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In-Product Motion Design Lead



Product, Design
Multiple locations · Arizona, USA · Florida, USA · Georgia, USA · North Carolina, USA · Illinois, USA · Massachusetts, USA · Oregon, USA · Washington, DC, USA · California, USA · Texas, USA · Virginia, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 18, 2023

Company Description

Dropbox is a special place where we are all seeking to fulfill our mission to design a more enlightened way of working. We’re looking for innovative talent to join us on our journey. The words shared by our founders at the start of Dropbox still ring true today. Wouldn’t it be great if our working environment—and the tools we use—were designed with people’s actual needs in mind? Imagine if every minute at work were well spent—if we could focus and spend our time on the things that matter. This is possible, and Dropbox is connecting the dots.The nearly 3,000 Dropboxers around the world have helped make Dropbox a living workspace - the place where people come together and their ideas come to life. Our 700+ million global users have been some of our best salespeople, and they have helped us acquire customers with incredible efficiency. As a result, we reached a billion dollar revenue run rate faster than any software-as-a-service company in history.Dropbox is making the dream of a fulfilling and seamless work life a reality. We hope you’ll join us on the journey.

Team Description

Our Research & Design team crafts delightful experiences that make people's lives easier. We're a close-knit, collaborative group, guided by a highly iterative user-centered design process. Combining research, data, and thoughtful critique, we're discovering needs and solving fundamental problems that impact work and life for millions of people around the world.

Role Description

At Dropbox, our brand is central to everything we do. Our technology may be complex, but interacting with it is delightfully easy. Our Brand XP team is a horizontal team that operates within Dropbox Brand Studio, focused on in-product brand. More specifically, we partner with product teams to build experiences for high impact areas of the business. Our mission is to shape the way people interact, perceive, and talk about the Dropbox brand and products with branded product experiences that help build trust, drive preference, and create affinity with our users.

We are hiring a motion design lead on the Brand XP team with a primary focus on how we bring our brand to life through motion within the product experience. As our motion design lead, you will be responsible for partnering with design directors, illustrators, and product designers developing motion-focused product experiences, overseeing multiple projects through execution, and collaborating with various teams inside, and outside Dropbox.

You will evolve and expand our current motion design principles, specifically for our in-product experiences. You will also work closely with design research, engineering, design systems and product design teams to deliver branded in-product motion as well as UI motion to the highest impact areas of the product. Motion is key to making our product feel premium, easy to use, and delightful. You’ll need to have end-to-end experience in motion from concept to technical execution with our engineers and design system partners for scalability.


  • Continue to define and develop the motion design system at Dropbox; primary focus on in-product motion
  • Proficient in working with illustrators and design directors on delivering animated brand assets in 2D/3D, ideation and concept development, working with engineering for implementation across desktop, mobile, and web surfaces – understands constraints of working within product.
  • Familiar with systems level thinking and building out scalable motion tokens to be reused within Dropbox. Also should have the ability to leverage and connect motion design with haptic feedback, accelerometer/gyroscope, as well as sound.
  • Contribute creative solutions and innovations.
  • Articulate and defend conceptual and directional choices.
  • Conceive and create experience-oriented design solutions that fulfill strategic business objectives.
  • Cultivate creative motion design strategies.
  • Lead motion efforts across multiple functions inside Dropbox, and help to partner with additional motion design talent outside the company.


  • 5+ years experience in a motion role (at least 2+ years in an product environment).
  • A strong working knowledge of visual design, motion design and technical knowledge
  • Recognized expertise in motion for interaction across desktop, mobile, and web
  • Comprehensive awareness and interest in new platforms and technologies for motion design and related mediums.
  • Proven track record for delivering in-product motion at high level of craft
  • Excellent presentation skills and communication abilities at all levels.
  • Strong ability to prioritize work and resources across engagements based on short and long-term needs.

Total Rewards

For candidates hired in the following locations: Austin (TX) metro, Chicago metro, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Washington D.C. metro, California (outside SF metro), the expected salary/On-Target Earnings (OTE) range for the role is currently $133,100 - $156,600 - $180,100.

For candidates hired in the following locations: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (outside Chicago Metro), North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (outside Austin Metro), Virginia (outside D.C. Metro), the expected salary/On-Target Earnings (OTE) range for the role is currently $118,300 - $139,200 - $160,100.

Range(s) is subject to change. Dropbox takes a number of factors into account when determining individual starting pay, including job and level they are hired into, location/metropolitan area, skillset, and peer compensation. Dropbox uses the zip code of an employee’s remote work location to determine which metropolitan pay range we use.

Salary/OTE is just one component of Dropbox’s total rewards package. All regular employees are also eligible for the corporate bonus program or a sales incentive (target included in OTE) as well as stock in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).

Dropbox is committed to investing in the holistic health and wellbeing of all Dropboxers and their families. Our benefits and perks programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • (US Only) Competitive 401(k) Plan with a generous company match and immediate vesting
  • Flexible Time Off/Paid Time Off, paid holidays, Volunteer time off and more
  • Protection Plans including; Life Insurance, Disability Insurance and Travel benefit plans
  • Perks Allowance to be used on what matters most to you, whether that’s wellness, learning and development, food & groceries, and much more
  • Parental benefits including; Parental Leave, Child and Adult Care, Day Care FSA (US Only), Fertility Benefits (US Only), Adoption and Surrogacy support and Lactation Support

Mental Health and Wellness benefits Free Dropbox space for your friends and family

Additional benefits details are available upon request.

Dropbox is an equal opportunity employer. We are a welcoming place for everyone, and we do our best to make sure all people feel supported and connected at work. A big part of that effort is our support for members and allies of internal groups like Asians at Dropbox, BlackDropboxers, Latinx, Pridebox (LGBTQ), Vets at Dropbox, Women at Dropbox, ATX Diversity (based in Austin, Texas) and the Dropbox Empowerment Network (based in Dublin, Ireland).