Mixed Reality NUI UX Designer

Do the best work of your life


Would you like to be a part of an innovative venture-backed startup that is pioneering the next frontier in human communication? Cognixion is building a revolutionary sensory communication platform with an audacious goal of being able to communicate with anyone around the world via a direct brain computer interface, augmented reality and other nonverbal inputs. Specifically, translating brainwave patterns into digital controls that can be utilized to give people with severe disabilities greater access to communication, giving professionals access to data that helps them make better choices, and new more natural user interfaces for communicating with others. We’re unlocking human potential by working at the intersection of artificial intelligence (A.I.), augmented reality (AR) and neurotechnology and are developing a platform of accessible solutions that accelerate communication access for those who need it most.

We have a very team-oriented environment and work in a collaborative fashion. We have grown over the past four years and now have offices and employees based in Santa Barbara California and Toronto Ontario.

We are seeking a hardworking, outcome-driven Experience Designer  skilled in interaction and visual design, customer and user experience design with special skills and talent for NUI (Natural User Interfaces) such as gestural controls, wearables, augmented and virtual reality environments, interactive game and app design.

It is an Art Director or Senior Design level role with potential to rapidly develop and grow into a senior level position - working across a variety of innovative human interface challenges.

If this is you, you will also have a strong passion for Universal Design, Accessibility and Inclusive Design philosophies and methods.

You will be at the forefront of design, working at the bleeding edge of technology - doing amazing work at Cognixion that will transform the world, as well as your portfolio.

The role is based in either our Santa Barbara office OR our Toronto office. This role is focused on developing high quality, intuitive software products that adapt, grow and support rapid and high growth. Also, for ensuring a lifetime of customer and user value through exceptionally designed app and web services that users quickly feel they can’t live without. The person in this role is seen as an evangelist for unlocking our target users capacity to communicate and control their world, aligning user needs with almost magical and simple to master user interfaces, collaborating with internal teams to execute and launch new products and features and is comfortable collaborating with remote team members.

 Further, this role will also be influential in developing IP in the areas of trade secret (unique ways we do things that are nonpublic and not obvious), copyright (content, visual designs and/or software) and design patents (novel ux/cx methods).

 The role requires an individual that is a self-starter, highly organized and entrepreneurial with a leaning toward crisp communication (brevity) but also depth when explaining complex ideas, insights or solutions - that help non-technical people understand the solutions as easily as the most technical expert. This individual can get lots of things done themselves and via collaboration, as well has the leadership potential for growing a team of direct and indirect reports in the future.

 Further, the person in this role must be quick on their feet, understand how to prioritize and work with urgency to address issues or capitalize on opportunities. The success or failure of a product is directly impacted by your work.


Product Experience

  • Responsible for translating user and buyer persona needs into magically useful user experiences

  • Responsible for designing highly usable and exciting software experiences

  • Responsible for stewarding and prioritizing user/customer requirements and user stories

  • Responsible for collaborating across functional groups, creative and production vendors to ensure alignment of CX/UX goals, patterns and assets across groups

  • Responsible for designing user experience flows and working with developers

  • Responsible for designing low, medium and high fidelity interactive prototypes

  • Responsible for testing new user experience designs with target users and iterative methods

  • Comfortable and able to design solutions at the front end of innovation thru to commercial launch

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining design systems and patterns across applications

  • Responsible for quality control of final deliverables



  • Located near, or willing to relocate to, either Santa Barbara, California or Toronto, Ontario – Canada

  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience

  • Portfolio of NUI/Visual and User Experience Work (interactive, games, wearables, ar/vr applications)

  • Startup & Entrepreneurial experience

  • 3+ years in a senior design role within a 25+ person design firm or consumer product company

  • Experience designing for international users (culture, markets, design, psychology)

  • Successfully shipped and supported mobile apps that grew to 1,000,000+ users

  • Have shipped commercial NUI software embedded with wearable or other consumer electronics

  • Experience designing CX/UX for integrated systems and consumer electronics

  • Familiarity with Bluetooth services, connected devices and controllers. Experience preferred

  • Experience designing solutions for iOS, Android and other embedded systems

  • Experience with dynamic systems and technologies including JSON, various cloud services, Unity, and sensors/IoT.


Job Benefits:

  • Central downtown Santa Barbara or downtown Toronto location

  • Easy access to transit, dining, entertainment

  • Work in a friendly and very team-oriented, collaborative culture

  • Fantastic perks that come along with being a member at ImpactHub Santa Barbara or Workhaus Toronto

  • Opportunities to see your work directly making a social impact in the world

  • Flexible mobile working arrangements available for high performers

  • Company events and ongoing learning opportunities

  • Paid Federal holidays and earned vacation days

  • Incentive Stock Options Plan for high performers

  • Growing business with offices in Canada and USA

  • Medical, Dental and life insurance benefits

  • International Travel opportunities


To Apply:

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Job Type:



Commensurate with experience and company stage (venture backed; Pre-Series A)

Cognixion USA - Santa Barbara, California

Cognixion USA - Santa Barbara, California

Cognixion Canada - Toronto, Ontario

Cognixion Canada - Toronto, Ontario