Art Director / 3D Artist
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Art Director / 3D Artist

Art Director / 3D Artist

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This job position is not opened anymore. Thanks for your interest!

🕥  Full-time position
  • We are hiring our art director / 3D artist, joining Olivier’s team & working closely w/ Daniel (amazing concept artist) + Jasmine (alternante Product Design) + Makata studio (the best in the game)
  • Collaborating on a daily basis with a 8-people engineering team & the marketing team

📍  Paris 10 preferred, open to Remote (CET +/- 2h)

We have a flexible remote policy (aka. whatever works for you is okay). We just follow a few rules 👇

  • We have an office in Paris 10 (France). You can be permanently based there if you wish, but it’s completely optional.
  • You can work from home, whatever your country* We just ask you to be on the same timezone than your department (+/- 2H) for your permanent location. But you can work from elsewhere whenever you choose, unless your job is impacted.
  • You can travel to the HQs anytime you want or invest in your home setup. We got you covered with a confortable allowance.
💰  40-55k€ + meaningful equity
  • Equity: we offer meaningful stocks (BSPCE) to all our employees. No promise, but this could clearly exceed your salary income giving it the time.
  • Salary: 40 to 55k€ depending on your impact. You will be in the top 20% earner of the market despite joining such an early company. Note: all our salaries are based on Paris, wherever you live & verified through figures.hr because we pledge for a fair & transparent market.

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Have you ever thought to create beyond games?

At uKu we are convinced that the next big thing will fill the gap between traditional video games and mobile social apps, mixing communication and entertainment.

Despite spending more time online, the newest generation is sadly called “the loneliest generation”. We are on a mission to fight their boredom and create the best online place to meet new people, spend time with friends and create awesome memories… in a 3D world, on mobile.

In 9 months we already assembled the best team to deliver this mission (we are 12 👋), raised money with the best European VCs and shipped many iterations of our alpha version.

🚨 Now, we need you (no pressure…)!

Design & art direction are gonna be key elements of the experience we want to provide to users. We want them to live tremendous, impactful, imaginative, extatic moments surrounded by people. They should feel represented, seen, and creative. This new world should live on their phone, entwined with their reality.

By joining us, you will have a “carte blanche” to iterate on the vision, and build the artistic foundations of the next billion users platform. Among other things: you will go further than any other games (because, heh, we’re not a game), you will build the first truly multiplayer mobile app, you will design the weirdest props & amazing avatars/characters, be a true 3D generalist and create your own team (in due time).

Meet Olivier and the app

... and find out how talkative he is! good news: you can either read or speed him up.. just sayin’ ;)

Who are you?

  • You are a true 3D generalist - you love creating environments, character design, props designs, VFX and why not some UI/UX (but don’t worry, we know how to do this last one).
  • You are a natural leader (if such thing exists) - whenever you see a problem you fix it, you are passionate, driven and thrive surround by a team.
  • You have a vision - you are eager to collaborate with the 3 cofounders on the vision, wtf ideas, and art direction.
  • You live to ship - you know how to drive a design team from creation to production, optimise for mobile and ship frequently (you know that only shipped design has value).
  • Low ego, high impact - you are never satisfied with status quo, you fight for the best ideas to win but you know how to operate in a team, even disagree & commit when necessary. You are reliable, accountable and help the whole team win. Aka: you have an impact both at the individual & team level, people fight to have you with them
  • Excellent communicator - you are able to speak and write English fluently, summarise and present your ideas clearly, you know when to ask for help or give feedbacks. Aka: you never heard yet someone telling you “I don’t understand what you mean”
  • Shared values - you want to join an international and diverse team because you know that talent does not depend on the place you are born in. Aka: you thrive at the contact of diverse & passionate people

What kind of skills do we need ?

Creative Direction :

  • Multiplayer experience oriented
  • High-level game design vision
  • Creation of game play system with long term retention objectives
  • Long term brand vision
  • (optional) Gen Z experience

Art :

  • Art direction, from high level concept to job expertise in art direction, 2D&3D and in game integration
  • Technical art direction, Unity specialist
  • Props, characters and environments
  • Mobile first environment
  • Concept art
  • Supervision of concept artists
  • Main lighting artist and creation of all the lighting setup
  • (optional) Creation and supervision of VFXs
  • (optional) UI art direction

Our current app & art direction

Current avatars: cute, cartoonesque proportions + amazing fashion.
Current avatars: cute, cartoonesque proportions + amazing fashion.

A typical day in the life of some uKu avatars 😅
A typical day in the life of some uKu avatars 😅

Some research, mixing nostalgia and relatable creatures. We want to bring fun, expressivity and representativity.
Some research, mixing nostalgia and relatable creatures. We want to bring fun, expressivity and representativity.

Some environment concepts
Some environment concepts
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Some early concepts of “islands”
Some early concepts of “islands”
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FAQ

👩‍💻 Product stuff

⚙️  What is the current stack & tools?

