Creative Technologist - Instagram

Menlo Park, CA | New York, NY | San Francisco, CA

Instagram is seeking a talented Creative Technologist to develop product experiences that inspire creativity and enable expression. You’ll join Instagram’s Central Design Studio in a hybrid role that encompasses art, design, and software engineering, and will be involved in every phase of the product development cycle — from initial strategy through launch . The ideal candidate is a creative leader with experience across different technical disciplines, who can conceptualize, design and prototype innovative product experiences, and carry them through to polished, bug-free, performant code releases.


  • You’ll provide creative and technical leadership, partnering with designers and engineers to ship creative tools and experiences in product. You’ll drive creative and technical strategy and deliver hands-on solutions.
  • You’ll work independently but also collaborate with creative, design, engineering, research, data, and marketing partners to identify and implement creative/technical solutions throughout all phases of the product development cycle.
  • You’ll proactively identify opportunities for creative/technical innovation, and initiate projects that push the boundaries of creative technology while delivering on team, product, and business priorities.
  • Build functional prototypes using Origami Studio, Spark AR Studio and other standard creative tools.
  • Develop internal tools, prototypes, and production pipelines for your partners.
  • Clearly articulate strategic thinking and creative/technical decisions to a variety of partners.
  • Give and solicit feedback from partners in service of building the best products.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years professional experience as a creative coder, creative technologist, or similar role.
  • Solid understanding of computer graphics fundamentals and experience authoring shaders.
  • Experience with creative coding frameworks like openFrameworks, Processing, Cinder, and TouchDesigner.
  • Experience designing and prototyping with Figma, Cinema 4D, and After Effects.
  • Experience programming with JavaScript, Java, C++, C# or other relevant coding languages.
  • Experience working cross-functionally with design, engineering, research, and data partners.
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills.
  • Portfolio that demonstrates experience visual design, product thinking, and broad technical skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in visual design or technical field, such as Media Arts or Computer Science.
  • Experience designing and prototyping with Origami Studio.
  • Experience in augmented reality environments like Spark AR, Lens Studio, ARKit or ARCore.
  • Experience in real-time 3D engines, such as Unity, Unreal or Three.js
  • Knowledge of generative AI, computer vision, and machine learning.

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