Lead Experience Designer, Motion

Airbnb, San Francisco, CA

Who wouldn't want to work here?

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb's various functions embody the company's innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

About the Role

Airbnb is seeking a skilled Motion Designer to join our growing Studio Design team. This is an opportunity to bring additional specialization to our design system, visual language, and both current and future Airbnb products. 


  • Transform static product moments into surprising and delightful interactive ones
  • Adapt and evolve our motion language, guidelines and principles
  • Further incorporate motion into our design system via motion patterns and tooling 
  • Create a variety of motion design documents including storyboards, animatics, creative briefs, motion specs, and motion guidelines
  • Co-define project strategy and objectives and set the vision for the user experience
  • Lead complex projects and initiatives and execute deliverables at the highest level from both a creative and technical standpoint
  • Serve as an implementation intermediary between design and cross-platform engineering (iOS, Android, web) 
  • Partner with Experience Designers, Visual Designers, Engineers, Researchers and Content Strategists to define problems and goals, prototype interactions, and craft production deliverables at the highest quality in service of an initiative, e.g. animations, prototypes, user flows, presentations, and design specifications
  • Coach and empower designers to think about how things feel, move, act, sound, and convey emotion
  • Facilitate training sessions on animation workflows and tooling
  • Provide art direction and client support to agency and freelance motion talent 


  • 8+ years of relevant experience on a creative team, either in-house or agency
  • 2+ years of leadership experience (Individual Contributor or Manager)
  • Expert knowledge of time-based visual storytelling
  • Expert creative and technical problem solver with a fanatical attention to detail
  • Diverse experience delivering motion studies, animations, transitions, and other motion work for consumer-facing applications, websites, marketing, broadcast and film
  • Depth of experience in a variety of design and animation tools 
  • Demonstrated ability to help a team navigate ambiguity, set vision and strategy for global products
  • Strong communication and diplomacy/stakeholder management skills
  • Self directed, can work autonomously and lead others to deliver on a goal

Nice to have knowledge and skills

  • Lottie
  • 3D tools (Cinema 4D/Maya)
  • Prototyping tools (Principal, Origami, Framer)
  • Automation and programmatic animation
  • Software development tools (GitHub, Jira, and Asana)
  • HTML, CSS, and JS standards

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. 

Want to learn more about Airbnb? Visit Airbnb's website.