Tech Stack & Tools

  • Front: Unity3d 2021.2, Unity Game Service running URP, Photon, React
  • Back: NodeJS, postgreSQL, Redis, Elastic
  • Unity Game Service: Cloud Build, Cloud Diagnostics, CCD
  • Multiplayer & Network: Photon PUN
  • Audio: Agora

Product tools

  • Knowledge mgmt: Notion
  • Design: Figma, Blender
  • Analytics: Segment, June, Amplitude
  • No-code: Automate.io, Zapier, Typeform, Notion

👯‍♂️ What is the current team?
  • Product team: Olivier (CPO), Daniel (Concept Artist), Jasmine (UI/UX), You?
  • Tech team: Hugo (CTO), Baptiste (FullStack Web Dev), Andres, Etienne, Mathias, Julien, Vincent (Unity Developers)
  • Marketing team: Timothée (marketing manager)
📱  Which platforms are you targeting?
  • Priority: iOS, Android, WebGL
  • Later: Desktop (Windows, Mac)
  • Maybe: Console?

🤔 How do we work on product?
  • Our fund is the team’s time. We should be sure to invest the right amount of time in the right opportunity, at all times.
  • We have more ideas to invest in, than time available. We invest according to our objectives & we fight to respect time allowances.
  • We know that every decision is a bet, it may work (but most probably it won’t). We always start small & improve ideas based on actual results.

👶  What stage is the product at?
  • We assembled in July 21 to try a few ideas, prototype and learn during the summer.
  • We pitched our vision to some of the best investors in the world and raised our pre-seed in Oct-Nov 21.
  • Since Nov 21, we are busy building the alpha of uKu and testing w/ users on a weekly basis. We are now a team of +10 passionate builders. Adding hundreds of users on the alpha of the app every month (👋 Tiktok and our 2K+ Discord community)

(As of the 28th of September 22)

🖖 How do we work?

🕵️  How do we interview people?

We are huge believers that these processes work both ways. We organise several steps for you to get to know us, the way we work, our values and expectations. And the other way around. Come as you are, with your questions and challenges. This process may vary a little depending on the specifics of a job...

  • Deep dive interview - 50 min call to deep dive on your role, past experiences, personality, wishes, and what resonates with you in our product. Usually happen with the future manager & 1 other team member.
  • Technical interview - 50 min call to deep dive on the test you received and completed. Reminder: there is no perfect answer, we are mainly interested in how you think & how proactive you are.
  • Founders call - 15 to 30 min call to meet the founders, get to know more about the vision and culture.

How long does it take?

  • After receiving you application, we will take the time to review it and get back to you within 5 working days.
  • Between the first call and last step, we usually take up to 2 weeks. It may take longer depending on external factors but we will always try to say it upfront. As a matter a fact, we are a startup, time is our enemy and we try to move fast.
🤩 What do we look for in teammates?
  • Diverse: you should know that we are a diverse team (and we cherish it). Half the team is Colombian, the other half is French. Our natives languages are Spanish & French but we speak English between us.
  • Dedicated: we are on the mission of inventing a new category, between social and game, to create a sense of belonging. We have a bold vision and will prioritise ambitious, autonomous and passionate people.
  • Growing: we value candidates with a growth mindset, low ego and fighting respectfully for the best ideas to win. Being accountable and proactive is a requirement.
  • Product-driven: you will feel at home if you obsess about users’ needs, outstanding design & experiences, and best in class execution. We created a product driven company.
👩‍💻 How do we build products?

Focus & Speed are our superpowers!

  • We have a bold vision but to get there, we need to test with users every week until we find our product-market-fit.
  • We form ideas following our
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    Product Principles
    , this is the focus part.
  • We ship code following our
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    Tech Principles
    , this is the high-speed part.
💰  Have you raised money?

Yes! But we are not announcing specifics yet.

We are lucky to have some of the best investors in social involved in our mission, from France to the US. We raised our pre-seed in Nov 21 and busy building the team & the alpha since then.

📍 Where do we work?

We have a flexible remote policy (aka. whatever works for you is okay). We just follow a few rules 👇

  • We have an office in Paris 10 (France). You can be permanently based there if you wish, but it’s completely optional.
  • You can work from home, whatever your country* We just ask you to be on the same timezone than your department (+/- 2H) for your permanent location. But you can work from elsewhere whenever you wish, unless your job is impacted.
  • You can travel to the HQs anytime you want or invest in your home setup. We got you covered with a confortable allowance.
😎 What are the perks & benefits?

Our focus with perks & benefits is to offer everything teammates need to do their best, healthiest work and keep developing their craft.

  • 🏡  Work Remotely: very flexible remote policy (see above “Where do we work?”)
  • 💰 Competitive package: we offer Parisian salaries & meaningful equity whatever the place you live in.
  • 🏖️ Vacation: 10 days off, in addition of the 25 French days.
  • 🤒 Free Health Insurance: modern health insurance (Alan in France & other providers elsewhere via Deel). Flexible sick leave & parental leave.
  • 💻 Home office setup: a dedicated budget for remote setup and the latest hardware.
  • 💬 Free English Classes: if needed, we offer free classes for you to feel confortable and able to voice your ideas.

Wtf is uKu?

- learn more about our mission

- promise, we’re cool people ;)

- it’s sooooo LIT!

uKu © 2022 — Made between Paris & Medellin — Built with Notion & Super