Who are we?

We’re Humane Engineering – a small, tech-for-good company founded by two designers, Alex Rothera and Ivor Williams – to design and build things that can genuinely improve people’s lives. We wanted to build products that utilise technology in a more expressive, meaningful way, so we began with a subject close to our hearts: helping young people cope with the loss of a loved one.

We began with the support of the Bethnal Green Ventures, the tech-for-good accelerator, with a small team, and designed and built Cove – an app that enables you to express a mood or a feeling by creating music and capturing it in a journal. Now, with the support of NHS England, we’re developing the next version of Cove. We’re looking for an experienced UI/UX designer who is excited about improving the offerings within mental health and support service by creating beautiful, useful products. You will have the chance to design a really unique product, helping to de-stigmatise emotional health by combining music, technology and design.

You will join a team comprised of product people, developers, musicians, academics and researchers. All of us are committed to combining evidence-led research with an incredible user experience to create a product that genuinely helps improve people’s lives.

What is Cove?

Every year, almost 6 million young people in the UK experience the loss of someone close or significant to them - as many as 92% will endure this life-defining and profound loss before the age of 18. The Childhood Bereavement Network reports that it can take up to 3 months before young people are seen by a counsellor or therapist. Even when in therapy, they often don’t possess the emotional maturity to effectively communicate their complex emotions. Current therapy tools and social media platforms do not support the forms of self-expression often needed by young people experiencing grief or loss.

We believe Cove functions as an effective tool for young people to improve their emotional health – such as building resilience, supporting post-traumatic growth and increasing confidence through self-expression – by utilising the everyday technology of smartphone apps to deliver radically innovative mental health support.

Cove has been selected by NHS England as part of its digital development fund, to support companies in bringing digital tools for mental health to the NHS. It will be amongst the first generation of apps to be officially endorsed by the NHS following academic and clinical evaluation.

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We launched the first version of Cove in November 2015 with great support from press and industry. It was featured on the front page of the Apple app store as a “Best New App” in 100 countries.

Wired: “Coves Journal App Lets You Process Your Emotions With Music

Mashable: “A music journaling app swaps words for sounds to help you express emotions”

The Next Web: “Cove is a journal you write with music, not words”

Its Nice That: “A new app that wants you to tell it how you feel, using electronic music”

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The opportunity

A highly motivated and experienced freelance UI/UX designer with an interest in healthcare and experience working in tech startups, or working within consultancy or design studios.

You will be part of a small but dynamic team, working with the two founders and an agile development team to help prototype, visualise, design and deliver Cove in a lean and agile way, delivering on the company’s vision and strategy.

You will be the principal designer, working closely with the product manager and technical developer. We would like someone who is extremely self driven and passionate about the field, comfortable working in a small team, reporting to the founders periodically and communicating between the various team members. You will be responsible for revamping the entire app, and will have the chance to leverage your own experience to explore new interactions and interfaces.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Create something special while balancing specific user needs;
  • Shape and build the user experience of the whole product;
  • Work closely with our developer and musician to craft a unique user interface;
  • Challenge expectations of how a music-maker works, looks and feels ;
  • Go from research and sketches, to prototypes and final design assets.

The successful applicant

We are looking for a driven, creative individual who wants to make a positive and significant difference to young people who are going through a tough period in their life. You should be excellent at:

  • Learning quickly and being adaptable;
  • Working in small, agile teams;
  • Usability testing and iterative prototyping;
  • Working with all standard design tools (Sketch, Adobe, InVision etc) to a high level
  • Delivering high-quality assets in a fast-paced process collaborating with developers, researchers and company founders.

Above all, you need to be confident and adept at taking ownership of an important product, understand your personal strengths and limitations, and be able to immerse yourself in the complex healthcare world and deliver the team to success.

Salary & options

This role is for 3 months. 

We offer a competitive salary to suit the level of experience.

How to apply?

Please send a short covering letter, and CV, including two references to: [email protected]

Please include ‘UI/UX designer’ in your subject header

Applications deadline: 3rd March  2017