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Hardware UX Designer (f/m) in Berlin

Native Instruments

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As a Hardware UX Designer (f/m) at Native Instruments you will shape the future of hardware instruments and controllers.

You will be deeply involved in all aspects of our hardware and software development – you will work collaboratively in a cross-functional team, taking product ideas from initial concept through to mass production. This will include coordinating early design phases, including gathering and synthesizing inputs from various internal and external users, and creating user journeys, workflows, wireframes and building prototypes. In this position you will be working closely with the product owner and user research to iterate your concepts and solutions.

As a strong communicator you will help your team gain a deeper understanding of the users’ needs. You will create innovative and forward-thinking solutions, while keeping an eye on cost implications.

You bring to the job a strong passion for the audio industry and an outstanding foundation in user-centered design.

When applying, please do send your portfolio along with your application. Please do keep the following in mind when sending your portfolio:

● Strong projects - new products, interesting challenges
● Design process, from early exploration to final presentation
● Sketches, iterations and prototypes
● Description of your role and contribution for each project


  • Provide inspiring and sophisticated design concepts to help define the function, interaction and appearance of NI's future hardware products
  • Organize and conduct user interviews and usability tests to validate the process, from design ideas to detailed concepts
  • Create physical and digital prototypes, from paper mock-ups to interactive interfaces
  • Conceptualize workflows and validate them with developers and users
  • Create and deliver detailed concept presentations to internal project and management teams
  • Generate supporting concept documentation for development teams and assist in the transfer to manufacturing
  • Work closely with your cross-functional development team to make sure key design objectives are met, and to ensure the highest level of quality in production


  • You are a highly creative, design-driven individual with a passion for music production and performance
  • You have an eye for details, a strong ability to self-organize while running projects and tasks, and you work effectively within inter-disciplinary teams
  • You have a good knowledge of the audio industry – any prior experience designing music-related hardware is a plus
  • You have a design degree, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience designing hardware-software products
  • You have a proven understanding of human-centered design thinking
  • You are experienced at planning user research and conducting interviews
  • You are fluent in physical and digital prototyping to explore new ideas
  • You have at least a basic understanding of agile development processes
  • You are proficient in Adobe, prototyping tools and scripting- experience with 3D software a plus
  • You are an excellent communicator in English; fluency in German is a plus


Our teams bring inspirational minds together. These experts are dedicated to building software and hardware products that inspire music enthusiasts, producers and performers around the globe. We know market trends and constantly talk to our customers. We believe in true end-to-end ownership and self-contained teams to guide new ideas from concept to product release. We code, deploy, and maintain our products at the high level in order to continually push technological boundaries. Design is key in everything we build. Our research dives deep, our work is tested rigorously, and we release in short cycles. We're passionate about improving our products, our agility, and ourselves so that we can open new creative horizons to our users.

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