do we do all day? Well, we do good and we do business. While at the same time having fun and learning new things. Oh! You want us to be more specific? Okay!

A normal day at Axess Lab for a UX-designer

A big part of our team are not morning people. So most of us drop in at between 09-10 and work later instead. That’s fine, since our daily standup meeting is at 10:30. We try to never have meetings before 10 or after 15 so that people can be flexible with when they work, have time to leave and pick up kids etc.

I’d say that most days the UX team works on two projects. So let’s look at what you could be doing before and after lunch:

Before lunch you could be preparing a user test for one of the long term innovation projects we work with. These projects are usually about building a digital product that makes the world more accessible, especially for people with disabilities (but usually it helps lots of other users as well). Right now we’re working on a few projects that aim to make it easier to find and keep a job for people with autism, adhd and other cognitive impairments. So on a normal day you could be finishing up a prototype together with one of our developers, and preparing test scenarios for an upcoming user test.

Here’s an image of when we prepared a user test of an early, sketchy paper-prototype in one of our projects:

Hampus and Eva Lena by a table with lots of paper designed interfaces, preparing for a user test.

After lunch you might be working on an accessibility review. You go through a site with different assistive technologies like magnification, switches and screen readers. You also check color contrasts and measure touch target sizes. The review is compiled in a report, where you include videos of the issues you find. When we’re done we visit the client and help them understand and fix the issues.

We’re happy if this accessibility stuff sounds like it’s outside your comfort zone, as long as you’re eager to learn. You’ll get great training by your amazing colleagues 😉

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Experience of UX methods like user research, prototyping, user testing and design workshops. Junior or senior? We’re open to both!
  • A curiosity for digital accessibility.
  • An out-going and pedagogical way of working with customers and end-users alike.
  • Excellent writing skills (Swedish and English).

These are some bonus traits:

  • Know some basic programming.
  • Feel comfortable planning and performing training and educational sessions.
  • Have personal experience of disabilities.
  • Want to contribute to open source projects – we have an awesome open source program!

Some other things that can be nice to know about us

  • Our office is a 5 minute walk from Odenplan train station in central Stockholm (Google maps)
  • We’re a small company – some would say we’re a startup – which you might have some preconceived ideas about..! But we don’t work 16 hours a day, pay terrible salaries and have sleeping bags in our office. We’re far past that. We have a healthy, balanced atmosphere, good salaries, pay for training/courses, have active-health-benefits (friskvårdsbidrag) and a collective agreement.
  • We have flexible working hours and many of us work from home 1-2 days a week.
  • Want to work part-time? That’s fine! We know life is about a lot more than work. So let’s talk about it!

Some images from the office

Me, Hampus (the current UX:er), outside the entrance to our office H2 Health Hub, which is a office space for startups that improve the world in some way.

Hampus outside the office making a victory sign with his fingers.

Lounge area just inside the entrance. Comfy place to work!

Entrance to office. Big lounge area with sofas and a stage.

Our open workspace. Here different companies sit in the same area. Some rent flexible seats (you clear your work space after every day). But we have fixed places with height adjustable tables, so we can leave our desks (almost) as messy as we want..!

People working in an open workplace setting.

All chairs in the lunch area have tennis balls at their feet. This is actually an accessibility feature to improve the sound environment:

Chairs by lunch table, with tennis balls at the chairs' feet.

Accessibility training is awesome! Here a participant is trying on glasses that simulate a vision impairment:

Woman with sight impairment glasses.

How to apply?

Let’s keep it simple! Send us an email at hello@axesslab.com, tell us a bit about yourself and why you’re interested in working with us! You can write in Swedish or English.