Motion Design Lead, Brand Studio

San Francisco, CA

Company Description

Dropbox is the world’s first smart workspace that helps people and teams focus on the work that matters. With more than 600 million registered users across 180 countries, we’re on a mission to design a more enlightened way of working. Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and has 12 offices around the world.

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.

What makes this team special

At Dropbox, brand is central to everything we do. Our technology may be complex, but interacting with it is delightfully easy. Our Brand Team champions those intangible factors that bring happiness and a feeling of magic to Dropbox users. The team includes designers, illustrators, and producers who are responsible for defining the company’s visual language and voice. They are always pushing to find new ways to connect emotionally, build trust, and create lasting relationships with our customers.

Role Description

We are hiring a Lead Motion Designer on the Brand Studio Team. As the lead Designer, you will be responsible for developing original creative motion design concepts and approaches, overseeing multiple projects through execution, and collaborating with various teams inside, and outside Dropbox. You will contribute to the development of our motion design principles, styleguide and creative direction over a variety of projects. This role will cross between both motion for product design, working closely with design research, engineering, design systems and product design teams, as well as work from our marketing partners contributing to events, advertising etc. 


  • Contribute creative solutions and innovations.
  • Continue to define and develop the motion design system at Dropbox.
  • Articulate and defend conceptual and directional choices. 
  • Promote continual creative improvement and actively contribute to a culture of innovation, excellence and accountability. 
  • Conceive and create experience-oriented design solutions that fulfill strategic business objectives. 
  • Inspire and motivate creative teams and serve as overall creative lead. 
  • Direct all phases of creative work from concept through production. 
  • 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 3+ years in an agency environment). 
  • A strong working knowledge of visual design and motion design
  • Recognized expertise in motion for interaction. 
  • Advanced experience managing the creative development process in a client-services environment. 
  • Comprehensive awareness and interest in new platforms and technologies for motion design and related mediums. 
  • Strong ability to provide clear creative direction and provide timely and helpful feedback to improve creative processes to keep work on budget and schedule. 
  • 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. 
  • Proven mentoring, supervisory, and team-building skills

Benefits and Perks

  • 100% company paid individual medical, dental, & vision insurance coverage
  • 401k + company match
  • Market competitive total compensation package
  • Free Dropbox space for your friends and family
  • Wellness Reimbursement
  • Generous vacation policy
  • 10 company paid holidays
  • Volunteer time off
  • Company sponsored tech talks (technology and other relevant professional topics)
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).

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