Web Designer

Durham, North Carolina, United States Contract

Caktus has grown sharp web and SMS applications for business, higher education, and social good since 2007. Our award-winning, Agile teams focus on developing for impact and scalability. We specialize in custom Django apps, but also offer discovery workshops, best practices consulting, and team augmentation. As a full-service shop, Caktus commits to maintaining each project with managed hosting and ongoing Django upgrades. Past and current clients include Mozilla, UChicago, PBS, Discovery Communications and others in media, travel, education, finance, and health research.

Are you an expert web designer who can deliver a clean look and feel for digital interfaces and loves to design UI components for the web? Are you accustomed to an iterative discovery and development process? Our small, yet strong team excels at producing clean, user-friendly interfaces for complex web apps and tackling new and diverse projects. If you have between 10 and 30 hours per week available, we would like to develop a long-term relationship with you on a project by project basis. This position requires on-site work in our Durham, NC office.

As a web designer, you will:

  • Design UI guidelines and components for the products we build. Utilize a variety of techniques, such as mood boards, style tiles, UI kits, etc.
  • Rely on client-provided brand guidelines to deliver look and feel aligned with the customer’s brand
  • Demonstrate a solid grasp of design principles optimized for digital content.
  • Have an understanding of HTML and CSS in order to communicate design specs to development teams.
  • Work jointly with the development team to get a feel for Caktus' development process.
  • Follow agile development methodologies and take part in weekly team meetings and standups.
  • Participate in regular co-design sessions with our UX designers and web developers. Collaboratively design UIs, collect input on development feasibility, and answer UI-related questions.
  • Design UI elements and page components for user stories in an iterative fashion, collecting reusable components in a live style guide.
  • Collaborate closely with development teams to assist in the implementation of user stories within development cycles. Iterate based on client comments and feedback.


If you are a professional web designer who loves working on a small team and is excited to deliver clean visual and UI design for highly customized web apps, we urge you to apply. Previous experience working as an independent contractor is also desirable. Your understanding of front-end HTML/CSS techniques will facilitate collaboration with our development teams. Experience in these areas, as well as a real passion for modular design and a familiarity with the "atomic" approach to web design, will make for a phenomenal partnership.

Caktus Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We thrive on, encourage, and celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive environment for all staff regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, body, genetic information, marital status, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran.


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